The service hardest hit over the past decade by program terminations and cutbacks has been the Marine Corps. First there was the decision to truncate the Navy’s DDG 1000 program — the future fire support platform for amphibious operations — at three ships. Then there was the decision to terminate the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. Most recently, questions have been raised within the Navy itself about the value of continuing to invest in the Marine variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35B. Even the V-22 Osprey, performing so well in Afghanistan, has been targeted for cuts in many of the deficit reduction plans bouncing around Washington.
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.
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.
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.
IWO JIMA, Japan (AP) – Dozens of U.S. veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, returned to the remote volcanic island of Iwo Jima on Wednesday to mark the 65th anniversary of one of World War II's fiercest battles. More here
WASHINGTON (AP) — The counterinsurgency tactic that is sending U.S. soldiers out on foot patrols among the Afghan people, rather than riding in armored vehicles, has contributed to a dramatic increase in arm and leg amputations, genital injuries and the loss of multiple limbs following blast injuries.
— 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.”
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.GA_googleFillSlot(“news_story_instory”);
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.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Night-long celebrations will mark the final countdown to the historic end of the U.S. military's ban on openly gay troops, and even more partying will take place once it is lifted Tuesday. But in many ways change is already here.
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.