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  • Marine suspect transferred to Philippine detention (Allegedly killed a ladyboy)

    10/21/2014 9:31:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 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...
  • Marines put Microsoft Kinect to work, but not for gaming

    09/29/2014 10:47:11 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    NetworkWorld ^ | Sep 29, 2014 6:52 AM PT | Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft has made the Kinect motion detection sensor available for use in commercial and non-gaming scenarios for some time, but for some reason it hasn't really caught on. We've heard next to no stories about people using it, although it could always be that they are keeping quiet for a competitive advantage. But a military contractor has come up with something that has the U.S. Marine Corps interested. The Augmented Reality Sand Table is currently being developed by the Army Research Laboratory and was on display at the Modern Day Marine Expo that recently took place on Marine Corps Base...
  • The Insiders: Why the “latte salute” is a big deal

    09/28/2014 11:42:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | September 25, 2014 | Ed Rogers
    By now, everyone has seen the pictures of President Obama’s “latte salute,” where he walked off Air Force One and couldn’t even be bothered to switch his cup to his other hand while lazily saluting the Marines at the bottom of the airplane stairs. The Obama apologists are dismissing the criticism, calling it “ridiculousness.” Perhaps the president meant it as an insult; perhaps not. But we know the president is vain – after all, he has already written two books about himself – and he’s also very stage-aware. He knew what he was doing. President Obama was striking a pose....
  • Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right

    09/28/2014 4:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 25, 2014 | Sally Kohn
    Should he have switched hands? Dropped the cup? Not drank the coffee? Declared war on coffee growers? Any way, the right woulda whacked him.Since his inauguration, Republicans have criticized President Obama for everything. For launching military strikes. For not launching military strikes. For taking vacations. For being too uptight. For fist-bumping. For being too detached. You name it. Progressives and those who simply like fair-minded political debate have alleged that the actual facts of President Obama’s actions are irrelevant, that Republicans who were determined to oppose everything the president did from Day One would criticize his every move no matter...
  • A Final Verdict on the Presidential Salute (oldie but goody)

    09/24/2014 8:01:11 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 31, 2009 | CAREY WINFREY
    FOR nearly three decades, I’ve felt conflicted about presidential salutes. After all, my United States Marine Corps instructors drilled into me the idea that “you never salute without a cover” which, in civilian, meant without a hat. My fellow Marines and I were also informed, in no uncertain terms, that we weren’t to salute out of uniform. (I don’t think that presidential blue suits, white shirts and red ties quite qualify.) So whenever I saw a president stepping off a helicopter and bringing hand to brow, my drill instructor’s unambiguous words came back to me with much of their original...
  • Mr. President, They Are Not Baristas – They Are Marines

    09/24/2014 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    It was the salute seen around the world. President Obama was caught on video saluting Marines with a coffee cup in his hand. Just call him Cappuccino-in-Chief. The White House posted video to its Instagram account and soon unleashed a torrent of outrage. The Washington Times dubbed the moment “Semper Latte.” I’m surprised he didn’t order the Marines to fetch him cream and sugar. Before lunchtime – liberals had unearthed a photograph purportedly showing former President Bush saluting with a dog in his arms.
  • Former Head of Marine Corps: Obama's ISIS Strategy Doesn't Have a Snowball's Chance in Hell

    09/22/2014 9:50:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    As President Obama continues to openly state U.S. ground troops on Iraq to combat terror army ISIS are not an option, a number of top military commanders have openly criticized or questioned his strategy, both in the press and in congressional testimony. Now we can add former head of the Marine Corps, General James Conway, to a long and growing list. Speaking at the Maverick PAC Conference in Washington D.C. last week, Conway didn't hold back or mince words about how he views current strategy against ISIS. The Daily Caller has the story: “I don’t think the president’s plan has a snowball’s...
  • Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive kicks off. Detachment also sponsors Honor Flights

    09/23/2014 1:38:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The annual Marine Corps League Toys for Tots Drive has begun. The event kicked off Saturday with the awarding of raffle prizes drawn on Sept. 13 during the Sierra Vista Oktoberfest. The prizes were officially presented at the Toys for Tots headquarters in Sierra Vista, while at the same time a recent participant in the Honor Flight program — Ralph Graves — made an appearance. It was an early Christmas for sister and brother Liberty West, 9, and Lincoln West, 5, winning a special 360 degree racer stunt bike and for 9-year-old Annamae Buhr, the recipient of...
  • Viral Video of Marines Singing "These Are the Days of Elijah"

    09/18/2014 10:23:07 PM PDT · by firebrand · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 14, 2014 | The Blaze
    These are the days of Elijah.
  • Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry

    09/17/2014 12:40:00 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    Marine Corps Gazette ^ | September 17, 2014 | Capt Lauren F. Serrano
    While reading the February issue of the Marine Corps Gazette, I skimmed past the “Be Bold” advertisement calling for readers to submit articles that challenge a Marine Corps policy or way of doing business. Immediately a current “hot topic” came to mind, but as usual I quickly discarded it because I have purposely avoided publicly disagreeing with the passionate opinions of many of my female peers and friends. After weeks of contemplation and debate, I am “being bold” and coming clean: I am a female Marine officer and I do not believe women should serve in the infantry.
  • Marines Deactivate Decorated 'Walking Dead' Unit

    09/03/2014 2:18:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    WSPA ^ | Aug 31, 2014
    Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The step comes as top U.S. military and political leaders are moving to trim the size of America's military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Marines' laser weapon targeting enemy drones revealed

    09/01/2014 9:53:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2014 | Allison Barrie
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Watch out, enemy drones. The U.S. military is developing laser weapons to smite you. The Office of Naval Research announced last week that it is building a laser weapon that will be able to shoot down aerial drones, spelling big trouble for any enemy who tries to target the U.S. Marines. GBAD – Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move – is a laser weapon designed to be installed on the Marines’ Humvees, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and other light tactical ground vehicles. Intended to provide an affordable alternative to traditional firepower, GBADs could prevent enemy drones from tracking and targeting...
  • 'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated

    08/29/2014 6:59:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-28-14 | Jonathan Drew
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, is being deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The step comes as top U.S. military and political leaders are moving to trim the size of America's military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marine Corps historians say the battalion appears to have gotten...
  • Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

    08/13/2014 6:56:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    Fresh off a trip to India and Australia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a group of Marines in San Diego, California Tuesday, and may have delivered a line that will show up in Republican campaign ads this election cycle. After updating the troops on some issues in the Pacific region and the Middle East, Hagel took questions from some of the Marines and gave a stark assessment of the global security situation: "The world is exploding all over." The remark came in response to a question about the Obama administration's realignment of the military towards the Asia-Pacific theater:
  • Bus full of veterans sing "Marines' Hymn."

    08/09/2014 1:43:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Bus full of veterans sing "Marines' Hymn." video only
  • A Cash-Strapped Corps Once Tried Training Marines With ‘Doom’

    08/04/2014 12:16:29 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 3, 2014 | Matthew Gault
    In the mid ‘90s the Marine Corps decided Doom II might make for an excellent training supplement. It did so for two reasons—a forward-thinking commandant and a budgetary shortfall. The Marines have always had to make due with little financial support compared to the other military branches. The USMC budget often lands somewhere around four percent of the Defense Department total. In 2010, that budget was about $40 billion. Back in the ’90s, it hovered around $10 billion. The Corps also needs to train all its troops with limited cash. Regardless of their specialization, every Marine is a trained rifleman.
  • America's Military: How Did Your Father Dream?

    08/03/2014 2:45:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | Lee Culpepper
    In a suburb of our nation’s capitol, I learned that most kids’ fathers were not Marine Corps fighter pilots, but mine was. My dad told me that when I was born, he was deployed overseas to hunt down communist aviators and to rain down terror on America’s enemies by lighting Ho Chi Minh’s soldiers on fire. My dad had this patented-daring side that often made light of dark subjects and traumatized morally superior Americans like Jane Fonda. But my dad’s equally austere side taught me to respect the danger, sacrifices, and valor of warriors who have served our country honorably....
  • Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit

    07/29/2014 11:48:23 AM PDT · by Solson · 80 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | July 29, 2014
    <p>Former Gov. Jesse Ventura won his defamation case against the author of “American Sniper.”</p> <p>The jury awarded a total of $1.845 million: $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment.”</p> <p>Jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict, as instructed. Instead, with the consent of both sides, they voted 8 to 2 in Ventura’s favor.</p>
  • Mexican Prison Ordeal Saps Marine's Life Savings

    07/29/2014 7:16:03 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 18 replies
    military.com ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Fox news
    Mexican Prison Ordeal Saps Marine's Life Savings While Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was living on a base and eating MREs in Afghanistan and earning a battlefield promotion, his paychecks from Uncle Sam were piling up in the bank. He dreamed of returning to Weston, Fla., when his second tour of duty ended and buying a new truck, maybe getting a place of his own. At 26, and with a modest nest egg waiting, he had a future back home. Now Tahmooressi languishes in a Mexican prison, plagued by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. And the $65,000 he saved in the service of...
  • Stolen valor? Video of alleged fake soldier sparks outrage

    07/26/2014 6:20:33 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 25, 2014 | Brittany Shammas
    To the untrained eye, he might have looked like a decorated war hero. But it didn't take long for two Marines to decide there was something off about the uniformed man outside the military funeral, who wore medals as prestigious as the Silver Star. And when they started asking questions, they became even more convinced: The guy was a fraud — a fake soldier.
  • Afghan who killed three U.S. Marines in 2012 to serve over 7-year prison sentence

    07/26/2014 5:49:18 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Afghan who killed three U.S. Marines in 2012 to serve over 7-year prison sentence By Rowan Scarborough An Afghanistan man has been given a 7-1/2 year prison sentence for murdering three U.S. Marines in a forward operating base in Helmand Province in August 2012.
  • WATCH: Marines Confront a Man Impersonating An Army Sergeant Major (Video)

    07/21/2014 8:34:49 PM PDT · by montag813 · 1 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-21-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsAt a military funeral this weekend in Florida, a couple of Marines confronted a man dressed in a U.S. Army dress uniform. The back-and-forth, in West Palm Beach on Sunday, started off well enough, with polite questions about his medals and ribbons.  Then the Marines started to real suspicious of the self-proclaimed “sergeant major.” WATCH:
  • Watch Some Marines Confront a Man Impersonating An Army Sergeant Major

    07/21/2014 8:33:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    IJReview ^ | 7/23/14 | Kevin Boyd
    At a military funeral this weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida, a couple of possibly retired Marines confronted a man dressed in a U.S. Army dress uniform. At first the conversation, posted on the Facebook page U.S Army W.T.F! moments, is cordial, then the Marines started to get suspicious of the alleged “sergeant major.” During the conversation, the Marines catch him in one too many lies about everything from violating uniform code to wearing the wrong ribbons and medals. The man also called himself a sergeant major, a military policeman, and a special forces operator. He also claims to have...
  • The Gender Confusion Challenge to Army Recruitment

    07/17/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 17, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    One thing that you can say for ISIS, the Middle-East terrorist army, is that it doesn’t have a recruitment problem. Young men are streaming to Syria and Iraq from all over the world to join the cause. And they come not just from the Muslim world, but also from England, France, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S.Perhaps hoping to put a dent in the appeal of ISIS, some Western newspapers have made much of the expensive stolen watch visible on the wrist of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during his first public appearance at the Grand Mosque in Mosul. According to...
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • What ever happened to the “US Marines urinating on Taliban” case?

    07/08/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    Blue Force Tracker ^ | Shayrl Atkisson
    Many Americans remember the video posted on YouTube in January of 2012 showing U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan. (VIDEO) The images provoked international outrage. Some felt the Marines’ unlawful behavior was mitigated by the context of a long and bloody war against a brutal enemy. Others felt there was no excuse. But few people know what became of the case once it left the public eye: it collapsed under claims of unlawful interference at the highest level of the U.S. Marine Corps. And the key whistleblower leveling allegations is one of the prosecutors: Deputy...
  • The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women

    07/07/2014 6:32:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | July 7, 2014 | Tom Bowman
    The challenge for the Marines, and for the Army, is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards. And here's where things stand in the Marines. Eighty-five female Marines already made it through an infantry training course last fall at Camp Lejeune, N.C., which included drills such as attacking a mock enemy force, hidden in a pine forest. That course lasted eight weeks, and the men and women all completed the same training. Now the Marines have a more ambitious plan that will take a new group of volunteers from the deserts to...
  • World War II vet, 90, closer to getting Marines to fix AWOL error in war record

    07/01/2014 10:52:51 AM PDT · by topher · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published July 01, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A 90-year-old decorated World War II veteran still fighting to correct what he says is an erroneous war record may finally be getting closer to realizing his goal. Thomas Joseph Smith, Jr., of Glenville, N.Y., who survived some of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific, said he received the shock of a lifetime when he realized military records detailing his time with the U.S. Marine Corps incorrectly indicated he went AWOL for one month during his unit’s deployment on the Marshall Islands in the early 1940s.
  • World View: USS Bataan with 1,000 marines to Join Six Other Warships in the Persian Gulf

    06/29/2014 5:34:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/28/14 | John J. Xenakis
    CNN is reporting that the USS Bataan is being sent to the Persian Gulf with 1,000 marines on board. There is no word of a planned invasion. That will make seven warships there -- the USS Arleigh Burke, the USS Truxton, the USS Gunston Hall, the USS George HW Bush, the USS O'Kane, the USS Philippine Sea, and the USS Mesa Verde -- along with helicopters and warplanes that can be used for an invasion or for an evacuation of US citizens. There have been US drones flying over Iraq for several days, but now it's been confirmed that the...
  • Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military

    06/28/2014 9:11:18 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 64 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mariam Jordan
    More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones. The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the growing popularity of large-scale tattoos and devices called ear gauges that create large holes in earlobes.
  • Harrier Pilot Proves Marines Can Stick a Crazy Landing in a Pinch

    06/28/2014 4:09:54 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 28 Jun 2014 | Elizabeth Kreft
    This pilot brings a whole new meaning to “stick the landing.” Just after taking off from the carrier in early June, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, had to get creative with an emergency landing. “It was a normal flight day, we were going out to re-punch currency for landing on the ship in the evening,” Mahoney said in a video posted on YouTube. But as soon as he left the deck, the jet indicated a problem. “As I was climbing away from the deck and put the gear up and realized that...
  • If China and Japan Went to War: What Would America do?

    06/23/2014 8:25:46 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 32 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 06/21/14 | Harry J. Kazianis
    Picture it: It's March 1, 2015. Tokyo and Beijing are headed towards what was once the unthinkable. Over the last several months China has instituted daily non-naval maritime patrols around the hotly disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Beijing is even sending fully-fledged naval assets within the islands' 12 mile exclusion zone while its aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, exercised only 50 miles away from the islands back in February — truly the end of Beijing's small-stick diplomatic strategy. But on 1 March the plot thickens. Two Chinese SU-27 fighters come within 25 feet of a Japanese P-3 Orion surveillance plane just 10 miles...
  • Sarah Palin: Seems Like Captured Marine Only Person Obama Doesn't Want Crossing Border

    06/19/2014 3:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is calling on the Obama administration to bring Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi back home. "Does it seem like a decorated Marine is the only one Obama doesn't want crossing our border?" Palin asked on Wednesday. As Breitbart News has noted, "on March 31, Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi accidentally crossed the Mexican border with guns in his truck. He was promptly arrested, chained, and beaten by Mexican authorities." "This terrible and unnecessary situation will likely be resolved via the court system and there is every indication that Sgt. Tahmooressi has a strong case to win, but...
  • U.S. Navy ship with 550 Marines on board entering Gulf: CNN

    06/16/2014 5:00:10 AM PDT · by sunmars · 107 replies
    The USS Mesa Verde with 550 Marines on board entered the Gulf on Monday to support possible U.S. action to help Iraq's Shi'ite-led government combat a Sunni Islamist insurgency that has overtaken large areas of the country's north, CNN reported. The USS Mesa Verde joins the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, which the Pentagon ordered on Saturday to move into the Gulf. President Barack Obama has said he is considering military action, short of putting U.S. troops in Iraq, to aid that government's efforts to stop the insurgency.
  • How to Get Sgt. Tahmoorissi Home

    06/10/2014 11:44:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I’ve written about the plight of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi for weeks now. It’s a sad story. It’s made even sadder by President Obama’s terrible trade for what appears to be a deserter and traitor, while he allows a true hero to languish behind bars in Mexico. Tahmoorsessi is being falsely imprisoned by our “friend” and neighbor Mexico. He’s been mistreated, beaten and some would say tortured. I’ve already suggested what should be done to free this Marine hero - warn the President of Mexico that every option is on the table until we get our Marine hero back....
  • Parris Island Sgt. Major steps down following altercation with former Marine, protester

    06/10/2014 12:25:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    WTOC-TV ^ | June 9, 2014 | Vanessa Nguyen
    PARRIS ISLAND (WTOC) - The highest ranking enlisted Marine at Parris Island has stepped down from his position following last week's alleged assault with a former Marine. Parris Island released the following statement early Monday afternoon: Understanding the Marine Corps has very high standards of personal and professional conduct for its most senior leaders, Sgt. Maj. Archie voluntarily stepped down as the depot sergeant major, and the commanding general regrettably accepted his retirement. People all over the country have reacted to this viral video between protester and former Marine Ethan Arguello and Depot Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie. The altercation began...
  • Fallen Marine’s Parents Adopt Son’s Bomb-Sniffing Dog

    06/09/2014 11:39:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    KWTX ^ | 6/8
    A Texas couple has adopted a bomb-sniffing dog that was with their son when he was killed in Afghanistan. The parents of Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz adopted Dino Saturday, after the 6-year-old Belgian malinois was declared retired in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton. Law permits such an adoption if it will help a family with the grieving process. Dino had to pass a test to ensure he didn't suffer the canine equivalent of post-traumatic stress disorder after his combat experience. Rich Landgrebe, operations manager for the Marine working-dog program, said the test showed Dino has the right temperament to be...
  • Jack Webb in The D.I.

    06/06/2014 9:30:23 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 26 replies
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    A brief clip from a great old movie with Dragnet's Jack Webb.
  • Navy considers banning tobacco sales on bases

    06/05/2014 6:07:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2014 5:02 PM EDT | Jennifer McDermott
    Tobacco sales on Navy ships and in stores on Navy and Marine Corps bases would be a thing of the past under a plan being considered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, but some congressional members are pushing back. The Navy Department, which includes the Marine Corps, would be the first military department to prohibit tobacco sales. […] Congress is considering a measure that would prevent Mabus from instituting a sales ban, with the prohibition’s opponents arguing it overreaches on a habit that is unhealthy but still legal. …
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California

    06/02/2014 5:59:14 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 127 replies
    Serving The Best Troops & Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is a United States Marine Corps military installation in San Diego, California. It lies between San Diego Bay and Interstate 5, adjacent to Lindbergh Field and the former Naval Training Center San Diego. MCRD San Diego's main mission is the initial training of enlisted male recruits living west of the Mississippi River. Over 21,000 recruits are trained each year. The Depot also is the home to the Marine Corps' Recruiter School and Western Recruiting Region's Drill Instructors School....
  • WH petition to free Marine Tahmooressi from Mexico prison reaches 100K online signatures

    06/02/2014 5:36:36 PM PDT · by blueplum · 27 replies
    FOX ^ | May 31, 2014 | Staff
    A petition on the White House website asking President Obama to demand the release of a Marine sergeant in a Mexico prison has garnered more than 100,000 online signatures -- a threshold that typically elicits an administration response. “The effect of this unjust incarceration on a decorated combat Marine is despairing,” says the petition, which as of Saturday afternoon had 116,051 signatures. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested March 31 after crossing the Mexican border with three guns in his truck. Tahmooressi said he accidentally crossed the border and immediately told Mexican authorities that he had three guns in his...