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  • No women in the Masters, but women in the Navy SEALs; are you kidding me?

    08/21/2016 7:47:37 PM PDT · by pboyington · 39 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It’s been a summer of good sports: the Tour de France, the Rio Olympics, baseball, and now within weeks, the beginning of the football season. Professional and amateur sports are obviously not coed. Why aren’t women competing with men in the track and field events at the Rio Olympics? Because men can run faster than women. Why aren’t women competing with men in the Tour de France? Because men are stronger and have more aerobic lung capacity. Why aren’t women intercepting a pass in the NFL? Because women don’t have the muscle mass and upper body strength to last five...
  • Chosin Reservoir meet in San Diego

    08/14/2016 2:05:00 PM PDT · by Kozy · 34 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | August 14, 2016 | John Wilkins
    Don’t tell them theirs is the Forgotten War. “I sure as hell haven’t forgotten it,” said Jean White, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel from Oceanside who fought in the Korean War 66 years ago and was at its most-storied battle, Chosin Reservoir, where outnumbered and surrounded U.S. troops fought their way out of a snowy death trap. White’s feet froze. Now he has to wrap them in something warm at night to sleep, a constant reminder of “where we were and what we did.” What they did is so revered it’s taught in the Marines’ officer candidates school, right alongside...
  • Marines turn to girls high school sports teams for recruits

    08/14/2016 4:00:02 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 13 Aug 16 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women. And this time the campaign is a bit different. Marine recruiters are turning to girls high school sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps' rigorous physical standards, including for the front-line combat jobs now open to women. Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1 in 10. "I've told them that 10 percent is where we want to go and they're working on it," Neller told The Associated Press in an...
  • General Allen’s Service to Al Qaeda’s Paymasters - A Badge of Shame

    08/03/2016 11:32:13 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | August 4, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. After two American soldiers were murdered by an Islamic terrorist in Afghanistan while a crowd of protesters shouted “Death to Americans” and “Death to Infidels”, General Allen visited his men. “There will be moments like this when you’re searching for the meaning of this loss. There will be moments like this when your emotions are governed by anger and a desire to strike back,” Allen pleaded. “Now is not the time for revenge, now is not the time for vengeance.”...
  • BREAKING: General Attacks Trump, Then Bombshell Truth on His Real Identity Explodes

    08/02/2016 3:29:11 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 95 replies
    ....retired Gen. John Allen told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that electing Trump could cause a “civil military crisis, the like of which we’ve not seen in this country.” ...That’s a pretty damning statement. Unfortunately, it’s even more damning — for the left — when you consider who Gen. Allen is.... Allen was, at one point, the White House coordinator for anti-Islamic State group efforts. Along with Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Susan Rice, and the whole sick crew, he was responsible for the policy of treating the Islamic State as the “JV team” — a bunch of angry, stupid teens who...
  • Hannah Ferguson admits filming Carl's Jr. ads is not sexy

    08/03/2016 6:38:55 AM PDT · by DFG · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/03/2016 | Fox News
    It's all an act. Sports Illustrated model Hannah Ferguson revealed filming Carl's Jr. ads which are known for their steamy campaigns is not as sexy as the commercials make it out to be. "They had a spit bucket on the side, so every time I would take a bite out of the burger, this guy would have to run over with a bucket," she told Hamptons magazine. "I ate a few bites, but most of it I put in the spit bucket."
  • 8-Year-Old Passes Away After Becoming Honorary Marine

    08/02/2016 2:58:17 AM PDT · by mikey_hates_everything · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 1, 2016 | Stephen Gutowski
    An 8-year-old boy with a rare genetic disorder passed away on Sunday, a day after becoming an honorary Marine. Wyatt Gillette, who was diagnosed with Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome four years ago, was honored by Marines at Camp Pendelton in California on Saturday. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller agreed to make Gillette a Marine after a petition was posted online.
  • Retired Gen. Allen (USMC) endorses Clinton (barf!)

    07/25/2016 8:08:31 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | July 25, 2016 | Nick Gass
    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen has endorsed Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee's campaign announced Monday. Allen, a four-star general who led coalition forces in Afghanistan, acknowledged the endorsement as a "very personal decision." "Through 37 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, I saw some of the toughest challenges that our nation faces around the world, and I know that America has the power to meet those challenges. However, it requires continued leadership and engagement in the world, continued partnership with our allies, and a clear understanding of our adversaries," Allen said in a statement released through the...
  • Transgenders in Uniform – The US Military’s Latest Lunacy

    07/21/2016 8:55:55 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Welcome to 2016 when male soldiers train in pregnancy simulators, tactical lactation stations dot the battlefield, women are fraudulently passed through Ranger School and US Navy sailors willingly surrender their boats and equipment to Iranian thugs without so much as firing a flare. It’s the era of breast milk in the field and Liberace joins Delta Force… A perfect storm, a Category Five hurricane of doom and destruction is sweeping over the US military with the deadly accuracy of the Angel of Death on Passover. We have a President who is intent on destroying the military through insane social engineering....
  • First female Marine officers graduate artillery school

    07/11/2016 7:31:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 46 replies
    Quantico Sentry ^ | July 1, 2016 | Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte
    Marine Corps implements force integration plan, graduates first female artillery officers Second Lt. Virginia Brodie points out an enemy position to 2nd Lt. Katherine Boy at the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leadership Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 12, 2016. Brodie and Boy are the first two female Marine artillery officers to complete the course. Photo By: Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte The Marine Corps’ first female artillery officers graduated from the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leaders Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, recently. In the joint Army and Marine course, the Corps’ newest artillery officers met operationally relevant, gender-neutral military...
  • The Marines are Looking for a Few Fat Millennials

    07/08/2016 10:07:21 PM PDT · by pboyington · 39 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 8, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    You are witnessing history. You are watching the death of one of the greatest fighting forces in the long history of this planet. You are a spectator with a fifty yard line seat as the complete and utter destruction of the United States Marine Corps takes place. It has been seven months since Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, with the blessing of White House social engineers, decided to lift the ban on women serving in the combat arms (infantry, armor, armored cavalry, artillery) and special operations (Marine Recon, Marine Raiders, the Green Berets, the Rangers, Delta Force and the SEALs)....
  • US Marines To Accept Chubbier Women

    07/06/2016 7:13:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 7/6/16 | Tyler Durden
    In an effort to maintain the new status quo of cutting standards everywhere in the name of equality and "progress", the Marine Corps announced major changes over the Fourth of July holiday weekend regarding how much it will allow service members to weigh, and the biggest shift comes for women: going forward "larger" ladies will be allowed to defend the country while also standards used within the physical fitness test will also be relaxed. In a document released by USMC Fitness division, the new height and weight standard took effect on July 1, 2016 and is relaxing regulations to increase...
  • Marine Corps to Allow Heavier Women to Join the Service

    07/05/2016 8:44:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 5, 2016 | Natalie Johnson
    The U.S. Marine Corps issued new guidelines over the Fourth of July holiday weekend that will relax weight limits for servicewomen. Female Marines will now be allowed to weigh five to seven pounds more than previously accepted for each inch of their height, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. A 5-foot-9 woman, for example, who was previously allowed to weigh up to 169 pounds, can now weigh up to 176 pounds. The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, detailed the changes Friday as the military continues to fully integrate women into combat positions. He also outlined an overhaul to...
  • State worried about Marine uniforms during attack (Benghazi)

    06/28/2016 12:46:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 28, 2016 | Rachael Bade
    State Department officials on an emergency conference call during the Benghazi attack brought up concerns about whether Marines that might have been deployed should wear uniforms — something officials previously said could hurt diplomacy in the region, according to House Benghazi investigators. The final GOP-authored House Benghazi report released Tuesday included new details of a two-hour video teleconference call the night of the attack, a session led by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Clinton and top Defense officials were also on the call, which was supposed to center on how to get Americans out of harm's way. But...
  • Marine Corps to Ban ‘Infantryman’

    06/28/2016 9:11:46 AM PDT · by PROCON · 63 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | June 28, 2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    The Marine Corps is eliminating the job title “basic infantryman” along with 18 others and replacing them with terms that are gender neutral. Others titles, including “rifleman” and “mortarman,” will remain the same, due to their historical and cultural significance for Marines. The service plans to replace 19 of its military occupational specialty titles, the Marine Corps Times reported Tuesday, seven months after Navy Secretary Ray Mabus ordered the Marine Corps to conduct a review of all job titles to ensure gender neutrality. For most of the 19 terms that will be changed, the word “Marine” will replace the...
  • 200 Stranded Marines get ride from Donald Trump

    06/23/2016 2:24:56 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 35 replies
    Livleak ^ | 6/23/16 | Liveleak
    This happened after Gulf War I. Story reported back in May of this year but I could not find it posted here at FR.When Corporal Ryan Stickney and 200 of his fellow Marines prepared to return to their families after Operation Desert Storm in 1991, a logistics error forced them to turn to a surprising source for a ride home: Donald J. Trump. Today, Stickney would like to say "thank you." Stickney (left), was a squad leader in a TOW company of a Marine reserve unit based in Miami, FL and spent approximately six months in Saudi Arabia during the...
  • Marine Corps admits it misidentified man in iconic Iwo Jima photo from World War II

    06/23/2016 7:53:45 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 62 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 23 June 2016 | Jason Silverstein
    The Marine Corps admitted Thursday that it misidentified one of the six men in the World War II photograph of a flag-raising in Iwo Jima — one of the most iconic images in American history. For more than 70 years, history said John Bradley, a Navy hospital corpsman, was one of the six men seen in the legendary photo from one of the war’s bloodiest battles. But the Marines now say Bradley is nowhere in the photo — and the man believed to be Bradley is in fact Harold Schultz, a private first class.
  • Marines' new physical fitness requirements disqualify almost all women

    06/22/2016 5:36:34 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/22/2016 | AP & Chris Summers
    Six out of seven female recruits failed to pass the Marines' rigorous physical fitness requirements - compared to only 40 out of 1,500 male recruits, according to new data. The figures, obtained by the Associated Press, show what progress has been made six months after the Pentagon opened all combat jobs open to women. Seven women are now serving in combat roles in the Marines or are waiting to serve, while 167 are performing non-combat duties in front-line units. But the fitness requirements are proving a tough nut to crack for female recruits. All recruits to the Marines are required...
  • Queens Marine who died on Pacific island during World War II battle gets heroic homecoming

    06/11/2016 8:44:01 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 10, 2016 | Seth Bookey, Michael Cruz, Nancy Dillon
    More than 70 years after dying on a beach in World War II, Queens-bred Marine John F. Prince is finally coming home. His remains were excavated from a nondescript parking lot on Betio Island in the central Pacific, identified through dental records and due to arrive in New York next week for a burial with full military honors at Calverton National Cemetery, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday.
  • San Antonio [TX] man who died saving teens from Medina River dam was a decorated Marine Corps vet

    06/10/2016 10:15:03 AM PDT · by bgill · 20 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | June 9, 2016 | Madalyn Mendoza
    A San Antonio Marine Corps veteran spending Wednesday afternoon with his family on the Medina River made the heroic, fateful decision to sacrifice his own life while rescuing two teens caught in the undertow, according to authorities. Master Sgt. Rodney Buentello was visiting Bandera City Park when an unidentified teen girl tried crossing the dam, a violation of city ordinance, the Bandera Marshal's Office said in a statement. A male teenager followed her in an attempt to save her, but was also swept away, prompting Buentello to jump into action."(He) went into the water and managed to save both of...
  • Recruit commander, Sgt. Maj. dismissed at Parris Island after recruit’s death

    06/08/2016 7:37:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    The State ^ | 6/8/2016 | Wade Livingston
    The Marine Corps has dismissed the colonel responsible for all recruit training — and the sergeant major of the recruit training regiment — at Parris Island in the aftermath of the March death of a recruit. Col. Paul D. Cucinotta was relieved of command Monday, according to Corps spokesperson Capt. Joshua Pena. In an email to The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette, Pena wrote that Cucinotta was relieved by Maj. Gen. James W. Lukeman, commanding general, Training and Education Command, who cited “a loss of trust and confidence in (Cucinotta’s) ability to serve.” Pena said a “command investigation” that...
  • Women in the Combat Arms: The Greatest Disaster in US Military History

    06/04/2016 8:10:27 PM PDT · by pboyington · 70 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 4, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Operation You Go Girl is destined to fail; failure defined not as a NO GO, or an F, but as the nation’s young women flown home in flag draped Glad Bags when the nation loses the next war(s). When this happens, the Hollywood producers, the feminists and the cultural Marxists who were responsible for forcing the nation’s women to experience the horrors of ground combat will scratch their heads and wonder why reality is so much different from their imaginary ideas of women in combat. Think about this: US defense policy is now being run on a fantasy propagated by...
  • An American “Son of Fire” we must remember on this Memorial Day

    05/30/2016 8:23:21 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/30/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Let us never forget those who gave their life for our freedoms. Remembering the brave men and women who gave their “last full measure of devotion” for our freedoms, requires us to take a moment on this Memorial Day to focus on the individuals behind the numbers and remember they are not just names on a wall. One of those individuals who gave everything he had for us was Marine Captain John J. McKenna IV who was killed on August 16, 2006 during an operation in Fallujah, Iraq. The story of John McKenna’s life and death is the story of...
  • Outrage in Japan as U.S. Marine veteran arrested in connection with death of woman on Okinawa

    05/20/2016 6:11:31 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 43 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 20, 2016 | Michael E. Miller
    Japanese leaders reacted with outrage after a U.S. Marine veteran was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a Japanese woman near a U.S. air base on the island of Okinawa. Kenneth Franklin Gadson, a 32-year-old civilian contractor at Kadena Air Base, admitted to strangling the woman, his defense attorney told Stars and Stripes — though the attorney questioned the condition under the which the admission was made. Rina Shimabukuro had been missing since last month. The 20-year-old’s body was discovered in a wooded location Thursday after Gadson told investigators where to look, according to the Associated Press.
  • Gen. John Kelly's speech about 2 Marines in the path of a truck bomb

    04/22/2016 3:04:31 PM PDT · by Kegger · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Military & Defense Team and Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Eight years ago, two US Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost's entry-control point. Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground. Heck, they even leaned in.
  • Twenty Citizens' Worth Of Blood Flowed Through Him: A Medic Confronts [truncated with trigger alert]

    04/20/2016 7:54:48 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 2 replies
    Deadspin ^ | April 17, 2016 [2012] | 'Dr. Watts'
    This was originally written for Deadspin's Blood Week, but shit happens and we're running it now. A 20-pound jug of homemade explosives will take off one or both legs somewhere between the knee and hip, perhaps breaking the pelvis and shattering vertebrae as the shockwave travels up through the skeleton. After our first Marine was wounded this way—let's call him Patient Zero—he was stabilized by his squad's hospital corpsman and flown to the trauma center, a British base that abuts Camp Leatherneck, the hub for Marine operations in southwest Afghanistan. At the time I was running a forward combat aid...
  • Smokescreen on the Potomac: Pentagon and Congress deliberately ignoring $36 million USMC study

    04/19/2016 11:35:27 PM PDT · by pboyington · 22 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 19, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The United States of America is in mortal jeopardy and most Americans, tucked away in their beds tonight don’t even understand why or who is responsible for their peril. Those responsible are not from North Korea, China, Iran, Russia or ISIS. They are Department of Defense bureaucrats, members of Congress and senior leaders in the US military. The US military is committing suicide. We are in the first stages of beginning a process that is going to decimate the speed, lethality and combat power of the Marines and the US Army combat arms and special operations. The US military is...
  • From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Gender Neutrality

    04/17/2016 10:34:36 PM PDT · by pboyington · 9 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 17, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The Marines are facing their greatest fight; the battle to implement the lunatic gender neutral policies ordered by the Secretary of Defense and his willing executioner, Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. There is no doubt that Ray Mabus is going down in history as the worst Secretary of Navy in the long annals of the Marine Corps. Mabus is a disaster for the Marine Corps; a ready-made, machine fabricated, glow in the dark nightmare. Ray Mabus is a politically correct cluster; one each, olive drab. Ray Mabus is a leftist Visigoth, a man who’s breaking the premier fighting force...
  • Remains of 9 Marines recovered after Hawaii helicopter crash [3 not found]

    04/16/2016 4:39:49 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 15, 2016 | A/P
    The U.S. Marine Corps says it has recovered the remains of nine of the 12 Marines killed when two helicopters crashed during nighttime training off Hawaii. Remains of three Marines were not recovered, the Marine Corps said Thursday in a statement. Sgts. Dillon Semolina and Adam Schoeller and Cpl. Christopher Orlando are still missing. The Marines say they have completed recovery operations.
  • Budget cuts leaving Marine Corps aircraft grounded

    04/15/2016 8:47:37 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 22 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 4/15/16 | Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    EXCLUSIVE: Since 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps has prided itself on being “The Few" and "The Proud." But while the Corps takes pride in doing more with less, senior Marine officers are warning that the Corps' aviation service is being stretched to the breaking point. Today, the vast majority of Marine Corps aircraft can’t fly. The reasons behind the grounding of these aircraft include the toll of long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the fight against ISIS and budget cuts precluding the purchase of the parts needed to fix an aging fleet, according to dozens of Marines interviewed by Fox...
  • War dog Lucca, sniffing for trouble–and finding it

    04/13/2016 3:15:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 4-12-16 | Andrew Malcolm
    Are you maybe worried over the state of the country, the tenor of politics and leaders, discouraged by the behavior of some? You're not alone. So, this column is perfect for you. It's an inspiring tale of a brave dog and good people, all instinctively taking care of each other in the smoky horrors of war and finding happiness ever after. A good news story. When's the last one you can recall? This story concerns Lucca, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, one of hundreds of military dogs who live, sleep and eat with their handlers through good times and bad. She...
  • The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Must Resign

    04/07/2016 8:06:10 PM PDT · by pboyington · 124 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 7, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    God told Abraham that he would spare Sodom if he could find ten righteous men. Is their one righteous man in the Pentagon who can save the US military from its impending doom? Last September, General Martin Dempsey retired as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey’s reign at the Pentagon was a green light to use the US armed forces as some kind of laboratory for the testing and implementation of every lunatic, left wing fantasy of what the military should be like, but in reality, isn’t. Any senior officers not supporting Obama’s Maoist Revolution in the US...
  • The American Warrior Culture is Doomed

    04/05/2016 9:12:26 PM PDT · by pboyington · 19 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 5, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US military is in mortal danger as I write this article. Americans have no idea that vast social changes forced upon the military are on the verge of destroying it. Americans will no longer sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. We are in serious jeopardy of losing the one institution that has enabled us to maintain our freedom for 240 years. We are in serious danger of losing the one institution that successfully defeated and destroyed the world’s thugs, maniacs and sociopaths that teed off against us....
  • Rep. Zinke: The Taliban killed Sgt. McClintock but the Obama White House failed to save him

    04/02/2016 10:51:42 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 31, 2016 | By Rep. Ryan Zinke
    On January 5, 2016, America lost an elite Special Forces soldier when the White House turned their back on him and his unit. Army Green Beret Sergeant First Class Matthew McClintock lost his life, and two others were wounded, when his unit came under Taliban fire in a compound in Marjah, Afghanistan. After the unit was pinned down by enemy combatants, reports say the ground commander requested support from a circling AC-130 gunship. Due to the Obama administration’s fear of collateral damage, the gunship was initially waived off. The “quick” reaction force (QRF) was also delayed by hours. Although one...
  • Defense Department Orders Marines to Change Their Culture

    03/30/2016 2:23:57 PM PDT · by detective · 57 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 March 2016 | by Steve Byas
    Among the memorable television commercials of the 1990s was the one where a couple of mechanics are attempting to force a too-large battery into a man’s car. The owner protests that the battery is too big, but the mechanics bring out a hammer and promise to “make it fit.” The commercial does a flashback to when the two mechanics were children, and one was attempting to force a square peg into a round hole. One boy insists, “It’s not going in!”; but the other responds that the solution is to “Just keep hitting it.” That sums up how the U.S....
  • The Day the US Military Died

    03/29/2016 9:18:50 PM PDT · by pboyington · 30 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 29, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In the 1993 film, Gettysburg, Lieutenant General James Longstreet says to Harrison, the actor/spy from Mississippi, “You know what’s gonna happen here in the morning?” Longstreet was attempting to convince Harrison that participating in General Lee’s attack toward the center of the Yankee lines on July 3, 1863, might not be in the best interest for his health and general well-being. He was also pointing to the fact that Harrison, while motivated to the cause, was incredibly naïve. US Defense Watch to President Obama, Ash Carter, Ray Mabus, Eric Fanning and the Joint Chiefs… “You know what’s going to happen...
  • The Unarmed Forces Medley (TRUMP for Prez)

    03/29/2016 6:03:03 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 8 replies
    Trump For President
  • US Marines gave fire support to Makhmour offensive

    03/29/2016 1:16:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 25/3/2016 | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - United States Marines based at the artillery firebase on the Makhmour front gave fire support to the joint coalition offensive on Islamic State (ISIS)-held villages. From the ‘Firebase Bell’ outpost the Marines reportedly fired their howitzer artillery guns in support of Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga troops as well as illumination rounds to help those troops identify ISIS positions during Thursday offensive against ISIS positions according to an anonymous senior US official cited by AP. The existence of the artillery base was revealed to the public last weekend when ISIS katyusha rocket fire killed a Marine there....
  • Marine Spends 214 Days In Mexican Prison… Then Gets Paper With Donald Trump’s Signature On It

    03/24/2016 1:17:48 PM PDT · by GilGil · 45 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 3/18/2016 | V. Saxena
    That Trump forked over some of his own money to help Tahmooressi rebuild his life spoke volumes about his kind heart and charitable spirit. It also inadvertently highlighted one of the fundamental differences between him and our current president: Unlike Obama, Trump actually cares about our military. Instead of just giving lip service to his support, he put his money where his mouth is and demonstrated via his actions that the concern he feels is real.
  • Marines brace for mandatory sensitivity training

    03/23/2016 11:02:19 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 79 replies
    foxnews ^ | March 21, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    The Obama administration has turned the greatest fighting force on the planet into a social engineering petri dish. Marines will soon be forced to attend “unconscious bias” training – in advance of women joining the infantry. The seminar will focus on how people prejudge others based on factors like race and gender, and principals of institutional change. “There’s no doubt we’re leading cultural change,” Brig. Gen. James Glynn said. “We like a challenge.” A Center for Naval Analyses survey found a “significant majority” of male Marines opposed having women serve in ground combat jobs. Mobile training teams will be dispatched...
  • The Sorry State of Our Militry: Is it Happenstance or Design?

    03/22/2016 4:02:33 PM PDT · by Benny Huang · 24 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | March 22, 2016 | Benny Huang
    How it must have pained Marine Corps General John Paxton to tell Congress that his service might not be prepared for war. Last week, the Assistant Commandant, who has racked up 42 of honorable military service, candidly admitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US Marine Corps isn't what it used to be. "I worry about the capability and the capacity to win in a major fight somewhere else right now," said the general. He fretted over inadequate training and equipment particularly in the fields of communications, intelligence, and aviation. Cynics might see Paxton's testimony as a plea...
  • ISIS Knew Just Where to Hit These U.S. Marines ( Islamic State )

    03/22/2016 5:46:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03.22.16 | Nancy A. Youssef
    It was supposed to be a secret where these 200 Marines were headed. And yet the terrorists had them in their sights. Three days before ISIS militants killed Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin, the U.S. military notified his family—and the families of roughly 200 Marines—that their loved ones had moved off the USS Kearsarge, deployed to the Persian Gulf, to somewhere in northern Iraq. The letter didn’t say exactly where he had been deployed two weeks earlier, or why. But while his family and the American public were largely being kept in the dark, members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State...
  • The Death of the US Marine Corps

    03/21/2016 8:32:13 PM PDT · by pboyington · 38 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US Marines are the latest casualty in the Maoist Cultural Revolution being shoved down the throat of the military and incinerating the fighting spirit and readiness of the armed forces like a five alarm fire. As reported this week by Military.Com, Marines across the Corps will be challenged on their unconscious prejudices and presuppositions as women get the opportunity to become grunts for the first time. Unconscious prejudices and presuppositions defined as simple facts such as women lack the upper body strength, the aerobic lung capacity, testosterone for aggressiveness, are more prone to injuries, while possessing a myriad of...
  • Iran-backed Shia militia says it will fight US Marines deployed to Iraq

    03/21/2016 7:40:24 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Raf Sanchez, and Agencies
    Group fighting alongside Iraqi army says US must withdraw Marines or the militia will "deal" with them as an occupying foreign force One of the deadliest Iranian-backed militias in Iraq has threatened to attack US troops deployed fighting the Islamic State (Isil) and "deal" with them as occupying forces. The Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, known as the League of the Righteous, issued the warning after it emerged the US has deployed several hundred marines to aid Iraqi forces as they try to retake Mosul. The US and the Shia militia are in theory on the same side against Isil and...
  • All Marines to Get 'Unconscious Bias' Training as Women Join Infantry

    03/21/2016 6:26:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Military.com ^ | March 18, 2016 | Hope Hodge Seck
    Marines across the Corps will be challenged on their unconscious prejudices and presuppositions as women get the opportunity to become grunts for the first time. The Marine Corps is rolling out mandatory training for all Marines before the first future female rifleman hits boot camp, aiming to set conditions for a smooth transition and head off cultural resistance. Mobile training teams will be dispatched to installations across the Corps throughout May and June to offer a two-day seminar to majors and lieutenant colonels, Col. Anne Weinberg, deputy director of the Marine Corps Force Innovation Office, told reporters Thursday. Those officers...
  • Marine Killed at Secret Firebase in Iraq

    03/20/2016 3:29:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 20, 2016 | Rick Moran
    A detachment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit has set up a secret firebase in northern Iraq to support operations of the US and coalition forces fighting ISIS.Yesterday, ISIS targeted the firebase, firing two rockets, one of which landed inside the base killing one Marine and wounding several others.Initially, the Pentagon claimed that the Marine, Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, of Temecula, California was killed by "indirect fire" from ISIS. But it seems clear that ISIS saw the Marines moving into the firebase and fired directly into the base.The existence of a combat unit in Iraq that could be targeted...
  • A U.S. Marine is killed in Iraq, the second combat casualty of the ISIS war

    03/19/2016 3:33:19 PM PDT · by JohnBrowdie · 10 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 19 | Liz Sly and Mustafa Salim
    IRBIL, Iraq — A U.S. Marine was killed near the front line with the Islamic State in northern Iraq on Saturday, becoming the second combat casualty of the war against the militants, according to the U.S. military and Iraqi officials. The Marine died when Islamic State militants fired rockets into a small U.S. base in Makhmour, a front-line town controlled by Kurdish peshmerga forces on the outskirts of the region of Kurdistan, U.S. officials said. “Several” other Marines also were injured in the rocket attack, according to a Pentagon statement. An earlier statement had not specified which branch of the...
  • Marines to spend $50M moving 1,100 turtles, $45,454 EACH

    03/15/2016 11:22:38 AM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | March 15, 2016 | PAUL BEDARD
    The U.S. Marine Corps plans to spend $50 million moving some 1,100 turtles from its training base at Twentynine Palms, Calif., or about $45,454 each. The program includes a 30-year assessment of their efforts to monitor the desert tortoises that are listed as threatened under federal law.According to Marine Corps Times, the tortoises live on a section of the base that is to be used for training. The newspaper noted that the cost is half the price if an F-35B vertical takeoff jet.
  • Savior of VA's suicide hotline dropped 1.4M calls from vets (last 18 months)

    03/13/2016 7:10:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2016 | By Pete Kasperowicz
    A division of the Department of Veterans Affairs tasked with fixing up the VA's broken veteran suicide hotline has dropped roughly 1.4 million phone calls from veterans since fiscal year 2015, a VA whistleblower told the Washington Examiner. That high number of abandoned calls is raising questions about whether the VA is doing all it can to fix up the suicide hotline, which has been criticized as the latest part of the VA that is failing veterans. Scott Davis, a whistleblower and program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta, noted that the VA's Health Resource Center is...
  • Bill Clinton snaps at veteran during speech: ‘Shut up and listen to my answer’

    02/27/2016 5:53:26 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 84 replies
    American Mirror ^ | 2/27/2016 | Olaf Ekberg
    The long hours and grueling pace of the presidential campaign may be finally catching up with a rapidly aging Bill Clinton. During an appearance in Bluffton, South Carolina on Friday, a former Marine interrupted Clinton’s speech and asked him to address what Hillary was going to do about the VA. “What do you think should be done with the VA?” Clinton said in a raspy voice, turning the question back on him and yielding the floor. “The thing is, we had four lives in Benghazi killed and your wife tried to cover it up,” the Marine responded, eliciting boos and...