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  • Marines Forced to Cut Readiness to Pay For Hurricane Damage, Unplanned Expenses

    03/25/2019 3:41:46 PM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 22, 2019 2:42 PM | Megan Eckstein
    Memo: Marines Forced to Cut Readiness to Pay For Hurricane Damage, Unplanned Expenses By: Megan Eckstein Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks with a Marine during an exercise in Bridgeport, Calif., Feb. 11, 2019. Gen. Neller observed mountain warfare cold weather training and discussed ways to optimize training. This post has been updated to include a statement from Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer. The Marine Corps is facing “fiscal challenges without precedent” this year due to unexpected expenses forced on the small service by the Pentagon, the White House and Congress, and the commandant is looking...
  • US Marines are practicing seizing small islands as a possible China fight looms in the Pacific

    03/23/2019 1:56:24 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 21, 2019, 10:32 AM | Ryan Pickrell
    Everything that is old may indeed be new again. During World War II, US Marines moved from island to island, fighting bloody battles against entrenched Japanese forces determined to dominate the Pacific. Now, as the possibility of conflict with China looms, the Marine Corps is again looking closely at this historical island warfighting mission. Last week, US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit led a series of simulated small-island assaults in Japan, the Corps announced Thursday. The 31st MEU, supported by elements of the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing; members of the...
  • Marine Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses ‘unacceptable risk’

    03/21/2019 2:41:11 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 154 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | Mar 21, 2019 | Molly O'Toole
    The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president's emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.” In two internal memos, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller said the “unplanned/unbudgeted” deployment along the border that President Trump ordered last fall, and shifts of other funds to support border security, had forced him to cancel or reduce planned military training in at least five countries, and delay urgent repairs at bases.
  • Crews search for Marine missing in California mountains

    03/10/2019 11:35:42 AM PDT · by Mariner · 29 replies
    AP via Sacramento Bee ^ | March 10th, 2019 | Unattributed
    BRIDGEPORT, Calif. Authorities in California searched for a sixth day Saturday for a missing Marine after he failed to return from a backcountry skiing trip through the Sierra Nevada. First Lt. Matthew Kraft began trekking a section of the rugged Sierra High Route on Feb. 23 and was scheduled to complete it on Monday or Tuesday near Bridgeport, a town northeast of Yosemite National Park, 1st Marine Capt. Paul Gainey said. Kraft is an infantry officer who received survival training in the field. "He has the skills to survive in austere environments, and we're hoping for the best here," Gainey...
  • OBAMA, ONE SUNNY DAY.

    02/22/2019 10:53:01 AM PST · by RevelationDavid · 6 replies
    Smile for the day.... "....One sunny day in Feburary, an old man approaches the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He speaks to the U.S. Marine standing guard and says, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine looks at the man and says, “Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here. ”The old man says, “Okay,” and walks away. The following day the same man approaches the White House and says to the same Marine, “I would like to go in and...
  • The True Story Behind an Iconic Vietnam War Photo Was Nearly Erased — Until Now

    02/20/2019 11:16:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    www.nytimes.com ^ | FEB. 19, 2019 | By MICHAEL SHAW
    A celebrated book and a major museum exhibition revealed the harrowing tale behind the image of a wounded Marine. Their version was wrong. ============================================================== The fighting in Hue City, Vietnam, was as intense and confusing as anything the Marines there had ever seen. It was mid-February 1968, and American and South Vietnamese forces were desperately trying to counter a surprise onslaught that became known as the Tet offensive. First Battalion, Fifth Marines had breached the city’s historic Citadel. Radio communications were out. From front-line positions, Marines ran back a block or two to give updates to commanding officers and to...
  • The Recovery of USMC Captain Alexander Bonnyman's remains at Tarawa

    02/12/2019 2:20:57 PM PST · by robowombat · 20 replies
    MC ^ | July 15, 2018
    Don’t Let Anyone Tell You that We Never Leave a Fallen Comrade Behind, There’s Too Much Proof Otherwise July 15, 2018 Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman, USMC - (left) a painting (not included) not long after being commissioned as a 2LT - (right) Bonnyman's remains approximately 75 years later found on Tarawa Atoll in the South Pacific The Battle of Tarawa was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II fought on 20–23 November 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, and was part of Operation Galvanic, the U.S. invasion of the Gilberts. It’s estimated...
  • Interesting Images Show U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Launching From USS Wasp In “Beast Mode”

    02/05/2019 5:10:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | February 4, 2019 | David Cenciotti
    An F-35B Lightning II is launched from USS Wasp. (Image credit: U.S. Navy) F-35B Lightning II aircraft, attached to the F-35B detachment of the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced), are currently in the Indo-Pacific region deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp, flagship of Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is operating in the region “to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.” F-35B flying in “Third Day of War” configuration. (Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps). Images being...
  • Female soldier says she can “whoop any Marine,” gets knocked out by infantry Marine

    01/25/2019 7:46:34 AM PST · by lowbridge · 197 replies
    usmclife.com ^ | January 22, 2019
    A cocky female Soldier who thought she could “whoop any Marine” at her Forward Operating Base in Iraq was given a lesson in what a real boxing match looks like- and was a sore loser afterward. A video shows the female Soldier -who allegedly said she could beat any Marine at the Iraq-based FOB- square up against a male US Marine, who seemed more than comfortable taking her on. The Soldier learned a valuable lesson that day, though it isn’t known how much of that lesson was retained after the Marine knocked her around like a ragdoll.
  • A Woman Explains Why Women Shouldn’t Be In Combat Units, And She's Got A Point

    01/15/2019 10:18:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/15/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    While this subject has largely fallen into the “settled” category for the most part, it’s still being brought up for discussion among the public. We’re once again talking about women in combat. Back during the Obama administration, Ash Carter was directed to open all combat roles to women. At the time, we were assured that female recruits would have to meet the same physical standards as their male counterparts. Slowly but sure, however, that principle was eroded.As Heather Mac Donald writes in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the standards did indeed change. But even with those relaxed standards,...
  • VANITY - 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Assoc

    01/09/2019 12:58:31 PM PST · by Cementjungle · 3 replies
    I hope this sort of shameless vanity post is OK... let me know if not. Some of you may recall a friend of mine, a retired USMC col, who went on Fox News and Fox Business and elsewhere after he wrote a scathing letter to Roger Goodell about the NFL kneelers in 2017: YouTube Now, he's done a video in support of the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Association... for anyone who may be interested. "Founded to foster connections, fellowship, social communications and support to those Marines, Sailors and the families who have served, are serving or have supported, the...
  • Retired Lt. Gen. Leo Dulacki, an Omaha native who fought in 3 wars, dies at 100

    01/09/2019 6:22:47 AM PST · by NEMDF · 6 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | January 8, 2019 | Steve Liewer
    Omaha native Leo Dulacki had quite a year in 1942. And quite a life ever since. Assigned to the carrier USS Hornet, the young Marine lieutenant was aboard when James Doolittle’s raiders took off for their impossible attack on the Japanese mainland on April 18, 1942. A few weeks later, he lived through the pivotal Battle of Midway, which turned the naval war in the Pacific in favor of the United States. And he survived the sinking of the Hornet near Guadalcanal that fall.
  • Four countries now have links to American detained in Russia as international spillover widens

    01/04/2019 2:43:54 PM PST · by blueplum · 31 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 04 Jan 2018 | Amie Ferris-Rotman
    ….The details of the charges against Whelan from a special court-martial that resulted in his discharge for bad conduct two years later add to an increasingly complex picture of the 48-year-old former Marine, whom Russian officials have accused of spying. His case grew more perplexing on Friday after Ireland became the fourth nation to acknowledge him as a citizen and seek consular access.
  • Marine Corps says $3.6B for storm repairs at Camp Lejeune

    12/14/2018 8:40:27 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 28 replies
    AP via CBS17 ^ | 12/15/18 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., were preparing for their upcoming deployment to the Middle East, they faced an unusual challenge: the beach they needed to train on had been washed away by Hurricane Florence. Using bulldozers and other equipment, they moved enough sand to rebuild a portion of Onslow Beach so Marines could practice moving on and off landing craft and get certified for their deployment. But almost immediately afterward, the ocean swept away the sand. Marine leaders are saying it will cost around $3.6 billion to repair the extensive damage to Camp Lejeune caused by...
  • Search underway off Japanese coast after Marine C-130 and F/A-18 crash

    12/06/2018 7:03:27 AM PST · by mac_truck · 15 replies
    Fox26 KMPH ^ | 12/5/2018 | Fox26
    A search-and-rescue operation is underway off the coast of Japan. The military says a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet was refueling from and KC-130 Hercules when both planes crashed early Thursday morning. Both planes had taken off from Maine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were reportedly doing training exercises when the accident happened. The crash happened around 2:00 a.m. local time.
  • These U.S. Marine Corps VMAQ-2 EA-6B Jets Have Just Completed The Prowler’s Final Deployment...

    11/16/2018 7:06:06 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Nov 15 2018 | David Cenciotti
    The final operational chapter of the Prowler career has just been written by the U.S. Marine Corps “Death Jesters” and their six EA-6Bs jets. Marine Corps Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron-2 (VMAQ-2) “Death Jesters”, the last of four Marine Prowler squadrons, has just completed its final deployment in Qatar, with the last six EA-6B in the U.S. military inventory. Four aircraft, using radio callsign “Trend 01-04” landed at Lajes, Azores, on their way back to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, from Al Udeid, Qatar, on Nov. 12, 2018. The remaining two aircraft would follow in a couple of...
  • Leon Valley bridge dedicated to veteran who made ultimate sacrifice

    11/12/2018 6:15:36 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 5 replies
    KSAT News ^ | 11 Nov 2018 | Courtney Friedman
    On Sunday, Veterans Day, the Leon Valley community dedicated the Evers Road Bridge to Leon Valley native Lance Cpl. Stephen Perez. Perez was killed on April 13, 2006 when his unit came under heavy fire while providing security for a construction site. The bridge, which is lined with posts containing etchings of the crests of each military branch, honors Stephen Perez's sacrifice and others who served. Stephen Perez's mother, Diana Pena-Smith, said the bridge is an assurance that her son's sacrifice will never be forgotten.
  • USMC Hollywood Best Ever - two minutes

    11/11/2018 6:09:57 PM PST · by ealgeone · 15 replies
    The Marines ^ | February 23, 1945 | The Marines
    A reminder of just how great this country is. Video at the link is from "The Sands of Iwo Jima".
  • Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

    11/10/2018 5:55:34 AM PST · by usafa92 · 38 replies
    N/A ^ | 11/10/2018 | Vanity
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  • Many dead as trenchcoat-wearing gunman storms 'student night' at country bar and shoots at least 11

    11/08/2018 3:02:08 AM PST · by Enterprise · 110 replies
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 8 November 2018 | Connor Boyd
    A gunman has opened fire at a country music bar during a student night in the city of Thousand Oaks, California, injuring at least 11 people and killing several. The shooter stormed the Borderline Bar and Grill wearing a black trenchcoat armed with a pistol equipped with an extended magazine and smoke grenades and began targeting people as young as 18. Among the victims was a Ventura County deputy sheriff and a doorman - as well as a cashier and college students. The lifeless body of a suspected male victim was seen outside of the venue.