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  • Tensions rise over women in combat

    09/20/2015 1:06:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2015 | Kristina Wong & Rebecca Kheel
    A battle is brewing in Washington over the military's push to open all combat units to women. The Marine Corps is reportedly poised to ask that some positions remain available only to men, following a nine-month study that found units with all genders did not perform as well in combat. The issue is stirring a passionate debate in the military community, pitting the Marine Corps against its own service secretary and creating a bitter divide on the House Armed Services Committee. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who is the service secretary for the Marine Corps, blasted the study of the Marine...
  • Marines seek to close combat jobs to women

    09/18/2015 10:08:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Wasington Times ^ | September 18, 2015 | Lolita C. Baldor - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Marine Corps is expected to ask that women not be allowed to compete for several front-line combat jobs, inflaming tensions between Navy and Marine leaders, U.S. officials say. The tentative decision has ignited a debate over whether Navy Secretary Ray Mabus can veto any Marine Corps proposal to prohibit women from serving in certain infantry and reconnaissance positions. And it puts Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps commandant who takes over soon as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at odds with the other three military services, who are expected to open all of their...
  • Navy Secretary Mabus rejects Marine report showing women perform worse than men in combat roles

    09/11/2015 11:30:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 88 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 11, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus criticized Friday the findings of a new Marine report that all-male combat units perform better on a number of tactical tasks than mixed-gender units. Mr. Mabus, the civilian secretary who leads the Navy Department — including the Marine Corps — has called for the Navy to open combat jobs to women, and said the latest report may have been tainted by negative attitudes from the beginning. “They started out with a fairly largely component of the men thinking this is not a good idea, and women will not be able to do this,” he said in...
  • Gunman 'injures three after firing Kalashnikov' on Amsterdam-Paris train: latest

    08/21/2015 11:29:48 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/21/15 | James Rothwell
    A man has been arrested after firing a Kalashnikov rifle on board an Amsterdam-Paris train, according to French media. Le Parisien reports that a Briton and an American are "seriously" wounded. A third person, the French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, was also wounded and is said to have raised the alarm. La Voix du Nord, a newspaper in the Calais region, said a man was arrested on suspicion of firing the weapon on a Thalys train near the northern town of Arras. Police say that have not ruled out terrorism as a possible motive and Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister,...
  • WW II fighter ace Fritz Payne dies; shot down 6 warplanes during Guadalcanal

    08/19/2015 7:20:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/18/15 | AP
    <p>Frederick R. "Fritz" Payne, a World War II fighter ace who left his mark on aviation and wartime history by shooting down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, a bloody, months-long confrontation that helped change the course of the war, has died at age 104.</p>
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to “act and kill”. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • Marine Corps special operators returning for New Orleans training

    07/18/2015 7:58:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/17/15 | Paul Purpura, | The Times-Picayune
    The last time Marine Corps special operators trained in New Orleans, military helicopters appeared suddenly in the night, dropping troops onto an Algiers building for a mock raid as thousands of people watched Endymion roll on Canal Street. The Marines are coming back for more. A 10-day exercise begins Saturday (July 18), in the New Orleans area and two sites in Mississippi, a Marine Corps Special Operations Command spokesman said this week in alerting the public.Calling it "realistic military training," the command puts Marines through scenario-based exercises in and near civilian communities "to replicate realistic conditions," Capt. Barry Morris said...
  • ACLJ & Key Members Of Congress Urge Armed Services Appeals Court To Hear Religious Liberty Case

    07/14/2015 10:56:32 AM PDT · by epow · 3 replies
    ACLJ ^ | 7/11/15 | Laura Hernandez
    We are fighting back. Today, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) asked the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to grant review in a major religious liberty case, United States v. Sterling. In Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling’s case, the United States Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals held that the Marines could order Sterling to remove a Bible verse that she had posted in her work station. Sterling, a devout Christian, posted Isaiah 54:17 (“no weapon formed against you shall prosper”) in three places around her work station. Our amicus brief, filed on behalf of...
  • Rangers, SEALs, now Raiders: Marines resurrect historic name

    06/19/2015 10:37:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Drew
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Army has the Green Berets, while the Navy is known for the SEALs. Now, an elite branch of the U.S. Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders. The Marines will rename several special operations units as Marine Raiders at a ceremony Friday, resurrecting a moniker made famous by World War II units that carried out risky amphibious and guerrilla operations. The exploits of the original Marine Raiders — who pioneered tactics used by present-day special forces — were captured in books and movies including "Gung Ho!" in 1943 and "Marine Raiders" in 1944. The...
  • All Gave Some, Some Gave All -- Memorial Day Salute

    05/28/2015 5:30:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | May 28, 2015 | Larry Elder
    On November 11, 2011, Congress voted to award a Congressional Gold Medal for the 20,000 black Marines of Montford Point, the first blacks to serve as Marines. I write about Staff Sgt. Elder -- and my struggle to understand him -- in my latest book, "Dear Father, Dear Son." On August 13, 2013, Col. Jason Bohm, commander, "Fighting 5th," United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, made the following remarks: "We are honored that you joined us today to recognize the service of one of our own, Staff Sgt. Randolph Elder. ... "In the days leading up to World War II,...
  • Marine Corps Gender Integration Program Ends Without A Female Grad

    04/08/2015 7:44:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 8, 2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    An 18 month trial period allowing female Marines to attend the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course will end without a single female graduate, reported the Marine Corps Times. The opportunity for female volunteers is part of a larger effort to determine the feasibility of allowing female officers to take part in ground combat operations. If anyone had successfully completed the course, they would not have earned the occupational designator or entered the infantry, since the program was only an experiment. The IOC began accepting female officers in September 2012, but by July 2014, only 20 female officers had volunteered, and...
  • Sculptor Captures Son's Spirit to Salute the Marine Corps

    03/20/2015 6:44:11 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/20/2015 | Matt Burke
    With every stroke of sculptor John Phelps’ steady hand, the clay began to take shape. First, there was a skeleton that soon began to look more and more like one Marine in uniform; then there were three. Before long, their faces twisted and contorted to depict the horrors of combat. The nonprofit veteran service organization Hope for the Warriors commissioned Phelps to immortalize the now-iconic “Hell House” photo taken by Lucian Read during the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. The photo depicted two Marine lance corporals carrying a bloodied 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal out of a house following a...
  • Oops: US Close-Air Support Bomb Doesn't Fit on the F-35

    03/15/2015 9:49:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 58 replies ^ | 3/14/2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not receive the software package required to operate the Pentagon’s top close-air support bomb until 2022, according to The article also stated that the JSF office already had discovered earlier that the precision-guided air-dropped Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) does not fit onto Joint Strike Fighter Marine Corps variant without modifications to the aircraft’s weapons bay. Yet the Department of Defense will wait until the F-35 B (the Marine Corps variant of the F-35) reaches initial operability before modifying the F-35’s armament bay, since the weapon will be useless without the right...
  • Bombers make it onto Iraq base used by U.S. troops

    02/13/2015 6:55:08 AM PST · by rey · 18 replies
    CBS ^ | 13 Feb 2015
    Link only- 8 suicide bombers have made their way on but have been stopped.
  • The Greatest Gun Never Seen

    02/06/2015 8:43:22 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 30 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/6/15 | LtCol John Velisek USMC (Ret)
    Early in 1996, the Marine Corps started a new organization called the Commandant’s Warfighting Laboratory, later changed to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, which had the charter to lead the Corps in experimentation with new technologies, techniques, tactics and procedures. It was led by Colonel Tony Wood who was already established as one of the Corps’ most brilliant forward-thinkers and fuelled by a healthy science and technology budget and the full support of the Commandant, General Charles Krulak. The “Lab” quickly set out to test a broad range of emerging technologies along with advanced warfighting experiments. One of those experiments...
  • Study Finds Most Infantrymen Want Females In Their Platoons (Satire)

    01/11/2015 11:36:06 AM PST · by Cry if I Wanna · 13 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | 01/11/15 | Maxx Butthurt
    THE PENTAGON — A new gender integration study set to be released this week found that nearly 96 percent of infantrymen in the Army and Marine Corps would be “very excited” to have women integrated into their units, especially during combat deployments, Duffel Blog has learned. “Naturally there were some patterns we saw after issuing the surveys,” Maj. Rodrick Hamill, a spokesman for the Pentagon, told reporters. “Almost all soldiers who described themselves as ‘pro female’ insisted that the women inducted be in top physical condition, and disease-free.”
  • Marine Corps Announces Plan To Develop, Cancel New Amphibious Vehicle (Satire)

    11/24/2014 8:53:08 AM PST · by Cry if I Wanna · 5 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | November 24, 2014 | Drew Ferrol
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Marine Corps announced its plan to spend billions of dollars to research, develop, and build a new amphibious vehicle that will be canceled just before implementation, sources confirmed Thursday. Dubbed the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), the new project is slated to be finished in 2020 and canceled in 2018. The ACV is meant to replace the current Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV), known among Marines as Amtraks or “Floating Coffins,” which have been used for more than 40 years to take troops from ship to the bottom of the sea floor.
  • Marines celebrate 239th birthday

    11/10/2014 6:44:21 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | 11-10-2014 | By: Carly Swain
    More than 200 years ago, those ready to sign up and lend their lives to increase naval forces in the Revolutionary War stopped by a local tavern in Philadelphia. And so the Marine Corps was born. The Department of Defense recognizes the 239th birth of the Marine Corps on November 10th this year. According to Marine Corps tradition and Philadelphia history, the USMC was unofficially founded at Tuns Tavern on Water Street as men signed up under Captain Samuel Nicholas. Congress ordered the recreation of the Corp on July 11th, 1798, according to the DoD, and by 1921 the Corps...
  • The most anti-American agenda from the most anti-American president

    10/02/2014 8:56:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/2/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    When sending 3,000 of our soldiers into a deadly Ebola infected region to provide cover for Obama’s African agenda seemed the lowest of low insults in this man’s attempt to degrade the world’s best fighting force, we now are being subjected to images of his LATTE SALUTE to US Marines who protected him in flight to the United Nations’ field of non-American dreams! Remember when our beloved Marines stood in the rain to hold an umbrella over Barack Hussein? Remember how this man bowed to a Saudi king, something no American President has done before any world leader? Remember the...
  • tudents Safely Cross Street Without Crossing Guard Thanks to Retired Marine

    08/30/2014 7:12:30 AM PDT · by MD Expat in PA · 55 replies
    News10 ABC ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | By ALEXA VALIENTE via GOOD MORNING AMERICA
    When retired Cpl. Lewis Alston, who was wounded during the Vietnam War, drove by Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Lancaster last year, he was shocked. “I saw -- when I was coming down the street -- a student that ran in between the cars,” Alston, 63, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, told ABC News. “The traffic will not stop for the children at all.” -Snip So when the school year started on Monday, Alston, who is a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, headed to the school and saw that they didn’t have a crossing guard at one...
  • Protest at Mexican Embassy

    06/23/2014 10:18:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 20, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Concerned Americans rallied together outside of the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC today to protest the incarceration of U.S. citizen and Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, 25. Marine in jail in Mexico Protesters included representatives from Help Save Maryland, a grassroots citizens’ organization dedicated to providing facts regarding illegal aliens who live and/or work in Maryland. Each participant circled around the entrance of the Mexican Embassy with signs that said “bring our Marine home,” and they used a megaphone to amplify their demands. Many protestersexpressed frustration with the Mexican Government for not allowing Tahmooressi to return to the United States and...
  • U.S. Marine Veteran Kicked Out of Pizza Hut — You Won’t Believe the Reason Why

    04/21/2014 2:04:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 73 replies
    Top Right News ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jason DeWitt
    Above: “Gang colors” that reportedly offended a Pizza Hut manager in Green Bay, Wisconsin. According to a Facebook post by a user calling himself Rick Libertas Semper, a popular pizza chain refused to serve him because he was wearing four patches signifying his service as a U.S. Marine. According to his profile, he lives in Green Bay, Wis. “I decided to go to Pizza Hut for their lunch buffet after work and was approached by the manager who came to tell me that for the safety of the patrons and staff they do not allow people in the restaurant wearing...
  • A Marine's story: Women set up to fail USMC’s most grueling test

    04/21/2014 12:00:08 PM PDT · by kingattax · 130 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4-21-14 | Martha Raddatz, Richard Coolidge & Jordyn Phelps
    VIDEO AT LINKAt a petite 5’3’’, Sage Santangelo may not look like a combat fighter at first glance. But the female second lieutenant has never let that hold her back from pursuing her dream of becoming an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. Growing up, Santangelo found she was always able to keep up with the guys and enjoyed playing hockey on all boys’ teams. But when she joined the Marines, Santangelo found the playing field changed; she was segregated into female-only training units and as a woman, was relegated to less strenuous physical training than her male counterparts. And...
  • Kurt Chew-Een Lee dies at 88; decorated for bravery in Korean War

    03/12/2014 8:51:13 AM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09 Mar 2014 | Tony Perry
    His bravery against numerically superior Chinese army troops at the Chosin Reservoir was the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary. Like many Americans of his generation, Kurt Chew-Een Lee was eager to fight in World War II. He left college at age 18 to enlist in the Marine Corps. Beyond a deeply felt patriotism, Lee had a personal motive: "I wanted to dispel the notion about the Chinese being meek, bland and obsequious," he told The Times in 2010. Rather than a combat billet, he was assigned as a language instructor in San Diego. He was deeply disappointed but decided...
  • 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.
  • The American Flag Daily: Iwo Jima

    02/19/2014 4:41:44 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 11 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | February 19, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this day in 1945, the five-week-long battle of Iwo Jima began with the invasion of the island by the United States Marine Corps. This would be one of the bloodier battles in the Pacific theater, with more than 6,800 Americans dying and over 19,000 wounded. In their honor, we raise the Corps flag on the anniversary of the first day of battle.
  • 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.
  • Video: Tip-denial story gets even more strange (Lesbian ex-Marine waitress)

    11/30/2013 3:38:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 29, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Three days ago, the claim by a New Jersey waitress who claimed to have been stiffed on a tip because of her sexual orientation began collapsing, but unfortunately for Dayna Morales, that’s not the end of the story. After the original story went viral, the family who supposedly stiffed Morales showed NBC New York their credit-card bill, establishing convincingly that Morales did indeed get a tip — and that someone else must have written the note. Last night, NBC New York dug deeper and found a few more issues in Morales’ background, including a history of fabulism:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) The New Jersey...
  • Group of 4 become first women to complete Marine Corps infantry combat training school

    11/20/2013 4:15:34 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/20/2013 | By Philip Caulfield
    Don't let their sweet smiles fool you; this is a fearsome foursome of trained killers. This cheery selfie shows the first group of women to complete the Marine Corps' infantry combat training, a grueling 59-day course that preps Marines for war. Fifteen women began the training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Sept. 24, but only Harlee (Rambo) Bradford, who snapped the pic, and her grinning crew made it through, CNN reported.    
  • Marines Kicked Out of Union Station for Playing Bagpipes Without a Permit

    10/30/2013 5:15:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 30, 2013 | James Beattie
    Members of the Allied Forces Foundation Pipe and Drum Corps play bagpipes in Union Station in Washington, D.C. ( Beattie) ( - An organization that serves British and American soldiers and its families was told by Union Station security in Washington, D.C., Saturday that it could not play its bagpipes, because it did not have a permit. The Allied Forces Foundation (AFF), which helps wounded soldiers and their families in the United Kingdom as well as the United States, had a luncheon at Pizzeria Uno’s on Saturday for their families and supporters in the buildup to the Marine Corps...

    08/22/2013 6:55:24 PM PDT · by massmike · 110 replies ^ | 08/22/2013 | BEN SHAPIRO
    In Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday night, according to local reports, World War II veteran and Battle of Okinawa survivor Delbert Belton was beaten by two African American teenagers described as between the ages of 16 and 19. Belton passed away Thursday morning of head injuries.
  • Pentagon mulling separate combat training for men, women

    07/25/2013 10:58:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 25, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The military is looking at ways to modify its training for women to help them qualify for direct ground combat roles in the infantry, tanks and special operations. Despite its claim that standards will remain the same for men and women, senior officers this week revealed they’re reevaluating that stance and considering a two-tiered training system. The idea was presented by Rep. Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts Democrat, at a hearing of the House Armed Services subcommittee, who told of a conversation she had with a woman working on combat standards. “Her comment was that, yes, you want the standards to be...
  • Obama Spends $100M on African Trip But Cancels Marines' July 4th Fireworks

    07/01/2013 5:58:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    AP ^ | July 01, 2013
    Independence Day celebrations have been canceled at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army's Fort Bragg, both in North Carolina. The annual July Fourth celebration also has been scrapped at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga. The reason is money — namely the lack of it.
  • A march on Washington with loaded rifles

    05/04/2013 3:41:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Salon ^ | May 3, 2013 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh is hoping to get 1,000 people to march on Washington on July 4 — armed with loaded rifles. The plan, launched with a Facebook group today, is to gather on the Virginia side of the Potomac, where gun laws are lax, and then march across the bridge with loaded rifles slung over their shoulders into the District, where openly carrying weapons is generally prohibited. “This will be a non-violent event,” the Facebook group warns, “unless the government chooses to make it violent.” Already, over 200 people have said they’ll attend the march. Here’s...
  • Osprey gets support role in Marine One squadron (MV-22)

    04/19/2013 10:54:31 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 19, 2013 | Jennifer Hlad
    WASHINGTON — The Marine helicopter squadron responsible for flying President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, cabinet members and other VIPs has a new aircraft: An MV-22 Osprey. HMX-1’s tilt-rotor aircraft is painted green and will be used in a support role, transporting the president’s staff and the media, Marine spokesman Capt. Richard Ulsh confirmed. Helicopters that transport the president are typically painted white on top and referred to as “white tops.” “The Osprey is a staple within our fleet. It has proven itself in the most difficult environments as a capable and reliable asset,” Ulsh said, noting that including...
  • Shameless Harry Reid Uses Dead Marines to Fearmonger on Sequester

    03/20/2013 2:14:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | March 19, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    As Ben Shapiro would say, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is dancing on the graves of dead Marines in order to score political points. Today during remarks on the Senate floor about an explosion at an Army base in Nevada last night that killed seven Marines during a training exercise, Reid shamelessly implied sequestration and cut backs in funding were to blame for the accident.  As I indicated, it was quite a big explosion. We'll follow this news very closely. I will do whatever I can going forward to support the United States military and the families of the fallen...
  • A Morally-Confused Marine

    02/05/2013 9:09:58 AM PST · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 5, 2013 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by a Marine captain titled, "I Killed People in Afghanistan. Was I Right or Wrong?" The column by Timothy Kudo, who is now a graduate student at New York University, is a fine example of the moral confusion leftism has wrought over the last half century. Captain Kudo's moral confusion may predate his graduate studies, but if so, it has surely been reinforced and strengthened at NYU.
  • US May Lose Original 1945 Iwo Jima Monument at Bonhams Auction:

    01/27/2013 12:57:21 PM PST · by WARMUSEUM · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 27, 2013 | Shayna Jacobs
    Original Iwo Jima monument, which used to be housed at the Intrepid Sea-Air- Space Museum, to hit the auction block. The 10-ton piece, inspired by the iconic photo taken at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945 and the model for the flag-raising Marine Corps War Memorial statue in Arlington, Va., will be up for sale at Bonhams auction house on Feb. 22. It is listed for sale for $1.3 million to $1.8 million.
  • Marine Corps to spouse clubs: Allow same-sex members or you don't operate on base

    01/11/2013 8:17:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | January 10, 2013 | Ashley Fantz
    It apparently takes more than a few good men, according to the U.S. Marine Corps. It takes all kinds of people to support military families, including same-sex spouses of service members. CNN published a story this week about a woman married to a female lieutenant colonel at Fort Bragg who believes she was rejected from an officers' spouse club because she's gay. Less than a day later, Maj. Gen. Vaughn Ary advised Marine Corps legal staff such clubs conducting business on its bases must admit same-same spouses. If they do not, the clubs will be barred from meeting on any...
  • Some gun regulation doesn't mean total confiscation (A new meme?)

    01/11/2013 5:13:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Reporter-Herald ^ | January 10, 2013 | James Ure
    To the editor: A recent editorial called for unlimited gun ownership to defend against the government. I hear this argument a lot, but what good is your AR-15 when you're fighting the full force of the United States military? All they have to do is drop a smart bomb on your house from high above and you're done. You wouldn't even see it coming. Alternatively, they could simply run over your house with a Kevlar-plated M1 Abrams tank, or shell your dwelling from cannons positioned far away. I support the right to bear arms to protect your home and family...
  • Looking for some help exposing a fraud claiming to be in Beirut in 83

    10/23/2012 2:25:30 PM PDT · by Abathar · 20 replies
    10/23/12 | Abathar
    <p>I was wondering if anyone had information on the Marines who were stationed in Beirut 30 years ago today when it was attacked, perhaps a list of survivors or those who received a metal for valor on that day.</p> <p>A former employee of mine who left the business about 10 years ago has it on his Facebook page that he was not only there, but received a metal from then President Reagan for heroism. I hired him and worked side by side for 2 years with him, heard all his stories and he never ONCE mentioned this to me. I know he got a dishonorable discharge for desertion when he refused to deploy to the Philippines, but the thing that really gets my goat was we graduated HS both in the class of 83. He told me he was an NBC specialist who mostly ran tear gas testing drills later, but he is so full of sh*t that I want to really blast him for claiming this if it wasn't true, but I won't unless I have some kind of proof.</p>
  • Official: No Marines in Libya at time of Benghazi attack

    09/15/2012 1:46:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2012 | Kristina Wong
    No U.S. Marines were in Libya when protesters stormed a diplomatic mission in the eastern city of Benghazi and killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans late Tuesday, a senior Obama administration official said Saturday. The official’s comments contradict earlier reports of a small Marine presence at State Department facilities in the North African nation. The U.S. diplomatic compound breached Tuesday by Libyan protesters in Benghazi had a relatively light security posture compared to diplomatic facilities in other conflict zones. Marines are guarding diplomatic facilities in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, Defense Press Secretary George Little told reporters Thursday. “The...
  • Report: Sacked Benghazi Consulate Had No Protection From US Marines

    09/12/2012 5:56:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies ^ | Guy Benson
    How could this have been allowed to happen?  Infuriating:   The consulate where the American ambassador to Libya was killed on Tuesday is an “interim facility” not protected by the contingent of Marines that safeguards embassies, POLITICO has learned. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed with three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the city of Benghazi, where Libyan rebels ousted strongman Moammar Qadhafi last year. Marine Corps spokeswoman Capt. Kendra Motz said that Marines were not posted to the consulate, unlike the embassy in the capital, Tripoli. A defense official told POLITICO on Wednesday that the...
  • Marine Corps creates law enforcement battalions

    07/24/2012 10:54:31 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 22, 2012 | ap
    The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions — a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations. The Corps activated three such battalions last month. Each is made up of roughly 500 military police officers and dozens of dogs. The Marine Corps has had police battalions off and on since World War II but they were primarily focused on providing security, such as accompanying fuel convoys or guarding generals on visits to dangerous areas,...
  • USMC Silent Drill Platoon (video)

    07/17/2012 8:47:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | July 16, 2012 | CptSpaulding
    This is the USMC Silent Drill Platoon when they visited the US Marine Air Station in Beaufort, SC. The exhibition was scheduled to be held on the parade field. However, it was moved inside a jet fighter hanger due to rain.
  • Fiery Reaction to Marine’s Stolen Saddam Rifle (Marine Convicted of Possessing Iraqi AK-47)

    07/07/2012 5:22:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | July 6, 2012 | JOHN ASBURY
    Fiery Reaction to Marine’s Stolen Saddam Rifle Is it among the spoils of war? Or worthy of a felony conviction that carries a 10-year prison sentence? The recent conviction of a Twentynine Palms Marine from Hemet has sparked a debate from readers and a fierce defense from the Marine himself. To rewind, Staff Sgt. Joel Cleve Miller was convicted last week of illegal possession of a machine gun. Federal prosecutors said he smuggled a chrome-plated AK-47 that once belonged to Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein’s Royal Guard back to his home in Hemet after a 2005 tour in Iraq. Miller now...
  • Montana High School Cancels Famous Graduation Speaker Because He’s ‘Too Conservative’

    06/12/2012 11:21:53 AM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | Jne 12, 2012 | Giacomo
    I’ve heard of high schools and colleges cancelling graduation speakers because they were too controversial, too liberal or too religious, but this is the first time I’ve heard of one being cancelled for being too conservative. Ronan High School in Ronan, Montana, had arranged for famed and award winning film producer Gerald Molen, a Montana native to speak at their graduation ceremony. Molen is best known for his Oscar winning film, Schindler’s List. He also produced Twister, Rain Man, Days of Thunder, Hook, Minority Report, Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Before becoming a film producer, Molen served...
  • Happy Anniversary: 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation

    05/31/2012 2:55:26 PM PDT · by NFHale · 26 replies
    Happy Anniversary: 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation…
  • Proposed US Military Buildup - 2012-2024

    05/20/2012 7:18:07 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 100 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | 19 May 2012 | Jef Head
    Proposed US Military buildup under a conservative U.S. Administration circa 2012-2024 CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE The following plan is based on a major US economic turnaround based on sound Free Market principles geared to US interests, energy independendece, a balanced budget, stabilization of Social Security & Medicare & eliminating unessary and wasteful entitlements & entire federal agencies. It is also based,under a conservative leadership in Washington, on adopting lower corporate and individual income taxes so the revenue to the treasury expands and increases significantly which will fuel the buildup necessary to remain technologically superior by two generations...
  • Marine to argue free speech case at hearing

    04/05/2012 5:38:53 AM PDT · by shove_it · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5 Apr 2012 | JULIE WATSON
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A Marine facing dismissal for running a Facebook page criticizing the Obama administration is now backed by a team of lawyers and federal congressmen as he fights to stay in the military and test its age-old policy of limiting the free speech of service members. Sgt. Gary Stein will appear before a military board at Camp Pendleton on Thursday to argue his case. The 26-year-old Marine has been rallying for support since he was notified last month that the military was moving to discharge him after determining he was in violation of the Pentagon policy...