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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
    JSF.mil ^ | 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 Khon2.com 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
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 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".
  • FIRST F-35B FLIGHT WITH EXTERNAL WEAPONS

    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...