Oct 17

Marine Survives Sniper Headshot By Inches In Afghanistan

This video has gone viral and shows footage of a Marine peering out from behind cover. The Marine survives a non-fatal headshot by Taliban sniper in Afghanistan. Luckily the bullet only hit his helmet and didnt caused fatal damages. His other squadmembers also had luck the bullet didnt hit one of them. Notable is how calm they reacted to the shot. The attack was recorded on an helmet camera during a joint helicopter raid in the Now Zad district, Helmand Province.


Marine shot in helmet 300x155 Marine Survives Sniper Headshot By Inches In Afghanistan

Oct 15

Happy Birthday Marine Corps: Celebrate at the USMC Ball

This year the Corps will be celebrating 239 years — Marine Corps, you’ve still got it and you’re looking good. Where will you be celebrating your USMC Birthday?

Check out our tribute to all of those who earned the title Marine and some famous folks you may not know were Marines as well. Semper Fi.

USMC video celebrating the Marine Corps Happy Birthday Marines 300x280 Happy Birthday Marine Corps: Celebrate at the USMC Ball

Oct 14

Here’s What What Happened When NASA Simulated A Marine Helicopter Crash

Researchers and military representatives met up at the Langley’s Landing and Impact Research facility along with national and international government agencies to do something that has been in the works for three years… they’re going to drop a Marine helicopter 30 feet to the ground.

The NASA drop test featured a Boeing CH-46 fuselage outfitted with:

  • 13 crash test dummies complete with monitoring
  • 2 non instrumented manikin
  • Approximately 40 cameras
  • 350 data channels to record movement

The test would only take three seconds, but the impact is instrumental in helping those who design helicopters to develop safer aircraft.


Helicopter Crash 300x153 Heres What What Happened When NASA Simulated A Marine Helicopter Crash

Oct 12

Drum Battle Between the US Marine Corps and their Korean Counterparts

Drum Battle: III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) Band

vs. Republic of Korea (ROK) Army Band

Check our these servicemembers having a bit of fun with this drum-battle between the III Marine Expeditionary Force band out or Okinawa, Japan and the Republic of Korea. In the end, it’s declared a tie — but we think it’s safe to say that the Marines won.

Oct 12

How to Stop Your Phone From Tracking and Showing Where You Are

How to stop Facebook from Tracking You 285x300 How to Stop Your Phone From Tracking and Showing Where You AreIf you are on Facebook, you may not know that you are sending our signals from your mobile device which tells others where exactly you are.

Yes. You read that right, they can track your GPS location 24/7, and let others know exactly where you are and you probably don’t know that you’re doing it.

It’s called ‘Nearby Friends’ and with our current threats of Domestic Terrorism, we highly suggest you turn this off.

How To Turn Off Nearby Friends in Facebook

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Oct 10

Paving the way: Montford Point Marine widow accepts Congressional Gold Medal

Ella Jackson Marine wife 300x200 Paving the way: Montford Point Marine widow accepts Congressional Gold Medal

Ella Jackson, a 93-year-old widow, receives a Congressional Gold Medal replica in lieu of her late husband, Master Sgt. George Jackson, in Port Royal, S.C., Oct. 2. George Jackson enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and retired after 27 years of service in 1969. Brigadier General Terry Williams, the first African-American commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, presented Jackson with the medal at a ceremony. In 2012, Congress awarded the Montford Point Marines with the Congressional Gold Medal, the United States’ highest civilian award bestowed by Congress.

Story by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez

PORT ROYAL, S.C. – African-American service in the United States military can be traced back to the country’s inception. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that service members were truly integrated in military units.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802 permitting African-American recruitment in the Marine Corps.

These recruits were not sent to the swamps of Parris Island, S.C., or the hills of San Diego, Calif.; rather they were segregated and sent to basic training at Montford Point, N.C.

Between 1942 and 1949 about 20,000 African-American recruits attended basic training at Montford Point. One of those recruits was George Jackson.

“At the time, [Jackson] was joining an organization that was getting ready to fight in a World War, in a country that wasn’t always kind to African-Americans,” said Brig. Gen. Terry Williams, the commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island / Eastern Recruiting Region. “You have to ask yourself why somebody would fight for a country that in some places [African-Americans] were not treated very well.”

In 2012, Congress authorized the Congressional Gold Medal to be awarded to each of the 20,000 Montford Point Marines or their families to recognize the accomplishments and sacrifices during a time of segregation. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 09

Marine Makes MMA Debut

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John Zimmer, a security specialist at Headquarters Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve, tries to fight off his opponent’s take down at the Caged Warrior Championship V on Oct. 4, 2014, in Patterson, La. This was Zimmer’s first time competing in a mixed martial arts fight. Although he lost, Zimmer looks forward to future challenges as a martial artist.

Story by Lance Cpl. Ian Leones

NEW ORLEANS – Sitting backstage at the Patterson Civic Center in Louisiana, minutes before his debut mixed martial arts fight, John Zimmer kept his nerves down by cracking jokes.

“If I win this fight, I just want the other guy to know that he got beaten up by a nerd,” said Zimmer, a security specialist with Headquarters Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve and a sergeant in the Individual Ready Reserve.

The fight was over within minutes. Zimmer took a flurry of punches to the face, but he was able to follow his game plan and trap his opponent, Kesler Jones, with a leg lock. Unfortunately, Jones escaped and submitted Zimmer with a guillotine choke.

The Metairie, Louisiana, native does not fit the description of a typical muscle head MMA fighter. Weighing in at 137 pounds, the wiry Marine is as comfortable navigating security protocols as he is rolling in a grappling match.

Zimmer competed in his first MMA fight at the Caged Warrior Championship V on Oct. 4, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 08

Kelly: Southcom Keeps Watch on Ebola Situation

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

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Photo of Lt Gen John Kelly, USMC

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 – The potential spread of Ebola into Central and Southern America is a real possibility, the commander of U.S. Southern Command told an audience at the National Defense University here yesterday.

“By the end of the year, there’s supposed to be 1.4 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying, according to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly said. “That’s horrific. And there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.”

If it comes to the Western Hemisphere, many countries have little ability to deal with an outbreak of the disease, the general said.

“So, much like West Africa, it will rage for a period of time,” Kelly said.

This is a particularly possible scenario if the disease gets to Haiti or Central America, he said. If the disease gets to countries like Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador, it will cause a panic and people will flee the region, the general said.

“If it breaks out, it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States,” Kelly said. “They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”

Also, transnational criminal networks smuggle people and those people can be carrying Ebola, the general said. Kelly spoke of visiting the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua with U.S. embassy personnel. At that time, a group of men “were waiting in line to pass into Nicaragua and then on their way north,” he recalled.

“The embassy person walked over and asked who they were and they told him they were from Liberia and they had been on the road about a week,” Kelly continued. “They met up with the network in Trinidad and now they were on their way to the United States — illegally, of course.”

Those men, he said, “could have made it to New York City and still be within the incubation period for Ebola.”

Kelly said his command is in close contact with U.S. Africa Command to see what works and what does not as it prepares for a possible outbreak in the area of operations.

Oct 07

Stories Around the Table: A New Book for Military Families

Stories Around the Table cover Web 257x300 Stories Around the Table: A New Book for Military Families“My daughter’s husband is in the military and deployed. She’s all alone at X base. She’s struggling. I’m worried about her. How can I help her?”

Holly and I get these kinds of emails frequently as a mom stumbles on our website. We often  get emails from spouses themselves (or their military member). “Help! I’m new to the military, I’m struggling, I don’t know where to turn.” Or “I’m deployed; we just moved to X base; my wife is struggling; how can I help her?”

We send a list of resources, ideas, contacts. We tell them about the family service center that each base/post has. We talk about the “Military 101” type courses that each service has. We ask specifically where they are located in case we know someone personally we can connect them with.

You are not alone.

What we really want to do is to give them a hug and sit down with them and share everything we know to ease their journey.

We’ve pulled our hair out trying to figure out “How can we make sure that every new spouse finds out about the many incredible resources right away? How can we show them that they are not alone?” Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Commandant Decides Against Proposed Uniform Changes

By Pfc. Julia D’Agostino, Headquarters Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos decided against the proposed insignia modification that would have changed the enlisted rank worn on woodland utilities from black to brushed brass, and against the proposed requirement for all officers to own and wear the Sam Browne belt while in the dress blue uniform.

The uniform board sent out a survey to Marines regarding the Sam Browne belt, the brushed brass insignia and the seasonal uniform change timing.  After receiving a brief from the president of the uniform board and reviewing the survey results, Amos made his decision not to change the current regulation.

“The discussion centered around (brushed brass rank insignia) being an unnecessary change as the issue only occurs between a junior and senior Marine who aren’t already acquainted … When in doubt, a junior Marine can always address a senior Marine as ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am.’” said Capt. Tyler Balzer, media officer for the Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication. “The (Sam Browne belt) discussion centered around the cost of the belt and the lack of necessity to add it to an already expensive second lieutenant’s uniform purchase, as well as the fact that unit supply shops typically maintain several belts that can be used for official functions,” said Balzer.

Currently there has not been a decision regarding the utility changeover dates. The decision is slated to be revisited in the future.

Proposed Marine Corps Uniform Changes Commandant Decides Against Proposed Uniform Changes

(Photo: U.S. Marine Corps)
Commandant Gen. James Amos has decided not to change the color of enlisted rank insignia from black to brushed brass, or to make the cross-body Sam Browne belt mandatory for officers’ ‘Alpha’ and ‘Bravo’ dress uniforms, two possible changes that the Marine Corps Uniform Board proposed in an open survey to Marines in August.


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