We didn’t ask but they’re telling anyway

Homosexual celebration violates tenet of service before self

Tuesday marked the official end of the Defense Department’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. As would be expected, there was a spate of opinion articles by newly liberated active-duty service personnel celebrating their newfound freedom to be who they really are. Make no mistake, this issue is not about acceptance; it is about the desperate compulsion that some in the homosexual community have to celebrate their lifestyle. That is the problem: It is all about them, not the country, not their service and not their comrades. read more

Groin-injury threat worries frontline Marines

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan — It is a conversation, the military surgeon said, that every Marine has with his corpsman, the buddy who is first to treat him if he is wounded by an insurgent’s bomb.

The Marine says, “‘If I lose my manhood, then I don’t want to live through it,’“ according to Navy Lt. Richard Whitehead, surgeon for 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, which is fighting in one of the most treacherous combat areas of Afghanistan. read more

The Tragic Truth of War

Killing the enemy brings victory.

Victory has usually been defined throughout the ages as forcing the enemy to accept certain political objectives. “Forcing” usually meant killing, capturing, or wounding men at arms. In today’s polite and politically correct society we seem to have forgotten that nasty but eternal truth in the confusing struggle to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. read more

From Ground Zero to Baghdad – and Back

On Sept. 11, 2001, Ralph Vitiello rushed to ground zero to help find his fellow firefighters in the rubble of the Twin Towers.

He had been working a rotation at Engine 226 in downtown Brooklyn, just across the East River where massive plumes of smoke had enveloped lower Manhattan. “The guys working that day all got killed,” he said. read more

Marines Hit the Ground Running in Seeking Recruits at Gay Center

 — Master Sgt. Anthony Henry, a top Marine recruiting trainer for the southwestern United States, pulled up to Tulsa’s biggest gay community center on Tuesday morning and left his Chevy where he could make a fast getaway. “I have an exit strategy,” he said. “I know where my choke points are, I’ve strategically parked my car right on the curbside, I have an out.” read more

Sgt Grit Newsletter September 22 , 2011

Court Street

Sgt Grit,

Just wanted to write it to ask my fellow Jarheads if they have any fond memories or funny stories of Court Street, Jacksonville, North Carolina?

For those Marines who were not stationed at Camp Geiger, Camp Lejeune or New River Air Station, Court street was a famous (or infamous if you will) street off of Highway 17 that ran through Jacksonville. I talk about it as if it was a city or a major place when in fact it was a just a short dead-end street off of the main drag that was loaded with seedy bars, strip joints and tattoo joints, but it was famous indeed. I have not been back to that area since I was discharged back in 1985, but I am told that the place was closed down several years ago. read more

US Marines and Taliban fight battle of perceptions

  GA_googleFillSlot(“news_story_left_sidebar”); FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan The jarring blast near the American base sent up a mushroom cloud of smoke that drifted silently in the breeze. “Not good,” a U.S. Marine said. Minutes later, vehicles raced through the gates with the wounded, three Marines and half a dozen Afghans.

Some lay bloodied on stretchers as medics worked on them. Soon, a pair of helicopters swept in and scooped up the injured, including a bomb sniffer dog, for delivery to a military hospital.

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Word spread. A suicide bomber in a car packed with explosives had attacked security forces in the Sangin district center, next to the Marine battalion headquarters in an area of southern Afghanistan that has seen some of the war's hardest fighting. Three Afghan police and four civilians were killed. read more