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  • 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 it’s 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. It’s still odd that nobody inquires. It’s the elephant—the screaming banshee—in the room, and it’s mighty big..." "...Q: Where do you find an invalid? A: Where you left him. You find yourself, unavoidably, living in the past. Happiness isn’t 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, it’s 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 island’s 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 · 40 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. That’s why during the month of March, “The President’s Own” will be hosting “Sousa’s 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 DPMAA’s 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, Sgt’s 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, America’s 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 Commandant’s 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 Marine’s Father returns Obama’s 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, let’s be reminded of one United States Marine’s father reply to a condolence letter from Obama, in which he rebuked the idiot-in-chief over the rules...
  • Obama’s 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
    America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars. When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the battlefield as well; and what video the F-35 does capture, it won’t 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 don’t 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 don’t be alarmed. It’s 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 don’t want people to panic. “The last thing we want is for people to see Marines...
  • Paralyzed Marine wit Robotic Exoskeleton Receives Bronze Star with V

    12/03/2014 7:19:07 AM PST · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 12/3/2014 | J Hlad
    When Capt. Derek Herrera was called to stand in the place of honor Friday at his retirement ceremony, he pressed buttons on what appeared to be a wristwatch as a fellow Marine came to his aid. After another push of a button and three short beeps, Herrera rose, legs shaking, and walked deliberately toward his commander. With each step, the exoskeleton he wore emitted a robotic whirring noise, as though it were Iron Man striding through the cordoned off parking lot in digital camouflage. Herrera was paralyzed from the chest down in June 2012, when he was shot in...
  • The Rise and Fall and Rise of America’s Last Battle Rifle (M-14)

    11/14/2014 6:18:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 13, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    Critics said the M-14 was what happened when the U.S. government took many years and spent millions of dollars designing a rifle that was really just a glorified M-1 Garand from World War II. The M-14 was the U.S. military’s last battle rifle. It appeared in 1959—the contemporary of the Pentagon’s first jet fighters and ICBMs. With its heavy steel parts and walnut stock, the M-14 looked positively archaic. It was hardly a Space Age weapon. And it only endured as America’s battle rifle until 1970, when the M-16 completely superseded it—the shortest service record of any U.S. military rifle...
  • Body cam video: Were San Diego police officers in the wrong?

    11/12/2014 8:10:23 AM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 11 replies
    San Diego News 10 ^ | Nov 6, 2014 | Allison Ash
    SAN DIEGO - The attorney for a Marine under arrest on charges of battery on a police officer and resisting arrest told Team 10 the video recorded by the San Diego Police Department's own body cameras proves the officers were the real abusers. "What you're seeing here appears to be an assault and battery under color of authority," said attorney Paul Neuharth, who shared the video with Team 10. Neuharth is defending one of the Marines against the criminal charges. The incident happened Sept. 21 in the Gaslamp Quarter. According to Neuharth, the Marines were celebrating the return of one...
  • U.S. Marines to Retire Harrier Fleet Earlier Than Planned, Extend Life of Hornets

    11/03/2014 10:39:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 3, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Marine Corps will phase out the Boeing AV-8B Harrier II jump jet by 2025 — about five years earlier than planned — and will instead extend the life of its fleet of aging Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters, according to the service’s recently released 2015 aviation plan. In previous years, the service had said it would replace its increasingly older fleet of original model Boeing F/A-18A – D Hornet strike fighters before retiring the Harriers before replacing both fighters with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Now, the Harrier will be retired in 2025...
  • "72 Virgins Dating Service" Coin USMC

    11/01/2014 8:31:30 AM PDT · by Excellence · 22 replies
    The Marine Shop ^ | November 1, 2014 | The Marine Shop
    I'm just wondering how long it will be before they are forced to take it down.
  • Free at Last! Tahmooressi Released from Mexican Jail

    10/31/2014 6:22:57 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Oct 2014, 5:45 PM PDT | Joel B. Pollak
    U.S. Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi has been released from a Mexican jail, where he had languished for months on weapons charges after crossing the border with three guns in his car earlier this year. Tahmooressi has long maintained his innocence, saying that he made a wrong turn at the Mexican border and was unable to return to the U.S. upon realizing his mistake. His release became a cause célèbre for conservatives nationwide. The San Diego Union-Tribune notes that Tahmooressi's legal strategy shifted in recent weeks: "He initially pressed for dismissal of the case on the grounds that his client’s rights...
  • 92% of Marine Casualties in Afghanistan War Occurred Under Obama

    10/29/2014 6:27:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 102 replies
    cns news ^ | 10/29/14 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) -- As U.S. Marines withdraw from Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghanistan war), CNSNews.com's database on casualties shows that 418 Marines gave their lives in the conflict and that 92% of those casualties, 385 deaths, occurred since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. “U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces,” reported the Department of Defense on Oct. 27. “We lift off confident in the Afghans’ ability to secure the region,” said Army Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, commander of the...
  • Three pioneering women in Marine infantry course are asked to leave. Why?

    10/26/2014 11:25:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 229 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 24, 2014 | Anna Mulrine
    Just weeks after three women passed a rigorous day-long test qualifying them to potentially lead US Marine infantrymen for the first time in history, news came that all three women have been asked to leave the course. They were physically disqualified from the training last week for falling behind in hikes while carrying loads of upwards of 100 pounds, says Maj. George Flynn, director of the Infantry Officers Course (IOC) at Quantico, Va.
  • Webcast: 31st Annual Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony [10:30am]

    10/23/2014 5:58:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    DVIDS Hub ^ | October 23, 2014 | N/A
    The 31st Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony will be held at the Beirut Memorial in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Thursday, October 23, at 10:30 a.m. The special ceremony will honor the fallen service members and survivors who served in Lebanon from 1958 to 1984 and in Grenada. Major General Richard L. Simcock, the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade commanding general, is scheduled to deliver the Beirut memorial address. Scheduled from Oct 23 2014 10:30 AM EDT to Oct 23 2014 12:00 PM EDT
  • Michelle Obama called Bruce Braley ‘Bruce Bailey.’ Oops.

    10/10/2014 9:42:44 PM PDT · by iowamark · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/10/2014 | Sean Sullivan
    It's been a rough campaign for Rep. Bruce Braley (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa. It got a bit worse Friday when first lady Michelle Obama campaigned for him. First, she called him "Bruce Bailey." [seven times] (Bill Clinton also recently made the same mistake.) Then she said he was a Marine Corps veteran. (He's not.)The Des Moines Register posted video of the event:... Somebody quickly pounced the Braley/Bailey flub. The Web site votebrucebailey.com redirects to the campaign Web site of Republican nominee Joni Ernst.
  • Marines headed to Africa to fight Ebola outbreak

    10/08/2014 12:49:45 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 49 replies
    The hill ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon is deploying 100 troops from a special Marine response force to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak. "These personnel will arrive in Senegal tonight and in Liberia tomorrow," said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby at a briefing on Wednesday. The 100 troops — mostly Marines, along with some Navy corpsmen — are part of a force of up to 3,600 U.S. troops that could deploy to West Africa to help efforts to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The outbreak has so far claimed more than 3,000 lives and could infect 1.4...
  • Indeed, How Dare We Leave Andrew Tahmooressi Behind?

    10/03/2014 9:20:27 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Veteran Neglect: A Navy and Marine Corps veteran asks a House panel why an administration that says it leaves no one behind has let a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder sit in a Mexican jail for six months. From the famous "latte salute" to the Marine holding the presidential umbrella, President Obama's respect for our men in uniform has been open to question. Unless, of course, they desert their post in Afghanistan to try to join the Taliban, like Bowe Bergdahl. Then you have the parents to the White House and trade the Taliban general staff to obtain their release....
  • Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right

    09/28/2014 4:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 25, 2014 | Sally Kohn
    Should he have switched hands? Dropped the cup? Not drank the coffee? Declared war on coffee growers? Any way, the right woulda whacked him.Since his inauguration, Republicans have criticized President Obama for everything. For launching military strikes. For not launching military strikes. For taking vacations. For being too uptight. For fist-bumping. For being too detached. You name it. Progressives and those who simply like fair-minded political debate have alleged that the actual facts of President Obama’s actions are irrelevant, that Republicans who were determined to oppose everything the president did from Day One would criticize his every move no matter...
  • Former Head of Marine Corps: Obama's ISIS Strategy Doesn't Have a Snowball's Chance in Hell

    09/22/2014 9:50:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    As President Obama continues to openly state U.S. ground troops on Iraq to combat terror army ISIS are not an option, a number of top military commanders have openly criticized or questioned his strategy, both in the press and in congressional testimony. Now we can add former head of the Marine Corps, General James Conway, to a long and growing list. Speaking at the Maverick PAC Conference in Washington D.C. last week, Conway didn't hold back or mince words about how he views current strategy against ISIS. The Daily Caller has the story: “I don’t think the president’s plan has a snowball’s...
  • Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry

    09/17/2014 12:40:00 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    Marine Corps Gazette ^ | September 17, 2014 | Capt Lauren F. Serrano
    While reading the February issue of the Marine Corps Gazette, I skimmed past the “Be Bold” advertisement calling for readers to submit articles that challenge a Marine Corps policy or way of doing business. Immediately a current “hot topic” came to mind, but as usual I quickly discarded it because I have purposely avoided publicly disagreeing with the passionate opinions of many of my female peers and friends. After weeks of contemplation and debate, I am “being bold” and coming clean: I am a female Marine officer and I do not believe women should serve in the infantry.
  • Andrew Tahmooressi’s Imprisonment Is Something We Should Be Ashamed Of

    09/09/2014 12:45:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 8, 2014 | Scott McKay
    What to make of the peculiar situation unfolding just across the border in Tijuana, where U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi languishes in solitary confinement for the crime of mistakenly crossing the border with his personal weapons in his truck on March 31? ADVERTISEMENT Nothing to inspire confidence, for certain. In fact, Tahmooressi’s ordeal might just confirm many of our worst fears about the Obama administration. [Big SNIP] That he refuses to get involved despite so obvious a brief for doing so—not to mention a legal duty—isn’t just a reflection of his incompetence. It looks more sinister than that. Tahmooressi is...
  • Marine convicted of killing Iraqi to be retried (Camp Pendleton)

    08/15/2014 11:02:39 PM PDT · by Saoirise · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 8/15/14 | Jennifer Hlad
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A Marine sentenced to 11 years in prison for the 2006 killing of an unarmed Iraqi in Hamdaniyah will be retried later this month after his conviction was thrown out because a confession was obtained after he had been improperly denied a lawyer. But the civilian lawyer of the Marine, Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III, argued in a hearing Thursday that he should first get a new Article 32 hearing because the confession was the centerpiece of the government’s case against him. Hutchins was convicted of unpremeditated murder in 2007 for the death of the unarmed...
  • The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women

    07/07/2014 6:32:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | July 7, 2014 | Tom Bowman
    The challenge for the Marines, and for the Army, is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards. And here's where things stand in the Marines. Eighty-five female Marines already made it through an infantry training course last fall at Camp Lejeune, N.C., which included drills such as attacking a mock enemy force, hidden in a pine forest. That course lasted eight weeks, and the men and women all completed the same training. Now the Marines have a more ambitious plan that will take a new group of volunteers from the deserts to...
  • No Independence For Andrew Tahmooressi

    07/03/2014 5:57:45 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | July 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Border Justice: While armed Mexican police and military have crossed the border hundreds of times in recent years, sometimes firing at U.S. agents, a Marine with PTSD spends his Fourth of July in a Mexican jail. Lately it seems that Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a Marine who has done two tours in Afghanistan, is the only one President Obama doesn't want crossing into the United States from Mexico. We tolerate armed incursions by Mexican authorities and a flood of unaccompanied minors and other illegal aliens but are quite content to let a Marine with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who made a...
  • Another Deserter Surfaces: Will Obama Prosecute?

    07/01/2014 4:14:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Defense: Seeing his commander in chief turn a Muslim convert deserter into a national hero, another Muslim soldier — a double deserter — has finally turned himself in. He deserves no leniency. Following in the footsteps of Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, Marine deserter Wassef Ali Hassoun has resurfaced in Virginia after years of faking his own kidnapping in Iraq. Like Bergdahl, Hassoun appears to have collaborated with the enemy. An Arabic translator, he refused to translate questions about Islam and showed jihadist clerics undue respect during interrogations. Later he abandoned his guard post at his base in Fallujah during the...
  • Lockheed: Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Final Approach to Initial Operational Capability

    06/26/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 10, 2014 6:26 PM | Dave Majumdar
    Lockheed: Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Final Approach to Initial Operational Capability By: Dave Majumdar Published: June 10, 2014 6:25 PM Updated: June 10, 2014 6:26 PM A Marine F-35B joint strike fighter lifts off from the runway during the first short take-off and vertical landing mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. on Oct. 25 2013. US Marine Corps Photo A Marine F-35B joint strike fighter lifts off from the runway during the first short take-off and vertical landing mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. on Oct. 25 2013. US Marine Corps Photo Lockheed Martin has begun testing...
  • VFW CALLS FOR BOYCOTT UNTIL MEXICO RELEASES U.S. MARINE

    06/25/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    VFW.org ^ | June 25, 2014
    VFW CALLS FOR BOYCOTT UNTIL MEXICO RELEASES U.S. MARINE VFW CALLS FOR NATIONWIDE BOYCOTT OF MEXICAN PRODUCTS AND TRAVEL UNTIL MARINE IS RELEASE June 25, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is calling for a nationwide boycott of Mexican products and travel until Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is released from a Mexican jail. “This combat Marine has been languishing away since he was arrested March 31 for allegedly crossing the border accidentally with three personal firearms that were legally registered in the States but not in Mexico,” said VFW National Commander William A....
  • Medal of Honor - Corporal William Kyle Carpenter - United States Marine Corps

    06/19/2014 11:53:37 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 27 replies
    MARINES ^ | June 19 , 2014 | U.S.M.C.
    Summary of Action Lance Corporal William Kyle Carpenter is enthusiastically recommended for the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life while serving as a squad automatic rifleman, Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) for actions against enemy forces on 21 November 2010 in Marjah District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Carpenter’s squad was tasked with establishing Patrol Base Dakota in a small village in the Karez-e Saydi area of Marjah on 19 November 2010. Traveling by foot, Lance Corporal Carpenter’s squad was accompanied by a team...