Heroic small town Marine honored for exceptional gallantry, service

Sgt. Maj. Justin D. LeHew, 3rd Marine Regiment sergeant major, stands with Ohio Department of Veterans Services Assistant Director Jason Dominguez after being inducted into the hall of fame, May 4. LeHew is a recipient of the Navy Cross.

Sergeant Major Justin Lehew is breaking his silence.

The 27-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps is speaking without any fear of repercussions– all in the name of protecting the combat effectiveness of the Corps.

He led the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, (GCEITF) — a unit specifically designed to test the effectiveness of women in ground combat-arms roles.

Following his experience with the unit Lehew concluded: “it’s not about gender bias, it’s about science.”

“You will never see a female Quarterback in the NFL, there will never be a female center on any NHL team and you will never see a female batting in the number 4 spot for the New York Yankees.”

Lehew accused the Secretary of the Navy of being “way off base” on the issue and said things that were very unfair about the women who participated in this study.

“Regardless of what the SECNAV says about you not being the best that we could have put in that unit because you were….on all accounts,” Lehew said.  No one went into this, he emphasized, with the mentality that we did not want it to succeed.

He added: “To my female Marine friends out there, I love you to death, you are the best of the best.”

“The best women in the GCEITF as a group in regard to infantry operations were equal or below, in most cases, to the lowest 5 percent of men as a group in this test study. They are slower on all accounts in almost every technical and tactical aspect and physically weaker in every aspect across the range of military operations.”

Maj LeHew

Maj LeHew

Lehew says the senior leadership of this country does not want to see America “overwhelmingly succeed” on the battlefield. Instead he says they want to ensure that “everyone has an opportunity to pursue whatever they want regardless of the outcome on national security.”

In response to the two women who graduated from Ranger School recently -he said- “Kudos, they are bad-asses in their own right.”

“In regards to the infantry, however, there is no trophy for second place. You perform or die.”

Lehew said in every test case, whether you’re looking for the fastest, most fit, most physical and most lethal person you can possibly put on the battlefield to overwhelm the enemy–that person has turned out to be a man.

Lehew thinks it ‘s absurd that these mandates are being placed on the military before the country has even considered making females register for the selective service.

If the U.S. needs to mobilize rapidly again, it will look to the military age males of this nation to fill the ranks. He says, we should not even be “wasting our time” thinking about opening up the infantry to women.

Sergeant Major Lehew posted these comments to his Facebook page. He faced no punishment for his actions, according to funker 30.com. There were no repercussions, Lehew thinks, because he said what most people feel or believe but are too afraid to say.

Standing ovation for LeHew

Sgt. Major Justin LeHew, now Training and Education Command’s sergeant major, sits aboard a P781- RAM/RS Amphibious Assault Vehicle at Camp Shoup, Kuwait on March 17, 2003. LeHew has been at the unit since August and brings a unique leadership style to the command.

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