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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 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...