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Marine Corps Combat Development Command Change of Command
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., left, Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, Jr., center, and Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, listen to the invocation during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 20, 2015. Glueck relinquished Marine Corps Combat Development Command as the deputy commandant, Combat Development and Integration, and commanding general, to Walsh.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Corps Combat Development Command Change of Command

Added August 31, 2015

Thursday, August 20, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford oversaw the change of command of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC) Thursday, from Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck to Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh.

Glueck, who took command of MCCDC in August of 2013, will retire from the Marine Corps next month after more than 40 years of service.

Walsh, who was promoted to lieutenant general in a private ceremony before the change in command, served as deputy commanding general of MCCDC from June 2012 to July 2013.


Intel Marine Degree Programs
Marines with 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, put together a Joint Mobile Intelligence Communication System. Intel Marines in nearly 20 jobs are eligible for degree completion programs at the National Intelligence University.
(Photo: Cpl. Justin Updegraff/Marine Corps)

 

Marine Corps News: Intel Marine Degree Programs

Added August 31, 2015

Enlisted Marines in almost 20 different intelligence specialties now have the option to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree at the National Intelligence University in Washington, D.C., one of several incentives offered to help raise interest in the chronically undermanned field.

Those interested must apply no later than Dec. 1. Marines selected for the program will attend school during the 2016-2017 academic year.


Dunford Seeks Senior Enlisted Adviser
General Joseph Dunford

 

Marine Corps News: Dunford Seeks Senior Enlisted Adviser

Added August 31, 2015

Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, who will take over as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff next month, is currently seeking a new senior enlisted adviser.

The current senior enlisted adviser, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, plans to retire in December.

The senior enlisted adviser to the chairman, or SEAC, is a relatively new position that was created a decade ago to work alongside the military's top officer. Dunford's selection will be only the third person in history to hold the title, and this decision may help institutionalize a position that doesn't have a long tradition.


Marines Return Home from Lebanon
The Marine barracks building in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo Courtesy of II MEF)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Return Home from Lebanon

Added August 31, 2015

Thirty-one years ago this week, the last Marines to serve on peace-keeping duty in Lebanon arrived back in Ameria. The 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) arrived off the coast of Lebanon on 9 April to relieve Marines of the 22nd MAU, who were guarding the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. The 24th MAU left Beirut on 31 July, marking the last presence of U.S. combat troops in Beirut since Marines entered almost two years earlier.


Battle of Bladensburg
"The Final Stand at Bladensburg," by Col Charles Waterhouse, USMCR (Ret), depicts Marines, as part of Commodore Joshua Barney's naval battalion, manning 12-pound guns at the Battle of Bladensburg, Md., 24 Aug. 1814.

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Bladensburg

Added August 31, 2015

Two hundred and one years ago this week, on August 24, 1814, Captain Samuel Miller led a detachment from Marine Barracks, Washington, in the Battle of Bladensburg in defense of the nation's capital.

After fighting back three British charges, Captain Miller was wounded as British forces began to flank the Marines, forcing the Marines to retire to avoid capture. Eight Marines were killed and 14 were wounded.


Makin Island Raid
Marine Raiders in Operation at Makin Island, 1943.
(U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marine Raiders Strike Makin Island

Added August 21, 2015

Seventy-three years ago this week, on August 17, 1942, the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion under LtCol Evans F. Carlson landed on Makin Island.

The Raiders, who were launched from the submarines Nautilus and Argonaut, destroyed a seaplane base, two radio stations, and a supply warehouse, in addition to killing approximately 100 Japanese soldiers before leaving the island the following day.


PFC James Anderson Jr.
PFC James Anderson Jr.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: PFC James Anderson Jr.

Added August 21, 2015

Forty-seven years ago this week, on August 21, 1968, Secretary of the Navy Paul R. Ignatius posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to PFC James Anderson Jr. for heroism in Vietnam, the first time an African-American Marine received this medal (and one of only five African-American Marines to ever be awarded this medal). The award was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, Sr., at Marine Barracks 8th & I, in Washington D.C. This event was also notable in that it indicated the Marine Corps was evolving and that some of the long-standing prejudices within the Corps (namely those against minority Marines) were being eroded.

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Farley-Kluger Initiative Update

 

Farley-Kluger Initiative Update

Added August 21, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 3,000 American children between the ages of one and 14 die suddenly each year from accidents. As such, on May 12, 2015, Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation, the Parental Bereavement Act, to protect grieving parents from losing their jobs in the event of their child's death. The same day, Representative Steve Israel (D-NY), introduced a companion bill to the Education and the Workforce, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration committees in the House of Representatives.

The legislation has yet to be passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but support for it has grown in the more than three months since its introduction, with more than 95,000 supporters signing an online petition and numerous additional Representatives and Senators lending their support as well.

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Marine Veterans Return to Havana to Raise Flag
Marine veterans Jim Tracy, F.W. "Mike" East, and Larry C. Morris served as Marine Security Guards at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba from 1960-1961.
(U.S.government photo)

 

Marine Veterans Return to Havana to Raise Flag

Added August 21, 2015

On Jan. 4, 1961, U.S. Marines Jim Tracy, F.W. "Mike" East and Larry C. Morris lowered the American flag outside the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, for what they thought would be the last time. Last Friday, August 14, the three Marine veterans, now in their 70s, returned to Havana to witness the reopening of the American Embassy in Cuba more than five decades after they last left the island.

To mark the reopening of the embassy, Tracy, East, and Morris took part in a flag-raising ceremony with Secretary of State John Kerry. The reopening of the embassy is a significant step in the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States.


Marine Corps Merges African, European Commands
Maj. Gen. Nelson.
(USMC photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba)

 

Marine Corps Merges African, European Commands

Added August 21, 2015

On Tuesday, August 18, in a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany, Major General Neil Nelson took charge of Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, as part of a merger of commands as officials work to streamline the Corps' post-war crisis response mission.

Prior to Tuesday's change of command, Marine forces in Europe were under the command of Lieutenant General Robert Neller, while Marines in Africa were under the command of Major General William Beydler.


UFC Fighters Take on MCMAP Experts
MCMAP training.
(USMC photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos)

 

UFC Fighters Take on MCMAP Experts

Added August 21, 2015

A video showing five Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters experiencing the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) has been making rounds on YouTube and social media recently. In the video, the five fighters, one of whom is Marine Corps veteran Brian Stann, traveled to Quantico, Virginia's Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence, better known as MACE. After spending the morning watching demonstration of tactics and techniques, the fighters took turns trying to take down their Marine instructors. All of the fighters were badly outmatched.

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F-35B Declared Operational
A F-35B Lightning II with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22 sits under a canopy while Marines conduct post flight checks aboard Edwards Air Force Base, California, Oct. 9, 2014.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)

 

F-35B Declared Operational

Added August 21, 2015

On July 31, the Marine Corps announced that its newest fighter jet, the F-35B Lightning II, reached initial operational capability, with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for worldwide deployment.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), based in Yuma, Arizona, is the first squadron in military history to become operational with an F-35 variant.

The Corps has trained and qualified more than 50 F-35B pilots and certified approximately 500 maintenance personnel to provide maintenance support for the planes. Eventually, the F-35 will replace the AV-8B Harrier, the F/A-18 Hornet, and the EA-6B Prowler.


VA Launches No-Cost Training Programs

 

VA Launches No-Cost Training Programs

Added August 21, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, on August 5, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the launching of two new training programs. The programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, are intended to help service members and veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers after their military service comes to an end.

The programs are part of the VA's Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), which promotes education and employment opportunities for veterans through integrated networks of support in 50 cities around the country.


Marine Fighter
Fritz Payne.
(USMC photo)

 

Marine Fighter "Ace" Dies at 104

Added August 21, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, on August 6, retired Marine Corps Brigadier General Frederick R. "Fritz" Payne, believed to be the oldest surviving American fighter Ace, died at the age of 104 at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.

Payne, who was born in Palmyra, New York, attended the U.S. Naval Academy for two years before graduating from the University of Arizona in 1935. Following his graduation, joined the Marine Corps and became a Marine Aviator.

In September and October of 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal, Payne earned the title of "Ace" for shooting down four Japanese bombers and two fighter planes.

During his time in the Corps, Payne, who retired in 1958, earned the Navy Cross, a Silver Star, and a Distinguished Flying Cross, among numerous other medals.


Montford Point Marines Honored in Louisville
Three Montford Point Marines on liberty.
(USMC photo)

 

Montford Point Marines Honored in Louisville

Added August 21, 2015

Earlier this week, four Montford Point Marines from Louisville, Kentucky were posthumously honored with Congressional Gold Medals, the highest civilian award in the country.

The ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, August 18, saw Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) present the awards to the families of John Covington, Alonzo Crumes, Edward Polin and Herbert Thompson Jr. Additionally, the families of two Montford Point Marines who had previously received the award received certificates of recognition.


Marine Corps University Building Dedications
The official party at the dedication ceremony of the John W. Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies and the Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Simmons Center for Marine Corps History unveil a portrait of Simmons at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 7, 2015.
(USMC photo by Sgt Terry Brady)

 

Marine Corps University Building Dedications

Added August 21, 2015

Two weeks ago, on August 7, more than 600 students and faculty of the Marine Corps University attended a dedication ceremony at the John W. Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies in Quantico, Virginia.

The ceremony honored the accomplishments of John W. Warner, a Marine Veteran who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and is a former Senator of Virginia and Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, a Marine who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.


Neller Confirmed as Next Commandant
General Robert Neller
(USMC photo)

 

Neller Confirmed as Next Commandant

Added August 13, 2015

Last week, General (sel.) Robert Neller was confirmed by the Senate as the next Commandant of the Marine Corps. He will take over the position later this year from current-Commandant General Joseph Dunford, who is leaving the post to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September.

Neller, a native of East Lansing, Michigan, and attended the University of Virginia, where he received his commission through Officer Candidates School via the Platoon Leaders Class program in May 1975. He will be the 37th Commandant in the history of the Corps.

Neller currently serves as Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and will be the Corps' third Commandant in the space of a year, as General Dunford was selected for his new role as JCOS chair just months into his tenure.


Henderson Field Secured
Aerial view of Henderson Field - Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands - 11 April 1943 (U.S. Navy photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Henderson Field Secured

Added August 13, 2015

Seventy-three years ago this week, on August 9, 1942, the 1st Engineer Battalion began work on an airstrip taken from Japanese forces on the island of Guadalcanal.

The work was done with captured Japanese equipment and three days later, on August 12, the first American airplane, a Navy PBY, landed on what by then was known as "Henderson Field" to evacuate two wounded Marines.

Over the next few months, as U.S. Marines fought to take control of the island, Henderson Field would be the staging area for the evacuation of almost 3,000 wounded Marines.


Iwo Jima Marine Dies
Scheperle during his time in the Corps (released)

 

Iwo Jima Marine Dies

Added August 13, 2015

On Sunday, August 9, John Scheperle, Jr., one of the last living Marines to serve on Iwo Jima, passed away in Jefferson City, Missouri. He was 90 years old.

Scheperle, who followed in his older brother's footsteps and joined the Marines in 1943 after graduating from Jefferson City High School, was a member of the 3rd Platoon, E-Company, 28th Marines. The platoon is famous for capturing Mt. Suribachi and planting an American flag on its summit, as was captured in Joe Rosenthal's iconic image that was used as the basis for the Marine Corps War Memorial, and is believed to be the most decorated platoon in Marine Corps history for a single engagement.

Scheperle earned two Purple Hearts on Iwo Jima, the first after he received a shrapnel wound to his arm from an exploding mortar, the second after he was shot days later, the bullet entering under his right arm and exiting through his left shoulder. Scheperle's shrapnel wound prevented him from having the opportunity to take part in the mission to capture the summit of Mt. Suribachi, as he was recovering on a hospital ship, the USS Samaritan, at the time. The initial treatment of his gunshot wound was provided by Navy Corpsman John Bradley, one of the six men who helped raise the flag.

After the war, Scheperle returned home to Jefferson City and married Carolyn. The two had three children and John worked in the construction industry until his retirement in 1990.


Double Amputee Marine Handcycles Across America
Toran Gaal rides by USS Constitution in Charlestown, Massachusetts on July 22, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew R. Fairchild)

 

Double Amputee Marine Handcycles Across America

Added August 6, 2015

This past Sunday, August 4, 2015, saw Marine veteran Toran Gaal complete his cross-country handcycling journey when he reached the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

Gaal, who lost both of his legs and 30% of his brain when he stepped on an IED in June of 2011, set out from San Diego on June 1 and completed his 63-day, 3,800 mile journey two days ahead of his original goal of 65 days.

Gaal was alone on the road aside from a fellow injured Marine veteran following in a support van and undertook this journey to raise $40,000 for the organization that helped him through his recovery process, the Semper Fi Fund.

Gaal surpassed his goal, raising more than $42,000. Gaal was greeted at the Marine Corps War Memorial by nearly 100 family members, friends, and supporters, including a number of Marines who served with Gaal in Afghanistan. Following a ceremony at the War Memorial, Gaal traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath in honor of those who never made it home.


Dunford Confirmed as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman
General Joseph Dunford (USMC photo)

 

Dunford Confirmed as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

Added August 6, 2015

Last Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the United States Senate confirmed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford's nomination as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCOS).

Dunford, currently Commandant of the Marine Corps, was nominated for this position in May. Dunford has served as Commandant since October of last year. Prior to serving as Commandant, Dunford served as the Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan from February of 2013 until August of 2014, and previously commanded the 5th Marine Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Dunford has been in the Corps for almost four decades, having received his commission in 1977 following his graduation from St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. He will take over his role as chariman of the JCOS in September following the retirement of the current chairman, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.


1st Marine Division Command Change
Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo speaks to the guests after taking command of the 1st Marine Division from Maj. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 30, 2015. (Photo by Cpl. William Perkins)

 

1st Marine Division Command Change

Added August 6, 2015

Last Thursday, July 30, 2015, saw Brigadier General Daniel Yoo take command of the 1st Marine Division during a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, California.

Yoo, 55, is the first Korean-American general in Marine Corps history and took command from Major General Lawrence Nicholson and is now tasked with leading the more than 23,000 Marines now under his command.

Yoo was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1985 following his graduation from Arizona State University. During his three decades in the Corps, Yoo has commanded infantry and reconnaissance units, as well as serving with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and at the Pentagon. Prior to taking command of the 1st Division, Yoo served as the Division's assistant commander.


Sea Knight Retired
The CH-46 "Sea Knight" begins its landing during the CH-46 Retirement Ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum's Steven Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia Aug. 1, 2015.

 

Sea Knight Retired

Added August 6, 2015

This past Saturday, August 1, 2015, saw the Marine Corps bid farewell to the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter in a retirement ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum's Steven Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

Sea Knights, or "Phrogs" as they were affectionately called by Marines, had been in use by the Corps for more than half a century, having first been introduced in 1964.

The Sea Knight was used to transport troops, equipment, and supplies and was in service in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition to transport, the helicopter also provided combat support, search and rescue support, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) and Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP).

The Sea Knight will be replaced by the MV-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft first fielded by the Corps in 2007. The Osprey is capable of traveling twice as fast as the Sea Knight and can transport nearly three times the payload.


Tinian Declared Secure
Marines wading ashore on Tinian. (U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Tinian Declared Secure

Added August 6, 2015

Seventy-one years ago this week, on August 1, 1944, Major General Harry Schmidt, commander of V Amphibious Corps, declared the island of Tinian secure. This declaration came after nine days of fighting Japanese forces that were occupying the island.

The combination of surprise, heavy preassault bombardment, and effective logistical support resulted in significantly fewer casualties (344 killed and 1550 wounded) than were experienced in previous landings during the Corps' Pacific Campaign. As a result, the assault on Tinian was coined "the perfect amphibious operation of World War II."


Black Sheep Squadron Begins Marine Aviation Involvement in Korean War
Four U.S. Marine Corps Vought F4U-1 fighters armed with bombs in late 1943 or early 1944. (U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Black Sheep Squadron Begins Marine Aviation Involvement in Korean War

Added August 6, 2015

Sixty-five years ago this week, on August 3, 1950, eight Corsair fighter planes launched from the USS Sicily and carried out the first Marine aviation mission in the Korean War. The raid targeted enemy installations with incendiary bombs, rockets, and strafing runs near Inchon, Korea. The Corsairs were with VMF-214, more famously known as the "Black Sheep" squadron of World War II.


U.S. Troops and Aircraft Sent to Saudi Arabia
Four Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters, foreground, and six AH-1 Sea Cobra helicopters sit on the flight line at Landing Zone 32 Site Alpha during Operation Desert Shield, January 1991.(U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: U.S. Troops and Aircraft Sent to Saudi Arabia

Added August 6, 2015

Twenty-five years ago this week, on August 7, 1990, President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. military troops and aircraft to Saudi Arabia as part of a multinational force to defend that nation against possible Iraqi invasion. The following week, the Marine Corps announced that it had committed 45,000 Marines to the Persian Gulf area as a part of Operation Desert Shield, which would become the largest deployment of U.S. forces since the Vietnam War. .


Marine Remains Returned from Tarawa
Caskets carrying the remains of more than 30 Marines rest on the tarmac, July 25, 2015, in Tarawa, Kiribati, before their return home to the United States where they will be identified and laid to rest in their final resting place. (USMC photo by Cpl. Matthew Bragg)

 

Marine Remains Returned from Tarawa

Added July 30, 2015

This past week, the United States military and History Flight, a Marathon, Florida-based non-profit organization committed to keeping World War II aviation history alive, brought the remains of more than 35 Marines home to America from the island of Tarawa, Kiribati more than seven decades after American Marines and sailors fought to gain control of the island from Japanese forces during World War Two.

Initial studies conducted by History Flight indicates that the remains of First Lieutenant Alexander J. Bonnyman Jr., a Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, are among those recovered.

Almost 1,000 Marines and 30 Sailors died during the three-day battle. Less than 20 of the almost 3,500 Japanese troops on the island survived, as did less than 130 of the approximately 1,200 Korean slave-laborers who were on the island. More than 500 American servicemen are still unaccounted for from the battle.

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Congressman Named Honorary Marine
The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. presents Congressman Robert Wittman with an Honorary Marine citation, July 27, 2015.(USMC photo by Cpl. Christian Varney)

 

Congressman Named Honorary Marine

Added July 30, 2015

On the evening of Monday, July 27, 2015, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-VA, was named an honorary Marine by Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford. Wittman received this honor for his commitment to the sea services and his support of wounded and recovering warriors during a ceremony at the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C.

Wittman has represented Virginia's first congressional district since 2007 and is head of the House Armed Services Shipbuilding Caucus. He's also a longtime advocate of the Marine Corps' professional military education opportunities and amphibious shipping needs. But, according to Dunford, Wittman earned the golden pin that making him an honorary Marine because of his efforts to support wounded and recovering troops.

In receiving this honor, Wittman became the 97th person to be named an honorary Marine since the program began with then-Commandant General Carl Mundy in 1992. Wittman is only the sixth member of Congress to receive this honor.

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Marine Corps to Field New Sniper Rifle
Corporal Brandon Luke fires an M40A5 Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle. (USMC photo by Cpl. Scott Whiting)

 

Marine Corps to Field New Sniper Rifle

Added July 30, 2015

According to a Marine spokesman, Major Anton Semeloth, the Marine Corps is looking to field a new sniper rifle, but has yet to identify what type and caliber.

In an email, Semelroth wrote that, "We are looking at a number of available options, to include the Mk.21 Precision Sniper Rifle. The Marine Corps continues to evaluate the need for improved capabilities for our snipers and to consider solutions being pursued by the Army, other services and [Special Operations Command]."

The Corps' current sniper rifle, the M40A5, has an effective range of approximately 1,000 yards and fires a .308 caliber bullet. The Mk.21, the model mentioned in Semelroth's email, can be fitted to fire a .338 caliber bullet and has an effective range of more than 1,600 yards and is currently in use by various special operations units.

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Marines March Raise Suicide Awareness by Marching in Silkies
Marines running in their "silkies." (USMC photo)

 

Marines March Raise Suicide Awareness by Marching in Silkies

Added July 30, 2015

This past Saturday, July 25, a group of Marines and veterans marched more than 13 miles along a Southern California boardwalk to raise awareness about suicide-prevention wearing little more than boots and the (very) short green workout shorts affectionately known as "silkies."

The event, called "22, with 22, for the 22" began at South Mission Beach Jetty in San Diego, California, and ended 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) north at La Jolla Cove. Each participant carried a 22 kilogram (nearly 50 lbs) pack on the march. The distance marched and weight carried are representative of the 22 military service members and veterans who die each day of suicide.

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Marine Leaders Endorse Switch to M4
A Marine fires his M4 during the 2015 Recon Challenge aboard Camp Pendleton, California, May 15, 2015. (USMC photo by Sgt. Ally Beiswanger)

 

Marine Leaders Endorse Switch to M4

Added July 30, 2015

Marine Corps leaders have recently recommended that infantry units begin using the M4 as their primary weapons instead of the iconic M16, which has been in use since the Vietnam War.

The switch has already received support from several major commands -- including Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Combat Development and Integration; Plans, Policies and Operations; Marine Corps Systems Command; and Installations and Logistics -- and a final decision from the Commandant is expected within the next few months.

If the decision to switch to the M4 is approved by Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, the M16 would be used exclusively by support personnel, such as those in logistical or administrative roles. The 17,000 M4s needed to outfit infantry units are already in inventory, so if approved, the switch could begin immediately. As such, officials described the move as an "improved capability for the infantry at no additional cost."

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Learning More About the Corps: Leathernecks
First Lieutenant Charles Rumsey Broom wears the high "leatherneck" collar in a photo circa 1817. (USMC photo)

 

Learning More About the Corps: Leathernecks

Added July 30, 2015

In 1776, the Naval Committee of the Second Continental Congress prescribed new uniform regulations. Marine uniforms were to consist of green coats with buff white facings, buff breeches and black gaiters. Also mandated was a leather stock to be worn by officers and enlisted men alike. This leather collar served to protect the neck against cutlass slashes and to hold the head erect in proper military bearing. Sailors serving aboard ship with Marines came to call them "leathernecks."

Use of the leather stock was retained until after the Civil War when it was replaced by a strip of black glazed leather attached to the inside front of the dress uniform collar. The last vestiges of the leather stock can be seen in today's modern dress uniform, which features a stiff cloth tab behind the front of the collar.

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This Week in Marine Corps History: National Security Act of 1947

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: National Security Act of 1947

Added July 30, 2015

Sixty-eight years ago this week, on 26 July 1947, the status of the Marine Corps as a separate military service within the Department of the Navy was reaffirmed with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947.

The Act provided for Fleet Marine Forces, as well as confirmed the Corps' mission of seizing and defending advanced bases and participating in land operation incident to naval campaigns.


This Week in Marine Corps History: General John A. Lejeune Assumes Command of U.S. Army's 2nd Division

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: General John A. Lejeune Assumes Command of U.S. Army's 2nd Division

Added July 30, 2015

Ninety-seven years ago this week, on July 28, 1918, United States Marine Corps Brigadier General John A. Lejeune assumed command of the U.S. Army's 2nd Division in France during Worle War I. Lejeune remained in that capacity until August the following year, at which point the unit was demobilized. Lejeune was the first Marine officer to hold an Army divisional command, and following the armistice that ended the war, he led his division in the march into Germany.


Four Marines Killed in Attack on Tennessee Naval Facility

 

Tennessee Shooting Condolences

Added July 24, 2015

One week ago, on Thursday, July 16, four Marines and one Sailor were tragically killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We would like to take this opportunity to offer our most heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of these fallen American heroes. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten as their memories and legacies live on.

The Marines killed were Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan of Hampden, Massachusetts, Lance Corporal Squire K. Wells of Marietta, Georgia, Staff Sergeant David Wyatt of Russellville, Arkansas, and Sergeant Carson Holmquist of Gantsburg, Wisconsin. The Sailor killed was Petty Officer Randall Smith of Paulding, Ohio.

If you would like to post your condolences to the families of the fallen, you may do so by clicking here to post on our Facebook page or by clicking here to post on the Marine Family Network.


This Week in Marine Corps History: Tinian

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Tinian

Added July 24, 2015

Seventy-one years ago this week, on 24 July 1944, the V Amphibious Corps, a formation of the United States Marine Corps composed of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions, landed on Tinian, in the Mariana Islands during the Marine Corps' Pacific Campaign in World War II.

The following morning, under the command of Major General Harry Schmidt, the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions began a shoulder-to-shoulder sweep of the island. Organized enemy resistance faded within a week, and on August 1, Major General Schmidt declared the island secure.


General Dunford Approved as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

 

General Dunford Approved as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

Added July 24, 2015

Earlier today, July 23, 2015, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination of Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Now that the nomination has been approved by the committee, the nomination will be voted on by the full Senate.

If confirmed, Dunford will replace Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as Chairman, and will become only the second Marine to serve in this capacity. General Peter Pace, who served as Chairman from October 2005 until September 2007, was the first.

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Staff Sergeant Named Marine Corps Times Marine of the Year

 

Staff Sergeant Named Marine Corps Times Marine of the Year

Added July 24, 2015

Earlier this week, the Marine Corps Times named Staff Sergeant Zachary Rubart it's "Marine of the Year" due to his leadership capabilities, his commitment to improving himself and his Marines, and his long record of service to his community outside of a military capacity.

Rubart, 31, served two combat tours in Fallujah, Iraq, and one to Marjah, Afghanistan. In 2006, during his second deployment to Fallujah, Rubart was wounded, receiving shrapnel to his face, hand, and leg.

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Four Marines Killed in Attack on Tennessee Naval Facility

 

Four Marines Killed in Attack on Tennessee Naval Facility

Added July 16, 2015

The following statement was announced on the Official U.S. Marine Corps Facebook page at approximately 2:30 PM, CST:

"The Marine Corps can confirm four Marine fatalities at the Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga, TN. Names of these Marines will be released upon notification of the next of kin.

We can also confirm one Marine Corps recruiter suffered a wound to the leg while working at the Chattanooga recruiting office, was treated at a local hospital and has been released.

Our priorities are focused on supporting the families of our Marines involved and assisting local investigators."

Click here to view the Marine Corps' Facebook page

Marine Embassy Guards Return to Cuba
Then-Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld shakes hands with U.S. Marines stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2003. (U.S. Air Force photo)

 

Marine Embassy Guards to Return to Cuba

Added July 16, 2015

Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department announced its intentions to open an embassy in Havana, Cuba, bringing the Marine Corps a step closer to deploying its iconic embassy guards to the island nation for the first time since 1961.

This marks a significant step in reestablishing formal diplomatic ties between the two countries after more than five decades of strained relations.

According to Marine officials,the Havana detachment will consist of between six and 20 Marines, likely on the lower end of that spectrum, as Havana is assumed to be a low-risk post.

While U.S. officials have not given a specific date for when this will be taking place, officials from Cuba's Foreign Ministry have said that embassies will be up and running in both countries on July 20.

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Ruth McDonald President's Own
Master Gunnery Sgt. Ruth McDonald, who plays the clarinet in "The President's Own," joined the Marine Band on Oct. 4, 1985.

 

Longest-Serving Female Member of "President's Own" Retires

Added July 16, 2015

Last Thursday, July 10, saw the retirement of the longest-serving female member of the Marine Corps band, also known as "The President's Own."

Master Gunnery Sergeant Ruth McDonald began playing the clarinet in third grade, graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in music, and had just earned a master's degree from the New England Conservatory when she auditioned for the band in 1985 after seeing an advertisement in the musician's union paper.

At the time of McDonald's audition, it had only been 12 years since the first woman had joined the Marine Corps Band, and there there were still no locker rooms or uniforms specifically for women. However, over the course of her 30-year career, McDonald played a vital role in increasing the comfort and presence of women in "The President's Own."

According to Major Michelle Rakers, "It's going to be a big loss when we see Ruth retire. She has shouldered the burden of transition when women just came into this organization."

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Marine Week 2015

 

Marine Week 2015

Added July 16, 2015

This fall, the United States Marine Corps will be celebrating, "Community, country, and Corps" September 10-13 in the Phoenix area during Marine Week 2015.

Activities during the week will include concerts, the showcasing of equipment and aircraft, such as the MV-22 Osprey and AH-1Z Super Cobra, and community service events. The full schedule of events will be available this summer and be sure to check out the photos and videos of Marine Week Phoenix.

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Battle of Soissons
In WWI, the 4th Marine Brigade earned the title of "Devil Dogs" for heroic actions at Belleau Wood, Soissons, St. Michiel, Blanc Mont, and in the final Meuse-Argonne offensive.(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Soissons

Added July 16, 2015

Ninety-seven years ago this week, on July 18, 1918, the 4th Marine Brigade began an attack near Soissons, France. The attack was part of a World War I three-division counterattack against German forces. The Marines sustained 1,972 casualties in the first two days of the battle.


USS Iwo Jima Decommissioned
The USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: USS Iwo Jima Decommissioned

Added July 16, 2015

Twenty-two years ago this week, on July 14, 1993, the USS Iwo Jima was decommissioned after more than 30 years of service. The decommissioning took place in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia.

The ship had been named for the World War II battle during which three Marine divisions battled, and defeated, 20,000 Japanese troops. The ship had been commissioned in August 1961, and it was the first ship specifically designed to serve as an amphibious assault ship.


United Hair Lines
Michelle E. with the ceremonial grand prize check.

 

United Hair Lines Supports WST Mentoring Program

Added July 9, 2015

In February, Michelle Erjavac, a stylist at United Hair Lines, a Chicago-area hair salon, held a fundraiser in support of Warrior Support Team's (WST) Mentoring Program, an outreach program of MarineParents.com, Inc. Michelle recorded the event and entered the video in a contest sponsored by Wella Hair Care. Little did she know that, only a few months later, she would be one of two grand prize winners.

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Cpl. Todd Love
Cpl. Todd Love (USMC photo)

 

Triple-Amputee Marine Refuses to Let Injuries Slow Him Down

Added July 9, 2015

In October of 2010, Marine Corporal Todd Love's life was changed forever when he stepped on an IED while on patrol in Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The explosion caused Love to lose both of his legs and his left hand, but he refused to let it affect his attitude and has made it his mission to live his life to the fullest.

During his rehabilitation, Love became an extreme sport enthusiast, and has since gone surfing, snowboarding, sky-diving, competed (and completed) numerous Spartan Races and mud-runs, and even wrestled an alligator on a national TV show. He also learned to play the piano trough a music rehabilitation program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

"I want to encourage others to uplift those around them," Love has said, "I might not be able to carry anybody physically but I want to return the favor by simply sharing my story to inspire people."

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1st MAW Activated
U.S. Marine V-22 Ospreys with the 1st MAW arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 1st MAW Activated

Added July 9, 2015

74 years ago this week, on July 7 1941, the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) was activated at Quantico, Virginia. Less than a year later, the 1st MAW participated in the Marine Corps offensive at Guadalcanal.

The bitter fighting at Guadalcanal would be the first in a series of legendary battles in which the 1st MAW has participated in over the years. The Wing has earned five Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry in battles spanning World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.


MARSOC Units Get Raiders Name
U.S. Marine V-22 Ospreys with the 1st MAW arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)

 

MARSOC Units Get Raiders Name

Added July 9, 2015

Just under three weeks ago, on June 19, 2015, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) held a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to formally rename Marine Corps special operations battalions after their predecessors, the Marine Raiders of the Second World War.

During the ceremony, MARSOC momentarily deactivated its eight subordinate units, before immediately reactivating them with new names and battle colors bearing the Raiders' name.

The renaming is, at least in part, the result of nearly a decade of advocacy for the change by original Raiders and their families, and the ceremony came 10 months after the renaming was initially announced, during which time Headquarters Marine Corps worked on approving a bulletin to announce the upcoming change.


A-4 Skyhawk Retired
A USMC A4D-2 Skyhawk passing the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea after a wave-off. (U.S. Navy photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: A-4 Skyhawk Retired

Added July 9, 2015

25 years ago this week, on July 6, 1990, the last two A-4 Skyhawks from Marine Aircraft Group 32 flew their initial flights from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, as the Marine Corps decided to retire the Skyhawk from its active aviation structure. The Skyhawk was one of the oldest, most versatile attack aircraft in USMC history, having been in service for more than 30 years.


Commandant Burrows
Commandant Burrows

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: "An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps"

Added July 9, 2015

217 years ago this week, on July 11, 1798, "An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps" became law after receiving the approval of President John Adams. The next day, the President appointed William Ward Burrows as the Major Commandant of the new Corps. In August of that year, Major Burrows opened his headquarters in Philadelphia, which at that time was still the capital of the United States.


Thank a Service Member This Fourth of July

 

Thank a Service Member This Fourth of July

Added July 2, 2015

This Saturday, July 4, 2015, marks the celebration of America's 239th Independence Day. While phrases like, "The land of the free, because of the brave" and "Freedom isn't free" may sound cliche at this time of the year, the fact of the matter is that they're true.

If it wasn't for the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have been making for almost 250 years, we, as Americans, wouldn't be able to enjoy the freedoms, liberties, and way of life we hold so dear.

This weekend, while celebrating the Fourth of July with your family and friends, we encourage you to take a moment to thank a service member or veteran for the sacrifices he or she has made on our behalf. While our men and women in uniform aren't serving our country for recognition, what better time to say "Thank you" than on this most patriotic of weekends?


Retired Marine Receives Honorary Promotion
Lt. Col. Robert Shaffer during his time in the Corps (Released)

 

Retired Marine Receives Honorary Promotion

Added July 2, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, on June 16, 2015, 97-year-old retired Marine Lt. Col. Robert Shaffer received an honorary promotion to the rank of Colonel in a ceremony at his home in Utah.

Shaffer served in the Corps as an officer for 21 years, from 1940-1961. During World War II, Shaffer survived the Battle of Midway, before going on to investigate war crimes after the war. He later served during the Korean War.

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The Presiden't Own
Commandant Burrows

 

"The President's Own"

Added July 2, 2015

On March 4, 1801, the Marine Band performed at President Jefferson's inauguration, beginning a tradition that has seen them perform at every Presidential Inauguration since, leading to the band's nickname of "The President's Own."

Four months later, July 4, 1801, saw the first American Independence Day celebration held in the "President's House." As part of the celebration, President Thomas Jefferson reviewed Marines, led by then-Commandant Lieutenant Colonel William W. Burrows, and the Marine Band, on the White House grounds. The Marines performed drills and fired various salutes in observance of the America's 25th anniversary.

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Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

 

June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day

Added June 25, 2015

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June 27th as PTSD awareness day, a day to recognize PTSD, an issue that many warriors face upon returning from combat. According to the National Center for PTSD, between 10 and 20 percent of veterans who have served in OIF or OEF will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives. Male veterans are more likely to suffer from PTSD than female veterans. Click here to learn more Click here to help


Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program
Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 conduct a 21-gun salute during a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. (Marine Corps photo)

 

HMLA-469 Memorial Ceremony

Added June 18, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, on June 3, family, friends and fellow Marines gathered on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California to honor the six Marines who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Nepal last month while assisting with earthquake-recovery efforts. The Marines were with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Installations Pacific. Click here to read more


Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

 

Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

Added June 18, 2015

The Secretary of the Navy has authorized five slots for Marine applicants in the 2016 Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2) class. The EMDP2 Program is a two-year undergraduate program open to enlisted personnel of all ranks with less than 10 years of service. The application deadline for the 2016 class is Nov. 1, 2015, and the selection board will convene in December.

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June 14 is Flag Day

 

June 14 is Flag Day

Added June 14, 2015

The Stars and Stripes. The Star Spangled Banner. Old Glory. Regardless of what you call it, for more than 200 years the American flag has represented the principles -- democracy, liberty, and freedom -- that our great country was founded on. Today, June 14, is Flag Day. We would like to encourage our readers to take a moment on Sunday to raise an American flag and reflect on all that it stands for and to honor the men and women who have laid down or put their lives on the line defending it over the course of our nation's history.


This Day in Marine Corps History
Marine Corps War Memorial (U.S. Department of Defense photo by LCpl Tia Dufour)

 

This Day in Marine Corps History

Added June 12, 2015

Fifty-four years ago today, on June 12, 2961, then-president John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation calling for the American flag to be flown at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, "at all times during the day and night." Discussions between the Attorney General's office and Marine Corps officials earlier in 1961 on improving the visibility and appearance of the monument led to the proposal to fly the Flag continuously, which by law could only be done by Congressional legislation or by Presidential proclamation.


Help Us Set the Table for Our Warriors

 

Help Us Set the Table for Our Warriors

Added June 4, 2015
"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."

The aforementioned quote was uttered by former president Ronald Reagan during his farewell address, delivered on January 11, 1989, from the Oval Office. Here at Marine Parents, we think these words are just as relevant in 2015 as they were more than two-and-a-half decades ago. With that sentiment in mind, we need your help raising $12,000 by August 1, 2015 to allow our Warrior Support Team to continue serving dinners to recovering warriors.

While serving dinners may seem like a small thing, they are loved by the men and women who attend them. And we need your help to ensure that they continue.

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

 

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Added June 2, 2015
According to the National Center for PTSD, between 10 and 20 percent of veterans who have served in OIF or OEF will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives. As such, the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June as PTSD awareness month. Click here to learn more


General Kelly speaks on Memorial Day
General Kelly speaks during the Memorial Day Ceremony at Pier 86 in New York City on Monday, May 25, 2015 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Justin T. Updegraff)

 

Four Star General, Gold Star Father

Added May 28, 2015
General John Kelly, head of U.S. Southern Command and one of the Marine Corps' three four-star generals, is also a Gold Star father. In a poignant Memorial Day speech during the Memorial Day Ceremony at Pier 86 in New York City on Monday, May 25, spoke to the audience about what it's like lose a loved one in war.

General Kelly became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to have lost a child during the War on Terror after his son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed Nov. 9, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Sangin, Afghanistan.

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2015 Fleet Week
Marines and sailors man the rails as the USS San Antonio makes its final approach into New York, May 20, 2015. (USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Immanuel Johnson)

 

2015 Fleet Week New York

Added May 28, 2015
Fleet Week New York 2015, held this year from May 20-26, concluded on Tuesday. This was the 27th consecutive year the event has been held, and is aimed to celebrate the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Coast Guard, as well as to increase the public's awareness of the work they do while serving our country.

Almost 2,000 Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen took part in this year's festivities, which included ship tours, skills demonstrations, and other events over the course of the week.

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Memorial Day

 

Monday is Memorial Day

Added May 21, 2015
Next Monday, May 25, 2015, is Memorial Day, a day dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members, past and present. We encourage everyone to take some time that day to reflect on the sacrifices that have been being made on a daily basis for more than two centuries by those who protect our freedoms and way of life around the world.

In honor of this important day, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be holding a number of events around the country in commemoration of these American heroes.

Click here to find an event near you

Marine Aviation Anniversary
First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham

 

Marine Aviation Anniversary

Added May 21, 2015
This Friday, May 22, marks the 103rd anniversary of First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham, the first Marine officer to be assigned to "duty in connection with aviation" by Major General Commandant William P. Biddle, reporting for aviation training at the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland, thus marking the official beginning of the Marine aviation program.


Marines Aid in Nepal Recovery
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Gomez-Hickman, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 corpsman, comforts an infant earthquake victim at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

 

Marines Aid in Nepal Recovery

Added May 21, 2015
Marines and service members with Joint Task Force 505 have been providing aid the victims in Nepal after numerous large earthquakes have struck the country over the past few weeks.

Joint Task Force 505 and Multinational humanitarian organizations arrived in Nepal after the first earthquake, magnitude 7.8, occurred on April 25. Weeks later, on May 12, a 7.3 magnitude aftershock struck the country again, causing even more damage.

Click here to view more images of the recovery efforts

United Hairlines

 

Thank you for Voting!

Added May 21, 2015
For the past couple months, we've been keeping you updated about a group of stylists at United Hairlines in Chicago who were competing for the chance to win $10,000 to donate to our Warrior Support Team (WST) outreach program if they won.

We are proud to announce the women placed in the top 12 of the voting, meaning the WST is guaranteed to receive at least $1,000 and the stylists still have a chance to win the $10,000 prize for the WST.

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Marine Corps Hymn

 

Marine Corps Hymn

Added May 21, 2015
Tradition holds that the words to the Marines' Hymn were written by a Marine serving in Mexico. In truth, the author of the words remains unknown. Colonel Albert S. McLemore and Walter F. Smith, Assistant Band Director during the John Philip Sousa era, sought to trace the melody to its origins. It was reported to Colonel McLemore that by 1878 the tune was very popular in Paris, originally appearing as an aria in the Jacques Offenbach opera Genevieve de Brabant. John Philips Sousa later confirmed this belief in a letter to Major Harold Wirgman, USMC, stating "The melody of the 'Halls of Montezuma' is taken from Offenbach's comic opera..."

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Marine Helicopter Crash Nepal

 

Marine Helicopter Crash Victims Identified

Added May 18, 2015
Last Tuesday, May 12, a Marine UH-1Y Venom helicopter crashed eight miles north of Charikot, Nepal while assisting with earthquake recovery efforts. Today, the Marine Corps has identified the victims as Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV, Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, Cpl. Sara A. Medina, and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug. Two Nepalese soldiers were also killed in the crash.

Click here to read the original story from the Marine Corps Times

May 16 is Armed Forces Day

 

May 16 is Armed Forces Day

Added May 15, 2015
Following it's foundation in 1949, Armed Forces Day has been celebrated annually on the third Saturday in May since 1950. The day was created to honor those who serve our country, as well as to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Day following the consolidation of the separate branches of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. This year, Armed Fores Day will be celebrated on May 16.

Each year, a military-related theme is chosen for Armed Forces Day. Past years' themes have included, "Liberty," "Patriotism," and "Pillars of Freedom." For 2015, the theme is, "Honor Those Who Answered the Call to Serve."

Click here to learn more about Armed Forces Day

Dunford Nominated for Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

 

Dunford Nominated for Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Added May 14, 2015
Last Tuesday, May 5, saw President Obama nominate Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford, 59, is currently the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and earned his commission shortly after graduating college in 1977. The nomination is still pending confirmation by the Senate, but, if approved, he'll become only the second Marine to serve in this capacity.

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America's Oldest Veteran Turns 109

 

America's Oldest Veteran Turns 109

Added May 14, 2015
This past Monday, May 11, saw the oldest living American military veteran turn 109 years old. Richard Overton, of Austin, Texas, was born in Texas and served with U.S. Army's the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Pacific from 1942-45 during World War II. He celebrated his birthday with cigars, burgers, and milkshakes at an outdoor party surrounded by family, friends, and local dignitaries. When asked about his longevity, Overton said: "To think I'd be older than every solider in the Union? You believe that? I didn't ever think that...This is a long trip and it ain't through yet."

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Today is Military Spouse Day

 

Today is Military Spouse Day!

Added May 8, 2015
In 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 23, 1984 as "Military Spouse Day." Each year since, the Friday before Mother's Day has been recognized as Military Spouse Day, a day to honor the commitment and sacrifices made on a daily basis by those who have a spouse in the military.

Today, we encourage you to thank a military spouse or spouses for the support they provide to our service members. While military life is never easy, having a strong, caring supporter at home can help ease the uncertainty that often goes with it.


Care Packages Received in Afghanistan!

Added May 5, 2015
One photo might not seem like much to many people, but this one means a lot to us here at Marine Parents.

In April 2015, 41 volunteers packed and shipped 300 care packages to our troops overseas. These boxes contained 1200 cards & letters, as well as items from three completed Eagle Scout Projects, and 174 of them were sponsored. Literally hundreds of hands went into packing and shipping these boxes.

Major Harriel, a U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan, was more than happy when we reached out to him about sending his unit care packages, and, since January, we have sent over 500 packages to six different Army units stationed in Afghanistan.

This might just be one photo, but it shows that Marine Parents will continue to take care of and support our troops until every last one of them are home. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make this photo happen.

Click here to donate to the Care Package Project today...

May is Military Appreciation Month

 

May is Military Appreciation Month

Added May 2, 2015
In 1999, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). NMAM began as a simple idea - to honor, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who serve and have served our great nation.

This year, individiduals and organizations around the country will be holding NMAM observational events throughout the month.

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DOD Warrior Games Inquiry for MarineParents.com Volunteering

DOD Warrior Games Inquiry for MarineParents.com Volunteering

Added April 24, 2015
If you are interested in volunteering with MarineParents at this year's Warrior Games in Quantico, Virginia, June 19-28, 2015, please click below to access our form. We are looking for volunteers for June 20, 21 or 27. All volunteers must be able to attend an orientation meeting in Quantico either June 10 (evening) or June 13 (morning).

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EGA Shop Sponsoring Wounded Warriors

2015 Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament

Added April 17, 2015 (Columbia, MO)
Marine Parents is proud to be an official sponsor of the 2015 Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament in North East, Maryland! The tournament is held annually on Armed Forces day and has grown steadily over the past 7 years.

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8th & I, Oldest Post

Marine Barracks Washington

Added April 17, 2015
Marine Barracks Washington, known as "8th & I," is the oldest post in the Marine Corps and has been the residence of every Commandant since 1806. The site for the barracks, at the intersection of 8th St. and I St. in Washington, D.C., was chosen by President Thomas Jefferson and the second Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, after the two rode through the city looking for a suitable location.

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Marine Captain Makes History

Added April 16, 2015
Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins made history this week by becoming the first female pilot in the 69-year history of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, more commonly known as the "Blue Angels." While other women have been on the Blue Angels team before, Higgins is the first to be in the cockpit.

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Marine Gunnery Sergeant Receives Silver Star

Added April 16, 2015
Gunnery Sgt. Brian Jacklin, originally from Los Angeles and a member of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, was presented with the Navy Cross Thursday, April 16, 2015 for bravery during a 48-hour firefight in 2012. Jacklin received the Corps' second-highest award for heroism in a ceremony at his unit's headquarters at Camp Pendleton, California.

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National Volunteer Week 2015

10,650 Volunteer Hours in 2014

April is 2015 National Volunteer Week

Added April 13, 2015
National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 this year. Organizations around the country this week are committed to recognizing the hard work and dedication of those who volunteer, and I want to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers of MarineParents.com, Inc. for their hard work and dedication over the last year. You are the backbone of our organization and nothing we do would be possible without you.

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April is the Month of the Military Child

April is Month of the Military Child

Added April 9, 2015
Established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, April is the Month of the Military Child. Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and support of the approximately 2 million U.S. military children 18 years old and younger who have one or both parents serving in the armed forces.

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Poolee Kits for Recruiters Across the Nation

Poolee Kit Success Update

Added April 1, 2015
A few weeks ago, we told you about our "Corps Kit™ Recruiter Heads Up!" kit, an informational package that allows you, the Marine Parents family, to order your own presentation kit to take to parent and poolee functions and give to your recruiter to share with that recruiter how Recruit Parents and Marine Parents has been beneficial to you in your journey so far.

We're happy to announce that the initial reception to these kits has been very positive from both parents and recruiters alike. One recruiter even felt compelled to contact us to let us know how helpful they've been.

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Whats After Boot

Welcome to What's After Boot!

Added March 27, 2015
We're happy to announce that today is the official launch of our website "What's After Boot" (WAB) and our Official MarineParents.com WAB Facebook Groups. WAB is filled with useful information for both you and your Marine that explains what happens next after the first stage of your Marine's journey, boot camp, is complete.

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Wounded Warriors Need Your Votes

Warriors Need Your Votes!

Added March 26, 2015
A couple weeks ago, we shared a story about a group of stylists at United Hairlines in Chicago who recently held a fundraiser on our behalf and raised $2,700. Now, the same group has entered a contest to have the chance to win $10,000, which they will donate to our Warrior Support Team outreach program if they win. And we need you, the Marine Parents family, to help make that happen!

Warriors need your votes! Click the button below to learn how you can help the Warrior Support Team win $10,000 today!

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Anniversary of First Woman Marine Officer in Vietnam

Anniversary of First Woman Marine Officer in Vietnam

Added March 17, 2015
On this day in 1967, the first woman Marine to report to Vietnam for duty, Master Sergeant Barbara J. Dulinsky, began her 18-hour flight to Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon. MSgt Dulinsky and the other officer and enlisted Women Marines that followed were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. Upon arriving in Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon, Dulinksy not only became the first woman Marine to report to duty in Vietnam, but also the first woman Marine to serve in a combat zone during any conflict.

MSgt Dulinsky and the other women Marines that followed, both officers and enlisted, were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. Most of the women worked with the Marine Corps Personnel Section, providing administrative support to Marines as far north as the DMZ. Two Lieutenant Colonels, however, Ruth Reinholz and Ruth O'Holleran, served as historians with the Military History Branch.

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MARSOC Team & Flight Crew Lost in Tragic Accident

MARSOC Team & Flight Crew Lost in Tragic Accident

Added March 16, 2015
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7 Marines from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and 4 soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard died in a helicopter crash during a training exercise off the coast of the Florida Panhandle. The UH-60 Black Hawk, out of Eglin Air Force Base, was one of two involved in the exercise, which was plagued by heavy fog and very limited visibility.

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British Soldier Receives Victoria Cross for Saving U.S. Marine

British Soldier Receives Victoria Cross for Saving U.S. Marine

Added March 11, 2015
A 27 year old British Soldier was recently awarded his nation's highest military award for valor, the Victoria Cross, for actions that saved a United States Marine infantry officer in Afghanistan in August, 2013. Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, a paratrooper, became just the third Briton, and first living, to be awarded the Victoria Cross for actions in Afghanistan.

On August 22, 2013, Leakey was part of a combined American-British clearing operation in Helmand Province when they came under enemy fire. Marine Captain Brandon Bocian was directing fire onto the enemy and was hit. That's when Leakey, with "complete disregard for his own safety", tended to Bocian twice while taking fire from approximately 20 enemy fighters armed with machine-guns and rocket propelled grenades and remained with the Marine until he was able to be evacuated.

Amazingly, Leakey isn't the first member of his family to receive this award. A cousin, Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey, posthumously received the Victoria Cross in November 1945 actions while fighting in Africa during the Second World War.


Vinney and Aubrey Fundraiser

Vinney and Aubrey Fundraiser

Added February 24, 2015
Reintegration to civilian life for a combat veteran is tough, but when you've lost everything in a fire not even two weeks out of the Marine Corps, it is devastating. Vinney, a Marine combat veteran who only two weeks ago finished his enlistment in the Marine Corps with an honorable discharge after four years of service, lost all his household goods, auto, and possessions in a fire on February 22, 2015.

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February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

Added February 3, 2015
The years leading up to World War II were a difficult time for African-Americans in the United States. Racism and prejudice were rampant. Segregation and discrimination were a way of life, to the point of being required by law in some states. The Civil Rights Movement and abolition of the South's "Jim Crow" laws were more than two decades away. And yet, when World War II broke out, 2.5 million African-American men registered for military service and thousands of African-American women joined the war effort at home. These patriotic men and women sacrificed their time, energy, and, in many cases, lives, fighting and dying for a country that, by and large, viewed them as second-class citizens.

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12 Year Anniversary of MarineParents.com

12 Year Anniversary of MarineParents.com

Added January 21, 2015
Today, Wednesday, January 21, we celebrate our 12th anniversary here at MarineParents.com. We've come a long way since 2003, and whether you've been with us since the beginning or you've just recently found us, we greatly appreciate all that you, the Marine Parents family, do for our Marines. For twelve years, we've been standing with you during your Marine's career in the Corps, during every phase, from boot camp to deployment to homecoming to recovery to veteran status. Together we've learned about the Marine Corps and been given opportunities to connect and share with one another in hopes of "getting closer" to our sons and daughters.

Through all of the ups and downs of the last twelve years, you've been there for us and, more importantly, for our Marines. During that time, thanks to your love and support, more than 39,000 care packages have been sent to deployed service members, more than 93,000 cards and letters have been sent, and thousands of meals have been served, to Wounded Heroes, and countless families and individuals have sought and found comfort, answers, and strength in the Marine Parents community. With your ongoing support, we know that we can make 2015 our most successful year yet. God Bless and Semper Fi!

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2015 Souper Hero Campaign

2015 Souper Hero Campaign

Added January 8, 2015
Marines are our super heroes every day. For the next two weeks, it's time to return the favor and to be their "Souper Heroes" as we try to reach our goal of raising $7,000 by Friday, Januray 23, so we are able to purchase the necessary supplies to keep our deployed Marines warm this winter. It may seem like a lofty goal, but with your kindness and generosity, we can reach it in no time!

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Marine Parents and the Marine Corps
Recruit Parents
Whats After Boot Camp
After The Corps
a Place to Connect& Share®
Team Marine Parents has Marine Corps Marathon Bibs
Operation Prayers and Letters
Warrior Support Team
Care Package Project
Gold Star Family Support
Luminary Initiative