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  • One Marine’s Afghanistan Story

    06/16/2018 8:41:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/16/18 | Unk
    Hat Tip: Jerry Todd How many of us have or could endure ONE WEEK of this guys experience??? An interesting read from a Recon Marine in Afghanistan ; an insider's view of what is really going on. This Marine is articulate, has a flare for colorful language and descriptive prose regarding scorpions, chiggers and sand fleas: "It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains , along the Dar'yoi Pamir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake-out, my friend, and...
  • Upgraded Old Cobra Gunships Offer Big Capabilities Without The Price Tag

    06/05/2018 10:40:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 4, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Jordan is in the process of upgrading some of its AH-1F Cobra gunship helicopters to a new standard that incorporates many features similar, or outright identical, to those on the latest AH-1Z model. The update package could potentially serve as a model for other countries looking to upgrade their existing AH-1s or for military forces considering buying Cobras for the first time on the growing secondary market. The Jordanian Air Force displayed one of the modified helicopters during the country’s biennial Special Operations Forces Exhibition, or SOFEX, which took place at Marka Airport in the capital Amman in May 2018....
  • US Marines kill more than 70 Taliban leaders in Afghanistan

    05/30/2018 2:21:33 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 58 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 30, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    U.S. Marines in Afghanistan killed dozens of Taliban leaders last week using rocket artillery after tracking them to a meeting in volatile Helmand Province, according to the top American general in Afghanistan Wednesday. U.S. Forces Afghanistan said more than 50 Taliban commanders, including the deputy Taliban shadow governor of Helmand was killed. Taliban leaders from six other provinces across Afghanistan were killed as well in the strike in the Musa Qala district of Helmand, according to the statement. Twenty other Taliban leaders were killed in air strikes earlier this month by drones and Air Force A-10 Warthog jets based in...
  • One Of The Bravest Marines In The Corps Just Retired, And He Gave Some Powerful Words Of Wisdom

    05/24/2018 9:29:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/24/2018 | Justin Caruso
    Marine Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal, spoke at at a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, California, Thursday. “Ladies and gentlemen, behind me, to the right, to the left, is the big stick. The ones who do the work, who put in the sacrifice, everyday, to make sure that this country, this most beautiful, great nation, still stands,” he said, in reference to Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote, “speak softly and carry a big stick.” He also commended his fellow Marines for their commitment and duty.
  • Marines Want Contractor-Flown Russian Mi-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships At More Exercises

    05/03/2018 9:12:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    The Drive ^ | APRIL 30, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Marine Corps is looking into whether a contractor might be able to supply Mi-24 Hind gunship or Mi-17 Hip armed transport helicopters to add extra realism to various exercises. Outside companies routinely provide these types of helicopters to play mock enemies at a number of U.S. military training events, but this kind of “adversary” support could become even more relevant as American forces across the services refocus on preparing for high-end conflicts against “great power” opponents, such as Russia. On April 26, 2018, the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, or MAGTFTC, posted a draft set of...
  • R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ drill sergeant, dies

    04/15/2018 5:25:23 PM PDT · by libstripper · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2018 | Victor Morton
    The Marine who became immortalized by playing a brutal drill sergeant in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” has died. “It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia,” his manager Bill Rogers said in a statement posted to Mr. Ermey’s official Twitter account.
  • Marines Working with the Army on 5.56mm Rifle Round Replacement

    04/12/2018 6:35:08 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 62 replies
    Military.com ^ | 11 Apr, 2018 | Matthew Cox
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A senior Marine Corps official confirmed today that the service is lockstep with the Army's effort to search for a rifle round more potent than the current 5.56mm round. For months, senior Army officials have been telling Congress that the current 5.56mm Enhanced Performance Round is not potent enough to penetrate enemy body armor plates similar to U.S. military-issue rifle plates such as the Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert, or ESAPI. As a solution, the Army is experimenting with a plan to replace its M249 squad automatic weapon and M4 carbine with futuristic weapons that fire...
  • The Best Of The USMC's Aging F/A-18 Hornets To Receive Lethal Radar Upgrade

    03/21/2018 7:40:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Drive ^ | MARCH 21, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    With a new Navy plan to retire nearly half its F/A-18A/B/C/D fleet in the near term to help boost the readiness of its youngest so called "legacy Hornets," which the USMC will inherit in the not so distant future, the Corps is now moving to upgrade seven squadrons worth of jets with new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars. The move signifies the most substantial capability upgrade in the legacy Hornet's entire history. In a posting on the government's contracting site FBO.gov it states that the USMC is looking to install the systems "in 4th Quarter 2020 and complete in...
  • BREAKING: USMC To Adopt Modular Handgun System

    03/20/2018 4:41:50 PM PDT · by BBell · 61 replies
    The US Marine Corps is set to replace its M9s with 35,000 Modular Handgun System pistols, budgeting over $6 million for the procurement. Since the US army’s adoption of the XM17/18 in January 2017, there has been much speculation around if and when the other services would follow. It seems the Marine Corps will be the first. The recently published 2019 Fiscal Year Budget Estimates Justification Book for United States Marine Corps procurement gives us some insight into the Corps small arms aims for the next couple of years. The adoption of SIG Sauer’s Modular Handgun System is one of...
  • Q Anon: (3/18/18) Continued from Friday's thread. FRiendly Freeper Collaboration

    03/18/2018 10:04:49 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1,245 replies
    we-go-all.com/# ^ | 3/18/2018 | FReepers, vanity
    Anons, Tweeters, FReepers and others are still digging in the right place, and still willing to dig wherever Q points. This thread is a friendly collaborative place for FReepers to analyze information and share opinons. FReepers have a wide variety of reasons for investigating Q Anon content; this is not the appropriate place to criticize or badger those who choose to use some of their time in this manner. This thread is a continuation of the prior Q Anon thread located here: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3640290/posts I plan to post one thread at a time and ping new drops posted to it....
  • Letter sickens 11 in hazmat situation at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall

    02/27/2018 3:31:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 27, 2018 | Victor Morton
    Almost a dozen people have been injured at a Washington-area military base as a result of a letter that contained a hazardous substance, according to local first-responders. Hazmat crews rushed to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and were trying to identify the substance Tuesday afternoon, according to the Fort Myer Fire Department’s Twitter account.
  • On this day in 1945, one of the most reproduced and parodied photos in history was taken

    02/23/2018 5:42:39 PM PST · by Saint X · 40 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | February 23, 2018 | U.S. Naval institute
    Photographer Joe Rosenthal admitted that when he took a shot of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima’s Mt. Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945, he had no idea that he had captured something extraordinary. He was setting up for a different shot when he spotted the group of men planting the flag and quickly took a snap without even looking through the viewfinder. The chance photo would become iconic overnight and go on to win the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Marine Corps again lowers requirements for Infantry Officer Course

    02/22/2018 4:06:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2018 | Douglas Ernst
    The Marine Corps is on the defensive for a second time this month over changes to its famous Infantry Officer Course (IOC). Military communities were abuzz in early February when officials confirmed that successfully completing the Combat Endurance Test (CET) — the rigorous first stage of IOC — would no longer be a requirement for passing the 13-week course. The Corps answered criticism on Feb. 7, but found itself in the same position this week as new standards for IOC’s training hikes were revealed. The course previously required a Marine to complete nine hikes, of which six would be evaluated...
  • U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies [Obama Admin's Orders]

    11/25/2017 10:57:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/20/2015 | Joseph Goldstein
    In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s...
  • Pentagon To Sell-Off Its AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopter Fleet

    01/23/2018 7:50:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | January 19, 2018 | Tyler Rogoway
    Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg—Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Co The Department of Defense plans on putting its surplus fleet of AH-1W Super Cobras up for sale on the international arms market. The news comes as the USMC continues to outfit its light attack helicopter squadrons with new-build AH-1Z "Viper" derivatives of the Bell design, which traces its roots directly to the iconic UH-1 Iroquois/Huey. A recent business opportunity posting over at Fedbizops.gov describes the need for flight and maintenance training, sustainment, and refitting "Whisky Cobras" with new commercially available off-the-shelf avionics upgrades in preparation for foreign transfers of the type...
  • Turkey Is Interested in Buying Surplus USMC AV-8B Harriers, Others Likely To Follow

    12/07/2017 8:22:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Drive ^ | December 6, 2017 | Tyler Rogoway
    With F-35B production ramping up, the AV-8 Harrier is entering into the twilight of its service with the United States Marine Corps. By most accounts, America's Harrier fleet has quite a bit of life left in it, especially considering Pentagon picked up the UK's entire fleet of 74 Harriers, many of which were very young, and all the spare parts that went with them, for cost of roughly 1.35 F-35Bs at today's prices, or a paltry $177M. As a result, large quantities of surplus Harriers and ample stocks of spare parts are likely to be put up for sale by...
  • Jim Nabors Dies: ‘Gomer Pyle’ Star Was 87

    11/30/2017 11:22:42 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 72 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 30/11/17 | Greg Evans
    Jim Nabors, who gave popular culture its most enduring image of a wide-eyed, good-natured if none too bright hayseed in a character whose very name – Gomer Pyle – would become synonymous with lovable rube, died Thursday in Hawaii. He was 87. Nabors’ husband, Stan Cadwallader... With catchphrases “Shazam!” and “Gollllly!” (the latter drawn out to four or five lilting syllables), Nabors debuted his downhome, gas station attendant character in 1962 on The Andy Griffith Show, where the slow-going, dim-witted Gomer was a constant irritation to Don Knotts’ officious, high-strung Deputy Barney Fife. The Gomer character, and Nabors’ odd-couple chemistry...
  • Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Wesley Fox dies at 86

    11/27/2017 4:24:35 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 11/27/17 | NIKKI WENTLING
    Marine Corps Col. Wesley Fox, who received the Medal of Honor for successfully leading his company through an enemy attack during the Vietnam War and retired decades later at the mandatory age of 62, died the evening of Nov. 24 in Blacksburg, Va. He was 86. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society confirmed his death Monday but did not provide a cause. As a boy growing up in rural northern Virginia and watching his older cousins leave to fight in World War II, Fox always planned to join the military, he said in an interview preserved by the Library of...
  • MARINES AT LANGELY

    11/22/2017 3:06:43 PM PST · by 7thson · 75 replies
    Has anyone heard of the Marines taking over CIA HQ in Langley last week?
  • Vietnam War veteran, 83, wears his dress blues to stand guard over his Marine buddy's casket...

    11/16/2017 5:16:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Nov. 16, 2017 | Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Vietnam War veteran, 83, wears his dress blues to stand guard over his Marine buddy's casket after they made promise to each other in 1968 when they survived a mortar attack An 83-year-old retired Marine kept a promise he made to a fellow officer while they were hunkered down in a bunker during the Vietnam War. Retired Marine Master Sgt. William H. Cox and Retired Marine First Sgt. James 'Hollie' Hollingsworth were shielding themselves from rockets and mortars in 1968 as they were fighting in the Marble Mountains during the war on New Year's Eve. The two men,...