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  • US rushes troops to Haiti earthquake zone

    01/14/2010 11:22:58 AM PST · by traumer · 22 replies · 1,043+ views
    The US is sending up to 3,500 soldiers and 2,200 marines to Haiti to help rescue efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake. President Barack Obama pledged one of the biggest relief efforts in recent US history and said Haiti would "not be forgotten" in its hour of need. The search for survivors continues but rescuers lack heavy lifting equipment and many are using their bare hands. The Red Cross estimates 45,000-50,000 people are dead and up to 3m affected. BBC correspondents say the situation is increasingly desperate, with aid only trickling in. Mr Obama confirmed that some US...
  • U.S. Navy Ships with "Thousands of Marines" Headed to Haiti - Video Report 1/14/10

    01/14/2010 4:52:10 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 33 replies · 1,148+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 14, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a brief video report saying that Navy ships loaded with "thousands of U.S. Marines" and supplies is headed to Haiti to help the people in their desperate situation following a 7.0 Earthquake that struck there on Tuesday. The Marines will reportedly assist in rescue efforts and with security. . . . (VIDEO)
  • From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan (E-mail)

    12/17/2009 10:59:22 PM PST · by wac3rd · 11 replies · 1,585+ views
    Unknown - E-mail | 11-11-09 | Saucy Jack Marine
    Date: Wed, November 11, 2009 3:20 pm. From the Sand Pit. It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains , along the Dar 'yoi Pomir River , watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles. (snip)
  • Marine Corps chooses H&K to make SAW replacement

    12/03/2009 11:20:16 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 113 replies · 6,682+ views
    PAFOA ^ | December 3, 2009 | Dan Lamothe
    The Marine Corps has selected the infantry automatic rifle made by Heckler & Koch as the weapon that will replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in infantry fire teams, a senior service official told Marine Corps Times on Wednesday. The H&K IAR “was truly the best in the class on multiple levels and will finally allow the billet of automatic rifleman to be performed as intended without the disruption of the squad integrity that the M249 created,” Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeffrey Eby, the Corps’ senior gunner, said in an e-mail. The final contract competition also included two models from...
  • A Birthday Message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (VIDEO)

    11/10/2009 6:16:44 AM PST · by kellynla · 12 replies · 1,314+ views
    MARINES.com ^ | 11/10/2009 | General James T. Conway 34TH COMMANDANT OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
    Click on the link to watch the video. It is on the right side, down the middle of the page.
  • HEADS UP! Reminder: Don't Forget: Big Week: Veterans Day & Marine Corps Birthday

    11/08/2009 1:31:18 PM PST · by kellynla · 14 replies · 710+ views
    11/8/2009 | KELLY
    "All paid some, some paid all"
  • Marines Win Top Sharpshooter Prize

    10/27/2009 6:46:46 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 37 replies · 2,592+ views
    Military.com ^ | 26 Oct 09 | Bryant Jordan
    The Marine Corps earned bragging rights during the 9th annual U.S. Army International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning, Ga., last week, when Leathernecks from the Corps' Scout Sniper School (West) in Camp Pendleton, Calif., claimed the title of top marksmen.
  • A Casuality of Callousness (USMC leave one of their own behind)

    10/09/2009 10:02:15 AM PDT · by Saoirise · 20 replies · 686+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/08/2009 | Kevin Cullen
    We are a forgiving lot, we Americans. We believe in redemption as much as anybody, and that would explain why we released Laith al-Khazali to the bosom of his family. Laith al-Khazali is a leader of Asa’ib al-Haq, the Iranian-backed insurgents in Iraq who, among other things, killed five American soldiers in the holy city of Karbala two years ago. But in what the US military described as its contribution to fostering reconciliation between the Iraqi government and insurgents, al-Khazali was recently released from American custody. This is all well and good, but it does beg the question: Why is...
  • USMC Vanity

    09/22/2009 2:09:37 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 30 replies · 1,937+ views
    I am pleased and proud to announce that my USMC son has completed his flight training and will be getting his wings on Friday the 25th of September in Pensacola. He hopes to complete his training in flying the CH-53..... As it turns out my uncle who was killed in WW2 was a Marine pilot. My brother is the family historian, is sending my uncles wings to FL to be used in the ceremony. We have three sons and this is my eldest sons day. The second in line is completing his college is going into flight in the USMC...
  • Bank of America Removes American Flags Honoring Dead Marine

    09/22/2009 7:41:38 AM PDT · by kellynla · 41 replies · 5,267+ views
    Captains Journal ^ | 20 Sep 2009 | Herschel Smith
    Greenville, South Carolina saw the arrival of a Marine who perished in Afghanistan, and Gaffney, S.C. was his ultimate resting place. Only the faint sound of lightly marching feet could be heard as hundreds stood silent on the Greenville-Spartanburg International tarmac Wednesday while fully adorned Marines carried Lance Cpl. Chris Fowlkes’ flag-draped coffin. The solemn arrival began an afternoon-long procession that ultimately wound through the streets of the 20-year-old Marine’s hometown of Gaffney, where businesses shut down and mourners lined the streets. The homecoming came six days after the former Gaffney High School football player died in a military hospital...
  • Palin takes on AP (Dying Marine Photo)

    09/07/2009 12:23:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies · 5,117+ views
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | September 7, 2009 | Don Surber
    I feel guilty because originally I supported the decision by the Associated Press to release the photo of the young Marine that was taken as he lay dying. I lost readers over that and I do not blame them. Sarah Palin weighed in on Facebook. "Many of us join Secretary Gates in condemning the Associated Press for its heartless and selfish decision to turn its back on the wishes of a grieving family in order to exploit the tragic death of a true American hero. Lance Corporal Joshua ‘Bernie’ Bernard was a selfless young American who sacrificed everything for our...
  • Target of Haditha Claims Facing New Accusations ( Here we go again... )

    09/02/2009 6:11:03 AM PDT · by kellynla · 26 replies · 852+ views
    wnd.com ^ | September 01, 2009 | staff
    Nearly four years after the so-called "Haditha Massacre," which was cited by U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., when he publicly accused U.S. Marines of being cold-blooded killers, and after being cleared by multiple levels of military courts, a Marine officer is facing a new round of allegations stemming from the firefight in Iraq. According to some members of his legal team, the attorneys at the Thomas More Law Center, the original investigation that failed to produce evidence for a conviction took more than 65 investigators and cost millions of dollars. After an lengthy process in which prosecutors lost at every...
  • Friends mourn Milwaukee fighter pilot who served in three wars

    07/12/2009 1:14:21 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 494+ views
    OregonLive.com ^ | June 27, 2009 | Rick Bella
    CLACKAMAS -- They came by ones and twos Friday, quietly slipping into the pews at New Hope Community Church. They smiled at the words honoring a man whose faith made him an inspiration and whose exploits in three wars made him a hero. And when the last mournful drone of the bagpipes faded, they said goodbye to Col. Kenneth L. Reusser of Milwaukie, the most decorated U.S. Marine Corps aviator in history. "He was the finest gentleman I've ever met," said Harley Wedel of Fairview, a fellow Korean War veteran. "I'm really going to miss him." Reusser flew an amazing...
  • Deserving of Salute: U.S. troops Mark a Major Landmark with the Start of Iraq Pullout

    07/03/2009 4:58:35 AM PDT · by kellynla · 7 replies · 372+ views
    nydailynews.com ^ | July 2nd 2009 | staff
    The pullback of U.S. troops from Iraqi cities this week, right on schedule, was a near-miraculous milestone. It was met with nods and faint smiles across America; outright fanfare should have been more like it. All who helped make this a reality - American troops and military leaders, the Iraqi police and government, and, yes, former President George Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates - have earned our thanks. President Obama gets credit, too, for keeping what worked in America's counterinsurgency strategy rather than shredding it just because it had his predecessor's fingerprints on it. Three years ago, no one...
  • Different Presidents, A Different Corps (Video comparison of U.S.M.C welcome of GWB vs. Obama)

    06/29/2009 5:26:48 AM PDT · by kellynla · 19 replies · 2,157+ views
    Video comparing President George W. Bush's Marine Corps welcome to President Obama's.
  • Review: 'American Commando' Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders...

    06/25/2009 9:01:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 832+ views
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | June 21, 2009 | Sterlin Holmesly
    American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders and America's First Special Forces Mission By John Wukovits Caliber, $25.95 Evans Carlson was not an ordinary U.S. Marine officer. He was a maverick. He learned guerrilla warfare from Chinese communist forces in the 1930s. He believed in sharing hardships with enlisted men. He swapped letters with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt's son, James, was his executive officer. Carlson led the Marines' first World War II special forces raids. The 2nd Raider Battalion was created and trained by Carlson. In August 1942, he led the first long-range strike against Japanese-held Makin Island....
  • Marines Fan Out Across Dangerous Afghan South

    06/09/2009 9:08:29 AM PDT · by kellynla · 1 replies · 519+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | June 8, 2009 | staff
    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Teams of builders worked through dust storms Monday to expand a base for a brigade of U.S. Marines now fanning out across southern Afghanistan to change the course of a war claiming American lives faster than ever before. Some 10,000 Marines have poured into Afghanistan in the last six weeks, the military said Monday, transforming this once small base in the heart of the country's most violent province, Helmand, into a desert fortress. The statement to embedded journalists, including a team from The Associated Press, was the first confirmation that the military has fully deployed the...
  • EDITORIAL: Remembering Our Heroes

    05/24/2009 4:42:06 PM PDT · by kellynla · 19 replies · 1,292+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2009 | staff
    By a coincidence of the calendar, our military academies hold their annual graduation ceremonies on or about Memorial Day weekend. The juxtaposition is especially poignant if you visit a service academy on graduation weekend. Hundreds of our young, all of them models of American youth, count down the few remaining hours of four years of prodigious effort. They are fit, intelligent, polite, highly motivated and full of life. They are embarking on careers of service to the nation. All voluntarily chose this path, fully realizing the dangers involved in pursuing a military vocation. It is sobering to see them in...
  • Huge U.S. camp arises in Afghan Desert of Death

    05/07/2009 3:22:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 952+ views
    The Boston Globe / Reuters ^ | May 7, 2009 | Andrew Gray
    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - A huge U.S. military camp is taking shape in the baking heat of southern Afghanistan for thousands of extra U.S. troops charged with defeating a resurgent Taliban. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Camp Leatherneck, with concrete blast walls and semi-cylinder sand-colored tents, on Thursday as he surveyed preparations for what will be the biggest wave yet in a year that is seeing U.S. troop numbers doubled. The camp is being constructed in Helmand province next to a British base, Camp Bastion, as Marines and other forces dramatically expand their presence in the most violent area of...
  • Murtha-Inspired Charges Against Marine Collapse

    05/05/2009 9:34:02 PM PDT · by kellynla · 37 replies · 1,491+ views
    wnd.com ^ | May 05, 2009 | staff
    The government has decided to give up on an existing case that had subjected a Marine commander to a criminal trial for his supervision of a team of soldiers attacked by insurgents in Haditha, Iraq, in 2005. But it remains possible the case will be re-filed against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, according to lawyers with the Thomas More Law Center, which has been working on his defense. WND reported just days ago when the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals denied without comment the government's motion to reconsider the case against Chessani. The decision followed a ruling from a three-judge...
  • Murtha-Inspired Haditha Case Fails Again

    04/30/2009 5:10:27 AM PDT · by kellynla · 38 replies · 1,339+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | April 30, 2009 | staff
    A military appeals court has thrown another roadblock in front of government prosecutors trying to convict a Marine officer - whose leadership in Iraq has been praised repeatedly by his superiors - on charges stemming from a firefight with insurgents in Haditha. The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals last night denied without comment the government's motion to reconsider the case against Lt. Col. Jeffery Chessani, according to a statement from the Thomas More Law Center. The organization has been defending Chessani against charges prompted by the public statements from Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., who accused Marines of being cold-blooded...
  • Marine free after conviction tossed out( EXCLUSIVE UPDATES AND PERSONAL MESSAGE)

    04/18/2009 9:50:59 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 18 replies · 1,230+ views
    Sign on San Diego ^ | 2:00 a.m. March 14, 2009 | By Rick Rogers (Contact) Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    Marine free after conviction tossed out Rape charge led to decade in prison By Rick Rogers (Contact) Union-Tribune Staff Writer 2:00 a.m. March 14, 2009 Brian Foster After spending a decade behind bars, a former Camp Pendleton Marine is now a free man because a military appeals court ruled that “a muddled, hearsay-based case” caused his spousal-rape conviction. But anyone who thinks Brian Foster is bitter would be wrong. As Foster left the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Feb. 20, he picked up his sergeant stripes and spoke candidly with his superiors. “I told (them) I was happy to...
  • Kill the pirates: As the Marines demonstrated long ago, there's only one way to end piracy

    04/12/2009 10:30:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,880+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | April 12, 2009 | Jack Kelly
    The opening stanza of the Marine Corps hymn is: "From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea." The "Halls of Montezuma" refers to the assault on Chapultepec Castle during the Mexican War, which was led by the small Marine contingent in Gen. Winfield Scott's army. Ninety percent of the officers and NCOs who led the assault were killed. The red stripe on the dress uniform trousers of Marine officers is in commemoration of the blood their predecessors shed that day. (For those who love historical coincidences,...
  • Murtha Award Sparks Vet Outrage

    03/26/2009 7:26:22 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 36 replies · 1,714+ views
    Military.com ^ | 3/26/9 | Christian Lowe
    In one of his last moves before leaving office March 13, then-Navy Secretary Donald Winter quietly awarded 19-term Democratic congressman John Murtha (Pa.) with the service's highest civilian honor. Citing Murtha's "courageous leadership, vision, and loyalty to the men and women of the Department of the Navy," Winter presented the influential chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's defense panel with the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award, an honor bestowed in "those extraordinary cases where individuals have demonstrated exceptionally outstanding service of substantial and long term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps, or the Department of the Navy as a whole,"...
  • Marine Free After Conviction Tossed Out ( Goes back to his unit after a decade of incarceration )

    03/15/2009 6:41:02 AM PDT · by kellynla · 55 replies · 3,311+ views
    Union-Tribune ^ | March 14, 2009 | Rick Rogers
    After spending a decade behind bars, a former Camp Pendleton Marine is now a free man because a military appeals court ruled that “a muddled, hearsay-based case” caused his spousal-rape conviction. But anyone who thinks Brian Foster is bitter would be wrong. As Foster left the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Feb. 20, he picked up his sergeant stripes and spoke candidly with his superiors. “I told (them) I was happy to be back in the Marine Corps and that I'll go anywhere and do anything the Marine Corps wants me to,” Foster, 35, said during a phone interview...
  • Military Milestones from Dueling Ironclads to Flying Tigers (This Week in American Military History)

    03/11/2009 6:00:10 AM PDT · by kellynla · 3 replies · 434+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 03/11/2009 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr
    This Week in American Military History: Mar. 8, 1965: The lead elements of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines begin coming ashore at Da Nang, South Vietnam. Within hours, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines will arrive aboard transport aircraft at the nearby airbase. The Marines of 3/9 and 1/3 -- both part of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade -- are the first of America’s ground-combat forces destined for offensive operations against the enemy in Southeast Asia, once again putting teeth in the Marine Corps’ claim that it is “first to fight.” Mar. 9, 1847: Thousands of American soldiers and a company-sized force of...
  • President Obama's Speech on Ending the War in Iraq ( 2/27/2009 )

    02/28/2009 8:27:05 AM PST · by kellynla · 8 replies · 535+ views
    B. Hussein Obama ^ | February 27, 2009 | B. Hussein Obama
    Remarks of President Barack Obama - As Prepared for Delivery Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq Camp Lejeune, North Carolina Friday, February 27, 2009 Good morning Marines. Good morning Camp Lejeune. Good morning Jacksonville. Thank you for that outstanding welcome. I want to thank Lieutenant General Hejlik for hosting me here today. I also want to acknowledge all of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. That includes the Camp Lejeune Marines now serving with - or soon joining - the Second Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq; those with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force...
  • AnySoldier Golf Tournament

    02/18/2009 10:14:56 AM PST · by concretebob · 2 replies · 319+ views
    One Marines View ^ | 9 February 2009 | Major Pain
    Mark it on your calendar!!! AnySoldier is planning a golf tournament on April 6th, 2009 in Quantico Virginia. Should be a hoot! Currently several "Junkies" that don't play golf have taken the lead to schedule a luncheon during the event where supporters will be meeting and blogging about the event with sponsors. Additionally, we will be having a dinner the night before the tournament as a fund raiser. You can sign up on the web site or simply send your entry fee to the address on the pamphlet. The tournament will be a shotgun start and the tournament will include...
  • Integrity (Fr. Tom Euteneuer on Obama and his Administration)

    02/05/2009 8:54:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 978+ views
    HLI ^ | Friday, February 6, 2009 | Fr. Tom Euteneuer
    IntegrityDear Spirit and Life readers,One of my most memorable experiences in Marine Corps boot camp was the lesson of integrity. Certain infractions of the strict code of discipline were considered "integrity violations" such as lying or undermining the chain of command, etc. We all implicitly understood that term to mean the breaking of rules of conduct or ethics that bind men together for the common mission. We did our best to avoid committing any violations of integrity, not merely to avoid penalties, but more so because we sought to form ourselves as honorable, trustworthy men deserving of our uniforms.Ironically, the...
  • Marine Corps legend Gen. Victor (“Brute”) Krulak dies at 95

    12/31/2008 1:08:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,808+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 12/30/08 | Blanca Gonzalez
    He entered the U.S. Naval Academy as an undersized teenager, but Victor H. “Brute” Krulak rose to command all Marine Corps forces in the Pacific, helped develop a boat crucial to amphibious landings during World War II and spoke his mind in disagreeing with a president over Vietnam War strategy. Lt. Gen. Krulak, a decorated veteran of three wars, died of natural causes late Monday night at the Wesley Palms Retirement Community in San Diego. He was 95. Standing barely 5 feet 5 inches tall, he was jokingly nicknamed Brute by his academy classmates. The moniker stuck, reinforced by his...
  • Marines closer to choosing next-generation rifle

    12/26/2008 3:55:08 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 113 replies · 8,277+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 12/26/2008 | Kevin Baron
    ARLINGTON, VA. — The Marine Corps has moved one step closer to selecting a next-generation light automatic rifle. On Friday, the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va., announced contract awards for three competing weapons manufacturers to produce and deliver their final entries to the Corps by the middle of next year, in what signifies a final round of competition that began with ten candidates. The lighter, magazine-fed Infantry Automatic Rifle — or IAR — is intended to replace the belt-fed M249 Squad Automatic Weapon — or SAW — in “the Marine Rifle Squad within infantry battalions and in the...
  • Huey goes high tech (Marine Corps gets advanced Huey helicopters)

    12/17/2008 6:57:04 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 22 replies · 6,187+ views
    Murdoc Online ^ | December 15, 2008 | "Murdoc"
    The Corps is replacing its UH-1N Hueys with the next generation UH-1Y “Yankee,” which debuted this past summer, and now the first three are preparing for their initial operational deployment overseas, joining the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group when they leave San Diego in January. With four rotor blades instead of two, the Yankee produces a faster, higher pitched “chop-chop” sound, similar to the Navy’s four-blade S-60 Seahawk helicopters. “The tradeoff,” said Maj. Christopher Chown, a Huey pilot leading the H-1 transition team at Pendleton’s Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 303, “is you don’t hear them...
  • Happy Birthday to the Few, the Proud, the Marines

    11/10/2008 8:05:21 AM PST · by history_48 · 23 replies · 511+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | November 10, 2008 | Gina L. Diorio
    by Gina L. Diorio It’s impossible not to notice them. The stance of their shoulders…the poise of their head…their unflinching gaze. Somehow you know when you’re in the presence of a United States Marine. Today, the Marine Corps celebrates its 233rd birthday. On this day in 1775, the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, passed the Resolution Establishing the Continental Marines. That document “Resolved, That two Battalions of [M]arines be raised … to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies.” And serve they did, carrying out their first amphibious raid in 1776.When the Revolutionary...
  • Ted Nugent: Happy Birthday, Marines

    11/10/2008 4:58:07 AM PST · by kellynla · 23 replies · 658+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 11/10/2008 | Ted Nugent
    From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, all across America and in Iraq, Afghanistan and wherever America is being defended, the world’s most exclusive gun club is the celebrating its 233 birthday today. Born in a roughneck Philadelphia bar in 1775 on a dare to surpass standard warrior excellence, the United States Marines Corps has distinguished itself over its history as the finest military force the world has ever seen. Do not point the US Marines Corps at anything you do not wish conquer. They are the pointy end of America’s spear. The Devil Dogs are always...
  • University of Science, Music, and Culture

    11/10/2008 3:43:51 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 41 replies · 527+ views
    Tun's Tavern, Philidelphia ^ | Nov 10, 2008 | RaceBannon
    Happy BIrthday!
  • Marine Corps Birthday !!

    11/09/2008 8:34:38 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 12 replies · 210+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 11/10/08 | vanity
    It's the 233rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps: whose history is written in blood and honor.
  • USMC Commandants' Birthday Message (Video)

    11/09/2008 4:31:00 PM PST · by kellynla · 20 replies · 906+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | 2008 | General James T. Conway
    Marine Corps Commandant General James T. Conway reflects on the Corps' 233 year history.
  • Dollars lining up for 'civilian national security force'?

    11/07/2008 4:32:12 AM PST · by Perseverando · 143 replies · 6,013+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 06, 2008
    Report cites Frank's proposal to cut military 25% President-elect Barack Obama raised questions during an election campaign stop in Colorado Springs when he asserted the U.S. needs a "civilian national security force" that would be as powerful, strong and well-funded as the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force, but few of those questions have been answered. But now one report is proposing a possible solution for part of the equation: From where would the money for such an organization come? Democrats in Congress now are floating the idea of cutting U.S. military spending by 25 percent, or $150 billion a...
  • Navy physician answers call to help in Philippines during Talon Vision (delivers baby)

    11/06/2008 9:27:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 452+ views
    U.S. Marines Corps ^ | November 7, 2008 | Lance Cpl. Joseph A. Cabrera
    SULA, TARLAC PROVINCE, Philippines - After a long hot day of treating patients at a medical and dental civil action project Oct. 21, U.S. Navy Lt. Christian Sutter, a physician with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, attached to Marine Aircraft Group 36 for Talon Vision an annual exercise in the Philippines, recalled the prior day's work when he delivered a healthy baby boy, Christian Tomas. He did not deliver the baby in a hospital or clinic; instead he delivered the child in the Tomas' home without high tech equipment or even running water. He was definitely outside his ideal medical...
  • Rush Promotes Teens Book, Now #5 on Amazon Bestseller list

    08/22/2008 7:35:43 PM PDT · by edzo4 · 41 replies · 577+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 8/22/08 | Edzo
    CALLER: Hello, Mr. Limbaugh? My name is David Beatty, and I'm 16 years old. I want to thank you for the work you do to educate America and reinforce what my parents teach us. Something I believe needs to be re-taught is the value of a strong work ethic. I want people to know that the American dream is still alive. I live in the northwest where many people sing songs of socialism. Kids at school have no idea what it really means to have a socialist society, giving up their freedoms to, quote, "Spread the wealth." And last year,...
  • Marine Ordered to Stand Trial in Fallujah Killings ( Here we go again... )

    08/09/2008 6:20:23 AM PDT · by kellynla · 5 replies · 208+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | August 8, 2008 | staff
    SAN DIEGO — A Camp Pendleton Marine sergeant has been ordered to stand trial on charges of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty in the killing of an unarmed detainee in Fallujah, Iraq. Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland on Friday ordered the court-martial of Sgt. Ryan Weemer after finding there was sufficient evidence to send him to trial. Weemer is one of three current and former Marines accused of breaking rules of engagement and killing four men they had captured after a platoon commander radioed to ask whether the Iraqis were "dead yet." The killings allegedly happened in November 2004 during...
  • Body Found at Camp Pendleton, Creating Mystery

    08/09/2008 6:14:44 AM PDT · by kellynla · 3 replies · 142+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | August 8, 2008 | staff
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A forensic anthropologist is seeking clues to the identity of human remains discovered at a Marine base in California. A spokesman said Friday that the anthropologist determined the remains found at Camp Pendleton were those of a white male dead for a few months. Maj. Kristen Lasica (LAH'-seek-uh) says a groundskeeper discovered the body Thursday. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is also investigating. Lasica says there are no active investigations of missing people at the Southern California base.
  • Amputee Marine returns to combat duty

    08/06/2008 6:37:12 PM PDT · by pissant · 37 replies · 480+ views
    LA Times ^ | David Zucchino
    A year after Cpl. Garrett Jones lost his left leg to a bomb in Iraq, he has rejoined his unit in Afghanistan. Improved medical care and prostheses -- and his determination -- made it possible. CAMP BARBER, AFGHANISTAN -- Just over a year ago, Cpl. Garrett Jones was one of thousands of Marines slogging through a tour of duty in Iraq. Today, he is deployed with the same unit in Afghanistan, but he serves now with an unusual distinction. On July 23, 2007, Jones was on foot patrol near the Iraqi city of Fallouja when he was injured by a...
  • Marines Ordered to Stay Longer in Afghanistan

    08/05/2008 5:23:02 AM PDT · by kellynla · 6 replies · 155+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | August 4, 2008 | staff
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has ordered roughly 1,250 Marines serving as trainers for the Afghan security forces to stay on the warfront about a month longer to continue a mission that military leaders say is a top priority, according to a senior military official. In addition, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has authorized the deployment of up to 200 other troops to Afghanistan to support the Marines. That includes eight helicopter crews that could be shifted from Iraq if commanders decide. The senior military official spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the formal announcement has...
  • 'Generation Kill' ( TELEVISION REVIEW )

    07/21/2008 8:11:38 AM PDT · by kellynla · 47 replies · 622+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 11, 2008 | Robert Lloyd
    Here we are in year six of the Iraq war, which has receded in the media to a static-filled hum of casualty figures and reports of new advances in improvised weaponry. If it takes a re-created reality to make us think concretely about what's happening there, and has been happening there, so be it. Steven Bochco tried it a couple of seasons back with "Over There," half successfully, but it lasted only one season. And now David Simon(writer) and Ed Burns ("The Wire") have adapted Rolling Stone journalist Evan Wright's book “Generation Kill.” The HBO show recounts in seven parts...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Pendleton 8 Exposed, Part 2

    07/19/2008 5:44:28 AM PDT · by kellynla · 3 replies · 535+ views
    Salem-News.com ^ | Apr-11-2008 | Kit Lange
    (CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.) - We pick up now where we left off in the timeline of events surrounding the incident that put far too many Marines in prison for killing the enemy. If you didn’t see Part 1 yesterday, you can find it here: Pendleton 8 Exposed - The Real Story, Part 1 January 18, 2007: Marine Pleads Guilty to Iraqi Kidnap, Murder “The Marine said ‘Someone’ fired a shot,” and then he and the others in the squad opened fire. Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III went up to the victim to make sure he was dead, [Cpl Trent] Thomas...
  • Pendleton 8 Exposed - The Real Story, Part 1

    07/19/2008 5:40:51 AM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 825+ views
    Salem-News.com ^ | Apr-09-2008 | Kit Lange
    (CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.) - Two years ago the nation was shocked to hear of Marines coming home from the battlefield in shackles. This is not how we treat our heroes, not when they are highly decorated, highly trained, and even more experienced. It was preposterous, we said, to charge Marines with murder for shooting the enemy. Isn’t that what we train them to do? Marine Sergeant Hutchins"Yet that is exactly what we did–and the seven Marines, together with their Navy corpsman, became known as the Pendleton 8. For the last two years, these men have seen their families disintegrate, their...
  • Army, Marine Units Heading to Iraq in 2009

    06/30/2008 11:03:49 AM PDT · by kellynla · 6 replies · 94+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | June 30, 2008 | staff
    WASHINGTON -- Army brigades from Texas, New York and Pennsylvania, and two Marine units from North Carolina have been ordered to deploy to Iraq early next year, the Pentagon announced Monday. The units _ which include about 33,000 troops _ would replace forces already in Iraq, and allow the U.S. to maintain 15 combat brigades in the country through 2009 if needed. The units are: _ 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas _ 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas _ 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. _ 56th Stryker Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania...
  • Victory for LtCol Chessani – Case Dismissed

    06/17/2008 1:39:24 PM PDT · by kellynla · 14 replies · 112+ views
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | 6/17/2008 | staff
    ANN ARBOR, MI – Military Judge Colonel Steven Folsom, USMC, this morning dismissed all charges against Lt Colonel Jeffrey Chessani on the grounds of unlawful command influence. He blistered the prosecution’s case in an opinion he read from the bench that lasted an hour. The ruling was without prejudice. Colonel Folsom gave prosecutors 72 hours in which to notify him whether they would appeal. The ruling was greeted with tears of joy from Chessani’s wife and several spectators in the courtroom.
  • Crucial Ruling Tomorrow in Haditha Marine Case Involving LtCol Chessani

    06/16/2008 9:09:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 38 replies · 253+ views
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | June 16, 2008 | staff
    ANN ARBOR, MI – Military Judge Colonel Steven Folsom, USMC, will issue his ruling on the crucial Unlawful Command Influence motion brought by LtCol Jeffrey Chessani’s defense counsel in a Camp Pendleton, California, courtroom on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at 9:00am PST. Col Folsom had originally scheduled hearings in Chessani’s case to last for three days, June 16–18. However, in an announcement that might prove to be significant to the Chessani case, Col Folson indicated late last week that he will announce his decision on the defense motion to dismiss on June 17 in a hearing that should last approximately...