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  • Top enlisted Marine pens open letter after testimony angers troops

    04/14/2014 9:52:56 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 78 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 14, 2014 | Stars & Stripes Staff
    What started as a hard-charging Marine comment to Congress has turned into a public relations emergency for Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett. Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel on Wednesday, Barrett was making the case that personnel costs needed to be reined in to maintain readiness — as all the services have in recent testimony — but went a step further by saying that lower pay would actually improve discipline within the Corps. “I truly believe it will raise discipline,” Barrett said. “You’ll have better spending habits. You won’t be so wasteful.” (snip) Barrett...
  • Idiot Sgt. Major Michael Barrett Pushes for Lower Pay for Marines Saying “It Will Raise Discipline”

    04/10/2014 5:01:45 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-10-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sgt. Major Michael Barrett greets Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. (American Military News) Idiot Sgt. Major Michael Barrett, the highest enlisted member of the US Marine Corps, told Congress Marines don’t need higher pay. Barrett said he believes lower pay will “raise discipline.” Nice job looking out for your brothers, Sergeant Major. American Military News reported: The highest enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps said that lowering salary of Marines will “raise discipline” and make Marines less wasteful. The comments come as a debate in Washington talks about cutting active duty member pay in order to make sharp...
  • Op-Ed Gets USMC Commandant’s Attention, Sparks Change for Women

    04/08/2014 8:07:42 AM PDT · by don-o · 83 replies
    Seapower ^ | April 1, 2014 | OTTO KREISHER
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Marine Corps commandant has reacted swiftly to a female Marine officer’s complaint that women are unfairly precluded from trying a second time to pass the prestigious Marine Corps Infantry Officers Course, when men can have a second try. In response to a question from a female Army officer at an Atlantic Council forum April 1, Gen. James F. Amos said he has ordered a change in the rules and lavished praise not only on Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Sage Santangelo, who protested the restriction, but on all his female Marines. And, Amos said, he offered Santangelo...
  • USMC Best Joke of the Year

    03/22/2014 5:15:32 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 40 replies
    A Marine squad was marching north of Fallujah when they came upon an Iraqi terrorist who was badly injured and unconscious. On the opposite side of the road was an American Marine in a similar but less serious state. The Marine was conscious and alert and as first aid was given to both men, the squad leader asked the injured Marine what had happened. The Marine reported, "I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway here, and coming south was a heavily armed insurgent. We saw each other and both took cover in the ditches along the road....
  • Women Fail to Achieve Male Marines' Lowest Standard

    03/22/2014 10:59:59 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    A Colonel of Truth ^ | January 14, 2014 | Jude Eden
    Earlier this year, the Marine Corps decided to delay the low 3 pull-up requirement for women that they had hoped to apply in 2014. The measure was set in preparation for compliance with the Pentagon’s intent to open combat units to women in 2016. Since less than half of female recruits could make the minimum requirement by the end of 2013, this implementation is being delayed.
  • Marine Corps to create experimental task force with 25 percent women

    03/15/2014 2:11:50 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 97 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | March 13, 2014 | Jennnifer Hlad
    The Marine Corps will open new combat jobs to women, allow women to volunteer for combat specialty training previously closed to them and create a co-ed experimental task force to evaluate how female Marines perform as part of a ground combat unit, Marine officials said. The task force will be made up of about 460 Marines, and about one quarter will be women, said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine spokeswoman. The task force will look like a small battalion landing team with attachments such as artillery, tanks and amphibious assault vehicles — similar to the ground combat portion of a...
  • Marine injured in Afghanistan grenade blast to receive Medal of Honor, report says

    03/07/2014 10:06:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 7, 2014
    A U.S. Marine, who suffered serious injuries after it is believed he jumped on a grenade to protect a fellow Marine as they stood guard on a rooftop in Afghanistan's Helmand province, will receive the nation's highest combat valor honor, The Marine Times reported, citing unnamed sources. William Kyle Carpenter, 24, who medically retired as a corporal, is expected the receive the Medal of Honor later this year, the report said. Carpenter lost his right eye, most of his teeth and shattered his mouth and arm in the November 2010 grenade attack, the report said...
  • Today in U.S. Military History - 3 March 1945

    03/03/2014 3:29:39 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    3 March 1945 - Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan Three Marines and Two FMF Corpsmen earn the Medal of Honor.
  • Fallen Marine Rafael Peralta’s family accuses reporter of playing ‘race card’

    02/27/2014 9:15:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Supporters still press for Medal of Honor Ten years after he died in a 2004 firefight in Iraq, Sgt. Rafael Peralta’s death continues to ignite controversy, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week refusing to reopen his nomination for the Medal of Honor and the Marine’s family accusing a newspaper of race-baiting in its reporting on the standoff. Peralta’s mother Rosa said in a letter this week that a reporter for The Washington Post seemed intent on trying to get her to say her son was denied the Medal of Honor because he was Hispanic. And some Marines who were...
  • Marine Corps Times: Emails show intent behind Corps moving newspaper

    02/27/2014 3:23:19 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 26, 2014 | Stars and Stripes
    Marine Corps officials who tried to ban the Marine Corps Times from base newsstands or move it to less visible areas in stores did so because of the paper’s reporting on the commandant, emails obtained by that paper suggest.
  • Iwo Jima Anniversary Remembered Across The Nation

    02/23/2014 7:08:38 PM PST · by kingattax · 34 replies
    WebProNews ^ | 2-20-14 | Emily Greene
    Wednesday marked the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima – one of the worst battles of World War II. Across the nation many remembered this day from 69 years ago. In Newington, Connecticut, a memorial was recently built and is the only flag raising memorial built by survivors of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The flag flown at the memorial is historically correct with 48 stars. There is also sand from Iwo Jima beaches in the concrete base. The memorial also includes inscriptions of the names of 100 men from Connecticut who died during the battle. The 69th...
  • Iwo Jima: ‘The Ghastly Price of Freedom’

    02/21/2014 3:11:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | February 21, 2014 | Jarrett Stepman
    This Wednesday, February 19, marked the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. One of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific War and all of World War II, the month-long slug-fest between American and Japanese forces in many ways set the stage for the firebombing of Japan and the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the final stages of the fighting, an iconic picture was taken of U.S. Marines and a Navy corpsman raising an American flag atop Mount Surabachi, an image that perfectly captured American resolve and military strength. The men that raised the flag...
  • Today In U.S. Miiltary History 20 February 1945 - Pfc. Jack Lucas, USMC (MOH)

    02/20/2014 6:15:54 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 17 replies
    20 February 2014 | Self
    Pfc. Jacklyn Harold Lucas, USMCR (MOH) From Today in U.S. Military History: 20 February 1945 – Iwo Jima, Japan Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain front line on D-plus+1 Day, Private First Class Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a hostile...
  • Outrageous: Russian TV Anchor Mocks Iwo Jima Memorial As Homoerotic In War-Statue Spat With CNN

    02/16/2014 6:49:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 16, 2014 | Tim Graham
    The London Daily Mail reported this week that “CNN caused a firestorm when it included a war monument in Brest, a city in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, in an article on the 'world's ugliest monuments' published last month.” This isn’t Ted Turner’s CNN, where a reporter would be disciplined for saying the word “foreign” in a sentence. The online article from a travel-piece contributor was intended as humor. A Russian news commentator responded by suggesting the Marine Corps War Memorial – the Iwo Jima sculpture just north of Arlington National Cemetery – is “easy to mock” for its...
  • USMC V22 Osprey conducted deck trials onboard French Navy's Mistral Class LHD Dixmude

    02/11/2014 3:52:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 1 February 2014
    In January 2014 a United States Marine Corps (USMC) V22 Osprey landed for the first time onboard the Dixmude, a French Navy Mistral class LHD. The success of this experiment confirmed the full interoperability of Mistral class amphibious vessels with the means implemented by American Expeditionary Strike Groups. The French LHD are indeed fully interoperable with LCAC landing crafts, with heavy helicopters (Sikorsky CH53 Sea Stallion) and now with the Bell-Boeing V22 Opsrey tilt rotor aircraft. A USMC V22 Osprey onboard the French Navy Dixmude LHD Picture: French Navy For about two hours several deck landings were conducted in order...

    01/31/2014 7:23:19 AM PST · by Saoirise · 10 replies
    WND ^ | 1/31/2014 | Diana West
    I can’t believe I’m writing these words: Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III is going on trial – again. Twice, Hutchins’ conviction by a military court martial for unpremeditated murder in Iraq has been overturned due to factors precluding a fair trial. That means that twice, following Hutchins’ initial conviction in 2007, he has been released from the brig a free man. After his conviction was overturned the first time, there were eight months of freedom in 2010. Then, on the day his wife Reyna found out she was pregnant with their second child, Hutchins, a third-generation Marine, returned to prison....
  • Camp Pendleton: Marine claims court reps unfit - UCI

    01/29/2014 10:09:50 PM PST · by Saoirise · 16 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 1/29/2014 | Gretel C. Kovach
    Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, the Camp Pendleton Marine being retried for the slaying of an Iraqi man at the height of the war, requested a new military defense team Wednesday on opening day of his latest general court-martial. Hutchins argued that the Marines assigned to defend him against charges of murder, obstruction of justice, larceny and other offenses have a conflict of interest relating to allegations of unlawful command influence in his case. The potential conflict originates from public comments made in November 2009 by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, comments that Hutchins unsuccessfully argued had tainted his appeals process. The...
  • Marine to be retried for Iraq murder

    01/27/2014 7:59:47 PM PST · by Saoirise · 3 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 1/27/2014 | GRETEL C. KOVACH
    A Camp Pendleton Marine freed on appeal after serving more than six years for the murder of an unarmed man in Hamdaniya, Iraq, during the height of the war will be retried in a military court. Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III will be arraigned Wednesday at Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Forces Central Command said Monday. During a subsequent court martial, whose date has not been set, Hutchins will face charges of murder, obstruction of justice, making false official statements and conspiracy to commit larceny. The Hamdaniya killing had provoked outrage in the United States and Iraq, coming on the heels of...
  • Military “Relaxing” Uniform Regulations Because Feelings

    01/22/2014 5:08:17 PM PST · by absentee · 18 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/22/2014 | Caleb Howe
    This is a horrible idea, as Col. West points out. It undermines uniformity and conformity, which is fine for civilians but absolutely antithetical to to military philosophy. There are also more practical concerns. A Marine is going to regret his religious beard about ten seconds after hearing the words "gas, gas, gas!" Just try and get a seal on that mask with a religious beard or piercings. There is a very real need for uniformity in the ranks. This has been true since man began forming armies. As Col. West points out, this sort of policy change would be a...
  • Special Operations Marines training in New Orleans area

    01/22/2014 1:05:50 PM PST · by BBell · 18 replies ^ | January 22, 2014 | Paul Purpura
    Preparing to deploy to combat terrorism, Special Operations Marines and sailors again are undergoing certification training in urban warfare in the New Orleans area, the military has confirmed. The training began Tuesday and continues through Jan. 28, but the nature of the exercises was not released publicly. Similar training occurred in August, months after U.S. Special Operations forces underwent training in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. That training wasn't announced in advance and involved military helicopters appearing in the night over the French Quarter and Central Business District areas. Portions of the training that began this week “will...
  • Melissa Harris-Perry Pronounces Marine Corps Motto Semper 'Fee'

    01/19/2014 9:27:39 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 59 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Call it Melissa Harris-Perry's "corpse-man" moment . . . In a segment on the role of the US military during her MSNBC show this morning, Harris-Perry, quoting the Marine Corps motto, pronounced it Semper "Fee." Marines of course pronounce it "fye." Perry surely meant no disrespect. But it is a mark of how detached she and so much of the liberal media is from military culture that she could make such a mistake. View the video here.
  • Cpl. Clifford Wooldridge - His Navy Cross citation :

    01/16/2014 9:31:05 AM PST · by virgil283 · 6 replies
    thepatriotperspective ^ | December 31, 2013 | ShortTimer
    "When their mounted patrol came under intense enemy fire, Corporal Wooldridge and his squad dismounted and maneuvered on the suspected enemy location. Spotting a group of fifteen enemy fighters preparing an ambush, Corporal Wooldridge led one of his fire teams across open ground to flank the enemy, killing or wounding at least eight and forcing the rest to scatter. As he held security alone to cover his fire team’s withdrawal, he heard voices from behind an adjacent wall. Boldly rushing around the corner, he came face-to-face with two enemy fighters at close range, killing both of them with his M-249...
  • Pascagoula man goes from 338 pounds to 191 to become a Marine

    01/12/2014 4:56:26 AM PST · by Islander7 · 33 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Jan 11, 2014 | By PATRICK OCHS
    Almost two years ago, Nunez decided he wanted to "be one of the best," so he picked up the phone and called his local U.S. Marine Corps recruitment office. After checking off various requirements, the recruiter asked Nunez about his weight. The 18-year-old gulped. Always a heavy kid, Nunez crushed the scales at 338 pounds. The recruiter told him he should probably consider a different career path.
  • DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

    01/03/2014 12:49:33 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, of Spokane, Wash., died Jan. 1, 2014, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Hess was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. The incident is currently under investigation.
  • Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail pullup test

    01/02/2014 1:58:35 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/02/2014 | Associated Press
    More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs. The delay rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016. Although no new timetable has been set on the delayed physical requirement, Marine Corps Commandant Gen....
  • Marine Corps quietly delays pullup requirement for women

    12/29/2013 5:56:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/28/2013 | BY ASHE SCHOW
    The Marine Corps has delayed the requirement for female Marines to do three pullups because most women have so far been unable to pass the test. For 40 years, male recruits were required to perform three pullups to prove their upper body strength for combat, where they would need to carry heavy equipment and potentially lift themselves out of mud walls. Starting Jan. 1, female recruits would have been required to do the same. But 55 percent of female recruits could not complete all three pullups, compared to just 1 percent of male recruits who could not, so the requirement...
  • Female Marines not required to do one pullup

    12/28/2013 6:09:28 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 31 replies ^ | 12/27/2013 | Barbara Boland
    ( -- Females in the Marine Corps currently are not required to do even a single pull-up, and a deadline mandating that by Jan. 1, 2014, they be able to do at least 3 pull-ups as part of their training has been delayed for at least a year, the Corps quietly announced on social media. Unlike their female counterparts, male Marines have long been required to do at least 3 pullups as part of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). That's the minimum requirement for males. - See more at:
  • PC Insanity: Female Marines Can’t Do Pullups But Will Be Allowed to Serve on Front Lines Anyway

    12/28/2013 8:56:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 96 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-28-2013 | Jim Hoft
    Female Marines: They’ve got your back – As long as it doesn’t involve upper body strength. (NBC) It's an Obama world… Female Marines can’t do pullups but will be allowed on the front lines anyway. KPCC reported: Starting Jan. 1, every woman in the Marines Corps was supposed to meet a new physical standard by performing three pullups. But that has been put off. The Marine Corps announced it quietly. There was no news conference — just a notice on its social media sites and an item on its own TV show, “The Corps Report.” Lance Cpl. Ally Beiswanger explained...
  • Marine faces dishonorable discharge after WARNING soldiers of Taliban insider attack that killed...

    12/19/2013 3:25:08 PM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 18, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    According to President Karzai, the Obama administration said that the Taliban are "not our enemies." If not them, who? United States Marines and soldiers like Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler or Lance Cpl Greg Buckley (below)? It would seem so by the treacherous actions of the Obama administration. There's a stunning new development in the murder of Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. Atlas readers are long familiar with the horrible murder of Lance Cpl. Buckley. The murderer of this great American hero in one of a string of insider attacks was Aynoddin, the 19-year-old "tea boy" of Afghan District Police...
  • The Corps Report Ep. 27 — Typhoon Aid and the Corps Adopts a new Universal Cover

    11/16/2013 9:51:55 AM PST · by Joe Brower · 1 replies
    USMC 'Corps Report' ^ | 11/15/13 | USMC
    The Corps Report Ep. 27 — Typhoon Aid and the Corps Adopts a new Universal CoverUSMC Corps Report11/15/13 Click here for the video, which features a couple other stories. This week's episode of The Corps Report features Marines providing humanitarian relief in the Philippines, the Corps adopts a new universal service and dress cover, and a robotic pack-mule that lends a helping hoof.
  • Marines Killed At Camp Pendleton Were Doing Dangerous Job

    11/15/2013 7:12:07 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    (AP) ^ | November 14, 2013 9:59 PM
    The four Marines killed Wednesday while clearing unexploded ordnance at Camp Pendleton were bomb removal technicians. The four were killed around 11 a.m. during a routine sweep to make a range safer for future training exercises at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, said a Marine official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. There was no live firing on the range at the time.
  • 4 Marines Killed in accident at camp Pendelton

    11/13/2013 2:56:30 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 14 replies
    Fox News | 11132013 | Via FOx News
    4 Marines reported killed in "Range Maintenance Operation" at Camp Pendleton. Accident happened around 11AM Pacific.
  • Amid gruesome typhoon scenes, aid trickles in (Philippines. US Marines on scene)

    11/11/2013 11:07:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KFMB-AM / The Associated Press ^ | November 11, 2013 | Todd Pitman, Jim Gomez, Oliver Teves, Minh Tran and Teresa Cerojano
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced a daunting relief effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine. Police guarded stores to prevent people from hauling off food, water and such non-essentials as TVs and treadmills, but there was often no one to carry away the dead - not even those seen along the main road from the airport to Tacloban, the worst-hit city along the country's remote eastern seaboard.....
  • Happy 238th Birthday Marines: A message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps

    11/10/2013 10:21:33 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 10, 2013
    For 238 years, The United States Marine Corps has proudly served our great Nation with unfailing valor – bolstered by the enduring fortitude of our fellow Marines, our families, and our friends. This is why each year on November 10th, Marines from all generations gather together, in groups large and small, to celebrate the birthday of our Corps and to reflect on the proud legacy and warrior ethos we share. This is what unites us as Marines. From our first battle at New Providence to today in Afghanistan, Marines have always shown that they were made of tougher stuff –...
  • 238th Marine Corps birthday message:Enduring Fortitude, Unfailing Valor. [video]

    11/10/2013 7:50:34 AM PST · by RedMDer · 28 replies
    238th Marine Corps birthday message:Enduring Fortitude, Unfailing Valor. [video] The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen James F. Amos, and the SgtMaj of the Marine Corps, SgtMaj Micheal P. Barrett, speak to Marines and Sailors about the timeless Marine qualities of courage and perseverance by looking back on the landing on Tarawa in WWII, the Battle of Hue City during Vietnam, and crossing the berm into Iraq during the War on Terror. Marine determination, grit and valor make the Corps the ready force America relies on in times of crisis.
  • Sick Boy Joins Family Of Marines With Special ‘Honorary’ Status

    11/01/2013 7:27:28 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 20 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | October 31, 2013 | Jerome R. Stockfisch & Tribune Staff
    TAMPA — Ethan Arbelo will make it onto the “Wall of Fame” after all. The 12-year-old boy’s mom, Maria Maldonado, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has one kitchen wall covered with photos of friends and relatives who have served in the Marines — brothers Joe, Randy and Edward, cousin Ray, uncle James, Parris Island boot camp buddy Shannon, and Maldonado herself. “In my family, we pass on our love for the Marine Corps to the next generation,” Maldonado said. “He’s been groomed for it since birth. That’s been one of the big disappointments when he got sick — he said,...
  • A Marine Controversy In Afghanistan Takes A New Twist

    10/31/2013 5:52:56 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | October 31, 2013 4:00 AM | Tom Bowman
    ... There are allegations that the Marines' top officer, Gen. James Amos, illegally interfered with the judicial proceedings in an effort to ensure harsher penalties. Amos spoke about the video and other incidents last year during a worldwide tour of Marine bases. And in a written statement after the video came to light, he said the Marine Corps would not rest until the allegations were resolved. He appointed a senior officer, Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, to investigate. Waldhauser said Amos told him he wanted those involved "crushed" and kicked out of the Marine Corps. ... A Marine lawyer, Maj. James...
  • DOCUMENTARY: 5th Marine Operation Enduring Freedom Monument Vision to Reality

    10/29/2013 3:47:04 PM PDT · by South40 · 4 replies
    danapoint5thmarines (YouTube) ^ | 10/29/2013 | danapoint5thmarines This is the amazing story of the OEF enduring tribute for our 89 fallen heroes that traveled from sea to shining sea; Vermont to San Mateo and was finally unveiled in the 5th Marine Memorial Park at the journey's end. The OEF Monument, built by "Rock of Ages Corporation" in Graniteville, Vermont, was made possible by the generous outreach of so many "Friends of the Fifth," Adoptive Cities, and Marine Supporters. Please allow the time to watch this documentary. The 10 day journey of the OEF Monument to San Mateo, home of the 5th Marine Regiment, was delivered by...
  • The Story About Obama Wanting Marines To Wear 'Girly' Hats Is Total B.S.

    10/25/2013 1:24:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 24, 2013 | Paul Szoldra
    There's a big story getting passed around in military circles and beyond from The New York Post that President Obama wants the Marines to start wearing 'girly' caps... As a Marine veteran who knows how these changes actually happen, I can tell you the story is 100% B.S. The bottom line: The President doesn't involve himself in what troops happen to be wearing... "The President in no way, shape, or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover," said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a spokesperson for the Marine Corps. "We're looking for a new cover for our female Marines...
  • Stand Down Marines & Supporters-No Change to Male Cover-Vanity

    10/25/2013 7:03:41 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 34 replies
    Marine Corps Facebook Page ^ | October 25, 2013 | Marines
    Despite what you may have seen in other headlines, there will be no change to the male uniform cover. Straight from the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos: 1. The President in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover. 2. We are looking for a new cover for our female Marines for one overriding reason: the former manufacturer went out of business. 3. The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover.
  • Marines Thinking About Switching to a New Unisex Hat

    10/24/2013 6:39:47 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 60 replies
    The Marine Corps is contemplating a uniform change that would create a unisex service cap. The Marines are also exploring whether to have women use a slightly modified version of the hat used by male Marines instead of the distinctive “bucket cap” they now wear. If the unisex design is chosen it would be the first change to that part of the Marine uniform since 1922. A Marine official says that recently the Marine Corps Uniform Board, comprised of non-commissioned officers and officers, discussed a change in the headgear known as a “cover” as a means of streamlining uniform rules...
  • Obama wants Marines to wear ‘girly’ hats

    10/24/2013 4:09:16 PM PDT · by null and void · 57 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 23, 2013 | 10:30pm | Jeane MacIntosh
    <p>A change to the Marine Corps’ uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street.</p> <p>“We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!”</p>
  • Obama wants Marines to wear ‘girly’ hats

    10/24/2013 3:16:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 99 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 23, 2013 | Jeane MacIntosh
    A change to the Marine Corps’ uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street. Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps with a new hat that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.
  • 30th Anniversary of Beirut Bombing: Survivor Shares his Story

    10/23/2013 5:27:36 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 28 replies ^ | 22 Oct 2013 | By Lance Cpl. Lisette Leyva as told by Brian Kirkpatrick
    Oct. 23, 2013, marks the 30th anniversary of the Beirut Bombing. 241 American and 58 French service members were killed when two trucks filled with explosives crashed into the two barracks buildings. One of the 300 service members who lived in the building shares the story of the attack, his survival and how he lives with the memories.
  • Colonel in charge of Quantico's Security Battalion relieved

    10/19/2013 7:49:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 104 replies
    Patriots for America ^ | 10/19/13 | staff
    Col. Daren Margolin has been relieved as head of Security Battalion at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. (Marine Corps) The two-star head of Marine Corps Installations Command has relieved the commanding officer of Quantico’s Security Battalion following an incident involving a personal weapon, Marine Corps officials said. Col. Daren Margolin, a 24-year officer was removed from his post Oct. 18 by Maj. Gen. Juan Ayala due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine Corps spokeswoman. Krebs said the decision stemmed from a single incident last week involving one of Margolin’s personal...
  • Marine Corps Marathon Map (A not so subtle message for congress)

    10/15/2013 5:41:31 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 9 replies
    The Marines send a not so subtle message to the government.
  • Iwo Jima Memorial Closed, Barricades Erected

    10/05/2013 11:49:24 AM PDT · by don-o · 164 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 5, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. A source sends along this picture of the barricade set-up at the memorial, which is also called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial: "I took the picture yesterday afternoon. Those barricades had been there at least a day. People can still walk into the Memorial area, but for many elderly and disabled vets, it is important they be driven and park right next to the statue," the person who took this picture emails. "There has...
  • Camp Pendleton blaze sends plume over N. County

    10/05/2013 7:46:24 PM PDT · by Saoirise · 13 replies
    Union Tribune Sand Diego ^ | 10/5/13 | J. Harry Jones
    CAMP PENDLETON — A large fire on Camp Pendleton Saturday afternoon prompted evacuations at the base hospital and some housing, and sent up an enormous plume of black smoke that could be seen halfway across the county. The blaze broke out about 12:45 p.m. near Lake O’Neil and caused minor damage to four buildings, base officials said. Thirty-two patients were transported to hospitals off base during the fire. No new patients were being accepted late in the afternoon because of a power outage, officials said. Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside took five intensive care and emergency room patients. Naval Medical...
  • Marine Vet on Cross-Country Charity Run Assaulted by Stranger 'For No Reason'

    10/05/2013 12:10:22 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 3, 2013 | Benjamin Chance
    A 26-year-old U.S. Marine veteran, who for the past 325 days has been running across America to raise awareness and support for veterans and their families, suffered a concussion along with a bloodied and bruised face after a stranger assaulted him in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday. According to former Marine Sergeant Brendan O’Toole, the unprovoked attack on a downtown street was precipitated by nothing more than a “simple hello and how are you doing.”
  • USMC moves to ‘crush’ defense lawyer in Micturating Marines case

    10/04/2013 4:09:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 1 October,2013 | Weaponsman
    Yeah, it’s Army camo. Tell it to the Marines.Bad Pentagon civilian leadership brings about one of two outcomes — really principled, good uniformed leaders emerge, or really corrupt, bad ones. USMC Commandant General James Amos is cementing his image as a really corrupt, bad one by attempts to ‘crush’ Major James Weirick. Weirick is the JAG whistleblower whose revelations about Amos’s perseverating Unlawful Command Influence led to the prosecution giving up on a case — we covered that prosecution collapse last month, and have further coverage (Google search) of the Case of the Micturating Marines. Maj. Weirick, a staff judge...