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  • Retired U.S. general pleads guilty to lying to FBI in 'Stuxnet' leak case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    09/14/2016 5:16:11 PM PDT · by rey · 95 replies
    Beaufort Gazette ^ | 12 Sept. 2016 | WADE LIVINGSTON
    The drill instructor who allegedly hazed recruit Raheel Siddiqui moments before his death was the same instructor who had previously ordered a Muslim recruit into a commercial clothes dryer and interrogated him about his religion and loyalties. That drill instructor had also called Siddiqui — a 20-year-old Muslim, Pakistani-American from Taylor, Mich. — a “terrorist” at some point during the recruit’s brief time at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, according to a Corps official speaking on background Monday morning. New details about Siddiqui’s death — which the Corps has ruled a suicide — show he initially survived the nearly...
  • US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

    09/12/2016 12:31:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | 9 Sep 2016 | Gareth Corfield
    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed that the US Marine Corps will be flying F-35Bs from HMS Queen Elizabeth on the aircraft's carrier's maiden operational deployment. He said: “I can welcome the commitment of the United States to deploying F-35s on the first operational deployment of Queen Elizabeth – the HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2021. And in the fullness of time, we expect our F-35s to be welcome on the American carriers.” Fallon confirmed the deployment while giving a joint press conference on Wednesday at London's Lancaster House with US Defence Secretary Ash Carter. "We value very much having such...
  • A Marine stands guard while a brave young child dies

    09/07/2016 11:06:05 AM PDT · by Puppage · 18 replies ^ | 09/07/2016 | Puppage
    “Every now and then, in the middle of the constant barrage of crap that’s just pissing us all off these days, we come across a story, a feat, an event that just makes us stop in our tracks. This was one for me. “Cody Green was a 12-year kid in Indiana who was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 months old. He loved the Marines, and his parents said he drew strength and courage from the Marine Corps as ... he bravely fought the battle into remission three times. Although he was cancer-free at the time, the chemotherapy had lowered his...
  • Jerry Coleman, 89, Yankee Infielder, Fighter Pilot and Voice of the Padres

    08/27/2016 10:21:49 AM PDT · by rey · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | 4 Jan 2014
    Jerry Coleman, a former fighter pilot who played in six World Series as an infielder for the Yankees
  • No women in the Masters, but women in the Navy SEALs; are you kidding me?

    08/21/2016 7:47:37 PM PDT · by pboyington · 39 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It’s been a summer of good sports: the Tour de France, the Rio Olympics, baseball, and now within weeks, the beginning of the football season. Professional and amateur sports are obviously not coed. Why aren’t women competing with men in the track and field events at the Rio Olympics? Because men can run faster than women. Why aren’t women competing with men in the Tour de France? Because men are stronger and have more aerobic lung capacity. Why aren’t women intercepting a pass in the NFL? Because women don’t have the muscle mass and upper body strength to last five...
  • Underway on USS America

    08/18/2016 6:27:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 18, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducts flight operations while underway to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. US Navy photo. ABOARD USS AMERICA — The new amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) has raised more than a few questions in its short life, with sailors and Marines alike wondering what it will mean to have an amphibious ship without a well deck and therefore without the ability to deploy landing craft to move heavy tanks and equipment ashore. America’s recent participation in the Rim of the Pacific 2016 international exercise may have allayed some concerns – the...
  • Marines turn to girls high school sports teams for recruits

    08/14/2016 4:00:02 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 13 Aug 16 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women. And this time the campaign is a bit different. Marine recruiters are turning to girls high school sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps' rigorous physical standards, including for the front-line combat jobs now open to women. Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1 in 10. "I've told them that 10 percent is where we want to go and they're working on it," Neller told The Associated Press in an...
  • General Allen’s Service to Al Qaeda’s Paymasters - A Badge of Shame

    08/03/2016 11:32:13 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | August 4, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. After two American soldiers were murdered by an Islamic terrorist in Afghanistan while a crowd of protesters shouted “Death to Americans” and “Death to Infidels”, General Allen visited his men. “There will be moments like this when you’re searching for the meaning of this loss. There will be moments like this when your emotions are governed by anger and a desire to strike back,” Allen pleaded. “Now is not the time for revenge, now is not the time for vengeance.”...
  • BREAKING: General Attacks Trump, Then Bombshell Truth on His Real Identity Explodes

    08/02/2016 3:29:11 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 95 replies
    ....retired Gen. John Allen told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that electing Trump could cause a “civil military crisis, the like of which we’ve not seen in this country.” ...That’s a pretty damning statement. Unfortunately, it’s even more damning — for the left — when you consider who Gen. Allen is.... Allen was, at one point, the White House coordinator for anti-Islamic State group efforts. Along with Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Susan Rice, and the whole sick crew, he was responsible for the policy of treating the Islamic State as the “JV team” — a bunch of angry, stupid teens who...
  • Watch The F-35 Fire Its Gun Pod For The Very First Time

    07/29/2016 7:08:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | July 29, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The F-35A has already fired its internal GAU-22 25mm cannon both on the ground and in the air, and now the gun pod intended for the B and C models, which lack an internal cannon, is being test-fired on the aircraft for the very first time. The gun pod is housed in a semi-low observable (stealthy) enclosure attached to the F-35B and C’s centerlines, between the weapons bays. The gun’s “common” enclosure design can also be used to house other bolt-on systems in the future. LOCKHEED MARTIN A F-35B loaded with GBU-12 laser guided bombs, AIM-9X Sidewinders, and a gun...
  • Retired Gen. Allen (USMC) endorses Clinton (barf!)

    07/25/2016 8:08:31 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | July 25, 2016 | Nick Gass
    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen has endorsed Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee's campaign announced Monday. Allen, a four-star general who led coalition forces in Afghanistan, acknowledged the endorsement as a "very personal decision." "Through 37 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, I saw some of the toughest challenges that our nation faces around the world, and I know that America has the power to meet those challenges. However, it requires continued leadership and engagement in the world, continued partnership with our allies, and a clear understanding of our adversaries," Allen said in a statement released through the...
  • Transgenders in Uniform – The US Military’s Latest Lunacy

    07/21/2016 8:55:55 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Welcome to 2016 when male soldiers train in pregnancy simulators, tactical lactation stations dot the battlefield, women are fraudulently passed through Ranger School and US Navy sailors willingly surrender their boats and equipment to Iranian thugs without so much as firing a flare. It’s the era of breast milk in the field and Liberace joins Delta Force… A perfect storm, a Category Five hurricane of doom and destruction is sweeping over the US military with the deadly accuracy of the Angel of Death on Passover. We have a President who is intent on destroying the military through insane social engineering....
  • First female Marine officers graduate artillery school

    07/11/2016 7:31:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 46 replies
    Quantico Sentry ^ | July 1, 2016 | Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte
    Marine Corps implements force integration plan, graduates first female artillery officers Second Lt. Virginia Brodie points out an enemy position to 2nd Lt. Katherine Boy at the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leadership Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 12, 2016. Brodie and Boy are the first two female Marine artillery officers to complete the course. Photo By: Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte The Marine Corps’ first female artillery officers graduated from the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leaders Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, recently. In the joint Army and Marine course, the Corps’ newest artillery officers met operationally relevant, gender-neutral military...
  • US Marines To Accept Chubbier Women

    07/06/2016 7:13:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 7/6/16 | Tyler Durden
    In an effort to maintain the new status quo of cutting standards everywhere in the name of equality and "progress", the Marine Corps announced major changes over the Fourth of July holiday weekend regarding how much it will allow service members to weigh, and the biggest shift comes for women: going forward "larger" ladies will be allowed to defend the country while also standards used within the physical fitness test will also be relaxed. In a document released by USMC Fitness division, the new height and weight standard took effect on July 1, 2016 and is relaxing regulations to increase...
  • 200 Stranded Marines get ride from Donald Trump

    06/23/2016 2:24:56 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 35 replies
    Livleak ^ | 6/23/16 | Liveleak
    This happened after Gulf War I. Story reported back in May of this year but I could not find it posted here at FR.When Corporal Ryan Stickney and 200 of his fellow Marines prepared to return to their families after Operation Desert Storm in 1991, a logistics error forced them to turn to a surprising source for a ride home: Donald J. Trump. Today, Stickney would like to say "thank you." Stickney (left), was a squad leader in a TOW company of a Marine reserve unit based in Miami, FL and spent approximately six months in Saudi Arabia during the...
  • Marine Corps admits it misidentified man in iconic Iwo Jima photo from World War II

    06/23/2016 7:53:45 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 62 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 23 June 2016 | Jason Silverstein
    The Marine Corps admitted Thursday that it misidentified one of the six men in the World War II photograph of a flag-raising in Iwo Jima — one of the most iconic images in American history. For more than 70 years, history said John Bradley, a Navy hospital corpsman, was one of the six men seen in the legendary photo from one of the war’s bloodiest battles. But the Marines now say Bradley is nowhere in the photo — and the man believed to be Bradley is in fact Harold Schultz, a private first class.
  • Marines' new physical fitness requirements disqualify almost all women

    06/22/2016 5:36:34 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/22/2016 | AP & Chris Summers
    Six out of seven female recruits failed to pass the Marines' rigorous physical fitness requirements - compared to only 40 out of 1,500 male recruits, according to new data. The figures, obtained by the Associated Press, show what progress has been made six months after the Pentagon opened all combat jobs open to women. Seven women are now serving in combat roles in the Marines or are waiting to serve, while 167 are performing non-combat duties in front-line units. But the fitness requirements are proving a tough nut to crack for female recruits. All recruits to the Marines are required...
  • How a heroic Marine’s military training helped him save dozens from Orlando gunman

    06/16/2016 6:11:25 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    washing post ^ | 15 June 2016 | Peter Holley
    Imran Yousuf, a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub, had an advantage. A Marine who had served in Afghanistan, Yousuf was able to use his training to quickly identify the impending threat and remain clear-headed as people died around him, according to the Marine Corps Times. Because of the 24-year-old’s decisive actions, he is being credited with saving dozens of lives.
  • San Antonio [TX] man who died saving teens from Medina River dam was a decorated Marine Corps vet

    06/10/2016 10:15:03 AM PDT · by bgill · 20 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | June 9, 2016 | Madalyn Mendoza
    A San Antonio Marine Corps veteran spending Wednesday afternoon with his family on the Medina River made the heroic, fateful decision to sacrifice his own life while rescuing two teens caught in the undertow, according to authorities. Master Sgt. Rodney Buentello was visiting Bandera City Park when an unidentified teen girl tried crossing the dam, a violation of city ordinance, the Bandera Marshal's Office said in a statement. A male teenager followed her in an attempt to save her, but was also swept away, prompting Buentello to jump into action."(He) went into the water and managed to save both of...
  • Recruit commander, Sgt. Maj. dismissed at Parris Island after recruit’s death

    06/08/2016 7:37:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    The State ^ | 6/8/2016 | Wade Livingston
    The Marine Corps has dismissed the colonel responsible for all recruit training — and the sergeant major of the recruit training regiment — at Parris Island in the aftermath of the March death of a recruit. Col. Paul D. Cucinotta was relieved of command Monday, according to Corps spokesperson Capt. Joshua Pena. In an email to The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette, Pena wrote that Cucinotta was relieved by Maj. Gen. James W. Lukeman, commanding general, Training and Education Command, who cited “a loss of trust and confidence in (Cucinotta’s) ability to serve.” Pena said a “command investigation” that...
  • How John Wayne saved the United States Marine Corps

    06/05/2016 8:36:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 57 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/5/16 | Susan Frickey
    With the conclusion of WW II the years of bloodshed and mind-numbing violence finally ended. But a massive demobilization of servicemen began, the purpose to slash military spending. Liberal Democrats supported an effort to completely abolish the Marine Corps, first established under Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Language of Liberty This effort was supported by the Doolittle Board, created by the Truman Administration and headed by none other than Army General Jimmy Doolittle himself. The Board called for the Marine Corps to be disbanded as a separate military outfit and unified with Army units. As you can imagine, this...
  • High school hosts early graduation for student joining Marines

    06/04/2016 12:43:10 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    WSVN ^ | 3 June 2016
    A high school senior headed to serve in the U.S. Marines was surprised with an early graduation after it was discovered he was going to miss the scheduled graduation. Homestead High School senior Jainiel Price sported a smile on his face as he walked on stage before friends and family, Friday. Price and his classmates did a practice run-through ceremony, but for Price, it was the real thing. “I’m very appreciative, I get to see him graduate now,” Price’s mother, Chunkier Price said. Price’s family was in the audience. “I’m proud because it’s always been his dream,” said Price’s younger...
  • Blue Angels who died in Smyrna, TN crash identified as Marine Corps Captain Jeff Kuss

    06/02/2016 4:14:08 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 32 replies
    WKRN (Nashville) ^ | 6/2/16 | self
    The pilot has been identified in the crash.
  • Lost for 73 years, John Saini, Marine killed in World War II, coming home to Healdsburg

    05/28/2016 10:01:11 PM PDT · by rey · 23 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 28 May 2016 | CHRIS SMITH
    At last, Marine private and son of Healdsburg John Saini is coming home. Born to an Alexander Valley grape-growing family in 1923, Saini (sigh-EE-knee) was 20 when he died early on in World War II’s deadly, three-day Battle of Tarawa. He was buried on the Pacific atoll along with more than 1,000 other Marines and sailors and more than 5,000 Japanese and Korean soldiers. Informed of his death, his shattered immigrant parents in Healdsburg, Mike and Mary Saini, awaited word of where he was interred and how they might return his earthly remains to Sonoma County for proper, Catholic burial....
  • General John Kelly’s 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 didn’t 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 couldn’t take care of him. James Gleason has been born prematurely, said his daughter, Barbara Korchak. “He wasn’t 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 don’t 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 world’s 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 ^ | 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 BAE’s 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 man’s 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, “It’s 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 Conroy’s 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 Conroy’s 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 Conroy’s 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 Trump’s New Hampshire veterans coalition. A July news release posted on Trump’s 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...