Thursday, June 26, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
U.S. Marines renovate Mongolian kindergarten for Exercise Khaan Quest 2014 - U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan J. Turba from A Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, directs Marines rebuilding a kindergarten perimeter fence June 18 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, during the Engineering Civic Action Program segment of Exercise Khaan Quest 2014. Humanitarian civic action programs conducted by U.S. and Mongolian Armed Forces during KQ14 demonstrate a mutual commitment to support security and humanitarian interests of friends and partner nations. The programs will improve the quality of life, as well as the general health and welfare of civilian residents in the exercise areas. by Okinawa Marines http://flic.kr/p/o6MKqn
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Afghanistan Hero - Cpl. Kyle Carpenter was presented the Medal of Honor June 19, at the White House. Carpenter was the second living Marine to receive the award since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael C. Guinto/Released) by United States Marine Corps Official Page http://flic.kr/p/o3mCJZ
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Journalist Geoff Dyer spent two weeks on the USS George H.W. Bush and chronicled his experience in his new book, Another Great Day At Sea. In the interview Fresh Air contributor Dave Davies asks what it’s like to land on a aircraft carrier:
"We flew onto the carrier on a Greyhound, this very, very noisy, hulking propeller plane and we took off as normal. We’re all sitting backwards, I should say. Then, after about 40 minutes, we started descending and on that first attempt at landing on the carrier we missed all three of the arresting wires, so we surged upwards again and went round and we came back down again, and this time we came to a very abrupt stop. We hit the deck and in under two seconds we had come to a halt.
UPDATE: The USS George H.W. Bush has been deployed to the Persian Gulf for possible military assistance with the recent crisis in Iraq.
You can hear more about life on an aircraft carrier here.
Photo of the USS George H.W. Bush via Marines
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Veterans Administration needs a new name
Something that shows contempt for Vets, like “You Know Who I Hate? The Troops.”
VA Whistleblowers Say Supervisors Retaliating
A federal agency is investigating claims that Veterans Affairs officials illegally retaliated against 37 whistleblowers who exposed the wait-time scandal that led to former-Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation.
According to the Office of Special Counsel, a federal investigation agency primarily tasked with protecting government whistleblowers, it has received complaints from VA employees in 28 locations in 18 states claiming managers are taking administrative action against employees who exposed poor record-keeping and patient management at VA hospitals.
"The frequency with which VA employees are filing these complaints is one of the highest levels in the federal government," said OSC spokesman Nick Schwellenbach.
Employees complained of being demoted, placed on suspension and hostile working conditions.
It wasn’t bad enough that the VA is letting veterans die while waiting months on secret wait lists.
Now this. Good God.
And if you don’t think this is a sneak preview of the coming American health care debacle, where *all* health care will work like this, I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Dick Winters and Easy Company at the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s residence
Thursday, April 24, 2014
An overhead view of the infamous “Highway of Death”, the name given to Highway 80 following the carnage visited upon the Iraqi forces who used it as they retreated out of Kuwait, 1991
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Marine turned Maxim model
Veteran Marine Sgt. Shannon Ihrke is wearing a lot less than MARPAT these days. The 25-year-old can be found on the cover of this month’s military appreciation issue of Maxim magazine, sporting a star-spangled bikini and a salute.
A lot to like, right there!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
140325-M-KI464-005 - Students with the Association Student Body leadership class at Twentynine Palms Junior High School step into formation during their visit to Sergeant’s Course, March 25, 2014. The class was here to learn more about leadership from Marines in the course. (Official USMC photo by Cpl. Ali Azimi/ Released) by The Combat Center at Twentynine Palms http://flic.kr/p/mCxsA2
Junior high school kids learning about leadership from U.S. Marines … got to love that!
My dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this $20 int he parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s is your lucky day! Thank you for your service.
-Myles Eckhert, a gold star kid
8-year-old Myles Eckhert had found a $20 bill in the parking lot at Crackle Barrel. He initially wanted to spend the money on a video game, until he saw a man in uniform along with his family waiting to be seated. Myles then changed his mind about the video game, “because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my Dad”. He later then wrote a note to Lt. Col. Frank Dailey, offering to put the $20 toward his and his family’s meal.
“Army Sgt. Andy Eckert was killed in Iraq, just five weeks after Myles was born. All the kid has ever had are pictures and dog tags, other people’s memories and his own imagination.”. After paying for the military family’s meal, he asked his mom if he could go visit hid dad
He went and told his Dad all about his day.
Terrific move, Well done, young man. Prayers for you and your family, and my sincere condolences on your loss.
Paying it forward …