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  • Marines’ Rifle Qualification Overhaul May Mean Fewer Expert Badges

    09/19/2020 4:52:37 PM PDT · by AggregateThreat · 22 replies
    The new Annual Rifle Qualification (ARQ) will replace Annual Rifle Training (ART) with a challenging new course of fire that forces Marines to apply basic marksmanship skills in a more dynamic environment, which will include moving targets and night shooting scenarios. The Marine Corps marksmanship community, recognizing the need to focus on lethality instead of standard marksmanship, drafted the new ARQ course of fire in October 2018 at the annual Combat Marksmanship Symposium.
  • 1847: The San Patricios

    09/13/2020 7:18:17 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 3 replies ^ | September 13, 2009 | Headsman
    At 9:30 a.m. this day, as the American army raised the Stars & Stripes over Chapultepec Castle during the Mexican-American War, it simultaneously carried out a mass hanging of 30 Irish deserters who had gone over to Santa Anna — the Saint Patrick’s Battalion, or the San Patricios. Irish had been migrating to the United States en masse even well before the Great Famine got rolling in 1845. And for those of that great migration wave who wound up in the service fighting the Mexican-American War, there was a hint of deja vu — an Anglo and Protestant imperial power...
  • Mattis told Coats Trump is 'dangerous,' 'unfit': Woodward book

    09/09/2020 9:38:44 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9-9-20 | TAL AXELROD
    Former Defense Secretary James Mattis told then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats that President Trump was “dangerous” and “unfit,” according to excerpts from Bob Woodward’s upcoming book “Rage.” Mattis, who left the White House at the end of 2018 over differences on defense strategy with the president, warned Coats that “there may come a time when we have to take collective action” against Trump, according to excerpts of the Woodward book reported upon by The Washington Post, The Post did not say if Woodward’s book clarified what kind of “collective action” Mattis was referencing.......
  • U.S. Marines ID all 9 people killed in sea-tank sinking

    08/03/2020 7:34:30 AM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    AP via AOL ^ | 08-03-2020 | Staff
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps has identified all nine people killed when a Marine landing craft sank in hundreds of feet of water off the Southern California coast. Only one of their bodies was found, despite an intense days-long search involving helicopters and boats ranging from inflatables to a Navy destroyer. Found at the scene was Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels Texas. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit announced on Sunday that the others, from California, Texas, Wisconsin and Oregon, are “presumed dead." They include: Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 19, of Corona, California; Lance...
  • Marines halt search for 8 missing troops, all presumed dead

    08/02/2020 2:23:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    AP News ^ | 8/02/20
    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Eight troops missing after their landing craft sank off the Southern California coast during a training exercise are presumed dead, the Marine Corps announced Sunday. The Marines said they had called off the search that started late Thursday afternoon when the amphibious assault vehicle sank with 15 Marines and one Navy sailor aboard. Eight Marines were rescued, but one later died and two are in critical condition. The 26-ton, tank-like craft took on water and quickly sank in hundreds of feet of water - too deep for divers - making it difficult to reach.
  • Marine Corps under fire after canceling training session amid concerns about speaker’s Christian background

    07/21/2020 1:33:35 PM PDT · by Midwesterner53 · 53 replies ^ | 7/21/20 | Sam Dorman
    The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is facing backlash from both sides of the religious liberty debate after it planned a training session that was later canceled over the speaker’s background in Christianity -- fueling Congressional scrutiny of both the military and the nonprofit which appeared to prompt the cancellation. Air Force veteran Jay Lorenzen was slated to speak at an annual training for JAG reservists on Friday, but that came to a screeching halt after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) relayed its reservist clients’ concerns about Lorenzen’s beliefs influencing his talks. An MRFF press release boasted on Saturday that...
  • Video: A Black Marine With The American Flag Confronts The Angry Antifa Mob All By Himself – “If You Stand For Justice Come Stand With Me”

    07/19/2020 8:02:42 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 16 replies
    Right Journalism ^ | 07.19.2020 | Natalie Dagenhardt
    Almost two months into nightly anti-police brutality protests in Portland, the city continues to burn — literally on Saturday night. Portland, Ore., police declared a riot late Saturday after protesters allegedly broke into the Portland Police Association building and set a fire, which was quickly put out, according to officials. Videos from the incident: Police decided to attack the Antifa rioters: But one heartbreaking moment was ignored by almost every news outlet. A brave black man who was holding the American flag decide to confront the angry Antifa mob all by himself! The man is a former...
  • Snipers on their Job

    06/23/2020 6:45:29 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/23/20 | D Breteau
    Three Former Marine Corps Scout Snipers Talk About Their Profession - A while back American Sniper movie was a big hit on the silver screen, we checked in with three former Marine Corps snipers for their thoughts on the profession, how it changed them, America's deadliest marksman Chris Kyle, and advice for aspiring snipers. Caylen Wojcik Former 1st Marine Division Scout Sniper School instructor; deployed as a chief sniper during Operation Iraqi Freedom II; over 100 combat missions; severely wounded by enemy rocket fire during Operation Phantom Fury; founded Central Cascade Precision; now with Magpul Dynamics. Jason Mann Twenty years...
  • Marines are finally about to receive their first new pistol in 35 years

    05/22/2020 1:04:47 PM PDT · by PROCON · 124 replies ^ | May 21, 2020 | Jared Keller
    The Marine Corps has officially begun procurement of the Army's Modular Handgun System to replace its existing pistol arsenal, the service announced on Tuesday. The M18 service pistol — a compact variant of the striker-fired M17 that, based on Sig Sauer's P320, the Army adopted under the MHS program in 2017 — will finally see fielding this fiscal year, according to Marine Corps Systems Command. MARCORSYSCOM spokesman Maj. Ken Kunze had previously pegged the start of fielding at some time during the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, with a target completion date in "late 2023." The M18 will replace...
  • Man pushed in front of El train, killed was Marine who served in Afghanistan

    04/09/2020 6:15:06 AM PDT · by Bonemaker · 21 replies
    WGNTV ^ | 04/08/2020 | Tonya Francisco
    CHICAGO — Family members say a former Marine who served two tours in Afghanistan was killed in a Chicago subway tunnel Tuesday after he was pushed onto the tracks and struck by a Red Line train. Al Balde and his daughter came to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Wednesday to identify the body of 27-year-old Mamadou Balde, who was killed Tuesday.
  • Coronavirus outbreak at Marine Corps boot camp infects dozens of recruits, staff members

    03/31/2020 5:41:46 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 20 replies
    WAPO via MSN ^ | 03/30/2020 | Dan Lamothe
    A coronavirus outbreak has infected dozens of Marine recruits and staff members at the service’s East Coast recruit training center, prompting the suspension of additional arrivals for the foreseeable future, defense officials said Monday. The cases at Parris Island, S.C emerged following a “wave in testing” over the weekend
  • The Marine Corps plans to get rid of its tanks and shrink its force to take on China

    03/24/2020 10:46:40 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 123 replies
    businessinsider. ^ | 3/24/2020 | Jeff Schogol, Task & Purpose 16 hours ago
    The commandant of the Marine Corps is pushing an ambitious plan to shrink the Corps and turn it into a more mobile fighting force. Part of that plan is a reduction in manpower, but the service's top officer also wants to cut a number of other units, including all of the Corps' tank battalions.
  • Pentagon identifies 2 US Marines killed in Iraq firefight with ISIS

    03/10/2020 7:08:22 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    The Defense Post ^ | March 10, 2020 | Jared Szuba
    Gunnery Sergeant Diego Pongo and Captain Moises Navas are the first US service members killed in Iraq since August The U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday, March 10 identified two Marines killed near Makhmour, Iraq during an mission against Islamic State. Gunnery Sergeant Diego D. Pongo, 34, and Captain Moises A. Navas, 34, both of 2nd Marine Raiders Battalion, Marine Special Operations Command, were killed on Sunday. The two Marines were accompanying Iraqi security forces “during a mission to eliminate an ISIS terrorist stronghold in a mountainous area of north central Iraq,” a Defense Department statement read. It took six hours...
  • Roundup of Saudi Royals Expands With Detention of a 4th Prince

    03/08/2020 7:54:35 PM PDT · by bitt · 45 replies
    nytimes ^ | 3/7/2020 | By David D. Kirkpatrick, Ben Hubbard
    The arrests have raised questions about whether the crown prince was on the verge of taking full power from his father, King Salman. The scope of a new roundup of Saudi royals widened on Saturday with word that a fourth senior prince has been detained under orders from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to two Saudis close to the royal family, in a sign that he is determined to crack down on even whispers of dissent. The wave of arrests has ensnared a former head of army intelligence, Prince Nayef bin Ahmed, as well as at least three other...
  • PETA to Marines: Stop Guzzling Snake Blood During Jungle Training

    03/06/2020 5:24:25 AM PST · by major_gaff · 49 replies ^ | 5 Mar 2020 | Gina Harkins
    A top animal rights group wants Marines to trade the reptiles and other animals they're eating during an annual jungle training exercise for plants and other vegan survival options.
  • Marine Corp Commandant order Confederate items removed from bases.

    The Commandant of the Marine Corp, General David Berger, has ordered "the removal of fall Confederate-related paraphernalia from Marine Corp installations. Story at Source URL
  • Report: Marine Commandant Removes Confederate Symbols From All Corps Installations

    02/27/2020 5:59:49 AM PST · by USA Conservative · 88 replies
    Right Journalism ^ | 02.27.2020 | Alex D.
    History defines who we are as a nation, love it, hate it, but learn from it. Liberals have no reason to speak out about Confederate monuments. They became even more aggressive and started to destroy Confederate monuments! The current monuments throughout the country of both the union and confederacy layout an important time in history for our great nation, it provides the stories and timeline of what took place and why we separated as a nation. It also reminds us of the sacrifices all Americans made, and it brings to life the African American heroes of the civil war such...
  • Top Marine stresses need for more female infantry officers, research on 1-year paid maternity leave

    02/25/2020 2:18:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 98 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2020 | Douglas Ernst
    The nation’s top Marine, Commandant Gen. David Berger, took to social media Tuesday morning to stress the service’s “most important matters.” A series of eight tweets telegraphed a wide range of areas the officer wants his chain of command to focus on in 2020, which includes a push for more female infantry officers and and examination of the cost of one-year paid maternity leave. Gen. Berger wrote: “While I am aware of the good work already being done across the force in support of my planning guidance implementation, these are some of my most important matters for immediate execution. (1/8)”...
  • Trump faces revolt of the generals

    02/14/2020 6:21:52 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 85 replies
    CNN ^ | February 13, 2020 | Peter Bergen
    Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly said at an event at Drew University on Wednesday that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman did the right thing when he raised concerns about President Donald Trump's call to the Ukrainian president in late July, according to a report in The Atlantic.
  • Marine Plants American Flag Every Mile for Veterans With PTSD

    01/20/2020 10:56:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 18, 2020 | Andrew Dawson
    To close out her 2019, Lupita Hernandez stopped after every mile to plant a small flag along Interstate-10 between Houston and San Antonio. Each pause in her 200-mile run was to honor a fellow veteran battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), something she has dealt with since she retired from the Marines in 2004. PTSD still affects her life each day, whether personally or in Hernandez’s work in the Veteran Treatment Court in Harris County, Texas. On average, 22 veterans commit suicide everyday, and that’s a statistic that is always on her mind. “I wanted to bring awareness to the stigma...