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The military was set up in such way that protocol is always the leading principle to follow. This yardstick that makes the U.S. military so special and well established is applied in every aspect of soldiers’ lives, even when it comes to commenting on Presidents.

Therefore, when it just so happens that someone does remark a certain topic, the country is a little taken aback by it.

However, we need to realize just how serious this could be, especially because we have a general speaking up against former President Barack Obama, saying he was always good at giving terrorists a psychological boost.

U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson spoke on the Obama issue Monday, explaining Obama’s main goal was to convince jihadists that the U.S. army was not willing to fight, thus adding fuel to the fire.

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The Marine Corps has gone all in with the Heckler & Koch-made M27 rifle, posting an order in August from the gunmaker for over 50,000 of the 5.56mm rifles.

The Marine Corps has gone all in with the Heckler & Koch-made M27 rifle, posting an order in August from the gunmaker for over 50,000 of the 5.56mm rifles.

Marine officials have hinted they intend to supply the entire Marine Corps with the pricey, German-made rifle but will start by outfitting Leathernecks in the infantry and eventually combat engineers and LAR Marines, according to multiple sources.

Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sight-in with M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 16, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)

Most firearms experts, including top infantry officials in the Corps, believe the M27 — a military version of the HK416 rifle — is a superior weapon compared to the M4 and M16A4 issued to most Marines. With a more durable barrel, a modern, free-float handguard and a cleaner gas-piston operating system — as well as a full-auto firing mode — the M27 will deliver more accurate fire over greater distances and with less wear and tear than current rifles, officials have said.

But this is the third time since 9/11 the Corps has changed up its rifle of choice, with the service upgrading to the M16A4 just after 9/11, then changing those over to the shorter M4 for infantry in 2015.

 

 

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MORRIS PLAINS  — Friends and family are mourning the death of U.S. Marine veteran Laurel Chasmar at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.

Laurel R. Chasmar, 28, of Morris Plains, was killed Saturday morning by 32-year-old Hassan Shahid, of Jersey City.

Knapp said Chasmar died of “gunshot wounds inflicted upon her” at the Highlands at Morris Plains Apartments early Saturday. Shahid’s death was ruled a suicide by gunshot, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

According to her Linkedin page, Chasmar worked at Novartis in Morris Plains. She was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson and the County College of Morris.

She was also a 2007 graduate of Hackettstown High School.

Knapp didn’t say if both lived at the home where the shooting took place, or what if any relationship the two had to each other. But the Daily Record quoted Mayor Frank Druetzler saying the two used to date and had worked together at Novartis. Druetzler told the paper Chasmar had complained of harassment by Shahid, and said he’d been “lying in wait” for her to come home Saturday.

 

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Marines with the engineer platoon for Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, construct a foundation for a Southwest Asia hut at the Combat Center during Integrated Training Exercise 5-17, July 29, 2017. MWSS-272 is supporting the Aviation Combat Element of the ITX. The ACE conducts offensive, defensive, and all other air operations to support the MAGTF mission .

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. —

The Aviation Combat Element, or ACE, plays an invaluable role within the Marine Air Ground Task Force, conducting offensive, defensive, and all other air operations to support the MAGTF mission. Marine aviation provides the MAGTF with the operational flexibility it needs to accomplish its mission across the range of military operations such as delivering fires, facilitating integrated command and control, enhancing mobility and maneuver, providing force protection, sustaining combat power, and collecting intelligence. Majority of aircraft usage within the ACE is for close air support or to transport for the Ground Combat Element or Logistics Combat Element. When the sky is the limit for technology, air superiority has become absolutely essential to winning wars, without ACE no major war can be won.

The Combat Center’s 29-day Integrated Training Exercise is the longest-lasting training exercise that occurs aboard the Combat Center, covering all four elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. It is comprised of an intense training cycle involving a series of progressive, live-fire exercises that assess the ability and adaptability of a force of approximately 3,500 active-duty or Reserve Fleet Marine Force personnel.

 

 

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When Dave Berke was a kid, he imagined himself flying an F-18 off an aircraft carrier.

By the time he retired as a US Marine officer in 2016, he had not only done that, but he’d also flown an F-16, F-22, and F-35, taught at the elite Top Gun fighter pilot school, and served a year on the ground alongside Navy SEALs in the 2006 Battle of Ramadi as a forward air controller.

Today he’s a member of Echelon Front, a leadership consulting firm started by two of those SEALs, Task Unit Bruiser commander Jocko Willink and one of his platoon commanders, Leif Babin.

Berke has spent the past year sharing lessons from his 23-year military career, and we asked him what insights were at the heart of his leadership philosophy. He shared with us two lessons he learned as a teenager, long before he ever saw combat.

 

 

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In March 1966, a Marine sergeant named Earl Peterson arrived in Morenci, a town in southeastern Arizona. Home to the largest copper mine in the United States, Morenci is a company town, at the time owned almost completely by the Phelps Dodge Corporation. Practically every man in Morenci worked for the mine, and every boy knew that his future lay in its depths.

Soon after Peterson arrived, Helen Arnold, an English teacher at the town’s small public school, announced a pop quiz. Unprepared, the class breathed a sigh of relief when the principal said that anyone meeting with Peterson could skip the test. Immediately, volunteers ran out, almost trampling each other.

Not long after listening to the sergeant’s well-developed recruiting pitch promising adventure and an escape from a future toiling in the mine, nine young men signed up, including eight members of the Class of 1966. Bobby Draper hesitated, but came along after his friends taunted, “Come on Draper, you’re gutless. Let’s go join the Marines.”

 

 

 

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Sailors man small boats near the amphibious transport ship USS Green Bay following an aviation mishap of an MV-22 Osprey, which caused the aircraft to enter the water off the coast of Australia.

The sunken wreckage of an American military aircraft has been located two days after it crashed off the east coast of Australia andleft three US Marines presumed dead, Australia’s defense minister said.

The MV-22 Osprey — a hybrid helicopter-turboprop with a history of deadly incidents — went down Saturday off Shoalwater Bay in Queensland state.

Defense Minister Marise Payne confirmed that the Australian navy ship HMAS Melville found the aircraft overnight Sunday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“The Australian Defence Force has commenced its support to US-led recovery operations following the MV-22 Osprey incident in Shoalwater Bay on Saturday,” according to a statement by Payne.

 

 

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A U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey aircraft landing on the deck of the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard in June. Officials suspended the search for three missing Marines early Sunday morning, about 11 hours after the Osprey they were in crashed into the water. CreditPool photo by Jason Reed

Three missing United States marines were officially declared dead and their identities were released on Monday, two days after their aircraft crashed into the water off eastern Australia.

They were named as Lt. Benjamin R. Cross, 26, of Oxford, Me.; Cpl. Nathaniel F. Ordway, 21, of Sedgwick, Kan.; and Pfc. Ruben P. Velasco, 19, of Los Angeles.

“The loss of every Marine is felt across our entire Marine Corps family,” said Col. Tye R. Wallace, the commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Okinawa, Japan, to which the aircraft was assigned. “To the families of the brave Marines we lost — there is no way for us to understand what you are going through.”

 

 

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Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in the Coral Sea. Neller announced new leadership guidelines in July.
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GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — New guidelines for Marine leadership emphasize coaching and constant interaction between subordinates and leaders, a Marine official said Wednesday.

The new Marine Leader Development guideline issued recently by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller replaces the Marine Corps Mentoring Program, which had been in place since 2006. The MCMP was criticized for being overly formal and for a one-size-fits-all approach to mentoring.

The guideline outlines priorities such as family, fitness and finances, but does not prescribe exactly what to say or do regarding each area. This allows leaders to tailor the way they mentor Marines to suit the situation.

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The U.S. Marine Corps has a new 3-D printed drone and they’ve given it a name: Nibbler.

The drone, which appears to be similar to many civilian models, can be assembled by a Marine in only six hours and can be controlled by either a tablet, a smartphone, or a radio controller.

Nibbler has the ability to perform a wide variety of missions, including conducting surveillance, gathering intelligence, carrying ammunition, or being the last thing an enemy may see as it drops ordinance.

 

 

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