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  • General John Kellys Speech About These Marines Will Make You Appreciate the Price of Freedom

    05/13/2016 6:05:32 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies
    wide open country ^ | 13 May 2016 | Linda Smith
    What he didnt know until then, he said, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion he said, Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.... No sane man. They saved us all.... By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only...
  • Marines To Add Harvest Hawk Weapons Kit to Entire C-130J, V-22 Fleets

    05/12/2016 4:00:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 11, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    THE PENTAGON The Marine Corps intends to add improved sensors and precision-strike capability to its entire KC-130J Super Hercules tanker/transport plane and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor fleets, applying the Harvest Hawk concept to make both aircraft more multi-mission, the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation told USNI News this week. Lt. Gen. Jon Davis said the Marines next aviation plan would include upgrading all 79 C-130Js into Harvest Hawk-capable platforms. The Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) includes both modifications to the plane the installation of a new MX-29 sensor ball with a laser designator on the nose...
  • Marine Corps investigating possible misidentification in iconic Iwo Jima photo

    05/02/2016 4:18:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 2, 2016 | Scott McFetridge - AP
    DES MOINES, Iowa The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in one of the iconic images of World War II after two amateur history buffs began raising questions about the picture. The Marines announced its inquiry more than a year after Eric Krelle, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Stephen Foley, of Wexford, Ireland, began raising doubts about the identity of one man. In November 2014, the Omaha World-Herald published an extensive story about their claims and Saturday was the first to report the...
  • James Gleason of Tampa, An Original Marine Raider, Dead At 90

    04/26/2016 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 14 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | April 25, 2016 | Howard Altman
    In the summer of 1925, a woman put her 2-week old son in a shoebox and dropped him off with a neighbor because she couldnt take care of him. James Gleason has been born prematurely, said his daughter, Barbara Korchak. He wasnt expected to live, Korchak said. But he did, and in summer 1943, he turned 18 during a bloody World War II battle on the island of New Georgia, where he was saving lives as a Navy combat corpsman assigned to a secret unit called the Marine Raiders. Gleason earned the nickname Doc during his time with the Raiders....
  • Immigrant who lied to join marines is naturalized: 'Now the law's on my side'

    04/24/2016 8:37:41 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 Apr 2016 | Griselda Nevarez
    Daniel Torres was an undocumented immigrant when he used a false US birth certificate to join the marine corps. After serving in Iraq, he was found out and discharged. Eventually he returned to Tijuana, where he was born, though he said he was always homesick for the country he had fought for.
  • Smokescreen on the Potomac: Pentagon and Congress deliberately ignoring $36 million USMC study

    04/19/2016 11:35:27 PM PDT · by pboyington · 22 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 19, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The United States of America is in mortal jeopardy and most Americans, tucked away in their beds tonight dont even understand why or who is responsible for their peril. Those responsible are not from North Korea, China, Iran, Russia or ISIS. They are Department of Defense bureaucrats, members of Congress and senior leaders in the US military. The US military is committing suicide. We are in the first stages of beginning a process that is going to decimate the speed, lethality and combat power of the Marines and the US Army combat arms and special operations. The US military is...
  • After 16 years, vindication for Marine pilots

    04/16/2016 7:59:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 14, 2016 | Jeanette Steele
    In a victory rare to U.S. military aviation, two widows of Marine Corps pilots have won a 16-year fight to lift blame from their husbands shoulders for a 2000 Osprey crash that killed 19 people, including 15 Marines from San Diego County. Test pilots Lt. Col. John Brow and Maj. Brooks Gruber were at the controls of the MV-22 aircraft when it crashed in the Arizona desert during an exercise. The revolutionary aircraft -- which travels like an airplane but lands vertically like a helicopter -- was still in the operational evaluation stage. The Marine Corps had a lot of...
  • Pakistan Becomes First International Customer for Marine Corps AH-1Z Helo

    04/06/2016 3:37:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | 04/05/2016 | RICHARD R. BURGESS
    ARLINGTON, Va. The Navy has awarded a contract to Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. to build AH-1Z Viper helicopter gunships for the Pakistani government. Under the $170 million Naval Air Systems Command contract, Bell will build the nine AH-1Zs and nine auxiliary fuel kits for the helicopters as a purchase under the Foreign Military Sales program. Deliveries are expected to be completed by September 2018, according to the contract announcement. The approval of the sale by the State Department was made a year ago for a maximum of 15 Vipers. The Pakistani Army will be the first international customer for...
  • The American Warrior Culture is Doomed

    04/05/2016 9:12:26 PM PDT · by pboyington · 19 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 5, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US military is in mortal danger as I write this article. Americans have no idea that vast social changes forced upon the military are on the verge of destroying it. Americans will no longer sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. We are in serious jeopardy of losing the one institution that has enabled us to maintain our freedom for 240 years. We are in serious danger of losing the one institution that successfully defeated and destroyed the worlds thugs, maniacs and sociopaths that teed off against us....
  • BAE's APKWS rockets go to war on AV-8B Harrier

    03/31/2016 11:25:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 31 MARCH, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    BAE Systems laser-guided rocket has been rushed into combat on the AV-8B Harrier, seven months after it was requested by the top brass of the US Marine Corps. The semi-active-laser-seeking 70mm (2.75in) rocket, enabled by BAEs mid-body guidance and control section, is already deployed on US Navy and Marine Corps attack helicopters and was recently acquired by the Army for the AH-64 Apache gunship, but it will soon become a standard tool on the fixed-wing AV-8B jump jet. US Naval Air Systems Command is delivering 80 units initially to Marine Attack Squadron-223 (VMA-223), which is currently deployed to an undisclosed...
  • Defense Department Orders Marines to Change Their Culture

    03/30/2016 2:23:57 PM PDT · by detective · 57 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 March 2016 | by Steve Byas
    Among the memorable television commercials of the 1990s was the one where a couple of mechanics are attempting to force a too-large battery into a mans car. The owner protests that the battery is too big, but the mechanics bring out a hammer and promise to make it fit. The commercial does a flashback to when the two mechanics were children, and one was attempting to force a square peg into a round hole. One boy insists, Its not going in!; but the other responds that the solution is to Just keep hitting it. That sums up how the U.S....
  • Navy Carrier Built For F-35s Is Done Being Rebuilt So That It Can Operate F-35s

    03/23/2016 11:42:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | March 23, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The USS America, a Gator Navy amphibious assault ship built specifically to accommodate Marine Corps F-35Bs, has just left port for sea trials after having to be overhauled for ten months immediately following its original introduction into the fleet due to issues over carrying the aircraft it was designed for. The USS America already had its well deck, used for launching and recovering hovercraft and beach landing ships for ambibous operations, omitted in its design to focus on aviation capabilities. In other words, it is an aircraft carrier not an amphibious assault ship. The main problem is that the ship...
  • The Death of the US Marine Corps

    03/21/2016 8:32:13 PM PDT · by pboyington · 38 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US Marines are the latest casualty in the Maoist Cultural Revolution being shoved down the throat of the military and incinerating the fighting spirit and readiness of the armed forces like a five alarm fire. As reported this week by Military.Com, Marines across the Corps will be challenged on their unconscious prejudices and presuppositions as women get the opportunity to become grunts for the first time. Unconscious prejudices and presuppositions defined as simple facts such as women lack the upper body strength, the aerobic lung capacity, testosterone for aggressiveness, are more prone to injuries, while possessing a myriad of...
  • U.S. Sailors Banned From Overnight Stays in Naha (Video of USMC Apology to Locals Over Rape Charge)

    03/16/2016 8:12:48 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 55 replies
    YouTube Japan ^ | YouTube Japan
    Video at link shows the apology yesterday made by the senior Marine Corps brass in Okinawa, Japan over a increasingly hot situation in the form of an alleged rape of a Japanese woman in a hotel room by a Marine stationed in the island. I believe the alleged perp has been remanded to Japanese custody where he will face the Jaoanwse justice system.
  • As he lay dying, Pat Conroys Family sang the Marine Corps Hymn to him

    03/05/2016 1:23:48 PM PST · by Cecily · 6 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | March 5, 2016 | Bo Emerson
    Pat Conroys family eased him from this life into the next by reading poems, playing country music and singing to him. We did sing the Marine Corps Hymn, his sister Kathy Harvey said. It was the only way to send him out. This was an appropriate choice. The man whose Marine Corps father had so brutalized his childhood still maintained the utmost respect for the Marines. Marine Corps families, Conroy used to say, eat other families for breakfast. The same dynamic held in Conroys relationship with The Citadel, the military college in Charleston whose savage traditions he fictionalized in The...
  • Member Of Trump's Campaign Arrested For Role In Cliven Bundy Standoff

    03/04/2016 5:20:16 PM PST · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    OPB (oregon public broadcasting) ^ | 3-3-16 | unattributed
    Federal authorities on Thursday arrested a New Hampshire man for his role in a standoff by Nevada ranchers opposed to federal control of public lands. Gerald DeLemus, of Rochester, was named in an indictment in Nevada as a mid-level leader and organizer of a conspiracy to recruit, organize, train and provide support to armed men and other followers of rancher Cliven Bundy. DeLemus, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and tea party activist, last year signed on as a member of presidential candidate Donald Trumps New Hampshire veterans coalition. A July news release posted on Trumps website listed DeLemus as a...
  • The Marines Corps' CH-53E Super Stallion Fleet Is In Inexcusably Horrible Disrepair

    02/25/2016 9:26:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | February 25, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Marine Corps faces serious challenges with its aging CH-53E Super Stallion fleet. The huge and complex aircraft are decades old and tired from 15 years of war. A replacement is on the way, the CH-53K King Stallion, although it is behind schedule and still years away from becoming operational. Yet according to a recent report, the Suprr Stallion fleet is in shockingly poor shape. The Virginian-Pilot newspaper describes an internal report with a damning assessment of just how far the heavy-hauling CH-53E fleet has sunk into disrepair, and how little training their crews are receiving. The confidential independent study...
  • Marine Allegedly Assaulted At McDonald's, As Gang Yelled 'Do You Believe Black Lives Matter?'

    02/16/2016 5:49:02 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 137 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 02/15/2016 | Steve Birr
    Marine Allegedly Assaulted Mid-Burger At McDonald's, As Gang Yelled 'Do You Believe Black Lives Matter?' Steve Birr 02/15/2016 A former Marine became the target of an alleged assault in a McDonald's Friday night, as a crowd of youths cornered him and demanded he answer the question, "do you believe black lives matter?" Before knocking him unconscious and robbing him. Christopher Marquez, a veteran of Iraq and recipient of the Bronze Star for valor, said he was dining at a McDonald's in northwest D.C. when a group of black teenagers came up to him and allegedly began harassing him about the...
  • FAMOUS MARINE VETERAN Beaten By Black Lives Matter Mob Blocks From White House

    02/16/2016 6:15:48 AM PST · by Excellence · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 15, 2016 | Kristinn Taylor
    A vicious racist attack took place in the Nation's Capital Friday night just blocks from the Obama White House. And I don't seem able to copy and paste from the article. It could be the website, or maybe it's my computer which, though upgraded to Windows 10, is still really old and low power. The kid who was attacked was captured in a photo carrying a wounded Marine out of the "Hell House" in Fallujah. The photo was the inspiration for two statues, oen of which is at Pendleton Marine base.
  • Marine Allegedly Assaulted At McDonald’s, Gang Yelled ‘Do You Believe Black Lives Matter?’

    02/15/2016 6:54:17 PM PST · by drewh · 95 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:38 PM 02/15/2016
    A former Marine became the target of an alleged assault in a McDonald’s Friday night, as a crowd of youths cornered him and demanded he answer the question, “do you believe black lives matter?” Before knocking him unconscious and robbing him. Christopher Marquez, a veteran of Iraq and recipient of the Bronze Star for valor, said he was dining at a McDonald’s in northwest D.C. when a group of black teenagers came up to him and allegedly began harassing him about the black lives matter movement. Marquez ignored them which prompted calls and shouts that he was a racist. Marquez...
  • Marine Corps rejects enlistee over Confederate flag tattoo

    01/22/2016 9:58:23 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 42 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Kyle Olson
    GREENBRIER, Ark. Recent high school graduate Anthony Bauswell wanted to join the U.S. Marines, but contends he was rejected by a recruiter because of the color of his skin. On his left rib cage Bauswell has a Confederate flag tattoo, with a banner across it reading “Southern Pride,” and he told Arkansas Matters that the Marines recruiting center in Conway insists it disqualifies him from serving his country.
  • Marine Corps Times Urges Veterans To Support More Gun Control(WTH?)

    01/19/2016 10:06:47 AM PST · by rktman · 43 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/18/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 18, the Marine Corps Times criticized the "yield-no-ground attitude toward gun control" and urged veterans to support more gun laws. The Marine Corps Times tweeted, "Veterans should lead the push for more secure gun laws." Veterans should lead push for more secure gun laws https://t.co/Q9LY3qB0b1 - Marine Corps Times (@Marinetimes) January 18, 2016 A link in the tweet takes readers to a January 18 article in the publication, written by former Sgt. Matthew Hess who served in the Marine Corps from 2009-2015.
  • US might sell refurbished Harriers to Taiwan: report

    01/19/2016 2:33:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | William Lowther
    The US might offer to sell refurbished AV-8B Harrier Jump Jets to Taiwan, the magazine Defense News said. “The Harriers will be offered to Taiwan through the Pentagon’s Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program under the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency,” the magazine said in an article written by Taipei-based correspondent Wendell Minnick. The article quotes US government sources as saying the Harriers would be offered after the US Marine Corps begins replacing them with F-35B stealth fighters. The Taipei Times was unable to confirm the story with Pentagon sources on Sunday. Other sources said the story could have been leaked...
  • Search off Hawaii finds life rafts but no sign of 12 Marines

    01/18/2016 12:38:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/18/16 | ap
    HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities searching the area where two Marine helicopters crashed off Hawaii have found some life rafts that were carried aboard the aircraft, but still no sign of the 12 crew members who were on board. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers said Monday she believes three life rafts have been recovered so far. Some were inflated, but it was unclear how they came to be inflated, she said. The search for the Marines entered its fourth day Monday. Mooers said at this point, it is still a search for survivors. Rescuers from various agencies have been...
  • Families confirm identities of several Marines in Hawaii helicopter crash

    01/17/2016 7:05:42 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 14 replies
    USMC LIFE ^ | January 16, 2016 | USMC Life
    Families confirmed identities of some of the missing Marines involved in a helicopter collision over Hawaii on Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for 12 Marines who were reportedly on board two CH-53 helicopters when the aircrafts collided at 3 a.m. Thursday. The families of seven Marines released statements providing identities of the supposed helicopter passengers. One was Captain Kevin Roche, whose family released a statement hoping for his return and offering thanks for the report they received following the news. "Captain Kevin Roche is a passionate Marine who loves his family and his country - and we love...
  • Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters have collided off Hawaii (12 Marines missing)

    01/15/2016 1:10:03 PM PST · by robowombat · 69 replies
    Aviationist ^ | Jan 15 2016 | David Cenciotti
    Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters have collided off Hawaii Jan 15 2016 - By David Cenciotti The two CH-53E Super Stallions were conducting night ops off the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The U.S. Marine Corps have just confirmed that a Search and Rescue operation is underway off Hawaii’s Oahu after two CH-53E Super Stallions helicopters collided mid-air during night training. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, debris field was spotted less than 3 miles off the coast, near the town of Haleiwa, Both helicopters were from MCAS Kaneohe Bay and each had six people aboard. No further details on...
  • Prayer Request - USMC helicopters down

    01/15/2016 6:38:29 AM PST · by paterfamilias · 25 replies
    15 Jan 2016 | me
    Friends: 2 USMC CH-53 helicopters went down off the coast of Oahu, 12 souls missing. One of my son's best friends is a CH-53 pilot stationed in Hawaii, and cannot be reached. We don't know if he was flying at the time. Please pray for Brian and all those involved. Thanks
  • The Marine Corps can confirm ... active search & rescue ... for two CH-53 helicopters (off) of Oahu

    01/15/2016 5:31:09 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 40 replies
    USMC Facebook posting ^ | January 15 | USMC
    U.S. Marine Corps 22 mins *The Marine Corps can confirm there is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for two CH-53 helicopters of the coast of Oahu. The U.S. Coast Guard is currently conducting search and rescue operations. The aircraft are from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing from Marine Corps Base Hawaii. We will provide more details as they become available.* — Major Christian Devine, USMC
  • US must apologize over marines entrance to Iran waters ("American military in Gulf never innocent")

    01/13/2016 1:36:50 AM PST · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    MNA ^ | Jan. 13
    TEHRAN, Jan. 13 (MNA) – Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said IRGC Navy will decide about detained US marines who illegally entered Iran waters once chain of command passes down its orders. “All vessels must give prior notice if they want to sail through another country’s waters, especially if they are military,” said Ali Fadavi, Commander of the IRGC (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps) Navy, referring to the two American riverine command boats that had illegally crossed into Iranian territorial waters around Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. “In the world of international relations, there is only one instance of innocent...
  • The US Marines, KIA

    01/09/2016 10:12:42 PM PST · by pboyington · 16 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 9, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It seems like it’s something new every day now. It seems like it’s something worse every day now. Every day, another directive emanates from the Kremlin at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue concerning the absolute evisceration of the US military. Feminist, left-wing social engineers smell blood and they are intent on the complete destruction of our armed forces. These social engineers don’t care if readiness is destroyed. These social engineers don’t care if unit cohesion is destroyed. These social engineers don’t care if combat power is destroyed. They have but one goal, to create some kind of gender neutral fantasy land that...
  • Marine Corps Ordered to Make Boot Camp Coed, Remove 'Man' from Titles

    01/07/2016 10:40:49 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 117 replies
    Military.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | Hope Hodge Seck
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has given Marine Corps brass two weeks to submit a plan to train male and female recruits together at boot camp and fully integrate officer candidate school. He's also calling for the Marines to make all job titles gender-neutral as the service opens currently closed ground combat jobs to women. In a Jan. 1 memo obtained by Military.com and first reported by Marine Corps Times, Mabus ordered the Corps to send him a detailed plan by Jan. 15 for making boot camp and officer training coed. He also requested that the Marines provide him with a...
  • Authorities search for Marine missing from NJ base for nearly a week

    12/26/2015 4:11:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/26/2015
    <p>Officials from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, near Pemberton, are looking for 28-year-old Marine Sgt. Tristan Clinger.</p> <p>Clinger’s wife told the station the man took off on foot around 4 p.m. ET on December 20 and has not been seen since then.</p>
  • PrintMore SWIM DAILY Ronda Rousey ditches her couch and ice cream to attend Marine Corps Ball

    12/11/2015 6:04:43 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    SI ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | KELSEY HENDRIX
    Back in September, long before her devastating loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, Ronda won the hearts of Marines around the world when she accepted an invitation via viral video from Jarrod Haschert asking her to join him at the Marine Corps Ball. And despite reports earlier today that Ronda would be bailing on her promise to join Jarrod at the ball, it looks like our stunning 2015 SI Swimsuit athlete is in fact going to make an appearance.
  • Sergeant Major Speaks Out On Women In Combat

    12/09/2015 12:53:15 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 28 replies
    Funker530 ^ | December 8, 2015 | Josh
    Sergeant Major Lehew, a 27 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, speaks the honest truth that no one wants to hear about women in combat. Sergeant Major Justin Lehew is a beast among men. At a time where the entire military is absolutely terrified of speaking their minds, he personified moral courage. This man is a leader of Marines, and when it comes to protecting the combat effectiveness of the United States Marine Corps, he let his words speak without the fear of repercussion.
  • "Combat Effectiveness" Being Degraded by Obama's Military Policies

    12/05/2015 4:51:26 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    "Combat Effectiveness" Being Degraded by Obama's Military Policies By evaluating an overwhelming amount of evidence that has been building for 6 ½ years, the obvious conclusion personnel with extensive military experience will come to, is that Obama’s military policies have been degrading the finest US military fighting force in history. Over the last 6 ½ years, the US Armed Forces has been hollowed out by Obama, his Social Experiment On Diversity has severely fractured unit cohesiveness, his “Politically Correct Policies” have negatively affected unit morale, and the “Combat Effectiveness” of the US military is being degraded. Tip of the spear...
  • Commandant to Marines: 'It's Time to Move Out' on Women in Combat

    12/05/2015 7:14:25 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 116 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 4, 2015 | Hope Hodge Seck
    The top officer of the Marine Corps sent an unequivocal message to troops: It's time to get behind the mandate to integrate women into combat units. Gen. Robert Neller released a sternly worded video late Friday, a day after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that all military jobs -- including infantry and special forces positions -- would be open to female troops by the start of next year. The Marine Corps was the only service to request that some fields remain closed to women, citing a yearlong co-ed infantry experiment that found gender-mixed units underperformed all-male ones. Despite that, Neller...
  • Decision to force out Marine who sent warning ahead of insider attack upheld

    12/01/2015 5:45:37 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11-30-15 | Dan Lamothe
    A senior Navy Department official decided Monday to force a Marine Corps officer out of the service for his handling of classified information, three years after he was first investigated after sending a warning to deployed colleagues about an Afghan police chief whose servant later killed three Marines. Maj. Jason Brezler will be separated from the Marine Corps following a decision by acting Assistant Navy Secretary Scott Lutterloh, said Michael Bowe, Brezler’s attorney. The case grabbed attention in Congress and among highly decorated senior officers in the military, some of whom advocated on Brezler’s behalf to let him stay in...
  • US Marine Found Guilty of Killing Transgender Filipino

    12/01/2015 12:13:45 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 108 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Teresa Cerojano and Jim Gomez
    A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a U.S. Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel in the Philippines while he was on a break after participating in joint military exercises in the country. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first strangling Jennifer Laude and then dunking her head into a toilet bowl in the hotel they had checked into after meeting in a disco bar in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. He was sentenced to 6-12 years in jail, with time already spent in detention...
  • High Military Court Will Decide Case of Marine Punished for Bible Verse

    11/28/2015 6:58:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/28/15 | Loredana Vuoto
    Charlotte, N.C., Nov 28, 2015 / 06:13 am (CNA).- The highest U.S. military court will hear the case of a Marine who says her religious freedom was compromised when she was ordered to remove a Bible verse from her work station. In May 2013, Lance Corporal (LCpl) Monifa Sterling refused to follow a superior's order to remove a Bible verse from her workspace. In ruling on the case earlier this year, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals sided against Sterling, saying that significant damage could be caused by forcing military employees to work in the presence of a...
  • Hillary Clinton’s claim that she tried to join the Marines

    11/12/2015 11:18:19 AM PST · by simpson96 · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/2015 | Glenn Kessler
    "He looks at me and goes, 'Um, how old are you. And I said, 'Well I am 26, I will be 27.' And he goes, 'Well, that is kind of old for us.' And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, 'Maybe the dogs will take you,' meaning the Army." -Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking at a breakfast, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 10, 2015One Clinton story that has often been greeted with skepticism is her claim, first made in 1994, that she once tried to join the Marines in 1975. On the campaign trail,...
  • Torn Asunder in 1943 Battle, Twins Are Reunited Under Florida Soil

    11/11/2015 4:26:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2015 | Kirk Semple and Lance Speer
    James P. Reilly and Michael J. Reilly, fraternal twins born on Nov. 9, 1923, remained close throughout their abbreviated life together. As allies and co-conspirators, they were always within each other’s orbit, attending the same public schools in Queens, playing sports together and jointly enlisting in the Marines. During World War II, when they were 20, the brothers were part of a unit that stormed the beach of a small Japanese-held island in the Pacific. It would be their last hour together. James was killed by gunfire, his body falling only feet from Michael; he was interred in a battlefield...
  • The Freeper Canteen Salutes the U.S. Marine Corps on its 240th Birthday!

    11/09/2015 5:57:55 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 107 replies
    Serving the Best Troops and Veterans in the World! | 10 November 2015 | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Salutes theU.S. Marine CorpsOn Its 240th Birthday10 November 1775 ~ 10 November 2015 Semper Fidelis!(Always Faithful!) O ETERNAL FATHER, we commend to Thy protection and care the members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice among nations. Protect them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever they serve they may be loyal to their high traditions and that at all times they may put their trust in Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Marine Corps Prayer by Bishop SherrillFormer Presiding Bishop...
  • They Think They've Got Ben Carson with a Very Cleverly Written Politico Story

    11/06/2015 2:02:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 6, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, well, we were just poking along here about 10 minutes ago. It looked like it was actually gonna be kind of a slow day. And then everything blew up here, and then we -- JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny south Florida, it's Open Line Friday! RUSH: Yeah. And I still don't know what to make of this. There's something that smells about this still, and I can't put my fingers on it. But we're gonna have to get into it. Anyway, welcome to Open Line Friday. Whatever you want to talk about is fine and...
  • 4 Things Why I Wouldn't Trust the 1911 with my Life

    11/03/2015 7:47:07 AM PST · by w1n1 · 98 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 11/3/2015 | D Shaw
    Daniel Shaw, retired US Marine Infantryman and Combat Weapons Master Instructor, explains why the 1911 is not the defensive gun he chooses to carry. Shaw gives us four reasons why he opts to go with something aside from John Browning's classic handgun: limited magazine capacitysafety leverreliabilitymagazine compatibility The former Marine is careful to note that this is his opinion, based on his experience, and acknowledges that everyone is free to pick the platform that’s right for them. With that in mind, what are your thoughts on the 1911? Do you trust your 1911 with your life? Do you have four...
  • U.S. Marines react to switch from M16 to M4

    11/02/2015 8:26:38 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 78 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/2/2015 | Ryan Maass
    U.S. Marines are largely supportive of their commandant's decision to drop the M16 rifle for the M4 carbine as the standard infantry weapon. The U.S. Marine Corps will officially recognize the M4 carbine as the standard weapon for infantry personnel beginning in September 2016, following the approval by Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. The move has been welcomed with optimism from infantry. Sgt. Jonathan Ferriera, a mortarman with 1st Battalion 8th Marines who used the M4 during his deployment in Afghanistan says "it's about time." "The M4 holds every quality that the M16 does: everything an M16 can do, the M4...
  • Warship honoring Marine christened at Maine shipyard

    10/31/2015 4:50:47 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 31 Oct 2015
    The mother of Sgt. Rafael Peralta asked God to bless the ship named for her son and keep the crew safe before smashing a bottle of Champagne on the ship's bow Saturday. Peralta, who pulled a grenade against his body to protect his fellow Marines during close combat with insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004, is believed to be the first serviceman born in Mexico to have a naval warship named in his honor.
  • Why The Military Is Moving On From The M16

    10/29/2015 8:47:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | October 28, 2015 | By Christian Beekman
    The M16A4 may soon retire. This week, the Marine Corps announced via internal memo that the M4 carbine will become the primary-issued rifle in infantry and security units, as well as replace the M16 rifle in supporting training schools by September 2016. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller approved the change, which was first proposed to the previous commandant, Gen. Robert Dunford, according to Marine Corps Times. This decision falls in line with the Army’s phased transition away from the M16 over the past few years. The M16A4 is on the outs simply because it is outdated, and...
  • The Marines' last stand

    10/28/2015 8:41:29 PM PDT · by pboyington · 10 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 28, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Leave it to the Marines to make the US military’s last stand. It’s the last stand for the Marines, the last stand for reality, the last stand for the military to function as a cohesive war fighting organization and not a Santa Monica yoga class. In America 180, everything is upside down. What kind of madcap lunatic asylum do we live in when the military has to ask for exemptions to keep women out of combat? This is what happens when policy is being dictated by radicals whose idea of combat is elbowing for a place in line at the...
  • Marine Corps' new helicopter completes its first flight

    10/28/2015 4:07:49 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 28, 2015 | Allison Barrie
    King Stallion, the U.S. Marine Corps brand spanking new helicopter, completed its first flight Tuesday. The Marines new helo is incredibly advanced - it will be able to lift a whopping three times more weight than its predecessor.
  • Viral Photo Captures the 'Aggie Spirit'

    10/27/2015 2:31:36 PM PDT · by TADSLOS · 21 replies
    KHOU ^ | 27 Oct, 2015 | Staff
    (KHOU) -- It was only a photo of the stands at a Texas A&M home football game. But the commandant of the Corps of Cadets took to social media to say that the story behind that photograph captured what the Aggie Spirit is all about. The photo shows the Corps of Cadets section at the Kyle Field when the Aggies hosted Mississippi State on Oct. 3. As the cadets stand to cheer for the team in the fourth quarter, one cadet stands quietly holding his 6-year-old son. Despite the noise, the boy is asleep his feet resting on the...