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  • Soldier fired for Obama critique

    04/06/2012 9:26:41 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 107 replies
    iafrica ^ | 4-6-12 | staff
    A US Marine faces possible dismissal after posting critical remarks on Facebook about US President Barack Obama, with a review board recommending a less than honorable discharge. Sergeant Gary Stein (26) a nine-year veteran, posted comments on Facebook and other websites calling Obama a coward and "the economic and religious enemy," a Marine Corps board was told during an all-day hearing on Thursday. Stein had urged Obama's defeat in the November election, writing "screw Obama" in one posting, and had founded a website called Armed Forces Tea Party, apparently in support of the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement. On one site...
  • 'Tea Party' Marine sues Pentagon to stop discharge

    04/04/2012 11:34:50 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 4, 2012 | Walter Morris
    'Tea Party' Marine sues Pentagon to stop discharge SAN DIEGO - A Camp Pendleton Marine is taking Defense Department brass to federal court, saying he is being hounded out of the service for exercising his First Amendment rights. Attorneys representing Sgt. Gary Stein filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense, Sec. of the Navy Ray Mabus, and Brigadier Gen. Daniel D. Yoo. "I can confirm that my lawyers on behalf of me are filing a lawsuit in federal court," Stein said told Fox 5 Tuesday afternoon. The 9-year Marine veteran is working with the ACLU and U.S. Justice...
  • Harvest Hawk Gives Marines Peace of Mind

    04/02/2012 5:37:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    US Marine Corps ^ | April 2, 2012
    Harvest Hawk Gives Marines Peace of Mind (Source: US Marine Corps; issued April 2, 2012) KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan --- A modified KC-130J flies over Afghanistan ready to unleash a tremendous amount of firepower for the Marines it supports. Equipped to fire Hellfire and Griffin missiles, the aircraft known as the Harvest Hawk, provides close-air-support (CAS) for Marines conducting ground operations. “We can give the commander on the ground peace of mind knowing he has these assets in the sky,” said Capt. Dusty Cook, a pilot for the Harvest Hawk. Cook, a native of East Bernard, Texas, said the aircraft has...
  • The race is on for the Humvee's successor

    04/01/2012 1:06:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 54 replies
    DVICE ^ | March 30, 2012 | Eileen Marable
    The race is on for the Humvee's successor (Bye, bye Hummer) Your Mom may still love driving a Humvee to the mall, but the military has different needs for its combat operations these days. Some 20 years after the Humvee first rolled out, the military is now entering the second phase of the project to choose its successor. The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program will be reviewing the proposals for a new vehicle, and has a pretty specific list of what it's looking for. Manufacturers getting in the game need to submit prototype designs for a seven to 10-ton...
  • F-35 local area flights show progress at Eglin

    03/27/2012 8:50:27 PM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/26/2012 | Dave Majumadar
    F-35 test pilots at Eglin AFB have flown seven local area orientation flights around the Florida base since flight operations began on 6 March, a US Air Force official says. "We've flown seven sorties so far and are planning to fly four more next week," the USAF official says. "We've only cancelled two sorties and they were both for weather." Two qualified test pilots - USAF Lt Col Eric Smith and US Marine Corps Maj Joseph Bachmann - are flying a series of local area flights to gauge the readiness of the 33rd Fighter Wing's new Lockheed Martin F-35As and...
  • EDITORIAL: Honoring a Marine hero (Sgt. Rafael Peralta)

    03/22/2012 5:42:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2012 | Editroial
    Review board should approve Medal of Honor for Sgt. PeraltaU.S. Marine CorpsSgt. Rafael Peralta was a hero who was denied full recognition for his acts of valor. This injustice should be reversed. Sgt. Peralta was in the thick of the fight during the bloody Second Battle of Fallujah in November 2004. While clearing a house, his unit came under close-quarters fire from insurgents, and Sgt. Peralta was felled by a round to the back of his head. While he was lying wounded, a grenade thrown by fleeing insurgents landed near him. “Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own...
  • Marine Faces Dismissal For Anti-Obama Facebook Posts

    03/22/2012 9:40:06 AM PDT · by Fennie · 99 replies · 20+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2012
    A Marine sergeant who started a Facebook group that is openly critical of President Barack Obama and posted comments saying he will not follow the unlawful orders of the commander in chief is facing possible dismissal from the Corps.
  • Police ID body of Marine, once thought AWOL, from 1974 East Long Beach murder

    03/20/2012 3:04:10 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Press-Telegram [Long Beach, CA] ^ | Posted: 03/19/2012 10:02:05 AM PDT Updated: 03/20/2012 09:20:31 AM PDT | Tracy Manzer
    LONG BEACH — For the past 37 years, Oral Alfred Stuart Jr. was classified as AWOL and a Marine Corps deserter. But his family never believed it. Even if Stuart had left his beloved Corps, which he voluntarily joined in 1974 and proudly tattooed on his arm, he never would have left his parents without so much as a goodbye. "I always believed something must have happened to him. He loved the Marine Corps ... (and) he would have been in touch with our mother," insisted Carl Stuart, Stuart's older brother and one of only a few surviving family members....
  • F-35A Completes Second Local Sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

    03/16/2012 12:39:08 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies ^ | 3/14/2012 | United States Air Force
    U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph Bachmann successfully piloted the second F-35 local orientation flight in the skies above the Emerald Coast today. AF-13, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, launched at 2:30 p.m. CDT and completed a 93-minute flight landing at 4:03 p.m. CDT. At its operational peak, the F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin Air Force Base will train approximately 100 F-35 pilots and 2,200 maintainers annually. The wing's two F-35 pilots, in conjunction with its integrated team of military members, civilians and contractors, will begin to slowly build up their number of sorties with an initial goal...
  • Marines, Afghans Disarmed Before Panetta Appearance

    03/14/2012 10:11:18 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 14, 2012 | MUHAMMAD LILA
    In a sign of possible frayed nerves in the military, U.S. Marines were asked to lay down their weapons today before entering a tent where Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was scheduled to speak. It happened in Helmand province, after Panetta had met with tribal elders in nearby villages, assuring them that the U.S. mission was on track. The unusual order comes within days of an attack by a U.S. staff sergeant on unarmed Afghan civilians that left 16 dead and enraged Afghans. The 200 Marines were inside a tent at Camp Leatherneck along with Afghan guards and troops from other...
  • F-35B training kick-off set for early April

    03/08/2012 10:56:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/9/2012 | Flight Global
    The US Marine Corps hopes to start F-35B local area flights at Eglin AFB, Florida, in early April with operational student pilots starting to train in the autumn, a service senior official says. "We anticipate flying at Eglin to start in the next month," the official says. "And our first student pilots to start training next fall to coincide with the delivery of the operational squadron aircraft at MCAS [Marine Corps Air Station] Yuma [Arizona]." But before training operations can begin, the Marines and other services need to be confident that the F-35 is robust enough to withstand the rigors...
  • New ads pitch Marine Corps' kinder, gentler side

    03/08/2012 11:13:53 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 98 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 8, 2012 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Marines are highlighting a kinder, gentler side in a new ad campaign. Known more for its war-fighting skills, the Marine Corps is launching new ads about its humanitarian missions and help with other crises around the world.
  • Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansion ($140 million mega-hangar - V-22 Osprey)

    03/06/2012 1:56:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | 3/05/12 | Ryan Sullivan
    Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansionPosted on: 10:05 am, March 5, 2012, by Ryan Sullivan MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. — The military’s big expansion in North Carolina continues as the Marine Corps builds a $140 million mega-hangar to hold four squadrons of a revolutionary aircraft. **SNIP** ...preparing to break ground on one of the Marine Corps’ largest single structures. The super hangar will house dozens of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
  • Homecoming kiss photo spotlights 'Gay Marine' Facebook page (Extremely grotesque)

    02/29/2012 6:32:57 PM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    msnbc ^ | 2/29/2012 | Rosa Golijan
    A photograph showing a United State Marine's homecoming was posted to a public Facebook page on Saturday evening. Unlike the countless other images uploaded to the social network on that day, this one triggered thousands of re-posts and likes — along with hundreds of news stories. Why? Because in the photograph, Sgt. Brandon Morgan is embracing and kissing his male partner, Dalan Wells. The image was posted to a Facebook page called "Gay Marines" with a caption explaining that it shows the homecoming "for a Marine who posts on this page." The text finishes with a simple "Semper Fi, brother."...
  • It was their FIRST KISS: Gay marines in homecoming clinch reveal they fell in love online...

    02/29/2012 8:22:48 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2-29-2012 | Laura Cox
    The gay marine whose homecoming kiss with his boyfriend went viral yesterday has revealed that their passionate embrace was the couple's first ever. Sgt Brandon Morgan, of Oakdale, California, told how a four year friendship with Windward Oahu artist Dalan Wells turned to long-distance love while he was serving with the US Marines in Afghanistan. He said: 'We couldn't talk, I can barely talk now, his hands went numb, my legs were shaking, our first kiss after just knowing how we felt about each other'
  • Remembering Marine Sgt. Oscar Canon, A Superstar

    02/29/2012 8:00:56 AM PST · by NEMDF · 2 replies
    NPR ^ | 2/24/2012 | Joseph Shapiro
    After the explosion of the rocket-propelled grenade on a road in Fallujah, Oscar Canon saw the white of his own thigh bone. At the medical unit, the young Marine sergeant grabbed the doctor by his collar and yelled, "Don't cut off my f***ing leg." That was in October of 2004 and the first of dozens of surgeries — 72 separate operations, by a family member's count — that saved his leg. (Full article at link)
  • Gay Marine’s homecoming kiss goes viral

    02/27/2012 10:23:44 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 91 replies · 9+ views ^ | February 27, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    "Five months after the military's ban on openly gay service expired, a photo of a young gay Marine's homecoming kiss has gone viral".

    02/23/2012 8:28:10 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 9 replies · 1+ views
    F-35 Lightning II ^ | 23 February 2012 | NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND
    F-35 Lightning II Program Public Affairs Release – 2012 02 23 FIRST F-35B FLIGHT WITH EXTERNAL WEAPONS NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Over an Atlantic test range, Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time Feb. 22. The test measured flying qualities with external pylons, inert AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and centerline 25 mm gun pod. Significant weapons testing for the F-35B and F-35C variants is scheduled for 2012, including fit checks, captive carriage, pit drop and aerial drop tests. The F-35B is the variant of...
  • Triple-amputee Marine returns to hero's welcome in Tampa

    02/19/2012 6:39:57 PM PST · by rarestia · 10 replies · 1+ views
    BayNews 9 ^ | Sunday, February 19, 2012 | Kristy Wolski
    Cheers erupted inside Tampa International Airport on Sunday as 22-year-old Marine Corporal Mike Nicholson arrived home. Nicholson was on foot patrol in Afghanistan when he lost both legs and part of his left arm in an I.E.D. explosion July 6, 2011. He has been recovering at Bethesda Naval Hospital for months and is now using two prosthetic legs. "It makes it all real, but also makes me really proud that he survived it," Nicholson’s uncle, Jim Hall, said. "He's toughed it out. He’s had great support in Bethesda. I can't say enough about the support here, from the church, to...
  • MILITARY: Navy naming ships after trio of local military heroes

    02/15/2012 12:14:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NC Times ^ | February 15, 2012 | Mark Walker
    The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday morning that it has named one of its new ships after Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a San Diego native who died a hero in Iraq in 2004. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the move, saying a new guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Rafael Peralta. A Pentagon statement said Mabus named that ship and two other new destroyers after Navy and Marine Corps heroes whose actions occurred during different conflicts but "were united in their uncommon valor." Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross after using his body to shield fellow Marines from an...

    02/14/2012 1:02:18 PM PST · by combat_boots · 1 replies · 2+ views
    US DoD ^ | 2/13/2012 | ---
    PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVES In January 2012 the Department published a paper -- “Defense Budget Priorities and Choices” – identifying the major budgetary changes made in response to the new defense strategy. Changes in the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget support U.S. defense strategy and are organized around four major themes: 1. Making more disciplined use of defense dollars. 2. Applying strategic guidance to force structure and investment. 3. Ensuring the quality of the all-volunteer force. 4. Fully supporting deployed warfighters. Disciplined Use of Defense Dollars The FY 2013 budget continues the reform agenda advanced in the Department’s previous three budgets. The FY...
  • A Little More on US Navy SEAL TEAM SIX

    02/08/2012 1:32:43 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 22 replies · 4+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 8, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    This is what the Navy SEAL team looked like when they went in to get Bin Laden... Some items of note: 50 caliber sniper on the right. Knee, knuckle and forearm protection. Various plastic/wire ties. Absolute identity denial to protect their families. Free choice of footwear. Fourth from the right has three artillery simulators and CS gas grenades on his belly... He's the 'shock and awe' guy. Seal Team Six... can you imagine the look on Bin Laden's face when these guys came through the door? This open letter from a retired USMC colonel received via e-mail: ________________________________________________________________________________ Let's be...
  • Marine accepts plea deal in Iraqi civilian deaths

    01/23/2012 11:56:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/23/11 | JULIE WATSON, Associated Press
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children pleaded guilty Monday to dereliction of duty in a deal that will mean a maximum of three months confinement and end the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops to emerge from the Iraq War. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn., led the Marine squad in 2005 that killed 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha after a roadside bomb exploded near a Marine convoy, killing one Marine and wounding two others. It was a stunning and muted end to a case ....
  • Is F-35 program flying high or sputtering?

    01/21/2012 7:50:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Star Telegram ^ | Jan. 21, 2012 | Bob Cox
    Is F-35 program flying high or sputtering? By Bob Cox Now that the F-35 joint strike fighter program has gotten a pat on the back and morale boost from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, officials at Lockheed Martin hope to put their recent run of bad report cards and bad press behind them. All those problems with the F-35 that have been reported of late? They're not that bad; they're being fixed. Just watch, they say. "We're starting to see a lot of good stuff happening," Tom Burbage, Lockheed's co-executive vice president and general manager overseeing the F-35 program, said...
  • Helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan kills 6

    01/19/2012 6:24:47 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 19 Jan 2012 | By MIRWAIS KHAN
    A NATO helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing six members of the international military force, the U.S.-led coalition said.
  • Pentagon to take F-35B off "probation": sources

    01/19/2012 9:31:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2012 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Pentagon to take F-35B off "probation": sources WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected on Friday to remove the threat of termination that has been looming over the Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet, according to multiple sources. Panetta will announce on Friday that he is taking the B-model of the stealthy F-35 fighter off "probation" a year ahead of schedule, given the plane's progress on resolving technical issues, the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, told Reuters. The announcement will come during Panetta's visit on Friday to Naval Air Station...
  • Marines Are Always Faithful So Why Aren't We

    01/14/2012 7:52:38 AM PST · by Mark Mayberry · 27 replies
    Truth About Bills ^ | 01/14/2012 | Mark Mayberry
    In the last few days’ news has broken along with a videotape of four United States Marines urinating on some dead insurgents in Afghanistan. It is a little shocking to see just how quickly the American people are to throw our own to the wolves. People tend to act as though this is the worst thing that has ever been done by our military. Going back as far as World War Two there is evidence of routine executions of prisoners as well as torture and mutilation of dead bodies. There are even reports of American servicemen prying teeth from dead...
  • U.S. Marines probe video of men urinating on Taliban corpses

    01/11/2012 6:04:29 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 150 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:24pm EST | Phil Stewart
    The video, which was posted on YouTube and other websites, shows four men in camouflage Marine combat uniforms urinating on the bodies of three dead Taliban. One of them jokes: "Have a nice day, buddy." Another makes a lewd joke about a shower. A copy of the video can be seen here "While we have not yet verified the origin or authenticity of this video, the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps," the Marines said in a statement. "This matter will be fully investigated."...
  • THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH:Final Battle Of Haditha Set To Begin

    01/07/2012 2:51:31 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 47 replies
    DEFEND OUR MARINES ^ | 1-6-2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH:Final Battle Of Haditha Set To Begin by Nathaniel R. Helms | Friday, January 6, 2012 | Day Two: Jury selection complete Camp Pendleton, Calif. – An eight-man panel of four officers and four senior non-commissioned officers will begin listening to testimony Monday morning when the lawyers fighting the final Battle of Haditha offer their opening statements at the General Court Martial of SSgt Frank D. Wuterich, the last Marine standing in the six-year-old fight. The government is apparently expecting a tough battle in the weeks ahead. “I can’t think of a single witness desiring of...
  • Club for Growth Blasts Gingrich for Bain Attacks

    01/09/2012 10:01:52 PM PST · by Saundra Duffy · 259 replies · 7+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 9, 2012 | Patrick Brennan
    In a press release this afternoon, Club for Growth criticized Newt Gingrich for his attacks on Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital, calling them unbecoming a “Reagan Conservative.” Club for Growth’s statement: Yesterday, Gingrich said “Those of us who believe in free markets and those of us who believe that in fact the whole goal of investment is entrepreneurship and job creation…we find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” Gingrich’s attack was echoed that same day that by the Democratic National Committee, which...
  • U-T Person of the Year: The U.S. Marine

    01/01/2012 6:01:50 PM PST · by South40 · 11 replies
    Today, the U-T launches a new tradition. Each Jan. 1, we will honor the Person of the Year, an individual or category of individuals with San Diego ties. We can think of no better way to begin this tradition than by selecting as our first winner the Marine. Since Sept. 11, 2001, America has relied on the Marine to keep us safe from terror at home and to take the fight to our enemies abroad, a task our Marines have handled with immense courage, professionalism and honor. Some of the 56,000 Marines based in San Diego County — the...
  • Shot Marine used fingers to plug bullet holes

    12/30/2011 10:56:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/30/11 | CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A Marine officer said Friday he reacted as he was trained to do by chasing two men who stole a gold necklace he thought they were buying, and then using his fingers to plug bullet holes in his body when one of them opened fire. Lt. Col. Karl Trenker, a 29-year Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrated at a hospital news conference how he stuck his fingers on his left hand into two holes in his left chest and another finger from his right hand where a .22-caliber bullet entered his...
  • [Fewer than 70 are still alive] WWII Navajo Code Talker, 85, is laid to rest in Chinle

    12/28/2011 8:52:26 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    CHINLE - Funeral services were held Tuesday for a Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to confound the Japanese and help win World War II. Billy Crosby died last week, according to tribal officials. He was 85. -----
  • Wounded Marine inspires AP photographer's search

    12/23/2011 9:11:40 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies · 5+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12-23-11 | ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS
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  • Top Marine: Fears of ending gay ban prove founded

    11/28/2011 12:51:45 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 79 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov.28, 2011 | ROBERT BURNS
    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Marine Gen. James F. Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded that repeal would undermine the war effort. In fact, he says, Marines have embraced the change. In an Associated Press interview, Amos called the repeal in September "a non-event."
  • Marine chief spends Turkey Day on war front; Young Marine asks, ‘Where do we fight next?’

    11/25/2011 12:54:49 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, November 24 | AP
    COMBAT OUTPOST HANSON, Afghanistan — A turkey trot it was not. The U.S. Marines’ top general, James Amos, sprinted up and down the Helmand River Valley in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, visiting frontline Marines at nine remote outposts to share Thanksgiving and applaud their gains against the Taliban in a region where al-Qaida hatched the 9/11 plot a decade ago. Traveling mostly in an MV-22 Osprey, the hybrid that flies like an airplane and takes off and lands like a helicopter, Amos began shortly after daylight and finished 14 hours later — and, improbably, managed to confront just one turkey...
  • The last Navajo 'code talker' from famed USMC unit

    11/20/2011 11:01:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 20, 2011 | David Paulin
    The "greatest generation" won the Second World War and on returning home built America into a super power -- a beacon of freedom. Now those Americans are in their 80s and 90s. One of them is former Navajo "code talker" Chester Nez -- the subject of a recent article in The Albuquerque Journal, "The Last Code Talker." Now 90 years old, Nez is "the last living member of the U.S. Marine Corps 382nd Platoon, comprised of 29 Navajos who developed a secret code the Japanese were never able to decipher," noted the Journal. Some 430 bilingual Navajo Americans (fluent in English...
  • The American Platoon - The Battle of Fallujah and its impact on a group of young Marines

    11/17/2011 2:25:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | November 17, 2011 | Patrick K. O’Donnell
    The American PlatoonThe Battle of Fallujah and its impact on a group of young Marines Following your dream shouldn’t cost you your life. But for many of the members of First Platoon, that’s exactly what happened.This week marks the seventh anniversary of the Battle of Fallujah. During the battle, I was embedded as a combat historian with the Marine First Platoon, Lima Company, 3/1, as they fought house-to-house. First Platoon suffered some of the highest casualties in Fallujah: four killed in action — Lance Cpl. Nick Larson, Lance Cpl. Nathan Wood, Lance Cpl. Mike Hanks, and Lance Cpl. Benjamin Bryan...
  • Caption Marine Tossing Occupy Heckler

    11/15/2011 1:17:56 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 81 replies · 1+ views
  • Harrier jump jets culled in Britain find sanctuary in US

    11/15/2011 5:54:43 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 15 November 2011 | Nick Hopkins
    A Harrier is attended by ground crew at an airbase in southern Italy in 1999, when the planes were involved in Nato attacks in the former Yugoslavia The Royal Navy's entire fleet of Harrier jump jets, the British plane controversially scrapped in last year's defence review, has been saved – by the US military. All 74 of the planes, which were permanently grounded by the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), are to fly again for the US marines, in a deal that is expected to be closed within a week. The Ministry of Defence said negotiations were continuing but...
  • U.S. Marine Corps Negotiates Buying Decommissioned British Harriers

    11/13/2011 10:15:37 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 30 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 13 November 2011 | Tamir Eshel
    U.S. Marine Corps Negotiates Buying Decommissioned British Harriers The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have agreed to buy Britain’s entire decommissioned fleet of 74 Harrier GR-9 and 9A Vertical/Short take off and Landing (V/STOL) fighter jets – a move expected to help the Corps operate Harrier jump jets into the mid-2020s and possibly replace aging two-seat F-18D Hornet strike fighters currently used for night attacks, Navy Times reports. A spokesman for the British Ministry of Defence confirmed the Disposal Services Agency was in talks with the U.S. Navy for the sale of the Harriers, their engines and spare parts. The...
  • India Company USMC Returns from Iraq Video shot in 2009 Thank You Families!

    11/11/2011 6:11:37 PM PST · by YihYthink ^ | April 2009 | myself
    To the families of veterans who wait and wait for the return of their loved ones. This I shot of my son returning from Iraq and of the ordeal of waiting at 29 Palms from around 10:00 pm til 2:00 AM in the morning to greet him. Remember it's not only our sons & daughters if's also the families. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! Video 4:00 min.
  • Happy Birthday United States Marines

    11/10/2011 2:59:54 PM PST · by Michael Barnes · 46 replies
    For ten years now, our Corps has been engaged in continuous combat operations against those who threaten the security of America and our allies. We turned the tide in the Anbar province of Iraq and continue to see success today in southwest Afghanistan. While it has come at a cost … we have much to be proud of. This past year in operations around the world including humanitarian disaster relief, counter-piracy, theater security cooperation, special operations, counter-insurgency and many more, you continued to solidify our place as America’s expeditionary force in readiness. Since the Continental Congress created two battalions of...
  • Happy 236th Birthday Marines!

    11/10/2011 8:42:47 AM PST · by sean327 · 6 replies
    10 Nov 2011 | Me
    Happy birthday to all my fellow Marines past and present. The eagle born to those who pledged their lives and sacred honor, was smiled upon by God and freed from chains and iron collar. He is held aloft on unity and by history revered; for preserving peace through strength his wings now reach across two hundred years. But for each of those and one year more, God has smiled upon The Corps, from the Barbary Coast to the Eastern Sand, by sword, by gun, or by bare hand. So it's been, and shall be weighed: though many are born, few...
  • Attacking the drug trade with the Super Cobra

    11/08/2011 12:03:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Hickory Daily Record ^ | November 06, 2011 | Richard Gould
    Attacking the drug trade with the Super Cobra A crew member closes the hatch on Maj. Scott Benfield as he prepares to fly a mission in his Super Cobra attack helicopter. By: Richard Gould Flying a Super Cobra attack helicopter into combat zones to support his fellow U.S. Marines is Maj. Scott Benfield’s specialty. Raised in Hudson and schooled in Hickory, Benfield has recently returned from Afghanistan where he was stationed during his most recent tour of duty. Afghan insurgents use the proceeds from opium and heroin sales to fund their attacks on American and coalition troops. It’s a problem...
  • F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Variant Ship Suitability Testing (Video)

    11/05/2011 8:07:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Lockheed Martin Videos Via YouTube ^ | November 5, 2011 | Staff
    The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant completed ship suitability testing aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) off the coast of Virginia in October 2011. Combined, F-35B test aircraft BF-2 and BF-4 accomplished 72 short takeoffs and 72 vertical landings during the three-week testing period.
  • Rome, Sweet Rome: Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire?

    11/02/2011 8:30:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 176 replies · 1+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 31, 2011 | Alyson Sheppard
    Rome, Sweet Rome: Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire? It was a hypothetical question that became a long online discussion and now a movie in development: Could a small group of heavily armed modern-day Marines take down the Roman Empire at its height? We talked about the debate with James Erwin, the man who scored a movie writing contract based on his online response, and ran the ideas by Roman history expert Adrian Goldsworthy. James Erwin was browsing on his lunch break when a thread piqued his interest. A user called The_Quiet_Earth had posed the question:...
  • The Italian Carrier, the F-35B and The Future

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    10/27/2011 7:10:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
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  • OccupyMARINES Update 10.24.2011 (Co-opting Marines?)

    10/25/2011 8:36:55 AM PDT · by NoNAIS · 8 replies
    OccupyMARINES ^ | October 25, 2011 | Anonymous
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