A great reflection from Fred Reed… Link to this post!
By Sage Santangelo, Published: March 28 I awoke to Eminem blasting hours before dawn at Quantico Marine Base. A fog of breath and sweat permeated the cold January air as I joined 104 other nervous lieutenants hauling gear to the classroom where we would receive our first instructions. With body armor, Kevlar, a rifle and … Read more Fourteen women have tried, and failed, the Marines’ Infantry Officer Course. Here’s why
Author and Marine Jude Eden served in the Marine Corps from 2004-2008, deploying to Fallujah Iraq in 2005-6. Jude shares her thoughts about women in combat… “Women have many wonderful strengths, and there is certainly a lot of work for women to do in the military. But all the problems that come with men and … Read more LETS BE REAL: WOMEN IN COMBAT
American Legion Editorial By Jim Webb, September 2003 Against a backdrop of political mismanagement and social angst, history has failed to respect those who gave their all to the war in Vietnam. Forty years ago, Asia was at a vital crossroads, moving into an uncertain future dominated by three different historical trends. The first involved … Read more Why We Fought & Why We Would Do it Again
by Kerry “Doc” Pardue A couple of years ago someone asked me if I still thought about Vietnam. I nearly laughed in their face. How do you stop thinking about it? Every day for the past forty years, I wake up with it- I go to bed with it. This was my response: “Yeah, I … Read more Do you still think of Vietnam?
In combat, a sniper’s goal is to become a needle in a haystack. Marksmanship is only a piece of the puzzle. Whether I was in the Sierra Nevada Mountains or the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, stealth was not just a tool — it was the objective. Before I became a Marine sniper, I spent … Read more An Amazing Pool of Talent at an Employer’s Fingertips
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who … Read more The Man In The Arena
Bill Mauldin (1921-2003) on Marines: They wish to hell they were someplace else, and they wish to hell they would get relief. They wish to hell the mud was dry, and they wish to hell their coffee was hot. They want to go home. But they stay in their wet holes and fight, and then … Read more They wish to hell
MAY 6, 2013, VOL. 18, NO. 32 • BY MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS In 1957, the commandant of the Marine Corps, General Randolph Pate, sent a brief note to the director of the Marine Corps Educational Center, Brig. Gen. Victor Krulak, in which he asked, “Why does the U.S. need a Marine Corps?” Krulak, already a … Read more How the Marines have survived, and why
by Erin Whitehead, Marine Corps spouse Yesterday, many Americans paused to honor those who have served and continue serving in our nation’s military. Flags were flown and prayers were said in civilian homes and backyards around the country. But because of the nature of our lives, the military spouse community has a special understanding of … Read more Beyond The Bumper Sticker: 10 Ways Americans Can Support the Military Family