Happy Birthday, Chesty

Born this day, in the Year of Our Lord, Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-Eight. VMI class of 1921, he was.

Marines seek ocean-going Uber to provide sea-Lyft

Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa. The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa. Meanwhile, guess who’s been press-ganged into falsifying climate information, just like NASA! I’m so old I remember when NASA’s core competency was science. Will I live to be old to remember when our […]

“The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944″

Got a hot tip today that the next book by Ian Toll— author of the incomparable Six Frigates and Pacific Crucible— is due out soon. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War―the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan’s far-flung island empire like a “conquering tide,” concluding with Japan’s irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history… I think I need to sell another unit of blood plasma and order a copy.

McGuire ’96 in Roanoke Times: “Honor Their Sacrifice”

Rusty McGuire ’96 has written a fine op-ed in the Roanoke Times, honoring his Brother Rat Captain Jamie Edge ’96, USMC, who was killed leading a company in combat, ten years ago in Ramadi. (We are honored and humbled to have been asked by the Times to use one of our photos for the piece, taken a few years ago by Colonel Hank himself at Captain Edge’s grave in Arlington.) Please go read it. Read, reflect, remember.

Stars for ’88 and ’89!

I am pleased to report that Colonel Steve Neary ’88, USMC, and Colonel Paul Pardew ’89, USA (my and BullNav’s Brother Rat), have been nominated for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General. They will be the first General Officers from those classes. Congrats to both and to their families!

“Marine Comes Out To Father As POG”

Continued BRILLIANCE from Duffel Blog. BRYAN, Tx — Highly decorated military veteran Douglas Martin got the shock of a lifetime Sunday when his son, Lance Cpl. Shane Martin, came out of the closet as a POG. Lance Cpl. Martin, currently based out of Camp Pendleton, California, took leave to share the news in person. “My dad thought I was a machine gunner with 3rd Battalion 1st Marines, but I finally told him the truth. I’m a Bulk Fuel Specialist in 1st MHG, and I’m proud.” Well done, DB. Well. Done.

Marine Corps Monday: “Green” on Green

A lot of money there, and I bet they’ve just scratched the surface. If someone could scarf up all the TOW wires, now that’d be a real windfall. But not enough to buy a single F-35.

“Industry Help” for M4

The Captain takes due notice of the Army’s call to get “industry help” with M4 upgrades, breaks down (again) some numb-nuttery, and then offers a good point for the armed citizen. (And what kind of citizen, pray tell, is an unarmed citizen?) He quotes from more than one article and post, so I’ll ask you to go read the whole thing because I can’t summarize it one block quote as I like to do. But for our purposes, two points stand out: – “The procedures need to change to allow the [military] armorers* the freedom and latitude to arm the […]

“Pressure Grows on Marines…”

“Pressure Grows on Marines to Consider Lowering Combat Standards for Women.” We report, you decide. I predict General Dunford– who is no “Pontius Pilot“– will stand firm. We can’t afford not to. Question for the American People: Do you want the Marines to be ready when the Nation is least ready? READY, not just willing? Because combat is not for the faint of heart; when it comes we will need forces ready for the challenge, and there won’t be time to re-tool. If your answer is “Yes,” let the Commandant train, organize and equip us for combat. On a related […]

“Huge Paratrooper Jump Today [sic] Over Bragg”

Not today, but rather yesterday, 13 April. Still, highly motivating: More than 2,100 American and British paratroopers will jump into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Monday for the start of a massive exercise that marks the next step forward in a unique relationship between the two nations’ airborne units. The Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise is the largest U.S.-U.K. bilateral airborne training operation to take place on Fort Bragg in the last 20 years. It will feature paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team and about 900 paratroopers from the United Kingdom’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, […]