By lex, on July 16th, 2006
Thoughtful reader Phil sends along this speech given by Major General Mike Lehnert, CG, Marine Corps Installations West, to the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Not a short speech, but a great read – covered are the civil/military divide, progress in the reconstruction of Iraq, military life (including predatory lenders) and land use policies.
So yeah, you could say that the MGEN covers a lot of ground.
By Lex, on Sun – May 29, 2005
This won’t be deep, or moving. It won’t challenge your assumptions or change your world view. There will be no blinding revelation at the end, something that ties it all together in a neat emotional bow.
Loss isn’t like that.
And we have given so much of our best recently, for a goal whose end seems nearly as far away today as ever it did.
Memorial Day, now two years on – has it really only been two years? Somehow it seems longer. Somehow I have a hard time clearly remembering a time when we weren’t at war. I have a hard time remembering when young men and women didn’t gain a moment’s fame on page two of the local paper under the heading “Daily developments “:
By Lex, on Wed – June 1, 2005
The power of the internet amazes me.
I wrote over the weekend , in part about a man named Major Ricardo A. Crocker, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in action in Iraq. I wondered aloud what his friends called him, postulating that we’d never know.
I was wrong.
His friends called him “Rick.”
Got an email today, from one of his friends:
Thu – June 3, 2004
Milblog readers will find plenty to keep them occupied during the drive to commemorate the Normandy invasions of 60 years ago..
But did you know the date’s other significance in military history? In naval history (keeping in mind that the USMC is a naval force)?
No? Then read on:
By lex, on January 12th, 2012
Third Battalion, Second Marines is in the headlines, and not in a good way:
The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating a video that surfaced online today in which several Marines appear to urinate on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters.
The video, which is less than a minute long, appears to show four men in uniform looking around before urinating on three dead bodies, at least one of the men chuckles as they do so.
“Have a great day, buddy,” one of the men is heard saying, apparently to a dead body.
The Marine Corps responded quickly after reports of the video surfaced, calling for a full investigation.
By lex, on June 28th, 2011
After 9/11, the Army directed its Pentagon troops wear combat utilities even in the button-downed hallways of the Five-Sided Wind Tunnel. The reasoning was to emphasize that even those in the rear were a part of the Global War on Terror.
Farewell to all that:
Posted by lex, on March 27th, 2011
The US Marines are showing the citizens of Sendai what the first part of General James Mattis’ dictum “No better friend, no worse enemy” means:
Roughly 20,000 U.S. troops have been mobilized in “Operation Tomodachi,” or “Friend.” It is the biggest bilateral humanitarian mission the U.S. has conducted in Japan, its most important ally in Asia, and it is ramping up fast.
As logistics gradually improve, U.S. troops have been moving farther into hard-hit zones and providing tons of relief supplies and badly needed manpower to help the hundreds of thousands of Japanese whose lives were shattered in the March 11 disaster.
In a part of Japan that hosts few U.S. bases, the Americans in uniform are a high-profile presence.
“To be honest, I didn’t think much about the U.S. troops until now,” said Arika Ota, 29, who works at an amusement center in the coastal city of Sendai. “But when I see them working at the airport every day, I’m really thankful. They are working really hard. I never imagined they could help us so much.”
Their grandfathers learned the second part for themselves.
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