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Part I of “Lieutenant Archibald H. Gillespie, USMC: Presidential Secret Agent,” in the November issue, describes Gillespie delivering secret instructions to American officials in California in the event of war with Mexico as President James K. Polk’s “confidential agent.” The account of Gillespie’s six-month boat, horseback and shanks-mare journey from Washington, D.C., across Mexico and Alta (Upper) California is a saga worthy of Homer’s “Odyssey.”
The 4th Recruit Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, S.C., is a singular entity—one of a kind; the only case in point. The sandy soil and graceful palmetto trees amidst clouds of fabled sand fleas at the Marines’ East Coast training enclave in South Carolina’s Low Country is home to 4th Battalion—the only place in the world where women are trained to be United States Marines.
The M27 infantry automatic rifle (IAR) is close to being fully fielded to all infantry battalions. With 2 years of combat-tested experience, we must look at our training of the automatic rifleman to ensure his capabilities with the M27 are maximized on the battlefield. This new weapons system offers unique capabilities when compared to its predecessor, the M249 light machinegun. Given that the M27 is new and far different from the M249, there are certain training challenges that must be overcome so that we as an infantry community can maximize its true potential. Over the past year, we have trained more than 300 student lieutenants at Infantry Officer Course (IOC) on M27 employment and the skills required of the automatic rifleman. During this time, multiple training challenges have been identified and training techniques developed. This article is a discussion of these challenges and techniques, and includes training recommendations to ensure that the M27 fulfills its potential as the premier infantry squad weapon.
For years, the Navy Chaplain Corps has undergone little scrutiny or evaluation of its capabilities or effectiveness. Once examined, it becomes clear that the Chaplain Corps is expensive and provides a redundant religious capability, and its members are routinely employed beyond their capabilities.
The Command Museum at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., isn’t just a building where vintage uniforms, weapons and equipment are showcased—although all that is there. The people who work there don’t just prep displays, catalog collections and escort groups—but they do all that as well. From the Panama Street Memorial Building, a historical landmark that dates back to 1951, the staff and volunteers live their history to the extreme.
Legend says Tarawa was the earth when the land, ocean and sky had not yet been cleaved by Lord Nareau the spider. It was he who made the sun, moon, stars, rocks and who ordered the sand and water to mate. Thus, after calling the sky “karawa” and the ocean “marawa,” the spider god called the piece of rock “Tarawa.”
In the coming years, the Marine Corps will drawdown a vast number of unrestricted commissioned officers from its ranks, and with that, a number of new pilot candidates. Along with the numerous cuts, first lieutenants are now facing a much harder opportunity for Operating Forces augmentation. During this drawdown period, the Marine Corps will continue to produce quality warrant officers (WOs)/chief warrant officers (CWOs) at a steady pace.
Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1, Warfighting (Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC, 1997), stresses the importance of ignoring the impulse to rationalize war and organize it functionally to predict an outcome.
Few problems facing the military establishment these days are as vexing as allegations of sexual assaults and sexual harassment of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. In Washington, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY) and Representative Jackie Speier (D, CA), in particular, have criticized military leaders for “not doing enough” to prevent the sexual harassment of females in the Armed Services. - See more at: http://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/article/sexual-harassment#sthash.rnQ7...
In their June 2013 article titled “Attending OCS,” Maj Josh Jabin and Capt Michael Barikian tackle the age-old question of whether or not U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) midshipmen should be required to attend Officer Candidates School (OCS).
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Today in USMC History
1941 - VMF-211 Wildcats sank the Japanese destroyer Kisaragi during the defense of Wake Island.
Related Story: Wake Island: The Corps raised its name to honor and fame By R. R. Keene Leatherneck Magazine (Dec 2001)
Historic Leatherneck Magazine Covers
Leatherneck Staff Artist, Technical Sergeant Robert Fleischauer, felt that our July cover should be commemorative of the Fourth of July. Since the members of the missile units are probably the Corps' best rocketeers, he picked them to perform a standard Fourth of July action. Whether or not the "Honest Johnny" is useful as a combat piece is a matter for debate, but you can't beat it for morale." [July 1957.]
“The Join Up on the Nick” by Major Alex Durr, USMCR, a member of the History Division, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Va.
Hospitalman Daniel T. Bobic, assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, Second Marine Regiment, rappelled at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan, in late April, 2002.
The oldest post of the Marine Corps, Washington, DC, is celebrating 200 years of excellence. Posed near the Barracks main gate were members of the official Color Guard of the United States Marine Corps (left to right): LCpl Joseph N. Keough, rifleman; Sgt Blake L. Richardson, Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps; Cpl Gerardo A. Guajardo, organizational color bearer; and LCpl Gregory A. Serwo, rifleman.
GySgt Verlando Frazier, East Coast Food Service Management Team, looked ready to dig into some of the new items included in MREs.
This photo by Sgt Earnie Grafton of Marines from Fox Co., 2/4 shows varied emotions as they greeted the coalition forces outside Kuwait city.
A fleet of trucks was needed to transport Dr. Felix de Weldon’s original model of the Iwo Jima flag-raising statue from the sculptor’s home in Newport, R.I., to the grounds of the Marine Military Academy at Harlingen, Texas. After the statue’s arrival, a nearly around-the-clock effort by skilled workmen was required in order to have the memorial reassembled and ready for dedication ceremonies on April 16, 1982.
In April this year (1981), two squadrons of AV-8A “Harriers” sailed for the Mediterranean aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau. Purpose of the cruise was to demonstrate the Navy/Marine Corps team’s capability to augment naval forces in any area of the World on short notice and to provide at-sea training for Marine Harrier pilots.
The cover of Leatherneck’s Bicentennial issue is an oil painting by the late Colonel Donald L. Dickson, USMCR. The painting depicts General George Washington’s Colonial troops at Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Va., during the French and Indian War.
Sightseeing tours for the men of the Marine Barracks, San Juan, Puerto Rico, include a trip to the El Morro Fortress. San Juan is now retired as a Post of the Corps.
The Marines in Vietnam have found that the programs which work best are those which operate close to the people. Our July cover is a mixed media (acrylic and charcoal) by Art Editor James L. Hopewell. It catches the spirit of Marines who enjoy their relationship with the Vietnamese around them.
In Naples, Italy, Marines are responsible for the internal security of the Headquarters of NATO’s Southern European Command, while the elite Carabinieri Corpa provides external security. PFC Robert M. Mallard’s NATO shield was admired by a Carabiniere as the two men prepared to take up their side-by-side posts at the entrance of the imposing NATO Headquarters, which appears in the background of this cover.
"We've Fought In Every Clime And Place": Stamping out the Caco Insurrection in the Republic d' Haiti.
January 2002: The Marines engraved another mark in the rich history of the Corps when they came from more than 400 miles offshore to establish a forward operating base south of Kandahar in the war on terrorism. The Marine CH-46 helicopter on the cover, photographed by PH1(AW/SW) Greg Messier, USN, fought in the desert sand to land and resupply Marines such as the ones (inset) photographed by Sgt Joseph R. Chenelly.
January 2001: This firefight during the Frozen Chosin Reservoir Campaign of 1950 was painted by “Chosin Few” veteran Jack Cannon, who served with Company B, 1st Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment and resides in the warmer climes of New Mexico. The cover was part of Leatherneck’s 50th anniversary salute to the Korean War veterans.
January 1992: This cover photograph of runners during Marine Corps Marathon XVI in Washington, D.C., was photographed by Sgt Deirdre Hallett.
January 1991: This month’s cover by Ross Simpson captures the Marines’ waiting-but-ready posture in the Middle East.
January 1982: Participants in the Sixth Annual Marine Corps Marathon presented a colorful spectacle as they began the 26-mile, 385-yard run in Washington, D.C., November 1, 1981. The cover photo, by Tom Bartlett, was taken from a bridge overlooking Highway 50 about a half-mile from the starting line.
January 1981: Nearly 7,800 runners participated in the Fifth Annual Marine Corps Marathon held in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The oldest finisher was 78; the youngest was 10. Leatherneck staffer Ron Lunn pre-positioned himself near the Nation’s Capitol to photograph runners during their 14th mile of the 26-mile, 385-yard course.
January 1972: This month’s cover, by Marine Combat Artist Peter Gish, shows members of the New Corps sightseeing in the Old World. While on liberty in Athens, Greece, the 3d Bn, Eighth Marines, were able to tour the Erektheon Porch and Cariatides. The water color is from the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Art collection.
Originally Published December 1983 -- Something tells us that we could date the cover without knowing when it was published.
Originally Published December 1972 -- We're not sure what's more interesting, Santa or the old style gas pump.
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This November 1992 article in the Marine Corps Gazette looked at the uniform regulations of 1859 and the attempt to standardize uniforms within the Corps. Read the story and see more pics.
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