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  • Iran responsible for Beirut bombing, U.S. judge finds / Relatives of 241 Marines seek recompense

    03/03/2015 1:36:49 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    SFGate (posting for Washington Post) ^ | 2003, May 21 | Allan Lengel
    2003-05-31 04:00:00 PDT Washington -- A federal judge ruled Friday that Iran was behind the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. servicemen, clearing the way for more than 600 of their relatives to collect financial damages against the Islamic republic. In a 30-page decision that resulted from a lawsuit filed by the families, U. S. District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote that the terrorist group Hezbollah had carried out the attack at the behest of Iran and its Ministry of Information and Security. "The approval of both the Ayatollah Khomeini and President Rafsanjani was absolutely...
  • Marines Allow Operators to Choose Glocks over MARSOC .45s (G-19 9mm are preferred)

    02/28/2015 5:42:59 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 40 replies
    The Marine Corps has authorized MARSOC operators to carry Glock pistols, since most of the elite outfit's members prefer the popular 9mm over the custom .45 pistols the service bought them in 2012. The Corps issued a Feb. 2 Marine Administrative Message, or MARADMIN, that green-lighted Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, units to use the Glock 19, a proven design used by many units in U.S. Special Operations Command. The reliable, easy-to-maintain 9mm features a polymer frame and a 17-round magazine. The Marine Corps just completed an exhaustive search for a new MARSOC pistol in 2012. The...
  • Remembering Iwo Jima

    02/25/2015 3:58:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Austin Bay
    From Feb. 19, 1945 (when U.S. Marines assaulted its beaches) to March 27 of that year (the day combat officially ceased), the island of Iwo Jima was hell on earth. In 2009 I began writing occasional columns commemorating the 70th anniversary of key WW2 battles and events. I dedicated them to the WW2 generation. Twenty-year-old Marine vets of February 1945 are now 90, if they are still among us. Iwo Jima was on my list of must-cover subjects. By sheer coincidence, my wife and I spent this past weekend in Dallas, Texas, with the sister of a Marine F4U Corsair...
  • Crew treated after ejecting from S.C.-based Marine jet

    02/23/2015 11:30:22 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    Sun Journal ^ | 2-23-15 | Drew Wilson
    The two-person crew of a Marine Corps jet is safe after a crash Sunday near Statenville, Ga. The F/A-18 Hornet was with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 based out of Beaufort, S.C., and was part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, according to Michael Barton, deputy director of the public affairs office at Cherry Point. The pilot, Maj. Rick Nicka and the weapons officer, 1st Lt. Robert Reynolds, ejected from the jet and were treated for minor injuries at South Georgia Medical Center 19 miles away in Valdosta, Ga., according to a release. Barton said the plane...
  • Fugitive’s escape ends when he hides in Marine’s yard

    02/22/2015 10:05:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 2 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 22, 2015
    WALLACE, Idaho — A fugitive’s escape from the Shoshone County Jail ended when he entered the property of a Marine and former law enforcement officer. KXLY-TV in Spokane reports that Roy Bieluch broke out of the jail on Tuesday night after crawling through the ceiling of a storage closet. He bolted past a cleaning woman when she opened the door.
  • 'Always faithful' pals help save Marine's life after snakebite

    02/19/2015 9:58:55 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 14 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 2/19/15 | Juliana Keeping
    Second Lt. Anthony Kemp was bitten by a rattlesnake while he and two other Marines were hiking in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma. LAWTON — For three Marines hiking in the Wichita Mountains earlier this month, the Corps’ motto of Semper Fidelis — Latin for “always faithful” — played out in ways none of them expected when a large rattlesnake bit 2nd Lt. Anthony Kemp, 23, almost killing him. “You’re always faithful to your brother,” Kemp said Wednesday from his hospital bed at OU Medical Center, where he is recovering from the bite and the resulting above-the-knee amputation of...
  • ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base

    02/16/2015 4:18:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Feb 15, 2015
    ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base Islamic State has reportedly seized al-Baghdadi, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, 5 miles from an air base staffed by U.S. Marines, as the terror group continues its push beyond its bases in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to establish militant affiliates in other countries. Hundreds of Islamic State fighters reportedly captured most of al-Baghdadi, which is 55 miles from the capital Ramadi, on Thursday. On Friday, Iraqi soldiers had retaken several government buildings, but the soldiers withdrew early Saturday, handing the town back to the militants, The...
  • ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base

    02/15/2015 6:24:50 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/15/15
    Islamic State has reportedly seized al-Baghdadi, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, 5 miles from an air base staffed by U.S. Marines, as the terror group continues its push beyond its bases in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to establish militant affiliates in other countries. Hundreds of Islamic State fighters reportedly captured most of al-Baghdadi, which is 55 miles from the capital Ramadi, on Thursday. On Friday, Iraqi soldiers had retaken several government buildings, but the soldiers withdrew early Saturday, handing the town back to the militants, The New York Times reported, citing local security officials. One local Iraqi official told...
  • Barack Obama: Hand-washer-in-chief

    02/14/2015 8:57:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 12, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    Executives are supposed to deal with or avoid problems. Barack Obama, elected U.S. president with essentially no executive experience, prefers to wash his hands of them. He washed his hands of Iraq, though now he has been forced to dirty them there again. He’s trying to wash his hands of Afghanistan. He just washed his hands of Yemen, presiding over an ignominious U.S. exit during which, reportedly, American Marines turned over their weapons, apparently, as a condition of their withdrawal [see UPDATE below]. Today, Obama washed his hands of a totally predictable consequence of Obamacare — reduced staffing and reduced...
  • 300 U.S. Marines Under Siege, Prepare To Defend Against Islamic States Attackers In Iraq

    02/14/2015 3:52:09 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 61 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | February 13, 2015 | Staff
    <p>President Obama has repeatedly said that U.S. troops would not be sent into harm’s way to fight ISIS and those who are in the region are there to only provide training and advisory support.</p> <p>But what would happen if Islamic State militants were to directly attack a military base housing several hundred American troops?</p>
  • ISIS Fighters Attack Iraqi Base Wearing Iraqi Army Uniforms

    02/13/2015 7:36:01 PM PST · by rey · 44 replies
    ABC ^ | 13 Feb, 2015 | By MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ
    News video at site Between 20 and 25 ISIS fighters wearing Iraqi Army uniforms infiltrated al-Asad airbase Friday -- the sprawling western Iraqi base where 400 American forces are training Iraqi troops -- and tried to enter the base, military officials said.
  • Bombers make it onto Iraq base used by U.S. troops

    02/13/2015 8:08:13 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    CBS News online ^ | 13 February 2015 | N/A
    Eight suicide bombers managed Friday to get onto a sprawling Iraqi military base where hundreds of U.S. Marines are training their Iraqi counterparts, but were killed by an ISF counter attack almost immediately.
  • BREAKING: Reports Claim ISIS Just Captured al-Asad Air Base Where 300 U.S. Marines Could Be Trapped

    02/12/2015 6:30:58 PM PST · by rey · 202 replies
    Liberty News ^ | 12 Fe 2015 | Eric Odom
    This is a story with various reports flying from multiple directions and it’s hard to get a grasp on exactly what’s happening. What we know at the moment is that ISIS is claiming it has seized control of the al-Asad air base in the Ramadi area of Iraq. According to multiple twitter feeds the Iraqi army has lost contact with its people inside the base. From what we can tell the 300 Marines are on location to train Iraqi military. The Pentagon is pushing back on these initial reports about al-Asad. According to the Pentagon ISIS is initiating attacks against...
  • ISIS SEIZES RAMADI CITY – 300 US Marines Trapped at Base – Contact With Base Lost

    02/12/2015 1:26:41 PM PST · by combat_boots · 349 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12/2015 | Jim Hoft
    ISIS fighters seized most of Ramadi – where 300 US Marines are stationed training Iraqi Forces.Al-Asad base is near the city – where 300 Marines are stationed.The US Marines at Al-Asad airbase has been under frequent attack since January. But today ISIS seized large swaths of the city. UNCONFIRMED: There are initial reports of ISIS attack/capture of al-Asad air base in which there are over 300 U.S. marines— Chemi Shalev (@ChemiShalev) February 12, 2015 The al-Asad air base is near the town of al-Baghadai in Western Iraq, apparently captured a few hours ago by ISIS— Chemi Shalev (@ChemiShalev) February 12,...
  • Clarity on Marine Security Force departure from Yemen (Official USMC Statement)

    02/12/2015 11:30:31 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 55 replies
    USMC.mil ^ | February 11, 2015 | USMC Public Affairs
    HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS, WASHINGTON — The Marine Security Force left the American embassy in Yemen for the movement to the airfield as part of the "ordered departure" with only personal weapons. All crew served weapons were destroyed at the embassy prior to movement. None of them were 'handed over' in any way to anyone. The destruction of weapons at the embassy and the airport was carried out in accordance with an approved destruction plan. Upon arrival at the airfield, all personal weapons were rendered inoperable in accordance with advance planning. Specifically, each bolt was removed from its weapons body and...
  • Obama VA secretary insults war-vet congressman: ‘What have you done?’ Vets group outraged

    02/12/2015 7:13:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | February 12, 2015 | Nicole Haas
    Tensions ran high when Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was grilled about mismanagement within the VA system during a House hearing Wednesday – a major veterans group is demanding an apology.Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a 22-year Marine Corps veteran, who saw combat in Iraq in the 1990s then returned to the country on active service in 2006, was questioning McDonald about Denver’s failed VA hospital construction project and accusing him of glossing over problems within the system when things got testy.After citing cost overrun and scheduling problems with a VA hospital construction in Denver, Coffman said it was a symbol...
  • Yemen Falls Apart: Marines Forced to Destroy Weapons, U.S. Embassy Evacuated,

    02/12/2015 6:29:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Despite President Obama claiming in September that U.S. strategy used to combat terrorism in Yemen has been a "success," so successful in fact that it should be used to defeat ISIS, the country continues to fall apart. Late yesterday the United States evacuated the U.S. embassy in Yemen and Marines were bizarrely ordered by the State Department to destroy issued weapons on their way out. The British and French also closed and evacuated their embassies yesterday citing safety and security concerns. The Marine Security Force left the American embassy in Yemen for the movement to the airfield as part of...
  • US Marines ordered to SURRENDER WEAPONS before evacuating Yemen Embassy.

    02/11/2015 6:14:17 PM PST · by Toespi · 209 replies
    The Kelly File/Fox News
    Meghan Kelly just reported that Marines were ordered by the state department to remove clips and surrender weapons before leaving the Yemen Embassy. She reports that it is unprecedented, backed up by Jack Keene. Marines under that order are furious.
  • U.S. Marines handed over their guns before leaving Yemen

    02/11/2015 6:11:24 PM PST · by Signalman · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/11/2015 | phil stewart
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Marines handed over their remaining weapons to Yemenis at the airport in the capital, Sanaa, on Wednesday before boarding commercial aircraft to leave the country following the closure of the U.S. embassy, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon said the Marines destroyed heavy weapons in their embassy arsenal, including machine guns, before leaving for the airport but remained armed with smaller weapons until the end to ensure a safe exit from the country. "The movement from the embassy to the aircraft required armed Marines," Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said at a briefing. The U.S....
  • Marines Surrender Weapons Before Yemen Evacuation

    02/11/2015 6:10:24 PM PST · by blueyon · 112 replies
    Military.com ^ | 2/11/15 | Richard Sisk
    U.S. Embassy Marines in Yemen handed over their M-9 pistols and M-4 carbines before evacuating the chaotic country with diplomatic personnel, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The Marines also left behind several vehicles at the airport in the capital city of Sanaa before departing on a civilian flight, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Warren said the Marines destroyed their machine guns and other crew-served weapons before leaving the Embassy for the airport. He also said that it was unclear who now had custody of the weapons and vehicles that were surrendered. A Marine spokesman could not immediately say...
  • Marines Surrender Weapons Before Yemen Evacuation

    02/11/2015 6:09:17 PM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 26 replies
    military.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    U.S. Embassy Marines in Yemen handed over their M-9 pistols and M-4 carbines before evacuating the chaotic country with diplomatic personnel, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The Marines also left behind several vehicles at the airport in the capital city of Sanaa before departing on a civilian flight, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
  • Snipers on their Job

    02/10/2015 8:18:37 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/10/2015 | D Breteau
    Three Former Marine Corps Scout Snipers Talk About Their Profession As the movie American Sniper headed for wide release in mid-January, we checked in with three former Marine Corps snipers for their thoughts on the profession, how it changed them, America’s deadliest marksman Chris Kyle, and advice for aspiring snipers. Caylen Wojcik Former 1st Marine Division Scout Sniper School instructor; deployed as a chief sniper during Operation Iraqi Freedom II; over 100 combat missions; severely wounded by enemy rocket fire during Operation Phantom Fury; founded Central Cascade Precision; now with Magpul Dynamics. Jason Mann Twenty years in the USMC,...
  • 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...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - The D.I. (1957)

    01/16/2015 8:36:18 PM PST · by DemforBush · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    Double Feature night at the DFB theater! Technical Sergeant Jim Moore (Jack Webb) is a tough, no-nonsense D.I. with a problem - Pvt. Owens. Owens is the platoon screwup who apparently wants more than anything than to get out of the Marines. Moore, though, sees potential in Owens and won't give up on him - "There's a man under that baby powder."
  • Marines jump in to help woman confronted by robbers (Lynwood WA)

    01/14/2015 10:56:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    KIRO-TV, CBS 7, Seattle ^ | 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 | David Ham
    Three U.S. Marine Corps recruiters said they heard repeated honking from inside their office on Tuesday around 5:00 p.m.—when they ran out to see what was going on. “We thought there was road rage involved or a fight broke loose,” said Sgt. Riccardo Schebesta. Schebesta and two other recruiters rushed outside and saw a woman yelling for help. “She said, ‘Help me; I’m being robbed.’ I stopped paying attention to her. She's not the problem,” said Staff Sgt. Ben Shoemaker. He immediately saw one of the suspects, and ran to try and catch them. “No—that kid was never going to...
  • The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able to Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 7:19:35 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 67 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 12/31/2014 | Adam Clark Estes
    At this point, it's not even funny how much the Pentagon has screwed up the development of its new stealth fighter jet, the F-35. But the latest report that the jet's 25mm cannon won't be operational until 2019 at the earliest is just laughable. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn't even need the gun to begin with. Unnamed Air Force officials revealed the bad news in a Daily Beast story about the F-35. Apparently the software that will power the four-barreled rotary cannon on the Air Force version of the jet, the F-35A, won't be ready for at...
  • Christmas and the World War II Gyrene

    12/25/2014 6:49:02 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    World War II Gyrene ^ | 2004 | Mark Flowers
    Each year, the Commandant issued a special Christmas message to be read to Marines all over the globe. Below is the Commandant's message from 1944. The Commandant's Christmas 1944 Message Among the many important things which men sacrifice in the armed forces is Christmas at home. It is one of the most difficult to give up. The American family Christmas is one of the great joys of life. At the same time, it is one of the real, tangible things for which we fight. Its preservation is one of the essential reasons for our being at war. Every Marine who...
  • Merry Christmas From Afghanistan

    12/25/2014 2:37:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    messin around / YouTube ^ | Dec 24, 2009 | CAAT 1, WPNS CO, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines
    Seasons greetings from CAAT 1, WPNS CO, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines. (filmed on site at Alpha 1) (As it pans across the platoon halfway through, please excuse them looking like they're watching a crucifixion; by this point they've heard the song several hundred times :) Merry Christmas! [See the lyrics on the YouTube webpage]
  • US Marine Corps Drill Instructor vs US Army Drill Sergeant (video)

    12/07/2014 5:21:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 50 replies
    youtube ^ | july 20, 2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlNSPbfr5_g
  • Marines to invade L.A., but don’t panic

    12/07/2014 11:59:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    LA Times, via Stars & Stripes ^ | December 6, 2014 | Veronica Rocha and Tony Perry
    Downtown Los Angeles might look like a scene out of “Call of Duty” next week, but military officials say don’t be alarmed. It’s a drill. Military helicopters will be buzzing over the downtown skyline. Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton armed with chalk-firing nonlethal rifles will converge at undisclosed locations in Los Angeles — all in an effort to get “urban realism” training. Military officials will not disclose exactly when the training will occur in Los Angeles, hoping to dissuade potential spectators. But they don’t want people to panic. “The last thing we want is for people to see Marines...
  • The Rise and Fall and Rise of America’s Last Battle Rifle (M-14)

    11/14/2014 6:18:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 13, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    Critics said the M-14 was what happened when the U.S. government took many years and spent millions of dollars designing a rifle that was really just a glorified M-1 Garand from World War II. The M-14 was the U.S. military’s last battle rifle. It appeared in 1959—the contemporary of the Pentagon’s first jet fighters and ICBMs. With its heavy steel parts and walnut stock, the M-14 looked positively archaic. It was hardly a Space Age weapon. And it only endured as America’s battle rifle until 1970, when the M-16 completely superseded it—the shortest service record of any U.S. military rifle...
  • Last original WWII Navajo Code Talker, a Marine, dies on the birthday of the Corps

    11/11/2014 11:45:07 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The last Navajo Code Talker, Chester Nez, USMC died on 10 November 2014, the 239th birthday of the Corps. They played a vital role during WWII.From Source Marine veteran Michael Smith wept Wednesday when he heard about the death of Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo Code Talkers.Smith, from Window Rock, who had met Nez several times, described him as a “quiet, humble” Navajo Marine.Smith said that the passing of Nez — the last of the first 29 Navajo men who created a code from their language that stumped the Japanese in World War II — marked the...
  • Happy Birthday Marine Corps (239)

    I have attached the Commandants birthday message in the link. Happy 239th birthday and Semper Fidelis
  • Camp Leatherneck goodbye

    11/01/2014 10:41:48 PM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | November 1, 2014 5am | Gretel C. Kovach
    KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Leaving Camp Leatherneck for the last time as a journalist who traveled there half a dozen times over the years, I felt a mix of pride and relief, sadness and uncertainty, emotions all tempered with disbelief that our long war in Afghanistan is at an end. Photojournalist Nelvin C. Cepeda and I are en route home to San Diego, flying with Camp Pendleton Marines who were among the last international forces to pull out of Helmand province. :snip:For the many troops who served at Camp Leatherneck or cycled through to smaller bases, as well as...
  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

    11/01/2014 1:40:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 5:12 PM EDT | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.</p> <p>The survey is conducted every two years. But this year's version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including graphically personal questions on sexual acts.</p>
  • Marine vet to be released from Mexican jail

    10/31/2014 5:20:36 PM PDT · by Fast Moving Angel · 46 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | October 31, 2014 | Sandra Dibble
    TIJUANA — A Mexican federal district judge in Tijuana on Friday ordered the immediate release of a U.S. Marine veteran behind bars in Baja California on federal weapons charges.
  • Don't Look Now, But the Marines and Brits Just High-Tailed it Out of Taliban Stronghold

    10/27/2014 10:25:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 10/27/2014 | BY COLUM LYNCH
    President Barack Obama marked a milestone Sunday on the way to one of the most important, controversial, and riskiest promises of his presidency: winding down the American-led coalition's combat role in Afghanistan in preparation for ending the long war there next year. American and British combat operations formally came to an end in Helmand Province, one of the bloodiest theaters in the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and a primary focus of Obama's 2010 surge of tens of thousands of American reinforcements charged with beating back the revitalized insurgency. But there were no White House statements issued Sunday to commemorate...
  • Three pioneering women in Marine infantry course are asked to leave. Why?

    10/26/2014 11:25:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 229 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 24, 2014 | Anna Mulrine
    Just weeks after three women passed a rigorous day-long test qualifying them to potentially lead US Marine infantrymen for the first time in history, news came that all three women have been asked to leave the course. They were physically disqualified from the training last week for falling behind in hikes while carrying loads of upwards of 100 pounds, says Maj. George Flynn, director of the Infantry Officers Course (IOC) at Quantico, Va.
  • Second US Marine Lost in Fight Against ISIS

    10/26/2014 10:57:47 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    breitbart ^ | Oct. 26, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On October 23, USMC Lance Corporal Sean P. Neal died in Baghdad. He was the second Marine to die in October in the fight against ISIS. Neal was from Riverside, California. He joined the Marines in 2013. According to the Marine Corps Times, Neal was one of approximately 2,300 Marines assigned to "the crisis response unit for US Central Command." He was supporting efforts to combat ISIS when he was died. Precise details surrounding his death have not been released, but the DOD does say it was a "noncombat incident."
  • Webcast: 31st Annual Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony [10:30am]

    10/23/2014 5:58:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    DVIDS Hub ^ | October 23, 2014 | N/A
    The 31st Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony will be held at the Beirut Memorial in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Thursday, October 23, at 10:30 a.m. The special ceremony will honor the fallen service members and survivors who served in Lebanon from 1958 to 1984 and in Grenada. Major General Richard L. Simcock, the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade commanding general, is scheduled to deliver the Beirut memorial address. Scheduled from Oct 23 2014 10:30 AM EDT to Oct 23 2014 12:00 PM EDT
  • Marine suspect transferred to Philippine detention (Allegedly killed a ladyboy)

    10/21/2014 9:31:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 21, 2014 | Jim Gomez
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The U.S. military turned over a Marine suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino to the Philippine military's main camp in the capital Wednesday, easing a looming irritant over his custody, officials said. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton had been detained on board the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay Freeport, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Manila, after he was implicated in the death of 26-year-old Jennifer Laude, whose former name was Jeffrey....
  • 'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

    10/19/2014 8:25:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 19, 2014 | By Paul Alster
    The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Hussein’s 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragon’s Egg. Although the Americans assigned to the Al Muthanna facility until 2008 were forbidden by superiors from peering inside the bunker, they knew the larger complex’s history. From 1983 to 1990, the brutal dictator’s scientists worked there, developing mustard, sarin, VX and Tabun gases for use on Iranian soldiers and Iraqi Kurds. And although it was under the control...
  • Possible Ebola Case at the Pentagon (Arlington Now)

    10/17/2014 10:33:56 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 93 replies
    Arlington Now newspaper website ^ | 17 October 2014 | Arlington Now (Virginia)
    Arlington Now seems to be the best / original news source of this story: BREAKING: Possible Ebola Case at the Pentagon News by ARLnow.com — October 17, 2014 at 10:05 am 48,316 195 Comments (Updated at 12:30 p.m.) Arlington County’s hazmat team is on the scene at the Pentagon due to an possible Ebola case on a tour bus. Medics responded to the Pentagon this morning for a report of a woman on a bus who was sick and vomiting. When they learned that she had recently arrived from Africa, the hazmat team was called out of “a complete abundance...
  • Fought war, gained title (13-year-old Posthumously Named 'Honorary Marine' Blurry Screen Alert)

    10/17/2014 8:03:58 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 5 replies
    Marines.mil ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Cpl. Samuel Ellis, HQ Marine Corps
    Jacob Sprinkle had been tied to the Marine Corps since birth, born little more than a short 13 years ago on November 10 — the Marine Corps' birthday. Sadly, Jacob would never live to serve in the Corps, but now, in death, he bears the title of "Marine." More than 100 guests filled the Jonesville, Virginia Lee County High School auditorium tonight to participate in a ceremony posthumously honoring Jacob with the title “Honorary Marine,” an award less than 100 people have ever been recognized with. Nine months prior, friends and family gathered to grieve after his death, tonight they...
  • Help to Fully Accept Sikhs in the US Military

    10/17/2014 6:50:07 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 75 replies
    Change.org ^ | 10/11/2014 | Vaishali Rana
    "The message of the Sikh faith, although peaceful, has a strong theme of justice and upholding human rights running through it." My dear friend's cousin, Major Kamaljit Khalsi, will be going in front of congress to fight for Sikhs Service in the US Military. We need 100,000 signatures but are only at 5700. Please sign the petition and please share with your friends and family to help everyone. This isn't only for Sikhs but anyone from different faiths that look to join and serve their country." To: We, the undersigned individuals, respectfully call on your Administration to give devout Sikh...
  • US Marines, sailors based in Spain headed into Ebola fight

    10/09/2014 4:16:18 PM PDT · by Prospero · 26 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/9/2014 | Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON — A Marine quick reaction force based in Spain will inject a shot of airlift capability into U.S. efforts to fight an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The 100 Marines and sailors from the Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa, based in Morón, Spain, were scheduled to pass through Senegal late Wednesday and land Thursday in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Some 3,200 soldiers will arrive in Liberia late this month to set up treatment centers and help with logistics in the fight against the deadly virus, but the small, fast-moving team of Marines...
  • US Military Planes Arrive at Epicenter of Ebola

    10/09/2014 1:38:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 9, 2014 | By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH AND CIARAN GILES
    MONROVIA, Liberia - Six U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa's leaders pleaded for the world's help in dealing with "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times." The fleet that landed outside the Liberian capital of Monrovia consisted of four MV-22 Ospreys and two KC-130s. The 100 additional Marines bring to just over 300 the total number of American troops in the country, said Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the commander leading the U.S. response. Williams joined U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac at the airport to greet the aircraft, which arrived...
  • Marines headed to Africa to fight Ebola outbreak

    10/08/2014 12:49:45 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 49 replies
    The hill ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon is deploying 100 troops from a special Marine response force to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak. "These personnel will arrive in Senegal tonight and in Liberia tomorrow," said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby at a briefing on Wednesday. The 100 troops — mostly Marines, along with some Navy corpsmen — are part of a force of up to 3,600 U.S. troops that could deploy to West Africa to help efforts to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The outbreak has so far claimed more than 3,000 lives and could infect 1.4...
  • Indeed, How Dare We Leave Andrew Tahmooressi Behind?

    10/03/2014 9:20:27 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Veteran Neglect: A Navy and Marine Corps veteran asks a House panel why an administration that says it leaves no one behind has let a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder sit in a Mexican jail for six months. From the famous "latte salute" to the Marine holding the presidential umbrella, President Obama's respect for our men in uniform has been open to question. Unless, of course, they desert their post in Afghanistan to try to join the Taliban, like Bowe Bergdahl. Then you have the parents to the White House and trade the Taliban general staff to obtain their release....
  • U.S. Plans to Send Over 2,000 Troops to Kuwait [Marines]

    09/30/2014 9:13:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tele Sur ^ | 1 October 2014
    The exact timing or locations of the deployment is unclear, but will happen some time next year. The United States Marine Corps will send 2,100 troops to Kuwait as part of a new special unit designed to respond to crises in the region, a mission that officials claim was planned before the U.S. began conducting air strikes in the region. The new Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Central Command will be deployed in Kuwait to conduct what it calls “theater sustainment missions,” according to Brigadier General John Love, according to news reports on Monday. It will also be equipped...