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  • Hershel W. Williams turns 95 today

    10/02/2018 12:50:45 PM PDT · by Borges · 19 replies
    One of only four remaining Medal of Honor winners from WW2. The last remaining Marine MOH winner from WW2. The last remaining MOH winner from the Pacific theater of WW2.
  • Wasp ARG, 31st MEU conduct DATF drill in the South China Sea

    10/01/2018 2:42:37 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    navy.mil ^ | 9/28/2018 11:16:00 AM | Commander Amphibious Squadron 11 and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs
    SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- USS Wasp (LHD 1) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted an integrated Defense of the Amphibious Task Force (DATF) drill at sea Sept. 27. DATF scenarios focus Navy and Marine Corps forces on defending ARG shipping and the drills allowed the ARG-MEU team to improve their proficiency when integrating fires. “Increasing the lethality of the Navy-Marine Corps Team is the priority for us. Sailors and Marines are doing amazing work and we are becoming more lethal every single day,” said Rear Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of Amphibious Force 7th...
  • Much-maligned F-35B fighter makes combat debut with Afghanistan mission

    09/27/2018 9:39:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Week, India ^ | September 28, 2018
    The US military announced on Thursday that its F-35B stealth fighter jet had carried out its first combat operation, with a strike mission against Taliban targets in Afghanistan. The fighters were launched by the US Marines from an amphibious assault ship at sea. The F-35B is one of three variants of the F-35 fighter programme, which is the largest and most expensive weapons programme in US history. Last year, the US government revised the F-35 programme's total cost estimate to nearly $406 billion, after it briefly declined to less than $380 billion. The programme has seen significant criticism over its...
  • MARINE WEEK - By Air. By Land. By Sea. By Charlotte. September 5-9, 2018 | Charlotte, N.C.

    09/04/2018 3:23:05 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    US Marine Week ^ | September 4, 2018 | USMC
    About Marine Week Join the United States Marine Corps in Uptown Charlotte this September for a celebration of Community, Country and Corps. From Sept. 5 – 9, Marine Week Charlotte will feature hands-on displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities and community involvement of the Corps.
  • 99-year-old man walks 6 miles a day to visit his wife in the hospital, proving true love does exist

    09/02/2018 5:36:29 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    CBS ^ | August 31, 2018 | CAITLIN O'KANE
    A 99-year-old man from Rochester, New York, may restore your faith that true, lasting love does exist. His name is Luther Younger, and after 55 years of marriage, he is still deeply devoted to his wife, Waverlee, whom he calls the sweetest cup of tea he ever had. Luther walks six miles round-trip every day — in the heat, rain and snow — to visit Waverlee in the hospital. He has become a local celebrity in Rochester and many people recognize him from his daily pilgrimage. -snip Waverlee Younger was diagnosed with a brain tumor nearly nine years ago and doctors...
  • Who Are John McCain’s Sons, Jack, Jimmy, Doug & Andrew?

    09/01/2018 9:09:55 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 21 replies
    Heavy ^ | 30 Aug 2018
    James “Jimmy” McCain is the other son of John and Cindy McCain. As a teenager, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He went on to serve in Iraq and later went to Afghanistan.
  • Marines 3D-print concrete barracks in just 40 hours

    08/30/2018 8:29:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    Marines have used a specialized 3D concrete printer to print a 500-square-foot barracks room in just 40 hours. The innovative project created the world’s first continuous 3D-printed concrete barracks, according to the Marine Corps. The barracks room was built earlier this month at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Champaign, Ill. Army and Navy Seabees were also involved in the construction effort. Harnessing the world’s largest concrete printer, the Additive Manufacturing Team at Marine Corps Systems Command teamed up with Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force. … Using Computer Aided Design software on a 10-year-old computer, the...
  • Lieutenant becomes first woman to lead Marine infantry platoon

    08/10/2018 8:37:00 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/09/18 | Morgan Gstalter
    First Lt. Marina Hierl has reportedly made history by becoming the first woman in the Marine Corps to lead an infantry platoon. The 24-year-old is one of four platoon commanders in Echo Company, a group of 175 Marines and Navy sailors who were recently sent to northern Australia, The New York Times reported Thursday. Hierl is one of two women to the 13-week Marines Corps Infantry Officer Course, according to the Times. “I wanted to do something important with my life,” she told the newspaper. “I wanted to be part of a group of people that would be willing...
  • Video: ‘Antifa’ Smashes US Marines Recruiting Office During Protest

    08/07/2018 10:15:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    Fox News via American Military News ^ | 08/06/18 | Laura Widener
    On Sunday, a protest carried out by “Antifa” at Berkeley and members of the “alt-right” became violent, and vandalism ensued. A masked Antifa member “sucker-punched a detractor,” and other Antifa members smashed the windows at a recruiting office for the U.S. Marine Corps in Berkeley, California, Fox News reported. Filmmaker Ford Fischer posted a series of photos to Twitter depicting the vandalism carried out by Antifa, along with a video showing the act. Here is the video:https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1026255134886514689?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1026255134886514689&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Famericanmilitarynews.com%2F2018%2F08%2Fvideo-antifa-smashes-us-marines-recruiting-office-during-protest%2F
  • Antifa members in Berkeley smash windows of US Marine Corps recruiting office during protes

    08/06/2018 7:49:48 AM PDT · by ETL · 30 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Aug 6, 2018 | Travis Fedschun
    An Antifa protest in Berkeley turned violent Sunday when one masked group member sucker-punched a detractor and other agitators smashed the windows at a Marine Corps recruiting post, cellphone video showed. Authorities arrested 20 people during the dueling California demonstrations between Antifa and individuals affiliated with the so-called "alt-right." Three people suffered minor injuries after a group of "extremists" threw "explosives" -- believed to be fireworks and flares -- at police and the Alameda County Sheriff's officers. No members of law enforcement were hurt. In a series of photos posted to Twitter by filmmaker Ford Fischer, members of Antifa can...
  • Former Navy soccer star named part of astronaut team for manned space flights

    08/04/2018 1:15:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    A former Naval Academy soccer star who led her squad to an undefeated league season has been named to another team that goes above and beyond. NASA announced Friday that it had assigned Marine Corps Lt. Col. Nicole Mann to a new crew of astronauts who will fly a privately developed spaceship, marking a return of U.S.-manned space flight after the shuttle program ended in 2011. Since then, Americans have relied on Russian spacecraft for space travel. Mann will be a part of a three-person crew to fly Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft on a mid-2019 mission, the spacecraft’s first manned flight....
  • Report: Marines lead all services in binge drinking, sex partners

    07/30/2018 6:57:24 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 124 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | July 29, 2018 | ANDREW DYER
    A new report from the RAND Corporation analyzed survey data from thousands of active-duty military members and found Marines are more likely to be heavy drinkers, use tobacco and engage in riskier sexual behavior than the sailors, soldiers and airmen of the other branches. RAND found that incidents of binge drinking and hazardous drinking among Marines was almost double what it was in the Air Force. Nearly half of the Marines surveyed reported drinking habits that met the criteria for hazardous (alcoholism). The survey also revealed Marines were more likely to have had more than one sex partner of the...
  • Camp Pendleton general facing ‘administrative actions’ after reportedly treating aide like a servant

    07/20/2018 9:12:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 44 replies
    https://www.ocregister.com/ ^ | 7/20/18 | ERIKA I. RITCHIE
    Camp Pendleton general facing ‘administrative actions’ after reportedly treating aide like a servant while deployed to Iraq8 at 6:44 pm | UPDATED: July 20, 2018 at 6:45 pm CAMP PENDLETON — A brigadier general serving at the Marine Corps base will receive “administrative actions” for misusing his aide to perform servant-like tasks while deployed to Iraq. Marine Corps officials confirmed Friday, July 20 that a report by the Department of Defense Inspector General substantiated allegations against Brig. Gen. Rick A. Uribe, who served as deputy commanding general and director of the Combined Joint Operations Center in Baghdad from May 2016...
  • Survey: Military binge drinking drops, but this service stood out in a bad way

    07/18/2018 2:21:43 PM PDT · by BBell · 104 replies
    About one-third of the service personnel surveyed met the criteria indicating hazardous drinking and possible alcohol use disorder, with 30 percent reporting that they binge drank in the past month. Among Marines, that figure jumped to 42.6 percent. Binge drinking is defined as more than five drinks for men or more than four for women in one sitting, according to the report, issued by Rand and based on a survey that was conducted from late 2015 to early 2016. That rate was down from 33.1 percent in the previously reported survey from 2011, but it’s still high enough to cause...
  • One Marine’s Afghanistan Story

    06/16/2018 8:41:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/16/18 | Unk
    Hat Tip: Jerry Todd How many of us have or could endure ONE WEEK of this guys experience??? An interesting read from a Recon Marine in Afghanistan ; an insider's view of what is really going on. This Marine is articulate, has a flare for colorful language and descriptive prose regarding scorpions, chiggers and sand fleas: "It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains , along the Dar'yoi Pamir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake-out, my friend, and...
  • Upgraded Old Cobra Gunships Offer Big Capabilities Without The Price Tag

    06/05/2018 10:40:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 4, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Jordan is in the process of upgrading some of its AH-1F Cobra gunship helicopters to a new standard that incorporates many features similar, or outright identical, to those on the latest AH-1Z model. The update package could potentially serve as a model for other countries looking to upgrade their existing AH-1s or for military forces considering buying Cobras for the first time on the growing secondary market. The Jordanian Air Force displayed one of the modified helicopters during the country’s biennial Special Operations Forces Exhibition, or SOFEX, which took place at Marka Airport in the capital Amman in May 2018....
  • US Marines kill more than 70 Taliban leaders in Afghanistan

    05/30/2018 2:21:33 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 58 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 30, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    U.S. Marines in Afghanistan killed dozens of Taliban leaders last week using rocket artillery after tracking them to a meeting in volatile Helmand Province, according to the top American general in Afghanistan Wednesday. U.S. Forces Afghanistan said more than 50 Taliban commanders, including the deputy Taliban shadow governor of Helmand was killed. Taliban leaders from six other provinces across Afghanistan were killed as well in the strike in the Musa Qala district of Helmand, according to the statement. Twenty other Taliban leaders were killed in air strikes earlier this month by drones and Air Force A-10 Warthog jets based in...
  • One Of The Bravest Marines In The Corps Just Retired, And He Gave Some Powerful Words Of Wisdom

    05/24/2018 9:29:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/24/2018 | Justin Caruso
    Marine Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal, spoke at at a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, California, Thursday. “Ladies and gentlemen, behind me, to the right, to the left, is the big stick. The ones who do the work, who put in the sacrifice, everyday, to make sure that this country, this most beautiful, great nation, still stands,” he said, in reference to Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote, “speak softly and carry a big stick.” He also commended his fellow Marines for their commitment and duty.
  • Marines Want Contractor-Flown Russian Mi-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships At More Exercises

    05/03/2018 9:12:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    The Drive ^ | APRIL 30, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Marine Corps is looking into whether a contractor might be able to supply Mi-24 Hind gunship or Mi-17 Hip armed transport helicopters to add extra realism to various exercises. Outside companies routinely provide these types of helicopters to play mock enemies at a number of U.S. military training events, but this kind of “adversary” support could become even more relevant as American forces across the services refocus on preparing for high-end conflicts against “great power” opponents, such as Russia. On April 26, 2018, the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, or MAGTFTC, posted a draft set of...
  • R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ drill sergeant, dies

    04/15/2018 5:25:23 PM PDT · by libstripper · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2018 | Victor Morton
    The Marine who became immortalized by playing a brutal drill sergeant in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” has died. “It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia,” his manager Bill Rogers said in a statement posted to Mr. Ermey’s official Twitter account.