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  • The Meaning of Belleau Wood

    06/26/2015 6:44:55 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 56 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | June 26, 2015 | By Shawn Callahan
    To really understand Marines, you need to know something about Belleau Wood. On June 6, 1918, the 4th Marine Brigade began its offensive into Belleau Wood in France, marking arguably the most significant day in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. More Marines died that day than in the 143 years of Marine Corps history that had preceded it — combined. But it is not the magnitude of that sacrifice, or even the military objectives that were accomplished, that define the significance of that day; rather, it was the cultural impact that event had on the Marine Corps. The Marines did...
  • Shame of a Nation: Marines Forced to Deploy Via Foreign Ships

    06/23/2015 8:02:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 6/23/2015 | Michael Walsh
    Notice how socialism always and everywhere results in shortages, every time its tried. Well, our own socialist chickens have now come home to roost: Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa. The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa.
  • Marines May Deploy on Foreign Ships,As U.S. Doesnt Have Enough(Deliberate,Heinous ACT by FUBO)

    06/22/2015 3:43:54 PM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 22, 2015 | Aaron Mclean
    Original title:Marines May Deploy on Foreign Ships, Because U.S.Navy Doesnt Have Enough The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa. The Marines will be able to respond quickly to evacuate embassies or protect U.S. property and citizens, a need highlighted by the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. Theres no substitute for U.S. amphibious vessels, Cooling said. Were looking at other options in the meantime, he added. The Marines...
  • Rangers, SEALs, now Raiders: Marines resurrect historic name

    06/19/2015 10:37:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Drew
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Army has the Green Berets, while the Navy is known for the SEALs. Now, an elite branch of the U.S. Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders. The Marines will rename several special operations units as Marine Raiders at a ceremony Friday, resurrecting a moniker made famous by World War II units that carried out risky amphibious and guerrilla operations. The exploits of the original Marine Raiders who pioneered tactics used by present-day special forces were captured in books and movies including "Gung Ho!" in 1943 and "Marine Raiders" in 1944. The...
  • For Marine unit, a lost reputation in Afghanistan [now battles to restore]

    06/17/2015 6:36:52 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 25 replies
    The Sun Herald ^ | June 16, 2015 | David Zucchino
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The capstone to Maj. Fred Galvin's career was the command of the Marine Corps' first-ever special operations unit. He led the elite company into Afghanistan in February 2007. But less than a month after Fox Company arrived in eastern Afghanistan, Galvin was engulfed in scandal. His unit was accused of firing indiscriminately after a car bomb attack on March 4, killing up to 19 Afghan civilians and wounding 50 more. Galvin and his men were cleared in court a year later of any responsibility after testimony by more than 50 witnesses. The three-officer jury concluded that...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger premieres 'Terminator Genisys'

    06/16/2015 2:39:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    desimartini.com ^ | Jun 16, 2015 | Aseem Sharma
    Actor-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger premieres his upcoming movie Terminator Genisys for hundred of Marines at Camp Pendleton. The actor took photos with the fans and also signed autographs for them. The Commando star also greeted the military men and women for their contribution towards the country. Arnold said, "This is the land of opportunity and the greatest county in the world because of you. He also added, "I was so proud to make the Marines at United States Marine Corps Camp Pendleton the first audience in the nation to see Terminator Genisys today. Thank you for your service. The actor also...
  • It will take Zealots, not Moderates, to restore our country

    06/07/2015 8:02:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 44 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/7/15 | An American Vet, Semper Fi
    Franklin Graham was speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville , Florida a few weeks back when he said America will not come back. Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. A USMC Vet wrote: The American Dream ended (on November 6th, 2012 ) in Ohio. The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind. A coalition...
  • Harrisburg police officer wrongly accuses veteran, 75, of 'stolen valor'

    06/04/2015 7:55:33 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 80 replies
    pennlive.com ^ | Christine Vendel
    An Army soldier attending Artsfest on Memorial Day thought something was fishy with the Marine uniform worn by 75-year-old Robert Ford, who was strolling along Front Street. Ford's hat bore some wrinkles, according to the soldier's assessment, and his belt buckle looked too ornate for his rank. The soldier enlisted the help of a Harrisburg police officer working at the event, who was a Marine, and together, they accused Ford of being a fraud. "He's not a real Marine!" the officer shouted to the crowd gathered for the PennLive/Patriot-News Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg. "Stolen valor!" "I was humiliated," said Ford,...
  • Those Who Served: 93-year-old 'never regretted being a Marine'

    06/01/2015 5:00:12 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    news-gazette ^ | 1 June 2015 | Pual wood
    Eager to fight, he had to wait because he had a valuable railroad job that was important to the war effort. A boss finally let him go when he became a union steward. He saw action in the biggest way possible in February 1945, when the war in Europe was waning but the war in Japan was any anything but certain.
  • Hundreds expected outside Phoenix mosque at Mohammed cartoon contest

    05/29/2015 9:04:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    CNN.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Sara Sidner,Ed Payne
    Phoenix (CNN)Jon Ritzheimer is a former Marine, and he has no middle ground when it comes to Islam. A T-shirt he wears pretty much says it all: "F--- Islam." Ritzheimer is the organizer of Friday's "Freedom of Speech Rally" outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix.
  • Six Seconds

    05/26/2015 7:52:46 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 36 replies
    neveryetmelted ^ | 25 May 2015 | Lt. Gen. John Kelly
    "The trucks windshield explodes into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tear into the body of the son of a b@@@@ trying to get past them to kill their brothers.....American and Iraqi bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back....."
  • A Memorial Day Tribute in Honor of 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, USMC - KIA 12/09/06 Anbar province, Iraq

    05/24/2015 2:14:16 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The Concert for Valor ^ | November 19, 1014 | Steven Spielberg & CDR Bill Krissoff, USN
    This video is a moving tribute to honor an outstanding young Marine Officer by his father, Dr. Bill Kristoff. At the age of 61, Dr. Bill Kristoff of Truckee, CA joined the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in order to honor the memory of his oldest son by serving as a surgeon in Afghanistan to treat wounded Marines. While doing some further research on this amazing family, I found this: The outdoor activities were a joy shared by Nathan, his father, and his younger brother, Austin, 24, who joined the Marines shortly before Nathan died.The family kept word of Nathan's death...
  • Remembering Marines Who Died On A Mission Of Mercy In Nepal

    05/23/2015 5:33:45 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | MAY 23, 2015 | Scott Simon
    What kind of man or woman risks their lives for strangers? Eric Seaman of Murrieta, Calif., was 30. He had two children, and was a U.S. Marine sergeant. His wife, Samantha Seaman, told CNN, "Last week I got an email telling me that he felt purpose and that he delivered 10,000 pounds of rice ... and I know that right before he passed away, I know that he helped somebody."
  • Instead Of Retiring, Marine Vet Starts His Own Harrier Squadron

    05/23/2015 5:35:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05/22/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Instead of retiring, former test pilot and real estate mogul Art Nalls imported, restored, certified and flew the worlds only private Harrier jump jet. Now hes a man with a mission, adding to his fleet, he wants to preserve the Harriers legacy for decades to come. His amazing story is told in this awesome mini documentary from AARP studios: Arts Harrier is an ex-Royal Navy Sea Harrier FA2. The Sea Harrier gained fame during the Falklands War, and continued to serve throughout the 1980s and 1990s, when it received the Blue Vixen radar and the ability to fire the AIM-120...
  • After Court-Martial, this Marine Cites Religious Freedom in Her Continued Legal Fight

    05/21/2015 11:20:11 AM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    A court case working its way through the military justice system raises a basic question: Should a member of the military be allowed to post a religious passage in her place of work? The case involves Monifa J. Sterling, a Marine veteran who was convicted in a court-martial at Camp Lejeune, N.C., of failing to go to an appointed place of duty, disrespecting a superior commissioned officer and four specifications of disobeying a lawful order. She was sentenced last year to a reduction in rank from lance corporal to private and given a bad-conduct discharge, a status that will stay...
  • Nepal earthquake: Wreck of missing US helicopter found

    05/15/2015 12:06:13 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15 May 2015
    The wreckage of a US military helicopter that went missing in Nepal has been found, the Nepalese army says. The helicopter went missing earlier this week while delivering aid near the Chinese border, with six US marines and two Nepali soldiers on board. Maj Gen Binoj Basnet told AFP agency that it was not known if there were any survivors. The editor of the Nepal Times, Kunda Dixit, said the wreckage was found 56km (35 miles) from Kathmandu.
  • Missing Pendleton-based Marine helicopter working in Nepal reportedly spotted

    05/13/2015 3:09:12 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | May 12 , 2015 | staff
    A Camp Pendleton-based Marine UH-1Y Huey helping with relief work after Nepals recent earthquake was missing, officials from the U.S. Pacific Command said Tuesday. Late Tuesday, the press agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur quoted an official as saying the aircraft had been spotted north of the capital of Kathmandu. We have been told it was spotted in Tamakoshi region, north of Kathmandu, said Interior Ministry spokesman Laxmi Dhakal. But until (our) choppers make landing and get to it, we still cant say anything about its condition or of its passengers.
  • Marine Helicopter Based at Camp Pendleton Disappears While Conducting Disaster Relief in Nepal

    05/12/2015 1:03:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Military officials are searching for a marine light attack helicopter that went missing Tuesday near Charikot, Nepal, Pentagon officials said, at around 10 p.m. Japan Standard Time. The aircraft was assisting with disaster relief as earthquake have struck the south Asian nation, which killed thousands late last month. Another earthquake there on Tuesday killed at least 68 more.
  • U.S. Marine Helicopter Supporting Earthquake Relief Missing in Nepal

    05/12/2015 11:14:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    NBC ^ | 05/12/2015 | Staff
    A U.S. Marine helicopter supporting earthquake relief in Nepal was declared missing Tuesday with eight people on board, a military spokesman said. The UH-1Y Huey with two Nepalese soldiers and six U.S. Marines on board disappeared over Charikot, Nepal, at about 10 p.m. local time (12:15 p.m. ET), said U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Army Maj. Dave Eastburn. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said the U.S. military is hopeful that the missing helicopter landed and is out of communication. A military official told NBC News there is "no indication that there was a crash" but "it is dark," so they could...
  • Three rescued eight days after Nepal quake as U.S. Marines arrive

    05/03/2015 5:34:26 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2015 | GOPAL SHARMA
    U.S. military aircraft and personnel were due to begin helping ferry relief supplies to stricken areas outside the capital, a U.S. Marines spokeswoman said, after arriving in Nepal on Sunday, a day later than expected.
  • 'Saluting Marine' preps for annual vigil

    05/03/2015 7:45:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    utsandiego.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Pam Kragen
    Tim Chambers of Vista is famous for 5-hour frozen tribute to vets on Memorial Day weekend VISTA, Calif. Every year on Memorial Day weekend, more than 800,000 motorcyclists rumble through the streets of Washington, D.C., in a display of respect for war dead and military veterans known as Rolling Thunder. And standing at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 23rd Street to acknowledge each and every rider is The Saluting Marine. Veteran Marine Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers of Vista started his silent vigil on a whim in 2002. Today, he considers the annual effort both his civic duty...
  • Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women

    04/21/2015 5:07:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Two years ago, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the nations top military officer, laid down an edict on the Obama administrations plan to open direct land combat jobs to women: If women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered. Today, the Dempsey rule appears to have its first test case. The Marine Corps just finished research to see if female officers could successfully complete its rigorous Infantry Officer Course.
  • Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women

    04/20/2015 8:48:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 19, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Two years ago, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the nations top military officer, laid down an edict on the Obama administrations plan to open direct land combat jobs to women: If women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered. Today, the Dempsey rule appears to have its first test case. The Marine Corps just finished research to see if female officers could successfully complete its rigorous Infantry Officer Course.
  • Paralyzed From the Neck Down

    04/13/2015 8:00:03 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 10, 2015 | ANTHONY WELLER
    "The strangest aspect of being paralyzed is that nobody ever, ever asks you what its like. This may be from concern over not hurting your feelings. Or not wanting to bring up the issue. Or superstition that your paralysis might be contagious if discussed. Its still odd that nobody inquires. Its the elephantthe screaming bansheein the room, and its mighty big..." "...Q: Where do you find an invalid? A: Where you left him. You find yourself, unavoidably, living in the past. Happiness isnt is, but was. You try not to contemplate the future too much. Nor the future of the...
  • Marine Corps Infantry Gender Experiment. FAIL!

    04/11/2015 5:50:44 AM PDT · by kingattax · 72 replies
    UFP News ^ | 04/11/2015 | SGT A
    Well, its finally over with The United States Marine Corps for the past three years, at the direction of those in the Department of Defense, following the direction of the Commander-in-Chief, Barrack Hussein Obama, have completed their experiment attempting to integrate women into combat arms positions and units. The final result? Epic FAIL! The effort came to an end on April 02, 2015, when the last of two female volunteers participating in the current Infantry Officers Course at Quantico, Virginia, were dropped during the grueling Combat Endurance Test. The unimaginably difficult course is the gauntlet that every Marine Corps Officer...
  • Marine Corps Gender Integration Program Ends Without A Female Grad

    04/08/2015 7:44:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 8, 2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    An 18 month trial period allowing female Marines to attend the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course will end without a single female graduate, reported the Marine Corps Times. The opportunity for female volunteers is part of a larger effort to determine the feasibility of allowing female officers to take part in ground combat operations. If anyone had successfully completed the course, they would not have earned the occupational designator or entered the infantry, since the program was only an experiment. The IOC began accepting female officers in September 2012, but by July 2014, only 20 female officers had volunteered, and...
  • Obama Leaves U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati Behind In Iran

    04/08/2015 10:21:44 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 8, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Justice: A Marine veteran has been held captive in Iran since August 2011, when he was taken prisoner while visiting family and charged with spying. Does President Obama hear his plea for unconditional freedom? With the exception of deserters like Bowe Bergdahl, those who put on a uniform and serve their country seem like afterthoughts to this administration, if they're thought of at all. Just ask Andrew Tahmooressi, the Marine sergeant allowed to languish 214 days in a Mexican jail for the crime of missing a highway exit. Or now, Amir Hekmati of Flagstaff, Ariz., a Marine vet who sits...
  • Okinawa protests intensify as Futenma relocation construction begins

    04/06/2015 4:10:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 4, 2015 | Matthew M. Burke and Chiyomi Sumida
    For more than a decade, the protest movement over the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Camp Schwab was largely characterized by smiling elderly Okinawans holding sit-ins. The most provocative action of these Western-friendly protesters was perhaps temporarily blocking a gate or tying colored ribbons on the chain-link fences surrounding the seaside Marine Corps base. But 2014 brought a new development: Local politicians who spoke against the construction of a controversial runway at Oura Bay on the northern part of the island were swept into power. And when those politicians were unable to fulfill campaign promises to put...
  • U.S. veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

    03/21/2015 12:54:38 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Today | Eric Talmadge
    IOTO, Japan Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II. More than 30 veterans flown in from the U.S. island territory of Guam toured the black sand beaches where they invaded the deeply dug-in forces of the islands Japanese defenders in early 1945. They were bused to the top of Mount Suribachi, an active volcano, where an Associated Press photo of the raising of...
  • Sculptor Captures Son's Spirit to Salute the Marine Corps

    03/20/2015 6:44:11 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/20/2015 | Matt Burke
    With every stroke of sculptor John Phelps steady hand, the clay began to take shape. First, there was a skeleton that soon began to look more and more like one Marine in uniform; then there were three. Before long, their faces twisted and contorted to depict the horrors of combat. The nonprofit veteran service organization Hope for the Warriors commissioned Phelps to immortalize the now-iconic Hell House photo taken by Lucian Read during the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. The photo depicted two Marine lance corporals carrying a bloodied 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal out of a house following a...
  • General: IS Recruits Could Enter U.S. Via Caribbean

    03/16/2015 6:33:06 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 16, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: The head of U.S. Southern Command has warned lawmakers that IS is radicalizing converts and other Muslims in Latin America and could train and send them north via human traffickers. Gen. John Kelly issued his warning in a hearing Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee on defense appropriations for fiscal 2016. He's concerned that in addition to the Iranian terrorist puppet Hezbollah being active in Latin America, the Islamic State is promoting and recruiting for jihad against the United States in the region. "Last year, IS adherents posted discussions on social media calling for the infiltration...
  • Strangers give homeless St. Paul vet military rites

    03/13/2015 8:22:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-12-15 | Mara H. Gottfried
    A man wearing a Marine T-shirt put his arms around an American flag-draped casket Thursday and hugged it. He was one of about 80 people drawn to Our Savior's Lutheran Church Thursday to pay their respects to Jerry Jackson. Many were strangers who didn't know the 58-year-old Marine veteran who died alone, his body found frozen in Indian Mounds Park last month. "That just was so damn tender," Tom Winner said after watching the embrace. Winner, an Air Force veteran who lives a couple of blocks from the St. Paul church, hadn't known Jackson but was moved to attend his...
  • Why the Marine Hymn Contains "Shores of Tripoli"

    03/05/2015 8:19:50 AM PST · by Parmy · 36 replies
    Subject: Why the Marine Hymn Contain Shores of Tripoli"... Interesting bit of history. This may be one of the more informative history lessons you ever read. Why the Marine Hymn Contains the Verse "To the Shores of Tripoli" Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago the United States had declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson led the charge! At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant...
  • Marines Allow Operators to Choose Glocks over MARSOC .45s (G-19 9mm are preferred)

    02/28/2015 5:42:59 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    The Marine Corps has authorized MARSOC operators to carry Glock pistols, since most of the elite outfit's members prefer the popular 9mm over the custom .45 pistols the service bought them in 2012. The Corps issued a Feb. 2 Marine Administrative Message, or MARADMIN, that green-lighted Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, units to use the Glock 19, a proven design used by many units in U.S. Special Operations Command. The reliable, easy-to-maintain 9mm features a polymer frame and a 17-round magazine. The Marine Corps just completed an exhaustive search for a new MARSOC pistol in 2012. The...
  • "The President's Own" United States Marine Band Sousa's March Mania Contest

    02/24/2015 6:17:42 PM PST · by randita · 10 replies
    "President's Own Marine Band ^ | 2/24/15 | Marine Band
    When it comes to the historical knowledge and performance of marches, especially for those written by John Philip Sousa, the United States Marine Band is considered a prime resource. Thats why during the month of March, The Presidents Own will be hosting Sousas March Mania, a tournament pitting 32 marches against each other for the Marine Band online community to determine which one is the favorite. Every day through April 6, marches will compete head to head while Marine Band friends and fans vote which ones advance in the tournament. Participants can listen to the competing marches below, download and...
  • Dig Site May Hold Marine Missing from Vietnam War

    02/20/2015 11:05:20 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/20/2015 | Matt Burke
    The newly established Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has dispatched a remains recovery team to the Cambodian island of Koh Tang, where three Marines were left behind following the final battle of the Vietnam War. The excavation site is believed to hold the remains of Lance Cpl. Joseph Hargrove, Pfc. Gary Hall or Pvt. Danny Marshall, according to official documents from DPMAAs predecessor, the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command. The three-man gun team was left behind in the confusion of a troop withdrawal following a brutal May 15, 1975, battle between about 200 U.S. Marines and entrenched...
  • SECNAV Boots Two Sergeants for Lying At Haditha Court-Martial

    04/20/2012 9:50:38 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Neal Puckett ^ | 4-20-2012 | Neal Puckett
    April 20, 2012 SECNAV Boots Two Sergeants for Lying At Haditha Court-Martial Neal Puckett Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has ordered administrative separation processing of two squad members who testified against SSgt Wuterich in January and admitted lying to NCIS and on the stand about the November 2005 shooting deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha. During the January 2012 court-martial of the squad leader, SSgt Wuterich, Sgts Humberto M. Mendoza and Sanick P. Dela Cruz testified on the stand that they lied to NCIS during the investigation, the Article 32 investigations and withheld information. Their motivation to do so was...
  • Bombers make it onto Iraq base used by U.S. troops

    02/13/2015 8:08:13 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    CBS News online ^ | 13 February 2015 | N/A
    Eight suicide bombers managed Friday to get onto a sprawling Iraqi military base where hundreds of U.S. Marines are training their Iraqi counterparts, but were killed by an ISF counter attack almost immediately.
  • Islamist State fighters seize western Iraqi town - officials

    02/12/2015 4:29:05 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 24 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:29pm IST
    (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents took control on Thursday of most of the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, threatening an air base where U.S. Marines are training Iraqi troops, officials said. Al-Baghdadi, about 85 km (50 miles) northwest of Ramadi in Anbar province, had been besieged for months by the radical Sunni Islamist militants who captured vast swathes of Iraq's north and west last year. "Ninety percent of al-Baghdadi district has fallen under the control of the insurgents," district manager Naji Arak told Reuters by phone. Militants attacked al-Baghdadi from two directions earlier in the day and then advanced on...
  • ISIS SEIZES RAMADI CITY 300 US Marines Trapped at Base Contact With Base Lost

    02/12/2015 1:26:41 PM PST · by combat_boots · 349 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12/2015 | Jim Hoft
    ISIS fighters seized most of Ramadi – where 300 US Marines are stationed training Iraqi Forces.Al-Asad base is near the city – where 300 Marines are stationed.The US Marines at Al-Asad airbase has been under frequent attack since January. But today ISIS seized large swaths of the city. UNCONFIRMED: There are initial reports of ISIS attack/capture of al-Asad air base in which there are over 300 U.S. marines— Chemi Shalev (@ChemiShalev) February 12, 2015 The al-Asad air base is near the town of al-Baghadai in Western Iraq, apparently captured a few hours ago by ISIS— Chemi Shalev (@ChemiShalev) February 12,...
  • Clarity on Marine Security Force departure from Yemen (Official USMC Statement)

    02/12/2015 11:30:31 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 55 replies
    USMC.mil ^ | February 11, 2015 | USMC Public Affairs
    HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS, WASHINGTON The Marine Security Force left the American embassy in Yemen for the movement to the airfield as part of the "ordered departure" with only personal weapons. All crew served weapons were destroyed at the embassy prior to movement. None of them were 'handed over' in any way to anyone. The destruction of weapons at the embassy and the airport was carried out in accordance with an approved destruction plan. Upon arrival at the airfield, all personal weapons were rendered inoperable in accordance with advance planning. Specifically, each bolt was removed from its weapons body and...
  • US Marines ordered to SURRENDER WEAPONS before evacuating Yemen Embassy.

    02/11/2015 6:14:17 PM PST · by Toespi · 209 replies
    The Kelly File/Fox News
    Meghan Kelly just reported that Marines were ordered by the state department to remove clips and surrender weapons before leaving the Yemen Embassy. She reports that it is unprecedented, backed up by Jack Keene. Marines under that order are furious.
  • Official: Houthis seize U.S. Embassy vehicles, Marines' weapons at airport

    02/11/2015 8:06:56 AM PST · by McGruff · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | February 11, 2015 | Hakim Almasmari and Greg Botelho
    Houthi rebels took all U.S. Embassy vehicles parked at the Yemeni capital's airport and wouldn't allow departing U.S. Marines to take their weapons with them, a top airport official in Sanaa said Wednesday. The actions come after the United States, along with Britain, suspended operations at their respective embassies and moved out staffers because of the instability in the Arab nation.
  • Snipers on their Job

    02/10/2015 8:18:37 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/10/2015 | D Breteau
    Three Former Marine Corps Scout Snipers Talk About Their Profession As the movie American Sniper headed for wide release in mid-January, we checked in with three former Marine Corps snipers for their thoughts on the profession, how it changed them, Americas deadliest marksman Chris Kyle, and advice for aspiring snipers. Caylen Wojcik Former 1st Marine Division Scout Sniper School instructor; deployed as a chief sniper during Operation Iraqi Freedom II; over 100 combat missions; severely wounded by enemy rocket fire during Operation Phantom Fury; founded Central Cascade Precision; now with Magpul Dynamics. Jason Mann Twenty years in the USMC,...
  • The Greatest Gun Never Seen

    02/06/2015 8:43:22 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 30 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/6/15 | LtCol John Velisek USMC (Ret)
    Early in 1996, the Marine Corps started a new organization called the Commandants Warfighting Laboratory, later changed to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, which had the charter to lead the Corps in experimentation with new technologies, techniques, tactics and procedures. It was led by Colonel Tony Wood who was already established as one of the Corps most brilliant forward-thinkers and fuelled by a healthy science and technology budget and the full support of the Commandant, General Charles Krulak. The Lab quickly set out to test a broad range of emerging technologies along with advanced warfighting experiments. One of those experiments...
  • U.S. Military Not Taught Ideology of Islamic Jihad, Our Nation Is In Great Peril, Says CSP

    01/17/2015 8:32:21 AM PST · by LSUfan · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | 16 Jan 15 | Penny Starr
    Center for Security Policy (CSP) official Tommy Waller, who fought against Islamic jihadists "on their turf" in Afghanistan and elsewhere, said his military training did not include instruction in the ideology of the enemy, a deliberate omission that puts America in "great peril." Waller, a Marine Reserve major, speaking via Skype at the National Press Club on Jan. 16, said he was speaking as an employee of the CSP, a conservative national security group in Washington, D.C., which released that day a new report, The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement. The plan, designed...
  • Fallen US Marines Father returns Obamas Condolence Letter with an Incredible Rebuke

    01/04/2015 6:17:43 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 42 replies
    Give Me Liberty ^ | 1/4/2015 | Tim Brown
    This is from Freedom OutPost. Mr Steven R. Hogan I applaud your backbone and your addressing the disgrace that Obama really is. I also greieve with you at the loss of your son and his comrades in arms. I also despise the way Barack Hussein Obama has tied the hands of the military with this bull shi@ rules of engagement. Barack Hussein Obama is strutting around, boasting of his ending the war in Afghanistan. However, lets be reminded of one United States Marines father reply to a condolence letter from Obama, in which he rebuked the idiot-in-chief over the rules...
  • Obamas Kwanzaa greeting: Much to be thankful for

    12/27/2014 1:15:14 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2014 | Maria Stainer
    President Obama said there is much to be thankful for during Kwanzaa, which runs from Friday to Jan. 1, 2015. Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today begins a celebration highlighting the rich African American heritage and culture through the seven principles of Kwanzaa unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith, Mr. Obama said Friday. The Kinara is the candleholder that is used in Kwanzaa, a holiday created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, who was born Ron Everett. He is now professor and chairman of the...
  • Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter 10 Years Behind Older Jets

    12/27/2014 4:24:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Americas $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft cant see the battlefield all that well. Which means its actually worse than its predecessors at fighting todays wars. When the Pentagons nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it wont be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors wont be able to see the battlefield as well; and what video the F-35 does capture, it wont be able to transmit to infantrymen in real time. Versions of the new single-engine stealth fighter are set to...
  • Marines to invade L.A., but dont panic

    12/07/2014 11:59:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    LA Times, via Stars & Stripes ^ | December 6, 2014 | Veronica Rocha and Tony Perry
    Downtown Los Angeles might look like a scene out of Call of Duty next week, but military officials say dont be alarmed. Its a drill. Military helicopters will be buzzing over the downtown skyline. Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton armed with chalk-firing nonlethal rifles will converge at undisclosed locations in Los Angeles all in an effort to get urban realism training. Military officials will not disclose exactly when the training will occur in Los Angeles, hoping to dissuade potential spectators. But they dont want people to panic. The last thing we want is for people to see Marines...