Back to school traditions abound, whether parents follow the latest trends, or carry out traditions established from their childhood. However, most families agree it’s really about creating lasting memories and having fun together. It seems there are as many Back-to-School traditions as there are first day jitters, but let’s admit it… the nerves aren’t solely from the kiddos. We parents fret about the series of events leading up to the Big Day too and wait on pins and needles to hear positive reports so we can celebrate with a shared happy dance. Perhaps the reasons for constructing memory lane – besides the obvious recall of events to provide our children for when they’re grown, is that maybe, just maybe, they can appreciate all that we did for them. After all, much time passes between the first photo holding a “First Day of Kindergarten” sign until they too have children of their own, or perhaps they’re simply older and it finally clicks… they finally understand parenting sacrifices, right? Traditions also provide a beautiful way to celebrate our children’s life while also nurturing and comforting them during an intimidating time. Military children are unconventionally resilient when it comes to familiarizing themselves with ‘the new.’ However, that doesn’t mean they don’t feel uneasy while they make the transition. Taking action to create and share a moment with them helps reassure them they aren’t alone as they face a monumental day.
A message has gone viral which has been attributed to a Marine veteran, Nick Powers, who posted it on Facebook.
To all you ignorant Islamic extremist f—ks. As I sit here watching you execute women, children and men in the Middle East I chuckle. Why do I chuckle you may ask? Well let me explain something to you idiots who think you are so tough. You are scaring a population that doesn’t know how to fight, you’re bullying the weak.
What did Saddam’s troops do when we came to town? Surrendered, twice… All your threats of coming to America and raising your flag over the White House amuse me more than you could ever understand. In 2012 there were 21.2 million veterans in the United States. Do you understand what that means? That means there are millions of pissed off veterans who have been dealing with years of abuse from their government stabbing them in the backs and having to watch friends die because you Islamic idiots can’t seem to act like human beings and stop terrorism and violence.
It’s one thing to take over an Islamic state, pretty sure we plowed through Fallujah in 4 days, do you really think you stand a chance on US soil? Do you really think it would be smart to poke that bear? Remember we are armed in the US and I can promise you that the Geneva Conventions will not apply to you. You attack us and there is no mercy. The ball is in your court Islam, we are more than ready to send you to your “prophet” Mohamed….
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – By Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | August 22, 2014
It’s not a cliché: every Marine is a rifleman, regardless if they are an infantryman or an administrative clerk. Annual requirements dictate qualifying on a known-distance rifle range and the occasional field exercise, but the minimum expectations don’t inspire Marines to excellence. What, then, if a Marine has a burning passion and the drive to master the fundamentals of marksmanship?
“My family didn’t have any guns, and aside from both of my grandfathers (who served), we weren’t a military family,” said 1st Lt. Andrew H. Walker, the assistant logistics officer for Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. “It wasn’t until I was in college that I began hunting and fishing with some of the friends and fell in love with shooting.”
Marksmanship instructors claim that some of the most accurate Marines are those who didn’t shoot growing up because they avoid developing bad habits or improper shooting postures. Such is the case with Walker when, seven years after college, he represented the Marine Corps in shooting matches during the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting at the Puckapunyal Military Area, Victoria, Australia in the early weeks of May, 2014.
The AASAM is an international combat shooting competition between approximately 20 nations from the Asia-Pacific and North American militaries, including the U.S., Brunei, New Caledonia, Canada, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.
The competition consisted of a variety of combat shooting scenarios, from a traditional known-distance range to a modified biathlon where shooters run three kilometers with gear, rifles, and water jugs prior to shooting at targets from unknown distances.
It was a hot day yesterday.
My wife and I had gone to Walmart and after purchasing our weekly groceries and she wanted to look at some other things (translation: get lost for a while). I pushed our loaded shopping cart to a wooden bench in the entryway where a slight air-conditioned breeze made its way to me from inside the store. I sat, removed my utility cover, mopped my brow with a handkerchief, and wondered how long she would be diddling around ‘looking at other things’. I put my cover back on and tried to get comfortable, as much as my arthritis on a hard wooden bench would allow. I dug out my crossword puzzle book.
“Hey, Mister, were you… ummm… like, a Marine?”
I turned to see a young boy of maybe eight or ten year’s old standing near the end of my bench clutching a soccer ball nervously. He probably thought all old Marines were miserable grouches.
“Yes, son, I sure was,” I said with a smile, “a long time ago”. He was wide-eyed.
“Cool! Were you then like, in World War Two ‘er somethin’? Did’ja win any medals?”
“Son, I’m old, but I’m not quite that old!” I said laughing, “I was in the Marine Corps in 1963. Not much older than you are now. The only medal I won was for Expert Rifleman, but a lot of guys got those.”
Many of us put ourselves in harm’s way for work and we need to take precautions against gunshot and knife wounds, shrapnel and more. Law enforcement officers and military personnel aren’t the only ones in dire need of protection against assaults by firearm criminals. Private detectives, bail bondsmen and other occupations yield an elevated risk of falling victim to an attack by someone equipped with a firearm. While wearing body armor isn’t a guarantee to escape a gunfight without a scratch, it does decrease the chance of being injured while also lessening the chance of falling victim to life threatening injuries. In short, body armor can help survive an attack that otherwise may have been fatal.
I’ve spent months looking for a flag case display and have been disappointed in the quality of cases out there. Most of them have been cheaply made from plastic or vinyl wood, or poorly put together. Like many of you, I want a case that is beautiful because this flag means something to me.
In my case, I had a flag flown at Marine Corps Barracks 8th and I on Christmas Day in honor of Samantha Wagner. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she passed away shortly after giving birth her child two years ago. I’m sending this case to her family not only to honor her service on the homefront, but also as a reminder to let them know we haven’t forgotten her.
Military families, if you are planning to visit ‘The Happiest Place on Earth,’ Walt Disney is extending their Armed Forces Salute program to October 2015, Disney’s Armed Forces Salute provides military families with deeply discounted tickets to our nation’s active and retired military personnel.
Armed Forces Salute Ticket Prices
Disneyland Park & California Adventures 3-day Park Hopper $132.00 (Regular 3-day Park Hopper Ticket Price: $265). The following blackout restrictions apply where tickets cannot be used to access the park:
- 25 December 2014 – 4 January 2015 (No theme Park Use)
- 29 March – 9 April 2015 (No theme Park Use)
Disney World in Orlando Florida 4-day Park Hopper $177 thru 9/24/2014. (Regular 4-day Park Hopper Ticket Price: $294). Water park access can be purchased for $29 more plus tax. The following blackout restrictions apply where tickets cannot be used to access the park:
- 22 December 2014 – 2 January 2015 (No Theme Park or Water Park Use)
- 29 March – 9 April 2015 (No Theme Park or Water Park Use)
YOUR BENEFITS ARE AT RISK.
Military Family Advisory Network is conducting a survey that military personnel and family members should take. If you are:
- Spouse of active duty member
- Spouse of Reserve / National Guard
- Active duty member
- Reserve / National Guard member
- Military retiree
- Military retiree spouse
- Veteran’s spouse
By Gunnery Sgt. Josh Higgins | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command | August 06, 2014
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — During World War II, four Marine Raider battalions and two Raider regiments were formed and saw action in the Pacific Theater between 1942 and 1944. Formed to conduct amphibious raids and guerrilla operations behind enemy lines, the Raider battalions were the United States’ first special operations units.
Border Patrol in Southern Calfornia stopped 13 illegal immigrants disguised as US Marines. They were stopped while riding in a fake military man, according to Customs and Border Protection.
The illegal immigrants were wearing Marine uniforms when they were stopped and apprehended at the Campo Border Patrol Westbound I-8 checkpoint at 11 p.m. on March 14 near Pine Valley, Calif., border officials said. Two U.S. citizens in the van also were arrested.