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  • US Marines Fire Excalibur from Record Range In Afghanistan

    06/13/2012 12:06:10 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 26 replies
    Defence Talk ^ | June 13 2012 | Raytheon
    The U.S. Marine Corps successfully fired two Raytheon Company (RTN) Excalibur 155mm precision-guided artillery projectiles from a range of 36 kilometers (22.3 statute miles) in theater. These shots mark the longest distance the Excalibur round has been fired in combat since its fielding in 2007. Successfully fielded in 2007, the Excalibur 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile is the revolutionary artillery round used in theater today by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Using GPS precision guidance technology, Excalibur provides accurate, first round, fire-for-effect capability in an urban setting. Excalibur is considered a true precision weapon, impacting at a radial miss distance...
  • Memorial Day address from church at Nashville, Indiana (MUST READ)

    06/05/2012 7:07:00 PM PDT · by girlangler · 11 replies
    The Nashville News ^ | 5/30/12 | Rev. John Prather
    By Rev. John Prather, < The speech you are about to hear may not reflect the views of Grace United Methodist Church, or of the world wide United Methodist Church, or of my Bishop. Indeed I hope my Bishop never reads it.> < I am not here as a pastor, or a Methodist, but as a veteran, a citizen and a neighbor and I speak only for myself. And yet I believe I have the right to speak because I have served my country, and I have always sought to be a good citizen and a good neighbor.> < And...
  • Marines honor, stand guard over dying boy

    06/04/2012 5:42:48 AM PDT · by blueyon · 9 replies
    Fellowship of the minds ^ | 6/4/2012 | DCG
    From MichaelSavage.com: This is one of those stories that just wrench your heart: a little boy who fought the good fight and loved the Marines. And the Marines reached out, and loved him back. As a former Army paratrooper, Ranger, Pathfinder, and combat infantry commander, I continue my lifelong admiration for the United States Marines. There is something in their esprit de corps the Army can only achieve in local unit bursts. They are a national treasure, and I thank God they’re on our side. “If the Army or the Navy ever get to Heaven’s scene, they will find those...
  • US Marine GySgt. Nick Popaditch’s amazing Memorial Day speech

    05/29/2012 12:20:42 PM PDT · by Tarantulas · 6 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 28, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch is a candidate for Congress in California district 52. This is his speech in San Diego on May 28.
  • WWII Marine finally laid to rest

    05/25/2012 4:38:51 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 12 replies
    Fox Dallas-Forth Worth ^ | 24 May 2012 | Lari Barager
    A Marine who died during World War II was laid to rest Thursday, 68 years after his family was told he was lost at sea.
  • Marines to offer early retirement, with benefits

    05/25/2012 5:37:54 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Published: May 25, 2012 | By Matthew M. Burke
    SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Marine Corps soon will offer early retirement with benefits to some troops as part of force-shaping efforts aimed at cutting 20,000 jobs from the rolls over the next four years, Corps officials said this week. Under the plan, expected to start this fall, Marines and officers with 15-20 years of service will be offered early retirement with benefits. It’s part of a larger Marine initiative that includes voluntary early discharges and the convening of a selective early retirement board for lieutenant colonels and colonels already eligible for 20-year retirement benefits, who have stagnated in...
  • Semper Fi: Always Faithful (Early Memorial Day Vanity)

    05/15/2012 8:53:49 AM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 3 replies
    RWB Patriot ^ | Very long ago | RWB Patriot
    Disclaimer: Except for me, all of the characters in this story do not exist to my knowledge. The Marine's Hymn and American Soldier are the property of The US Marine Corps and Toby Keith respectively and I claim no ownership of either. The title is also the property of the Marine Corps; I only chose it because I felt it was appropriate. It was late as I drove home. It was dark, raining, and the road ahead of me was just barely illuminated by my headlights. I had just left the Marine Recruiting office to get a final good-bye from...
  • Military Celebrities: Who do/did you know? (VANITY)

    05/11/2012 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Joe 6-pack · 133 replies
    Self ^ | 05/11/12 | Self
    In an off line conversation with my FReeper lady friend, floralamiss, she mentioned to me that Joe Dimaggio had been her father's PT instructor during WWII. I indicated that my dad had served with Lt. George Steinbrenner at Lockbourne AFB in the 50's. When I was an ROTC Cadet, I did my advanced camp at Ft. Bragg, and then went on CTLT in Germany with Shawn Mullins. Just curious how many other FReepers got to meet/know/serve with folks that later achieved some degree of fame (or notoriety) while in the military. Thought it might be a fun conversation topic for...
  • Marine welder keeps heavy-duty trailers operable in Afghanistan, saves Corps thousands.

    05/04/2012 6:16:19 PM PDT · by sean327 · 18 replies
    DVIDS ^ | 28 April 2012 | Sgt. John Jackson
    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Adapt and overcome is a common phrase in the Marine Corps, and Cpl. Sean Castillo, a welder with Maintenance Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion (-) Reinforced, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), is embodying those words everyday in Afghanistan and saving the Marine Corps millions of dollars while doing so. Castillo, 23, a native of Yuma, Ariz., is the son of a retired Marine and the brother of an Army Ranger. He joined the Marine Corps to serve his country and do his part. He became a welder because he loves the trade. “I had a job prior...
  • Freep a Poll! (Should airline return dying Marine's money for a flight he will not make?)

    05/02/2012 2:57:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 29 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5-2-12 | Fox News
    Should Spirit Airlines refund Jerry Meekins' ticket in spite of its 'no refund' rule for passengers who don't pay extra for insurance? Should Spirit Airlines refund Jerry Meekins' ticket? No. I sympathize with Meekins, but rules are rules. Not sure. The rules are clear, but aren't there exceptions? Yes. It's a no-brainer: give Meekins his money. Other (post a comment).
  • Heartbreaking story of the terminally ill boy, 12, who became a marine

    05/02/2012 10:42:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | May 2, 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Complete Headline: Heartbreaking story of the terminally ill boy, 12, who became a marine (and had an honour guard at the hospital on the night he died) Cody Green, had leukaemia three times and died due to related infections His battle inspired the local Marine Corps, who said Cody 'fought as hard as any marine' during his cancer battle Cody's mum seriously injured at the fatal Sugarland concert that killed 7 when the stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair last August Throughout his short life, young Cody Green had admired the bravery of the U.S. Marines. But after...
  • Two burglars dead after breaking into the home of two Marines.

    04/30/2012 3:24:10 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 90 replies
    MassCops.com ^ | 23 April 2012 | Unknown
    JACKSONVILLE, N.C.– Two Camp Lejeune Marines returned home early Sunday morning to find two men in their house. The intruders didn't make it out of the house alive. 33-year-old, Maurice Skinner and 33-year-old, Diego Everette were identified by police as the men killed in the burglary attempt. Both men are from Jacksonville. Skinner and Everette were pronounced dead at the scene, but according to Jacksonville Police Chief, Mike Yaniero it is unlikely that anyone will be charged in the shooting. "The investigation is ongoing, however at this time there is no evidence to suggest that criminal charges be filed." Chief...
  • Let's start out with a DRT

    04/30/2012 7:36:23 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Neal Boortz ^ | 4/30/2012 | Neal Boortz
    I just love this one. Damn .. I wish there had been security cameras to record this for prosperity. The locale is Jacksonville, North Carolina. Now if you know Jacksonville, NC, you will know that this is not the place you want to screw around with people you aren’t all that familiar with. They train throat slitters there. Not the bad kind … the good kind. The kind that wear the uniforms of the U.S. Marine Corps (or, as Obama would pronounce it, “corpse”) and the U.S. Army. So here we have these two pretty perps, Maurice and Diego ---...
  • US to shift Marines to Australia

    04/27/2012 6:17:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 28th April 2012
    THE US said it would pull 9000 Marines out of Japan and redeploy them to Australia, Guam and Hawaii. The move seeks to ease a long-running standoff over the future of the US' huge military presence in one of its top Asian allies. Withdrawing troops was originally part of plans to move a busy US airbase on Okinawa to another area of Japan but US officials decided to separate the two issues due to ongoing opposition to the base relocation. In a joint statement issued in Washington and Tokyo, the two sides said they remained committed to move the Futenma...
  • U.S.-Japan deal withdraws 9,000 Marines from Okinawa

    04/27/2012 2:27:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | April 27, 2012 — Updated 0819 GMT (1619 HKT) | Bob Kovach and Chelsea J. Carter
    Roughly half the U.S. Marines on Okinawa will be transferred under an agreement announced Thursday that will reduce the military footprint in Japan, easing local resentments over the amount of land being used by American forces. Some 9,000 Marines along with their family members will be transferred under the agreement, with about 5,000 being sent to Guam as part of a military buildup on the U.S. territory in the Pacific, according to a joint statement released by the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee. "I am very pleased that, after many years, we have reached this important agreement and plan of action,"...
  • Marines Discharge Sergeant for Facebook Posts (Other-Than-Honorable Discharge)

    04/25/2012 12:06:30 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 4-25-12 | AP
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Marine Corps said Wednesday it has decided to discharge a sergeant for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook. The Corps said Sgt. Gary Stein will be given an other-than-honorable discharge for violating Pentagon policy limiting speech of service members. The San Diego-area Marine has served nearly 10 years in the Marine Corps. He has said he was exercising his free-speech rights. The discharge will mean he loses all benefits.
  • Brazilian prostitute collar bone broken when 3 U.S. marines threw her out of a moving Embassy car

    04/25/2012 11:42:32 AM PDT · by rawhide · 38 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 4-25-12 | Matt Roper
    Probe found four Obama officials hired prostitutes in Brasilia nightclub. The three marines on a U.S. Embassy security team, and an Embassy staff member, were pulled out of the country before police were able to press charges, according to Brazil's Jornal Nacional programme. This latest incident, which happened in November last year, came to light after U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in Brazil during a Latin American tour, was questioned about it by a Brazilian reporter during a press conference. According to a Brazilian police investigation, the four U.S. Embassy officials had visited a nightclub in the centre of Brasilia...
  • MILITARY: Female Marines to get combat assignments

    04/24/2012 2:26:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 116 replies
    NC Times ^ | April 24, 2012 | Mark Walker
    The Marine Corps said Tuesday that it is taking another step toward allowing women to serve in combat roles. Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps commandant, said selected groups of female Marines will get combat unit assignments later this year as part of a study on the appropriateness of women on the battlefield. Amos announced the initiative in a message posted on a service website. The program calls for assigning women officers, gunnery sergeants and staff sergeants to combat artillery, tank, amphibious, engineer and assault units. Current law restricts women from serving in direct combat in all but a few assignments,...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - May Individuals Become Soldiers?

    04/15/2012 5:32:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    May Individuals Become Soldiers? 1184. What view does the Church take of a soldier killing another so-called enemy soldier? The Catholic Church takes the view that if the soldier knew quite well that the cause of his own country was unjust, he would be guilty of murder, unless he were acting solely in individual self-defense against some individual soldier of the enemy forces. If, however, he did not have certain knowledge that his own country's cause was unjust, he would be free from personal guilt in obeying his officers and fighting for victory, even though it meant his killing enemy...
  • Osprey crashes in Morocco, two dead

    04/11/2012 5:06:48 PM PDT · by sonofagun · 38 replies
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Two U.S. Marines were killed and two severely injured in the crash of a hybrid aircraft in Morocco on Wednesday, officials said. The Marines were taking part in joint U.S.-Moroccan military excercises located in the south of the country based in Agadir, said U.S. Embassy spokesman Rodney Ford in Rabat, who gave the toll. Capt. Kevin Schultz, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon in Washington, confirmed that the aircraft involved was an MV-22 Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. The aircraft was participating in a U.S.-Moroccan military exercise...
  • 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...
  • Katy Perry - Part of Me

    03/31/2012 5:44:40 AM PDT · by nolongerademocrat · 36 replies
    my head | today | nolongerademocrat
    Liberals are starting a boycott against Katy Perry because of her music video - Part of Me.
  • US Marines Commercial on NCAAs

    03/24/2012 3:49:23 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Mar 24, 2012 | ML/NJ
    I guess I'm the only one outraged by this. I did a search for previous posts and didn't find anything. So there's this commercial for the Marines that has run at least twice now that I've seen. Lot's of guys hitting the beach &c., but no enemy. But one of the helicopters is full of boxes labeled "AID." I'm not a Marine, but I feel sorry for those I've know, who see their Corps relegated to a meals-on-wheels brigade. I searched for a video of this commercial, but was unable to find one. ML/NJ
  • Marine Faces Dismissal For Anti-Obama Facebook Posts

    03/22/2012 9:40:06 AM PDT · by Fennie · 99 replies · 20+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2012
    A Marine sergeant who started a Facebook group that is openly critical of President Barack Obama and posted comments saying he will not follow the unlawful orders of the commander in chief is facing possible dismissal from the Corps.
  • Paper: Marines down on Obama (In which Brave men speak out)

    03/21/2012 9:04:00 AM PDT · by yoe · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 21, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    The Marine Corps Times previews its cover story about anti-Obama Marines at their 'Battle Rattle' blog. According to the article, of the 792 active-duty troops and mobilized reservists who responded to this year's Military Times Poll, 44 percent said that they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as commander in chief. The article cites hot button issues such as repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," relaxing restrictions of women in combat, and steep budget cuts, behind the disapproval numbers. The report highlights the recent controversy over a Tea Party Facebook page operated by active Marine Sgt. Gary...
  • Police ID Body of Marine, Once Thought AWOL, From 1974 East Long Beach Murder

    03/20/2012 3:28:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | 03/20/2012 | Tracy Manzer
    For the past 37 years, Oral Alfred Stuart Jr. was classified as AWOL and a Marine Corps deserter. But his family never believed it. Even if Stuart had left his beloved Corps, which he voluntarily joined in 1974 and proudly tattooed on his arm, he never would have left his parents without so much as a goodbye. "I always believed something must have happened to him. He loved the Marine Corps ... (and) he would have been in touch with our mother," insisted Carl Stuart, Stuart's older brother and one of only a few surviving family members. Now, after all...
  • Hello Troops, I don’t trust you…

    03/17/2012 8:13:59 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | March 17th, 2012 | Jim Emerson
    For the first time in history U.S. Marines, in a war zone, were ordered to surrender their arms while attending a dog and pony show speech by a visiting Secretary of Defense.Before addressing 200 troops gathered at Camp Leatherneck. As Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s plane was landing a suicide driver attempted to ram it, but crashed into a ditch before it could get onto the runway. Mr. Panetta and his entourage were not hurt. Overreaction In a case of overreaction the base commander, Major General Charles Gurganus, ordered the camp Sargent Major to have the attending Marines secure their...
  • Marines, Afghans Disarmed Before Panetta Appearance

    03/14/2012 10:11:18 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 14, 2012 | MUHAMMAD LILA
    In a sign of possible frayed nerves in the military, U.S. Marines were asked to lay down their weapons today before entering a tent where Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was scheduled to speak. It happened in Helmand province, after Panetta had met with tribal elders in nearby villages, assuring them that the U.S. mission was on track. The unusual order comes within days of an attack by a U.S. staff sergeant on unarmed Afghan civilians that left 16 dead and enraged Afghans. The 200 Marines were inside a tent at Camp Leatherneck along with Afghan guards and troops from other...
  • Marine Kids Get A Glimpse of What Their Parents Do Each Day

    03/10/2012 6:17:53 AM PST · by RightField · 5 replies
    North County Times ^ | March 10, 2012 | Mark Walker
    Her daddy's been away for years, serving two combat tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He's getting ready to go Afghanistan again soon, but 10-year-old Belle Worbington got to spend Friday at work with him at Camp Pendleton. "It's sad when he's gone, but I know he's doing something good," said Belle, a fourth-grader at Escondido's Reidy Creek Elementary School. Several dozen Marine spouses and children spent much of Friday taking part in exercises that their military parents routinely perform, including calisthenics, shooting and working with amphibious assault vehicles. Read more: http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/military-marine-kids-get-a-glimpse-of-what-their-parents/article_8c6152d0-17b1-581a-8bf2-1cd2dbc3fb83.html#ixzz1oiuMIC5T
  • Brass Orders Breathalyzers for Sailors, Marines

    03/07/2012 11:43:00 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 19 replies
    Military.com ^ | March 5, 2012 | Phillip Ewing
    The Navy Department plans to implement fleet-wide Breathalyzer tests for sailors and Marines; crack down on smoking and drinking; and soon phase in many other major personnel policy changes, its top leaders announced Monday. The broad collection of new policies, dubbed "21st Century Sailor and Marine," reflected many longstanding issues or goals for the department, bundled together in an ambitious single push.
  • It was their FIRST KISS: Gay marines in homecoming clinch reveal they fell in love online...

    02/29/2012 8:22:48 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2-29-2012 | Laura Cox
    The gay marine whose homecoming kiss with his boyfriend went viral yesterday has revealed that their passionate embrace was the couple's first ever. Sgt Brandon Morgan, of Oakdale, California, told Khon2.com how a four year friendship with Windward Oahu artist Dalan Wells turned to long-distance love while he was serving with the US Marines in Afghanistan. He said: 'We couldn't talk, I can barely talk now, his hands went numb, my legs were shaking, our first kiss after just knowing how we felt about each other'
  • You picked a fine time to lead us Barack

    02/27/2012 4:07:47 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 15 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jonathan McWhite
    Two marines have it down, alright: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W57aBMYKvU
  • Gay Marine’s homecoming kiss goes viral

    02/27/2012 10:23:44 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 91 replies · 9+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | February 27, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    "Five months after the military's ban on openly gay service expired, a photo of a young gay Marine's homecoming kiss has gone viral".
  • NY TO LAW-ABIDING GUN OWNERS: Go to Jail, Let Criminals Collect $200

    02/25/2012 8:08:35 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 12 replies
    www.webtoday.tv ^ | 02/25/2012 | WebToday.tv
    Ryan Jerome is a U.S. Marine now working in the private sector as a jeweler in Indiana, where he has a state permit to carry a handgun. On a recent business trip to New York, he took his gun with him as personal protection, given that he was also carrying some valuable merchandise...
  • "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima": The most copied and parodied image in history

    02/23/2012 10:14:17 AM PST · by Saint X · 13 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 2/23/2012 | U.S. Naval Institute
    “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” is often cited as being the most reproduced photograph in history. It is also probably the most parodied image in the world. The “Iwo Jima pose” has become a popular symbol for organizations or movements wishing to convey victory, teamwork, or patriotism. The use of the image has ranged from respectful homage to what some consider offensive misappropriation
  • 7 Marines Killed After Helicopters Collide Near Arizona-California Border

    02/23/2012 9:33:22 AM PST · by USMCWife6869 · 8 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 23, 2012 | Jim Miklaszewski & Courtney Kube
    Seven Marines died when their helicopter collided in midair Wednesday night...
  • 7 Marines Confirmed Killed in Collision of 2 Helicopters North of Yuma, Ariz., During Training

    02/23/2012 6:31:01 AM PST · by don-o · 26 replies
    abc via ap ^ | February 23, 2012
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  • Triple-amputee Marine returns to hero's welcome in Tampa

    02/19/2012 6:39:57 PM PST · by rarestia · 10 replies · 1+ views
    BayNews 9 ^ | Sunday, February 19, 2012 | Kristy Wolski
    Cheers erupted inside Tampa International Airport on Sunday as 22-year-old Marine Corporal Mike Nicholson arrived home. Nicholson was on foot patrol in Afghanistan when he lost both legs and part of his left arm in an I.E.D. explosion July 6, 2011. He has been recovering at Bethesda Naval Hospital for months and is now using two prosthetic legs. "It makes it all real, but also makes me really proud that he survived it," Nicholson’s uncle, Jim Hall, said. "He's toughed it out. He’s had great support in Bethesda. I can't say enough about the support here, from the church, to...
  • Mother Of Fallen Marine Offended By Half-Staff Flag For Houston

    02/16/2012 9:21:43 AM PST · by Eyes Unclouded · 32 replies · 1+ views
    cbs ^ | 2.15.12 | staff
    Flags will be lowered in New Jersey Saturday, the day of Whitney Houston’s funeral. But a Marine mom in Arlington says it’s an honor Houston doesn’t deserve. When Phyllis McGeath heard Gov. Chris Christie had ordered flags lowered to half-staff for Houston, she said she felt a pain deep inside her. “I was hurt and offended. Disappointed. Saddened,” she said. “I felt like the honor that was given to my son was tarnished.” McGeath had three sons who were active duty Marines. Her oldest, Philip, was killed by a suicide bomber just four weeks ago in Afghanistan. He was 25....
  • Heartbreaking end to 20-year-old's service in Marines; killed after enlisting with his twin brother

    02/15/2012 5:25:06 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Twin brothers Osbrany and Osmany Montesdeoca enlisted in the Marines together shortly after they graduated high school. Now, just over a year later, Osmany is returning from Afghanistan to attend his brother's funeral after Osbrany was killed on Friday while serving in Helmand Province. 'They were always talking about the Marines,' said the boys' uncle Andriano Moreta.
  • SUMMARY OF THE DOD FISCAL 2013 BUDGET PROPOSAL

    02/14/2012 1:02:18 PM PST · by combat_boots · 1 replies · 2+ views
    US DoD ^ | 2/13/2012 | ---
    PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVES In January 2012 the Department published a paper -- “Defense Budget Priorities and Choices” – identifying the major budgetary changes made in response to the new defense strategy. Changes in the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget support U.S. defense strategy and are organized around four major themes: 1. Making more disciplined use of defense dollars. 2. Applying strategic guidance to force structure and investment. 3. Ensuring the quality of the all-volunteer force. 4. Fully supporting deployed warfighters. Disciplined Use of Defense Dollars The FY 2013 budget continues the reform agenda advanced in the Department’s previous three budgets. The FY...
  • Marine Corps says snipers posted with Nazi SS symbol in Afghanistan

    02/10/2012 4:37:35 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 244 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 10th, 2012 | Fox News
    SAN DIEGO – The Marine Corps on Thursday once again did damage control after a photograph surfaced of a sniper team in Afghanistan posing in front of a flag with a logo resembling that of the notorious Nazi SS -- a special unit that murdered millions of Jews, gypsies and others. The Corps said in a statement that using the symbol was not acceptable, but the Marines in the photograph taken in September 2010 will not be disciplined because investigators determined it was a naive mistake. The Marines believed the SS symbol was meant to represent sniper scouts and never...
  • A Dream Island Littered with Deadly Relics

    02/08/2012 3:00:30 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 10 replies
    Speigel Online ^ | February 08, 2010 | Stefan Robert Weißenborn
    Visitors to the Pacific island of Peleliu can't claim they weren't warned. The sign at the harbour says "Welcome to Peleliu -- Land of Enchantment," but as the boat approaches the quay, a second sign becomes visible. "Remember that WWII ordnance is still dangerous and can injure or kill!"The water glistens in varying shades of turquoise, the sand on the beaches is as fine as dust and a balmy breeze eases the tropical heat. But the beauty is deceptive. The "Land of Enchantment," which belongs to the island nation of Palau, was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles...
  • Hundreds turn out to salute fallen Marine

    01/31/2012 4:07:13 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | January 31, 2012 | By ERIKA I. RITCHIE
    LAKE FOREST – Hundreds of firefighters and law enforcement officers waved flags from bridges above freeways from Los Alamitos to Laguna Hills saluting a procession carrying the remains of Cpl. Christopher G. Singer, a Marine killed in Afghanistan on Jan.21. Military personnel from the National Guard, Army Reserve and the Marine Corps stood in military formation saluting Singer and his family. Law enforcement personnel representing multiple jurisdictions also took part in the ceremony. Singer, 23, was killed while conducting operations in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Twentynine Palm-based 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, an element of Camp...
  • Marine's career threatened by controversial rules of engagement

    01/24/2012 2:38:39 PM PST · by mandaladon · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 23 Jan 2012 | Sara A. Carter
    Joshua Waddell, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marines, appeared on his way to a stellar career as an American military officer. The son of a retired Navy SEAL commander, Waddell had won a Bronze Star during his first tour of duty in Afghanistan and had returned for a second. Then he made a decision in combat that military experts say has severely jeopardized his future in the corps. But some military experts say the black mark on Waddell's record was undeserved, that he and other young American officers are being put in a difficult, if not impossible, situation by...
  • The trial of the last Haditha Marine: SSgt Wuterich takes plea deal

    01/23/2012 3:05:46 PM PST · by Lakeshark · 10 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 1/23/12 | Michelle Malkin
    Today, the plea deal was reached. SSgt Wuterich’s defense team at Puckett Faraj says this afternoon: Press Release, Aexandria VA January 23, 2012/12:45PM: “No one denies that the consequences of November 19, 2005 were tragic, least of all SSgt Frank Wuterich. But the fact of the matter is that he has now been totally exonerated of the homicide charges brought against him by the government and the media. For six years, he’s had his name dragged through the mud. Today, we hope, is the beginning of his redemption. He has always publicly taken responsibility for the lawful actions of his...
  • My son is going to Marine Corps OCS (Proud Pappa Vanity!!)

    01/23/2012 9:06:56 AM PST · by don-o · 52 replies
    Little House on Unaka | January 22, 2012 | don-o
    And I share the news with Free Republic because this is a good thing for America. I have heard a lot of folks talking about abandoning the military in light of the DADT Obama fiasco. I, for one, am proud that my son well understands and lives the Core Values and that he will be there to uphold them in the Corps in a position of authority, with God's help.
  • Marines vs. Taliban: The Piss Process

    01/18/2012 8:17:07 PM PST · by stolinsky · 3 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 01-19-12 | stolinsky
      Marines vs. Taliban: The Piss Process David C. Stolinsky Jan. 19, 2012 Shimon Peres served as Israeli foreign minister and prime minister. He performed an invaluable service for international peace − inadvertently. He spoke English fluently but with a thick accent, so when he referred to the Mideast peace process, it came out as “piss process.” Thus he unintentionally planted an idea in the minds of his listeners: Trying to negotiate with people who openly declare they want to kill you is futile at best, and dangerous at worst. And in fact, decades of futile negotiations in the...
  • Take it from Allen West on Marine urination flap: ‘War is hell’

    01/17/2012 9:37:41 AM PST · by SmileRight · 50 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/17/2012 | Alan Bergstein
    The media, along with the White House and its talking dogs, Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton, have joined the usual ragtag terrorists in the Muslim camp in condemning our troops – employed by our government to kill the Taliban – for allegedly urinating on Taliban bodies. I have a simple question, because I'm confused by Obama's stance: Which is more inhumane, killing someone or urinating on him? I'm not a legal expert, but I'm sure the penalty in Washington, D.C., for killing a person is more severe than just peeing on that person. Whatever the penalty is for urinating on...
  • Marine Corps Colonel Involved in Haditha Trials Murdered

    01/15/2012 10:05:35 AM PST · by ykay · 56 replies
    The Solid Truth ^ | January 14, 2012 | The Solid Truth
    Widow of Marine Corps Colonel Involved in Haditha Trials Launches Campaign to Prove Her Husband Was Murdered PRESS RELEASE January 12, 2012 – Easley, SC – Kimberly Stahlman, widow of Colonel Michael Stahlman USMC, is fighting to prove that her husband did not commit suicide but was instead murdered. However, the Marine Corps refuses to help. As part of this fight she partnered with Tracy Shue, widow of Colonel Philip Shue USAF and writer/military family advocate Cilla McCain and drafted a Bill of Rights for Bereaved Military Families. To bring this campaign to the public, they have started a petition...