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  • US Marines Build Shrine To Islam

    06/13/2006 4:51:14 AM PDT · by Buffettfan · 359 replies · 5,041+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 6/13/06 | Paul Sperry
    US Marines Build Shrine To Islam By Paul Sperry FrontPageMagazine.com June 13, 2006 http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=22845 We are at war with militant Islam, but you wouldn't know it from the Pentagon, which is busy erecting a shrine to Islam just five short years after Islamic terrorists destroyed a good chunk of its own building and killed more than 100 of its occupants. Worse, it's consulting on the project with a Wahhabi-educated cleric posing as a moderate. Last week, military brass -- along with representatives from the terror-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations -- dedicated the first Muslim prayer center for the Marines as...
  • Muslims cheer prayer center on military base

    06/10/2006 3:52:05 PM PDT · by skandalon · 37 replies · 776+ views
    TimesDispatch.com ^ | Jun 10, 2006 | The Associated Press
    QUANTICO -- The building is relatively modest: white, small and primarily one large room with posters pondering "Who is Allah?" and "What do Muslims believe?" But for the Muslims who will use this space at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, its very existence represents progress. The Islamic Prayer Center was dedicated this week at the Northern Virginia base. The center will offer Muslim Americans serving in the Marine Corps a space to express their beliefs, and for others to gain education about Islam. About 30 people have been using the center, which unofficially opened last year.
  • The Black Prince is Dead

    06/09/2006 5:55:35 AM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 8 replies · 921+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 9, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    "There are other effects when a leader in an organization like this goes down. The lesser tiers of the terrorist leadership have to start talking. They will use any number of sophisticated and unsophisticated means to do that talking. Some of them will do what is easy — get on the phones and cell phones. They’ll have to move to meet and determine their next steps. All that talk and all that movement generates what’s called ‘actionable intelligence.’ It puts more and more of them in our crosshairs."
  • Quantico Volunteers Honored With Presidential Award

    04/26/2006 11:50:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 243+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va., April 26, 2006 – Volunteerism is at the heart of America, a Defense Department official said while honoring volunteers here yesterday. Shannon Mancini (left) and Gina Narvaez speak to a L.I.N.K.S. class at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 25. The women received a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for their hours of volunteer service to the Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills program and other organizations. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Leslye Arsht, deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy, presented the President's Volunteer Service...
  • Labor of love: Father keeps memory alive through museum (TISSUE ALERT)

    04/06/2006 4:44:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 713+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Jonathan Agg
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (April 6, 2006) -- Greg Medina awoke in the early morning hours of Nov. 12, 2004, with an intense, shooting pain in his side. Clutching the ache, Medina was unable to cry out; he could hardly breathe. After several agonizing minutes the pain subsided, but was replaced with a haunting sense that he had lost his son, Lance Cpl. Brian Medina, an infantryman then serving with B Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine Division in Fallujah, Iraq. Medina went to his job as usual that morning at the construction site of the new Social...
  • Father-daughter dance draws hundreds (MARINE CORPS)

    02/25/2006 12:40:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 928+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 23, 2006 | Cpl. Susan Smith
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (Feb. 23, 2006) -- Women hold onto fond memories from their youth throughout their lifetime – getting a driver’s license, the first day of school, their “Sweet 16” birthday party. But more often than not, their most cherished memories include their first dance – the dress, the shoes, the fancy hairdo, and of course their date. Many young girls created this treasured memory of their first dance Thursday at The Clubs At Quantico. It was not the prom, senior dinner dance, or even a school dance. It was the Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance hosted by the...
  • Bush Tries His Hand at Winter Sports

    02/19/2006 4:16:39 PM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 30 replies · 918+ views
    AP ^ | 2/19/06
    Today: February 19, 2006 at 16:11:8 PST Bush Tries His Hand at Winter Sports ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush tried his own version of winter sports this weekend - two bike rides in subfreezing temperatures - after watching some of the Winter Olympics on Air Force One on Friday. While flying back from Florida, Bush watched part of the U.S. men's curling competition broadcast from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. "We were watching some curling - cheering the U.S. on," White House spokesman Trent Duffy said, recalling the match the U.S. team won by 7-3 over...
  • MPs reach out to the NRA

    01/17/2006 10:25:29 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 18 replies · 745+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | 17 January 2006 | Lance Corporal Raymond D. Lewis
    MPs reach out to the NRA Submitted by: MCB Camp Pendleton Story Identification #: 200611763443 Story by Lance Cpl. Raymond D. Lewis MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2005) -- With some fancy footwork and phone calls, military policeman Gunnery Sgt. Robert G. Porter, company first sergeant for Military Police Company, Battalion Service Support Group 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, was able to recruit two representatives from the National Rifle Association to teach his 19 Marines weapons techniques before their deployment to Iraq this spring. For more than 100 years, the association has provided generations of Americans with...
  • Marines Go to the Mat(Seven weeks martial arts training)

    12/18/2005 5:30:27 AM PST · by kellynla · 9 replies · 693+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2005 | Daniel Rosenbaum
    QUANTICO, Va. Lt. Col. Joseph C. Shusko tempers his fighting instruction with character-building lessons as he forges a new breed of warrior at the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence here. The 49-year-old native of Long Branch, N.J. -- known as "Cyborg" -- demonstrates the effectiveness of the Corps' new fighting style as he throws a trainee to the grass, climbs over him and clamps a chokehold during a drill. Three seconds pass. Four seconds. Five. The black-belt trainee -- a staff sergeant 14 years Cyborg's junior -- struggles, pulls, scrapes. His face turns red, then purple. He sputters...
  • Quantico Students Get Current Events, History Lesson

    12/14/2005 6:31:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 407+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2005 – Elementary school students at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., got a combined current events and history lesson Dec. 13 from the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney. Lynne Cheney spoke to students at W.W. Burrows Elementary School about the election taking place in Iraq on Dec. 15. "What's happening is that the people in Iraq are going to vote for, what is in essence, their Congress, their national assembly," Cheney said. "It's a turning point, one of those things that when you're a grown-up, you will look in your history books and you will see...
  • The Badlands of Al Anbar

    11/21/2005 2:58:40 PM PST · by Moonraker · 8 replies · 989+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 21, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Insurgencies are not put down in a fortnight. But considering the successes in the recent counter-insurgency sweep in Iraq's Al Anbar Province, one fact becomes obvious to anyone with so much as a sliver of an understanding of ground combat operations: Eliminating the insurgency in Iraq is best left to those who best know how to do it.
  • Quantico bomb drills startle residents (Happy B'Day USMC)

    11/10/2005 9:18:05 AM PST · by chambley1 · 11 replies · 478+ views
    Potomac News ^ | Thursday, November 10, 2005 | ELISA A. GLUSHEFSKI
    A Manassas woman suspected she lived above a fault line and a Cardinal Station woman thought her husband dropped something heavy (perhaps a TV, her husband said). All of those speculations, however, led to one source -- Quantico Marine Corps base. Marines on Quantico base were conducting test drops with 500-pound bombs from F-18's and carrier jets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, 2nd Lt. Brian Donnelly said, during a call-for-fire exercise. The tactical exercises are done routinely about once a month, he said, to train new lieutenants. "We need to strike that balance between accommodating the community and...
  • The 230th Marine Corps Birthday

    11/04/2005 8:38:57 AM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 44 replies · 8,462+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | November 3, 2005 | Col. Jeff Bearor (USMC)
    No matter where Marines are serving, from the Pentagon and Marine Barracks in Washington, to the loneliest outposts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Marines will stop, shake hands, say happy birthday, sing the Marines' Hymn and, if it is available, have a piece of cake. It doesn't matter to us if its an elaborate cake from some big hotel, a smaller cake from the great cooks aboard ship, or a cookie from an MRE, we're going to celebrate!
  • Artist Donates Painting to Quantico

    10/21/2005 6:03:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 652+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Donald Bohanner
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia, Oct. 21, 2005 - Brenda Harris Tustian, a strong supporter of the Corps and Marine affiliated-organizations, donated two framed limited-edition prints of her patriotic Santa Clause paintings to the Base commander Col. James Lowe Oct. 3 in the foyer of Lejuene Hall. The paintings were Tustian’s “God Bless America” Santa and “Let Freedom Ring” Santa. “’Let Freedom Ring’ is a beautiful painting that celebrates the spirit of America, our freedoms and the blessing of our great country,” said Mike Kindrick at the unveiling of the paintings. “’God Bless America’ inspires pride and honor in all...
  • Double amputee still serves Corps as martial arts instructor

    10/11/2005 6:01:03 PM PDT · by IonImplantGuru · 51 replies · 2,929+ views
    USMC Press Release ^ | Aug. 22, 2005 | Cpl. Jonathan Agg
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va(Aug. 22, 2005) -- Throughout the annals of Marine Corps history, inspired quotations have framed the heroics of great Marines, transforming passing moments into epic legends to be forever retold and celebrated by the generations of warriors who follow. Never to be forgotten is the rallying cry of Gunnery Sgt. Dan Daly at the Battle of Belleau Wood, France, on June 4, 1918: “Come on you son’s of bitches! Do you want to live forever?” [snip] So too will a contemporary Marine be remembered, not only for his extraordinary act of courage and composure under...
  • BRAC Recommends Moving 23,000 Jobs Out of Arlington, Alexandria

    08/25/2005 9:36:50 AM PDT · by chambley1 · 37 replies · 972+ views
    WTOP ^ | Aug. 25, 2005 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A federal commission voted Thursday to move tens of thousands of military and civilian defense jobs from the close-in suburbs of northern Virginia to military bases outside the Capital Beltway despite concerns that such a massive jobs shift could create traffic nightmares. In May, the Pentagon recommended to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission that 23,000 military and civilian defense employees working in leased office space in the suburbs of Alexandria and Arlington County be relocated to military bases outside the Capital Beltway, including Fort Belvoir, Va., Fort Meade, Md., and Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va....
  • N.Y. Governor's Son Commissioned in the Marine Corps

    07/30/2005 9:11:27 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 9 replies · 550+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | 25 June 2005 | Staff Sergeant Amanda Hay
    N.Y. Governor's Son Commissioned in the Marine Corps Submitted by: 1st Marine Corps District Story Identification #: 200571103231 Story by Staff Sgt. Amanda Hay RECRUITING STATION NEW YORK (June 25, 2005) -- Teddy Pataki, son of N.Y. State Gov. George Pataki, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marines Corps, Saturday June 25. More than 50 family members, elected officials, former Marines and N.Y. State Police Officers gathered at Pataki's residence in Garrison, N.Y., for the formal ceremony of the Yale University graduate. Pataki, a 22-year-old native of Peekskill, N.Y., began seeking out information from the Marine...
  • Generations

    07/29/2005 5:38:02 PM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 6 replies · 426+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | July 25, 2005 | W. THOMAS SMITH JR.
    Generations by W. Thomas Smith Jr. Their faces were an odd mix of happiness, sadness, and envy. Happy for me, but sad and envious all the same. They were losing a squad leader who had taken care of them as an older brother watches over his kid siblings. But these really were not kids. They and I were U.S. Marine infantrymen – "grunts," as we often were called by our non-infantry counterparts in those days ("Grunt" being an affectionate term for Marine infantryman – a holdover term from the Vietnam War – ultimately hijacked by the ever-envious Army and applied...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (7/11/05): many photos

    07/11/2005 4:16:13 PM PDT · by snugs · 277 replies · 4,389+ views
    www.whitehouse.gov www.yahoo.com ^ | Monday 11th July 2005 | Snugs
    President George W Bush delivered a speech on the war on terrorism at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia Later both President Bush and the Vice President Cheney met U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad in the Oval Office First Lady Laura Bush and her daughters are on a visit to Africa. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on a four nation visit to the far east so far she has visited the Peoples Republic of China and Thailand and arrived late tonight in Japan. Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Corps bids farewell to last enlisted ‘Nam vet

    07/01/2005 9:47:09 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 11 replies · 877+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | 30 June 2005 | Cpl. Jonathan Agg
    Corps bids farewell to last enlisted ‘Nam vet Submitted by: MCB Quantico Story Identification #: 2005630135311 Story by Cpl. Jonathan Agg MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (June 30, 2005) -- Another chapter of Marine Corps history will draw to a close as the Corps bids farewell to the last remaining enlisted Vietnam veteran on active duty. Master Sgt. Randall Arnold, Quantico Security Battalion operations chief, will retire in a ceremony to be held at Harry Lee Hall here Friday at 9 a.m. Arnold, a Charlottesville, Va., native raised in Washington, enlisted in the Marine Corps Jan. 21, 1969, at the...
  • Marines Insist Vests Offer Designed Protection

    05/10/2005 6:18:26 PM PDT · by Dubya · 7 replies · 433+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | American Forces Press Service
    WASHINGTON, May 10, 2005 – The Marine Corps flatly rejects charges that the protective vests issued to thousands of deployed Marines don't offer the ballistic protection they were designed to provide, but is recalling 5,277 of them to remove doubts about their effectiveness. A statement released by Marine Corps Systems Command at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., May 9 challenges facts presented in a news article about the ability of the outer tactical vest to stop a 9 mm round fired from a standard pistol such as the M-9 Beretta. The article charges that some of the vests -- part...
  • FBI helicopter crashes (3 injured at Quantico)

    04/28/2005 1:47:22 AM PDT · by leadpenny · 303+ views
    http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2005/042005/04282005/1114676037 http://fredericksburg.com/ FBI helicopter crashes FBI helicopter crashes during training exercise; three injured. The Associated Press WFLS News Date published: 4/28/2005 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The FBI says that two pilots and one member of a hostage rescue team were injured last night when a helicopter crashed during training exercises. The crash happened at about 6 p.m. at the FBI Academy at Quantico Marine Corps Base. The FBI says the helicopter was hovering between 25 feet and 30 feet when it crashed. The three were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
  • Crowning Touch Added to Marine Corps Museum

    04/02/2005 4:20:33 PM PST · by FoxInSocks · 4 replies · 600+ views
    WTOP News ^ | April 2, 2005 | By PAMELA GOULD, The Free Lance-Star
    QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - A 400-ton crawler crane stretching more than 20 stories high hoisted a 210-foot-tall spire Wednesday, putting into place the premier architectural feature of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Symbolic of the historic flag-raising at Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945, the spire now stands at a 60-degree angle and points toward Interstate 95. Officials with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the group raising the $50 million to build the museum just outside Quantico Marine Corps Base's main gate, see the spire becoming a significant feature in the region's landscape. It towers so high -...
  • Iwo Jima veterans honored at Quantico

    02/19/2005 7:43:08 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 5 replies · 587+ views
    Stripes and Stripes ^ | February 20, 2005 | Jon R. Anderson
    QUANTICO, Va. — Arthur Gavlock looked on in horror as the amphibious assault craft in front of him moved out of its berth inside the tossing Navy warship and sunk straight to the bottom of the Pacific. Iwo Jima battle veteran John Moon of Macomb, Ill., meets a young Marine before Friday's ceremony at Quantico. (Joe Gromelski / S&S) Staff Sgt. Jason Steadman and his son, Jason Jr., look at a Marine Corps historical display in the lobby of Little Hall. (Joe Gromelski / S&S ) Iwo Jima veteran Arthur Gavlock of Renova, Pa., at Friday's 60th anniversary ceremony. (Joe...
  • Bush, a "biking maniac," loves leaving aides in dust

    02/13/2005 11:35:39 AM PST · by gwb43_2004 · 123 replies · 2,983+ views
    The Baltimore Sun , The Seattle Times ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2005 | By Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    WASHINGTON — Cancel the cozy days at Camp David, Md. Put away the underused running shoes. When it comes to weekend enjoyment, all President Bush seems to need is some winding trails and a helmet. And his mountain bike. Bush recently has been logging scores of miles on a secluded spread in Beltsville, Md., and the rolling hills of Quantico, Va., far from the White House. "He's become a biking maniac," said Mark McKinnon, his media adviser and frequent cycling companion. What began as a way for the president to stay fit, after three decades of running ruined his knees,...
  • U.S. Islamic group calls for disciplinary action against general for remarks (CAIR, who else)

    02/04/2005 5:18:21 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 59 replies · 1,298+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 2-4-05 | Jon R. Anderson
    ARLINGTON, Va. — A major U.S. Islamic group has called for “appropriate disciplinary action” for the Marine general who said, “It’s fun to shoot some people.” “We do not need generals who treat the grim business of war as a sporting event,” Nihad Awad, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement. “These disturbing remarks are indicative of an apparent indifference to the value of human life.” The Washington-based CAIR’s stated mission is “to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.” Lt. Gen...
  • Past is prologue

    12/05/2004 10:30:40 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 195+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Dec. 5, 2004 | Dave St. John
    I remember watching a news clip of a Marine Infantry unit preparing to deploy from Camp Lejuene during the First Gulf War. I watched a young, squared away sergeant move competently among his men checking their gear and speaking quietly to them despite the rude, intrusive glare from the TV camera lights. Damn… I was proud of him and there was a muted urge to be there and be part of it again welling up deep from inside me. A few years later, I stopped at Quantico when I had a chance to go back there for a visit in...
  • Marines cut tie to Scout troops

    12/01/2004 4:43:39 AM PST · by chambley1 · 33 replies · 1,096+ views
    Potomac News ^ | December 1, 2004 | AILEEN M. STRENG
    The sponsorship of two Boys Scout troops and a Cub Scout pack by the Quantico Marine Corps base ended recently following a partial settlement reached between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pentagon. "Marine Corps Base Quantico will no longer be a charter signatory with the local Boy Scout troops," said Marine Lt. Col. Rick Long, director of the Quantico Public Affairs Office. "However, all other support and access to [the base] will remain the same for the Boy Scouts as with any other authorized non-profit organization," Boy Scout Troop 121, Troop 176 and Cub Scout Pack 176 have...
  • Navy captain found guilty of wearing unearned medals

    08/01/2004 5:19:14 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 58 replies · 1,895+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 01 Aug 04 | Sandra Jontz
    STAFFORD, Va. — A U.S. Navy captain with 34 years of service was found guilty late Friday night of wearing service ribbons and medals for which he did not rate, including the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross, officials said. Capt. Roger D. Edwards was found guilty during a court-martial held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., and sentenced to 115 days in the brig, forfeiture of $2,500 pay a month for three months, and a letter of reprimand to be put in his personnel file, said base spokesman Capt. Jeffrey Landis. The presiding judge, Navy Capt. Henry Lazzaro, did...
  • Marine Who Vanished Says He Didn't Desert

    07/19/2004 12:57:11 PM PDT · by TexKat · 135 replies · 3,513+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7/19/04 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    QUANTICO, Va. - Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, the Marine who disappeared under mysterious circumstances while on duty in Iraq, insisted on Monday that he was captured "I did not desert my post," he told reporters outside Quantico Marine Corps Base. "I was captured and held against my will by anti-coalition forces for 19 days. This was a very difficult and challenging time for me." He did not answer any questions during his brief appearance. He was joined by his brother, who had recently arrived at Quantico from Utah. Hassoun is in the midst of what the Marines call a "repatriation...
  • Marine Who Had Disappeared Returns to U.S. for Questioning

    07/15/2004 9:43:26 PM PDT · by Bobby777 · 40 replies · 662+ views
    New York Times.Com ^ | Published: July 16, 2004 | BY JOHN FILES
    QUANTICO, Va., July 15 - An American marine who turned up in Beirut last week after vanishing in Iraq was returned to the United States on Thursday for questioning and a "repatriation process" to assess his physical and mental condition, Marine Corps officials said. The marine, Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, arrived at Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia from Germany, where he had undergone six days of evaluation in a military hospital, "in good condition and in good spirits," said Lt. Col. David Lapan, a spokesman for the Second Marine Expeditionary Force. Colonel Lapan said that Quantico, 35 miles south...
  • Marine Who Vanished in Iraq Arrives at Base Near U.S. Capital

    07/15/2004 1:51:10 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 11 replies · 544+ views
    AP ^ | 7-15-04
    QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - A U.S. Marine who disappeared in Iraq and turned up in Lebanon three weeks later arrived at a Marine Corps base south of Washington, D.C., on Thursday after six days of evaluation in a U.S. military hospital in Germany, a military official said. Lt. Col. David Lapan, a Marine Corps spokesman, said Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun would continue to undergo a "repatriation" process until it is determined he is fit and capable of returning to normal duty. He said the process could take from weeks to months. Hassoun was not made available at Quantico for questions...
  • Homecoming Delay for Marine Who Vanished

    07/14/2004 9:58:19 AM PDT · by TexKat · 14 replies · 640+ views
    AP ^ | 7/14/04 | DAVID RISING
    BERLIN - A U.S. Marine who disappeared in Iraq and turned up in Lebanon nearly three weeks later said he was excited to be going home, but his return trip was unexpectedly delayed at the last minute, military officials said Wednesday. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun left the U.S. military hospital at Landstuhl on Wednesday and had been expected to be flown home the same day from Ramstein Air Base. Instead, his departure was postponed until Thursday, without explanation. But Ramstein spokeswoman Darlene Cowsert later said his departure was postponed and she had no explanation. "Missions change," she said. Earlier, Hassoun...
  • FBI Lab Probes Initials of Pilot

    03/03/2004 1:36:56 PM PST · by Matthew James · 12 replies · 200+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 3, 2004 | Bill Gertz
    <p>An FBI laboratory is investigating evidence obtained in Iraq regarding missing Navy pilot Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, U.S. officials say.</p> <p>Investigators are trying to determine whether the initials "MSS" found carved on a wooden beam at an Iraqi prison were made by Capt. Speicher, who might have been held captive there after his F-18 jet was shot down in 1991.</p>
  • Marines choose M-16A4 as infantry rifle

    10/23/2002 2:39:06 PM PDT · by SlickWillard · 193 replies · 3,034+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Thursday, October 24, 2002 | Mark Oliva
    The Marine Corps chose a new infantry rifle, and it’s not the short assault rifle with which the Army equipped soldiers in the Afghan campaigns. Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va., announced last week it would buy 65,463 of the M-16A4 service rifles for infantry Marines between now and 2007. The new rifle resembles the M-16A2 service rifle in use now but allows for add-on parts as emerging technology warrants. After head-to-head comparison tests, the Marines rejected the M-4, the shorter rifle the Army issued to soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. “The ground board chose the M-16A4 over the M-4...
  • US Experts Discover Evidence of Global Bombmaking Network

    02/22/2004 1:13:17 PM PST · by Fizzie · 42 replies · 336+ views
    Voice of America News ^ | February 22, 2004 | VOA staff writer
    Report: US Experts Discover Evidence of Global Bombmaking Network VOA News 22 Feb 2004, 14:34 UTC A published report says U.S. forensic experts have discovered evidence of a global bombmaking network used by Islamic militants in terrorist attacks in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The New York Times says in its Sunday edition that U.S. government investigators have examined fragments from hundreds of improvised explosive devices used in attacks on the three continents and have found design similarities in many of them. The newspaper quotes one forensic expert as saying many devices were made by the same bombmaker or...
  • Trial by fire: Marine snipers beat the odds to win at AFSAM

    01/18/2004 5:47:08 PM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies · 763+ views
    Marinelink ^ | 1-18-04 | Lance Cpl. J. Agg
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.(Jan. 15, 2004) -- For one Marine Corps sniper, the easy part of sweeping the 2003 Armed Forces Skill-at-Arms Meeting sniper competition was picking off the most highly trained and best-equipped marksmen from the United States armed services and those of our closest military allies. The real challenge was just getting there. With more than a decade of experience and training as a Marine sniper, Marine Corps Rifle Team assistant head coach and competitor, Gunnery Sgt. Rodney L. Abbott, was looking forward to a strong showing at the AFSAM sniper competition held Oct. 11 to 17...
  • Captain faces charges of wearing unauthorized medals, insignia

    12/16/2003 4:34:29 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 50 replies · 600+ views
    Navy Times ^ | December 15, 2003 | Bryant Jordan
    <p>A Navy medical service corps captain and Episcopal priest who was made an Honorary Marine will be arraigned at an Article 32 hearing Wednesday on a charge of wearing unauthorized medals and insignia, including the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.</p>
  • Marines return to loved ones after seven-month deployment

    10/20/2003 5:07:22 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 269+ views
    Marine Link ^ | 10-20-03 | Sgt. Jason Anderson
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.(Oct. 16, 2003) -- More than 300 family members and friends gathered at Camp Upshur here Oct. 4 to greet the 123 Delta Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Marines who returned from their deployment in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Loved ones spent hours anticipating the return of the five buses that held the Marines they had not seen in almost seven months. "We've been excited all day and for several days before today," said Layne Drash, who waited excitedly for the return of his son. "It has been a long wait." After...
  • Semper Fi

    09/25/2003 11:24:34 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 192+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 9/26/03 | John McCaslin
    Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held today (Friday, Sept. 26) for the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the first museum dedicated to telling the stories of the U.S. Marines. We're told that every element of the museum - from its symbolic design to interactive exhibits - is designed to provide visitors with a fantastic experience. Thus, the museum's slogan: "Expect to Live It."
  • President Bush Discusses Homeland Security at the FBI Academy (Transcript of Address)

    09/11/2003 7:30:30 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 1 replies · 135+ views
    Citizen Corps ^ | Thursday, September 10-11, 2003 | President George W. Bush
    President Bush Discusses Homeland Security at the FBI Academy FBI Academy Quantico, Virginia 3:04 P.M. EDT 9.10.2003 THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Thank you very much. Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm proud to visit the FBI Academy here at Quantico, where so much hard and essential work in the war on terror goes on. The FBI Academy new agents who risked their lives to keep America safe learned their craft. In forensics lab, experts examine vital evidence that leads to victory against terror. In the engineering facility, specialists apply the latest technology to fight crime and terror. You do...
  • Bush Urges More Police Powers Vs. Terror

    09/10/2003 6:15:00 PM PDT · by Brian S · 48 replies · 214+ views
    JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush told Congress on Wednesday to "untie the hands" of law enforcement officials and arm them with wider legal powers to combat terrorists, saying the groups that struck America two years ago are wounded but still dangerous. He specifically called for expanding use of the federal death penalty, tougher bail restrictions and greater subpoena powers that he said are available for other crimes, such as drug trafficking and embezzling, but can't be used against terrorism. "This disparity in the law makes no sense," Bush said in a speech at the FBI Academy in...
  • Michigan returns Confederate flag to Fredericksburg

    09/04/2003 5:13:45 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 4 replies · 169+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 31 August 2003 | Judith Person
    <p>Today, Michigan will return to Virginia its spoils of war -- the Civil War, that is.</p> <p>About 50 representatives of the state of Michigan will turn over to Virginia officials a Confederate First National flag -- known as the "Stars and Bars" -- that was plundered by Union troops during the Battle of Fredericksburg more than 140 years ago.</p>
  • Military athletes honored on cereal box

    08/25/2003 7:43:25 AM PDT · by boxerblues · 21 replies · 541+ views
    Army Public Affairs ^ | Aug 22, 2003
    Military athletes honored on cereal box August 22, 2003 Here's what the boxes will look like when they're released. Courtesy Photo FORT LEE, Va. (Army News Service, Aug. 22, 2003) -- Five military athletes will soon make history. They’ll be featured on the covers of cereal boxes. The Armed Forces Sports Office has teamed with corporate partner General Mills to honor five armed forces athletes on a 2003 commemorative Cheerios box. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard athletes are featured on the boxes, which include action shots and short biographies of the athletes outlining their accomplishments as...
  • FBI bowing to radical Islam? Official declines to speak about Wahhabi-terror link at Senate hearing

    07/30/2003 10:54:08 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 549+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, July 31, 2003 | By J. Michael Waller
    As FBI agents in the field moved in on a dozen suspected terrorists running recruitment operations in Northern Virginia, a senior FBI official appeared June 26 before a Senate Homeland Security panel and avoided testifying about what senators had called him to discuss. The issues were sponsorship of pro-terrorist ideology, extremist political action and terrorist recruitment financed from Saudi Arabia, supposedly a U.S. ally. Well into the war on terrorism, the FBI is a house divided. On one side, agents are wrapping up terrorist-support networks coast to coast that include radicalized American Muslims bent on unleashing a murderous jihad against...
  • FBI invites Muslim scholars to preach

    07/29/2003 11:01:11 PM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 20 replies · 238+ views
    2003 WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Posted: July 30, 2003 | By Paul Sperry
    WASHINGTON -- Even as the FBI takes new heat over the 9-11 report's revelation that it overlooked ties between a Muslim cleric and two of the al-Qaida hijackers, it is putting agents and new recruits through a Muslim sensitivity program that includes inviting Muslim clerics and leaders to preach about the allegedly peaceful attributes of Islam. National Arab-American and Muslim leaders have made presentations at an FBI training course on civil rights here, and at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., as part of "Enrichment Training Sessions" for new special agents there. In addition, the imam of a large Manhattan...
  • FBI invites Muslim scholars to preach

    07/29/2003 10:49:33 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 14 replies · 189+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2003 | By Paul Sperry
    WASHINGTON -- Even as the FBI takes new heat over the 9-11 report's revelation that it overlooked ties between a Muslim cleric and two of the al-Qaida hijackers, it is putting agents and new recruits through a Muslim sensitivity program that includes inviting Muslim clerics and leaders to preach about the allegedly peaceful attributes of Islam. National Arab-American and Muslim leaders have made presentations at an FBI training course on civil rights here, and at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., as part of "Enrichment Training Sessions" for new special agents there. In addition, the imam of a large Manhattan...
  • Recruiting is skin deep

    07/03/2003 11:35:48 AM PDT · by Ed Straker · 36 replies · 6,926+ views
    Marine Corps Times ^ | July 07, 2003 | Gordon Lubold
     Issue Date: July 07, 2003 Recruiting is skin deep For the Marine Corps, less is more when it comes to body art on would-be leathernecks By Gordon Lubold Times staff writer He was a recruiter's dream — fit, motivated and ready to go green. Solid morals, no past criminal offenses and no history of drug use. Enough college credit to qualify him for meritorious promotion at boot camp. The applicant had all the attributes the Corps wants in a future Marine, said the New York recruiter who screened him for possible enlistment this past winter. But there was a problem...
  • Morphing From Warriors To Peacemakers

    05/13/2003 8:52:16 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 91+ views
    National Journal | May 10, 2003 | Neil Munro
    The army's arrival was cheered as a liberation, but soon its patrols were searching neighborhood houses and detaining local youths. Then, a protest march turned bloody as army paratroopers shot dead 13 of the demonstrators. Iraq in 2003? No, Northern Ireland on January 30, 1972. Since that Bloody Sunday, British troops have been stuck in Belfast at an enormous cost in lives and money. The long and painful experience in Ireland has given the British army much expertise in the delicate task of peacekeeping--and some of that expertise has been transferred to the U.S. military as its combat units in...
  • Possible War Crime. Marine described how he hunted down, shot Iraqis after attack on unit

    04/28/2003 8:48:40 AM PDT · by bedolido · 199 replies · 308+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 04/26/03 | J.M. Kalil
    Military officials said Friday they will launch an inquiry into whether war crimes were committed by a Las Vegas Marine who described hunting down and killing Iraqi soldiers. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Gus Covarrubias could be the first member of the U.S. military fighting in Iraq to be investigated for possible violations of rules governing battlefield conduct. During an interview at his Las Vegas home earlier this week, Covarrubias told a Review-Journal reporter the harrowing tale of an intense April 8 battle in Baghdad that he described as "a firefight from hell." The resulting story, published Friday, included Covarrubias' account of...