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  • 72nd Anniversary of Flag Raising on Mt Suribachi

    02/23/2017 8:49:21 AM PST · by rey · 20 replies
    23 Fe 2017
    Just a reminder, to day is the 72nd anniversary of the flag raising on Mt Suribachi.
  • The Marine Corps Wants To Buy 11,000 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles

    02/17/2017 1:54:33 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | February 16, 2017 | By Matthew Moss
    Last week, the U.S. Marine Corps released a Request for Information to manufacturers enquiring about their capacity to produce 11,000 more M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles. This stoked rumors that the Marine Corps is looking to replace its M4s with the M27, which were first sparked last November when 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines was equipped with the M27 instead of the M4 during pre-deployment exercises as an experiment. The RFI for 11,000 M27s could indicate a possible push to replace the M249, which continues to be used by weapons platoons. However, I believe it is more likely that the Corps is...
  • Marine colonel accused of sexual crimes waives right to hearing (6 year old little girl)

    02/01/2017 9:04:00 AM PST · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    WITN.com ^ | January 31, 2017 | Unattributed
    <p>CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - There will be no Article 32 hearing for the Camp Lejeune Colonel accused of sexually assaulting a child.</p> <p>55 year old Colonel Daniel Wilson of Mason, Washington, reportedly waived his right to the hearing, which is the military version of a civilian grand jury which determines if there is probable cause of a crime involving the accused. That's according to the online website Headquarters Marine Corps.</p>
  • US Military Bases 'Taking Down Obama Portraits, Replacing Them With Trump Memes'

    01/23/2017 7:33:28 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 103 replies
    InformationLiberation ^ | 11-23-2017 | Chris Menahan
    In military bases across the country, portraits of Obama are coming down and Trump memes are reportedly taking their place. Federal policy dictates that all Obama portraits in court houses, post offices, government buildings and military installations needed to be removed by 12:01 p.m. on Friday, January 20th. Trump portraits need to take their place, but not everyone has received their official portraits yet. These photos shared on social media purportedly show what's taken their place in the meantime.
  • Mattis Approved by Senate Armed Services Committee to Be SecDef

    01/18/2017 1:30:33 PM PST · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/18/17 | Madeleine Weast
    Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis was approved on Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Armed Services to serve as secretary of defense in Donald Trump’s administration. Mattis sailed through the committee, which voted 26-1 for him to lead the Pentagon. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) was the only member of the Senate panel to vote against the retired four-star general, who enjoys bipartisan support to head the Defense Department under President-elect Trump. Gillibrand has previously said she would oppose confirming Mattis because he only retired from the Marine Corps in 2013, while federal law requires a seven-year break between military...
  • The fate of the US Military is in the hands of one Marine

    01/18/2017 8:16:20 PM PST · by pboyington · 8 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 18, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    President-Elect Trump is a super patriot, a nationalist who has big plans to rebuild this nation and the US military after eight years of neglect and Marxist social engineering that have utterly destroyed its capability to wage war on sea, land and in the air. Certainly, Mr. Trump has great intentions, but he has never served a day on active duty, in the reserves or in the National Guard. Therefore, he will undoubtedly adhere to the recommendations and analysis provided by the nation’s new Secretary of Defense. Enter retired Marine Corps General James Mattis. Nicknamed ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, the general,...
  • Senate committee approves waiver allowing Mattis to be defense secretary

    01/12/2017 10:06:49 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 48 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Jacqueline Klimas
    The Senate Armed Services Committee passed the waiver on Thursday that will allow retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as defense secretary so soon after leaving the Marine Corps, sending it to the full Senate for approval. The vote was 24-3. Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Richard Blumenthal and Elizabeth Warren all voted against the waiver. The committee approved the exemption following a wide-ranging confirmation hearing where Mattis fielded questions about threats facing the country, acquisition programs and how his time in uniform will affect his role as the department's top civilian. The law requires an officer to be out of...
  • 300 Marines Will Deploy to Helmand This Spring, Corps Confirms

    01/08/2017 8:39:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Military.com ^ | 06 January 2017 | Hope Hodge Seck
    It's official: Marines are headed back to the Taliban hotbed of Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Marine Corps announced Friday. The deployment of 300 Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force will return to the southwestern province that was the site of the Corps' major battles within the country as advisers and trainers for the Afghan National Army and police, officials said in a release. The deployment comes at the request of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Forces Afghanistan in support of the ongoing NATO-led Resolute Support mission, which began after most combat forces pulled out at the end of 2014. The...
  • Arguing about whether the F-35 can dogfight misses a really big point

    01/08/2017 3:25:48 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 8, 2017 | Amanda Macias
    WASHINGTON — According to some reports, America's fifth-generation stealth aircraft doesn't excel at dogfighting. But fortunately, the F-35 Lightning II is not built for dogfighting. While some analysts have argued that the air-to-air-combat capabilities of the F-35A won't match some of its peer aircraft, pilots who spoke to Business Insider pointed out that the US's fifth-generation fighter is designed in such a way that dogfighting may be an afterthought. "If you were to engage an F-35 in say, a visual dogfight capability," US Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus began, "the capabilities of the F-35 are absolutely eye-watering compared to...
  • Why America's Marines are Turning Their MV-22 Ospreys Into Assault Gunships

    12/23/2016 5:50:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 80 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Dec 22, 2015 | Kris Osborn
    The U.S. Marine Corps is progressing with a new project to arm its MV-22 Osprey aircraft with new weapons such as laser-guided 2.75in rockets, missiles and heavy guns - a move which would expand the tiltrotor's mission set beyond supply, weapons and forces transport to include a wider range of offensive and defensive combat missions, Corps officials said. "Currently, NSWC (Naval Surface Warfare Center) Dahlgren explored the use of forward firing rockets, missiles, fixed guns, a chin mounted gun, and also looked at the use of a 30MM gun along with gravity drop rockets and guided bombs deployed from the...
  • East Stroudsburg man stole Toys for Tots donation jar and tip jars, police say

    12/23/2016 4:49:49 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | December 22, 2016 | Frank Warner
    An East Stroudsburg man was arrested Wednesday on charges he stole tip jars from at least four restaurants and the Toys for Tots donation jar from the Arlington Diner in Stroud Township. Michael M. Moya, 23, was identified earlier in the week as a suspect in the Toys for Tots theft at 834 N. Ninth St., and investigators already were gathering evidence on the other thefts, Stroud Area Regional police said.
  • Trump Team Reaches Out to Marine Vet Who Is 'Out of Ammo'

    12/22/2016 10:29:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2016 | Larry Elder
    Last week, I received this email from Rennae: "Dear Larry, "Larry Wayne Lindsey is from Colorado. He has been a staunch supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, who had a big rally on the state capital steps in Colorado, where Larry did security. "Larry is a Marine veteran who served with honor. He has also been battling cancer for about three years. Three days ago, they only gave him the night to live. I fear he won't get to see the inauguration. I am trying to get through a maze of people to see if we can get a call...
  • U.S. Marine F-35Bs Will Operate From Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth Carrier in 2021

    12/20/2016 3:57:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 20 December 2016
    UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and his US counterpart, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, officially confirmed plans for the US Marine Corps F-35B to be detached aboard the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier during its maiden operational deployment set for 2021. This announcement was made December 15th during a ministerial meeting in London. USMC file picture: Two F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters complete vertical landings aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the opening day of the first session of operational testing. On the margins of the ministerial meeting, Sir Michael also deepened UK...
  • MUST SEE: Marine Salutes Trump, Pence, and General Mattis Before Dying (VIDEO)

    12/18/2016 7:49:27 PM PST · by longtermmemmory · 44 replies
    DCWhispers ^ | 12-18-2016
    What a remarkably moving thing to see an old Marine declaring his gratitude for the privilege of having fought one last battle on behalf of a man he feels might yet be among this country’s greatest presidents in a video that is now understandably going viral. It does not get much more American than this – and thank you for your service, Dr. Larry Lindsey. “…It is you people the good people of America for whom I cry, my loved ones and my friends, and the sacrifices they continue to make in this fight for our country. Dying is the...
  • "Only Marines Touched That Casket"

    01/25/2007 8:53:45 PM PST · by stylin19a · 68 replies · 4,308+ views
    Marine Corps League ^ | 01/05/07 | Gerneral Richard Cody - Vice Chief of the U. S. Army
    I had the privilege tonight of observing how the USMC brings home their dead. The thought hit me that I have no idea, nor have I ever seen how our Soldiers are treated. I just hope we are at least as respectful. Tonight as we arrived at the Louisville airport, the aircraft captain announced that there was a USMC Sgt on board the aircraft who was on escort duty. The captain asked all onboard to remain seated til the Sgt had left the aircraft. As we pulled into our gate I observed a lot of people moving around in the...
  • Need Marine Jokes

    12/13/2016 7:22:43 PM PST · by lafroste · 123 replies
    me | 12/13/16 | lafroste
    OK, my son is at Parris Island right now and as of today has one month to graduation. He is hanging tough. But he wrote me and asked for more letters, more news. My fingers are about worn out sending and writing stuff. He likes Marine jokes and I sent him a few but I am running out of ideas. I would like you guys to submit Marine positive humor that I can send him to encourage both him and the other men in his platoon. We need to encourage these guys. Jokes are welcome. Letters are welcome. Help me...
  • Four of the most experienced USMC F-35B pilots speak about their aircraft. (it’s exceptional)

    12/09/2016 4:39:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec 08 2016 | Todd Miller
    The voice of the pilots is clear – the platform is working exceptionally. The F-35 is a platform with the ultimate level of sophistication, made simple. And therein lay the beauty of the F-35, and just why it will be so deadly, it’s simple. The combined F-35 fleet now has over 75,000 flight hours, yet many continue to question the performance and value of the aircraft. Much of this can be expected given early program challenges, and the reality that many of the F-35s capabilities are classified. Add that many do not grasp the war the F-35 was designed to...
  • General John Kelly’s speech about two Marines in the path of a truck bomb

    12/08/2016 7:07:04 PM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    We Are The Mighty ^ | 4/22/2016 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Full Title: Everybody should read General John Kelly’s speech about two Marines in the path of a truck bomb Eight years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost’s entry-control point. Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground. Heck, they even leaned in. I had heard the story many times, personally. But until today I had never heard Marine Lt. Gen. John Kelly’s telling...
  • John Kelly, Trump’s Homeland Security pick, gave a remarkable speech 4 days after his son

    12/08/2016 7:53:34 PM PST · by Mariner · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Wed, Dec 7 1:25 PM PST | Dylan Stableford
    Full Title: John Kelly, Trump’s Homeland Security pick, gave a remarkable speech 4 days after his son died serving in Afghanistan On Veterans Day in 2010, inside an unremarkable hotel ballroom in St. Louis, Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, delivered what the Washington Post described as “a passionate and at times angry speech about the military’s sacrifices and its troops’ growing sense of isolation from society.” That he was able to speak at all was remarkable. Four days earlier, Kelly’s 29-year-old son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, stepped on a land mine while leading a patrol in southern Afghanistan....
  • Southcom Commander Predicts ‘Mass Migration’ of Ebola Infected People Across US Border

    10/13/2014 8:35:25 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 26 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/13/2014 | Penny Starr
    Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, predicted last week that the Ebola virus will not be contained in West Africa, and if infected people flee those countries and spread the disease to Central and South America, it could cause “mass migration into the United States” of those seeking treatment. “If it breaks out, it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States,” Kelly said in remarks to the National Defense University on Tuesday. “They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will...
  • US military to limit media access to Guantanamo Bay prison

    12/17/2015 6:07:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2015 6:21 PM EST | Ben Fox
    New limits are being imposed on media access to the detention center at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the commander of the military's Southern Command said Thursday, outlining rules that will limit what journalists can see and how often they can visit the already highly restricted site. Journalists will be allowed to visit the center on tours that will be organized once per quarter, lasting no more than a day, and they will no longer be able to visit inside the two detention center camps where a majority of the 107 current prisoners are held, Marine Corps Gen....
  • Trump to pick retired Gen. Kelly for Homeland Security

    12/07/2016 8:35:33 AM PST · by ResistanceMedia · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 7, 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News reported on Wednesday. Kelly, the former head of the U.S. Southern Command, has accepted the offer, CBS said, citing unidentified sources. Reuters has not independently confirmed the choice. Kelly, 66, would be the third general Trump has tapped for a high-level position in his administration.
  • Marine Corps Veteran Claims He Was Forced to Drop Out of College Yoga Class for Saying 'Go Trump'

    12/02/2016 7:35:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12/2 | Jodi Hernandez
    Marine Corps combat veteran Stefan Meza says he literally put his life on the line to preserve and protect our freedoms. But after serving three tours of duty in two different wars, the aspiring police officer now believes his own rights were violated at Santa Rosa Junior College over something he said to a friend in class. Go Trump. It was those two words Meza said that got a sharp reaction from his yoga teacher who had been taking roll. "She told me not to make political comments in class and I said 'Yes, ma'am. It won't happen again. My...
  • Lt. Gen. James Mattis Professional Reading List

    12/01/2016 8:20:27 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 36 replies
    Goodreads Inc ^ | 01 Dec 2016
    Lt. Gen. James Mattis (USMC) is known as one of the most accomplished commanders in recent history and as one of the finest Marines to walk this planet. He also is a dedicated reader, and credits some of his success in the middle east to studying the works of those who had gone before him. This list is assembled from this list of required reading for CENTCOM USMC officers
  • Congress reacts to Trump's 'Mad Dog' Mattis pick

    12/01/2016 7:33:42 PM PST · by kevcol · 123 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 1, 2016 | Anna Giaritelli
    The Senate Armed Services chair vowed to help move Mattis through the upper chamber's confirmation process. McCain, who will chair Mattis's confirmation hearing, told the Washington Examiner that he would write the bill to grant Mattis a waiver of the seven-year rule. Not all lawmakers agreed on that Thursday night. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a former Hillary Clinton supporter, said she is against changing that rule in order to accommodate Mattis. "While I respect Gen Mattis's service, I oppose a waiver-civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy," Gillibrand tweeted.
  • For the First Time in History, the F-35B Takes-Off at Sea With Full Weapons Load

    11/30/2016 5:04:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | November 29, 2016 | KRIS OSBORN
    For the first time in history, the F-35B took off from a ship with a full-load of weapons. Integrating the F-35B will change tactics on-board amphibious assault ships The Marine Corps F-35B Short-Take-Off-and-Vertical-Landing Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter took off from a Navy amphibious assault ship for the first time with a full load of weapons -- in preparation for its planned deployment in 2018. The aircraft flew from the Navy's first America-Class Amphibious Assault Ship, the USS America, to Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., where it dropped live precision guided weapons on mock targets in the desert. The F-35B dropped...
  • A USMC General "Mad Dog" Mattis Christmas Story

    11/29/2016 2:35:10 PM PST · by Strac6 · 21 replies
    Naval Institute Proceedings, via email. | Dr. Albert Pierce, USNA
    (General Mattis is being considered to be the Secretary of Defense. What a great way to start rebuilding our military. His nickname is Mad Dog Mattis) Story from Dr. Pierce: "A couple of months ago, when I told General Krulak, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, now the chair of the Naval Academy Board of Visitors, that we were having General Mattis speak this evening, he said, Let me tell you a Jim Mattis story. General Krulak said, when he was Commandant of the Marine Corps, every year, starting about a week before Christmas, he and his wife would...
  • Navy Warship Named for 1st Black Marine Corps Aviator

    11/28/2016 6:45:47 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | November 28, 2016 | Associated Press
    TOPEKA, Kan. — A U.S. Navy destroyer warship has been named in honor of a Topeka three-star general who became the first black aviator, first black general and first black base commander in the Marine Corps. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the destroyer, which is under construction, would bear the name of Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Petersen enlisted in the Navy in 1950, and left in 1952 to accept a commission as a second lieutenant and become the first black pilot in the Marine Corps. He flew over 350 combat...
  • This viral email from General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis about being 'too busy to read' is a must-read

    11/22/2016 7:35:24 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22 Nov 2016 | PAUL SZOLDRA
    Just before Marine Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis was getting ready to deploy with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force to Iraq in early 2004, one of his colleagues asked him about the importance of reading for military officers who sometimes found themselves "too busy to read." The legendary general sometimes referred to as "The Warrior Monk" carted around a personal library of 6,000 books with him everywhere, and he had plenty to say on the topic. His response went viral over email... Here's what he wrote, on Nov. 20, 2003: ... The problem with being too busy to read is...
  • Witnesses: Ohio Man Sets Himself on Fire after Post-Election Rant

    11/21/2016 1:04:23 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    wowk ^ | November 21, 2016 | wowk
    AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Police say an Ohio man is in stable condition after he set himself on fire following what witnesses described as a rant about post-election protests. Akron Police Sgt. Dennis Woodall says the 69-year-old man was wearing a U.S. Marine Corps uniform when he set himself ablaze Saturday morning on a city street.
  • 200 Stranded Marines Needed A Plane Ride Home, Here's How Donald Trump Responded

    11/20/2016 8:52:03 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 41 replies
    The Sean Hannity Show ^ | May 19th 2016
    When Corporal Ryan Stickney and 200 of his fellow Marines prepared to return to their families after Operation Desert Storm in 1991, a logistics error forced them to turn to a surprising source for a ride home: Donald J. Trump. Today, Stickney would like to say "thank you." Stickney (left), was a squad leader in a TOW company of a Marine reserve unit based in Miami, FL and spent approximately six months in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War between 1990 and 1991. Upon his unit’s return to the United States, the former Marine says the group spent several weeks...
  • American Soldiers Singing "Days of Elijah"

    09/17/2014 3:13:18 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 20 replies
    youtube ^ | 0/17/2014 | unknown
    Days of Elijah, by our brave young men! May God bless and protect them all.
  • Viral Video of Marines Singing "These Are the Days of Elijah"

    09/18/2014 10:23:07 PM PDT · by firebrand · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 14, 2014 | The Blaze
    These are the days of Elijah.
  • America's [Marines] Soldiers Singing "Days of Elijah" [snip]

    09/20/2014 10:10:41 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 9 replies
    GNL ^ | September 19, 2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Full title: 'Faith Warriors:' Video of Marines Delivering Powerful Rendition of Christian Worship Song 'Days of Elijah' Goes Viral A powerful video of nearly 500 U.S. Marines at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California declaring "there is no God like Jehovah" in an inspirational rendition of the Christian worship song "Days of Elijah," is taking the Internet by storm. Merrie Pardee Baldwin, the Christian volunteer who first posted the video of the worshipful Marines to her Facebook page Sunday, told The Christian Post in an interview Friday that she is hoping the video inspires Americans to pray for...
  • "As an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Marine Corps ..."

    11/16/2016 4:59:51 AM PST · by The_Republic_Of_Maine · 26 replies
    Email from our Pastor | 11-16-2016 | Self
    I and others just got this email from our Pastor: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 07:11:43 AM Good Morning rainy, thank God, Maine As an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Marine Corps I want to thank all of you who voted for Donald John Trump to be President of These United states of America. You, ladies and gentlemen, fellow patriots and lovers of the Republic have given, we Veterans, the greatest “Thank You For Your service” ever, you have given us a CIC that loves us and will not use us indiscriminately as cannon fodder to make the war...
  • LISTEN UP MARINES!

    11/11/2016 6:44:20 AM PST · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Vanity | 11/11/2016 | Gamecock
    This morning I attended the 8th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast hosted by the President of the University of South Carolina. It was a great event with probably 600 people in attendance. One of the speakers was the Dean of University Libraries who told us that the University is the recipient of 10,000 reels of film from Quantico chronicling the Marine Corps in the 20th Century. Snippets of film we saw included scenes from Boot Camp, WWII, Vietnam and many other clips. The University has the films safely archived but they want to do more than that! The vision is to...
  • Happy Birthday Marines! What makes the Corps great — in 10 awesome images

    11/10/2016 6:49:37 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 44 replies
    Marine Corps Times ^ | 9 November 2016 | Jeff Schogol
    Nov. 10, 1775, marks the beginning of the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen. To celebrate the Marine Corps' 241st Birthday, we looked at the top 10 things that make the Corps awesome. 1. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” — One of retired Gen. James Mattis' rules to live by.More at the source ...
  • Marine Has Blunt, Powerful Message to Whiny, Wimpy College Students

    11/10/2016 6:41:59 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 26 replies
    Chris Hernandez, a US Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has a powerful, blunt message for all the wimpy, whiny college students out there screaming about “trauma” and “microagression.” If you read one story all day, this is it. From The College Fix: "Daily we Americans learn of the latest “trauma” that has sent some group of college students into a tizzy: a microaggression, or grad speaker, or opinion, or phrase, or (insert just about anything here) that prompts these delicate snowflakes to scurry away, call for “safe spaces,” and demand said “offenses” cease and desist. Sometimes...
  • Something Big Is Underway On All Fronts: “Within The Next Few Weeks The Future Of The United (TR)

    11/03/2016 11:30:33 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | November 3, 2016 | Jeremiah Johnson
    As of this writing, the increased U.S. troop presence in Eastern Europe includes a battalion-sized element of American troops being emplaced in the Suwalki Gap, Polish territory that borders Lithuania in a 60-mile stretch of corridor. The Russian Defense Ministry announced that 600 Russian and Belarussian airborne troops conducted training exercises in Brest, on the Belorussian-Polish border only a few miles from where the U.S. forces are deploying in Poland. This on the heels of Britain deploying 800 men, tanks, and jets to Estonia, along with pledges of Challenger 2 tanks, APC’s (Armored Personnel Carriers), and drones. Two companies of...
  • Details of the Military Force Reduction

    10/30/2016 1:42:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies
    FOXBusiness ^ | Doug Salvemini
    As part of an overall force reduction due to federal budget constraints, the U.S. military has been forced to cut members. The Marines, Air Force, and Army have all been affected and have begun a significant Reduction in Force (RIF). Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening with the military regarding the reduction. The What Over the summer, the Pentagon released a plan detailing cuts to the military that were to begin in fiscal year 2016. The federal government’s fiscal year began on October 1st, so those cuts are currently underway. The Army was by far the hardest...
  • Richard Pittman, Marine Who Fended Off Vietnam Ambush, Dies at 71

    10/30/2016 7:33:29 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 23 replies
    NYT ^ | 29 Oct 2016 | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK
    Lance Corporal Pittman grabbed a machine gun and belts of extra ammunition and rushed ahead, firing into the enemy position. He destroyed two enemy automatic weapons and kept advancing, into what the Medal of Honor citation described as “a withering hail of enemy mortar and small-arms fire” to reach wounded Marines 50 yards up the trail. “As he reached the position where the leading Marines had fallen, he was suddenly confronted with a bold frontal attack by 30 to 40 enemy,” the citation continued. “Totally disregarding his safety, he calmly established a position in the middle of the trail and...
  • Retired U.S. general pleads guilty to lying to FBI in 'Stuxnet' leak case

    10/17/2016 3:15:25 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/17/2016 | Julia Harte
    A retired U.S. Marine Corps general who last served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff pleaded guilty on Monday in a federal court to making false statements to the FBI during an investigation into leaks of classified information. Four-star General James Cartwright was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2012 over a book written by New York Times reporter David Sanger, which exposed a malicious computer software program known as "Stuxnet" designed to disrupt Iran's nuclear program. Cartwright also in 2012 confirmed classified information about an unnamed country to Daniel Klaidman, then a reporter for...
  • Navy, Marine Corps Considering Adding Vertical Launch System to San Antonio Amphibs

    10/14/2016 12:03:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 13, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Navy and the Marine Corps are studying installing a vertical launch system in its San Antonio class of amphibious warships that would allow the ships to field larger offensive missiles, service officials told USNI News this week. The director of expeditionary warfare in the chief of naval operation’s office (OPNAV N95) told USNI News on Thursday both services were studying installing the VLS systems but that at the moment there was no program of record to back fit the capability into the hulls. “It’s certainly an asset we’d like to have,” Marine Maj. Gen. Chris Owens...
  • Mousavi, Celebrated in Iranian Protests, Was the Butcher of Beirut

    06/25/2009 6:40:55 PM PDT · by Psion · 10 replies · 526+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | June 25, 2009 | Jeff Stein
    “This was the heyday of [Ayatollah] Khomeini’s theocratic vision, when Iran thought it really could export its revolution across the Middle East, providing money and arms to anyone who claimed he could upend the old order.” He may yet turn out to be the avatar of Iranian democracy, but three decades ago Mir-Hossein Mousavi was waging a terrorist war on the United States that included bloody attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut. Mousavi, prime minister for most of the 1980s, personally selected his point man for the Beirut terror campaign, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi-pur, and dispatched...
  • Marines pick Glock 9mm over 1911 for spec ops

    10/05/2016 1:14:33 PM PDT · by PROCON · 123 replies
    guns.com ^ | Oct. 5, 2016 | Joey Clementine
    The Glock 19 is now the only and official sidearm for Marine special operators as officials ditched the classic .45-caliber Colt 1911, the Marine Corps Times reported last week. “We put our money behind the 9mm round fired by an extremely well-trained marksman carrying a Glock 19,” said Maj. Nick Mannweiler, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. He added the 9mm Glock is the only pistol Marine special operators are allowed to take into battle. Since last year, MARSOC has purchased and fielded 1,654 Glock 19s because Raiders needed a reliable secondary weapon “that could be...
  • Philippines - Connecting the dots (White House spy Aragoncillo + Clinton donor Jimenez)

    08/01/2007 3:04:52 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 554+ views
    philippinenews.com ^ | August 1, 2007 | Rodel Rodis
    The online free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, informs that noted Philippine publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer was murdered on November 24, 2000 by members of the police force. According to Wikipedia, “Bubby Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, were abducted in Makati, the business district of Manila. They were later killed, and their vehicle dumped. In 2001, a number of arrests were made. One of the accused, police colonel Glenn Dumlao, named Cesar Mancao and Michael Ray Aquino as the organisers of the murders. Mancao and Aquino both fled the country. Dumlao later disappeared.” “The ultimate reasons for Dacer’s murder remain a...
  • 9-12-05, Justice Dept on Aragoncillo: "FBI Intelligence Analyst Arrested"

    10/05/2005 4:31:57 PM PDT · by george wythe · 25 replies · 676+ views
    FBI Intelligence Analyst Arrested, Accused of Passing Classified Information; Former Philippines National Police Official Also Charged NEWARK - An FBI intelligence analyst at Fort Monmouth and a former official with the Philippines National Police were arrested Saturday morning, charged in a federal criminal complaint with acting as unregistered agents of a foreign official and passing classified information to that official and others in the Republic of the Philippines, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie and FBI Special Agent in Charge Leslie Wiser, Jr. announced.Leandro Aragoncillo, 46, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested by Special Agents of the FBI at his home...
  • Marine Corps’ top brass in Washington silences ‘women in combat’ dissent

    09/16/2016 8:21:54 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 16, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    Marine Corps headquarters has sent out a Communications Playbook that says top brass in Washington, not local public affairs officers, will control press statements about women in combat. The edict was issued in the aftermath of strong disagreements with civilian leaders on gender integration. The Corps normally gives wide latitude for spokespeople worldwide to discuss all sorts of Marine issues — but not in this case. Under “[public affairs] posture,” the playbook says: “Proper PA coordination both up to the Office of United States Marine Corps Communication (OUSMCC) and down to lower division and Recruiting District PAO’s will be due...
  • Drill sergeant who assaulted Muslim Marine recruit probed for disturbing incident

    09/15/2016 4:45:36 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | 15 September 2016
    Parris Island in South Carolina is the notoriously tough boot camp for Marine Corps recruits, but an investigation has uncovered cases in which Muslim recruits appear to have been singled out for abuse -- with deadly consequences, reports CBS News correspondent David Martin.
  • USMC: Muslim-American recruit was called ‘terrorist’ prior to his death

    09/14/2016 5:16:11 PM PDT · by rey · 95 replies
    Beaufort Gazette ^ | 12 Sept. 2016 | WADE LIVINGSTON
    The drill instructor who allegedly hazed recruit Raheel Siddiqui moments before his death was the same instructor who had previously ordered a Muslim recruit into a commercial clothes dryer and interrogated him about his religion and loyalties. That drill instructor had also called Siddiqui — a 20-year-old Muslim, Pakistani-American from Taylor, Mich. — a “terrorist” at some point during the recruit’s brief time at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, according to a Corps official speaking on background Monday morning. New details about Siddiqui’s death — which the Corps has ruled a suicide — show he initially survived the nearly...