Another amazing story of valor. “Perhaps the Chinese are all fatalists,” he said “I never expected to survive the war. So I was adamant that my death be honorable, be spectacular,” he said. That’s just a little of it. Read it ALL, please.
Nothing short of amazing. William Kyle Carpenter, a Marine Corps veteran who was severely wounded during a November 2010 grenade attack in Afghanistan, will receive the nation’s highest combat valor award later this year, Marine Corps Times has learned. Carpenter, a 24-year-old medically retired corporal, will become the service’s third Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which date back to October 2001. The Marine Corps is finalizing plans with the White House for a ceremony in Washington, officials said. Read about him. Nothing short of amazing.
(Link has been fixed!) OUCH. Foreign Policy lays out the turmoil on “Tamer.” But with less than a year left in Amos’s tenure as commandant, it is his own ethics that have been called into question by everyone from rank-and-file troops to members of Congress. The accusations range from abuse of power, to illegally classifying evidence to cover up mistakes, to squashing Marines with the temerity to protest. The office of the commandant, typically revered by Marines across the world and many on Capitol Hill, remains under investigation by the Defense Department’s inspector general and is being battered by the [...]
Sixty-nine years ago today. As John R. Murphy said earlier today of those who went ashore and those who went inshore, “They did not flinch.”
“She likes to bake and go to the gun range.” Go forth and do an image search. As Jayne Cobb would say, “I’ll be in my bunk…”
Oh, please– you knew this was coming. Heh heh, heh.
If so, not a good idea. I have made inquiries to appropriate parties.
Can we afford it? The Pentagon’s latest weapons testing report is not kind to the $400-billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the military’s biggest and arguably most troubled program. The annual report by the Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation includes 20 pages listing the Lockheed Martin-built JSF’s ongoing problems. A jack-of-all-trades radar-evading jet meant to replace no fewer than 2,400 existing fighters in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, the F-35 has been dogged by budget overruns, schedule delays and redesigns. Overly complex in order to satisfy the diverse needs of three military branches, the [...]
$10 raffle tickets, for a shot at a $12k piece of gear: Not a bad deal at all. And a good cause too. (In the interest of full disclosure, we have no interest in this… except that we’re interested in it!)
Derived from an offline discussion betwixt the five of us, should any of the Services be handing out bonuses for pilots, given that facts that a flight contract is much sought-after, flight slots have more applicants than openings, and the civilian job market ain’t what it used to be? Again– ANY of the Services. This is not a dig on the Air Force. I say, NO.