January 2013 Archive

Living History

When I was a teenager, I lived in State College, Pennsylvania. Also living in State College at that time, and living there still today, is an older gentlemen by the name of Gerald Russell. Colonel Gerald Russell, USMC (ret), youngest battalion commander during the Battle of Iwo Jima, to be exact...

“Sir, the Private is Fine!”

by LtCol Walter F. McTernan III, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) In 1975-7 I served as a series commander at the legendary Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris, Island, South Carolina, a highly motivating assignment. Every night just before taps the series commander would hold a nightly “health and...

Women in Combat Arms

by Andrew Lubin Let’s get something straight: the courage and commitment of women Marines are not an issue. From helo pilots to up-gunners to crew chiefs to running convoys; Women Marines have participated in more combat in Iraq and Afghanistan than in any American war – and they’ve performed...

ABSOLUTE TRAVESTY!

The Commandant in his 2010 Planning Guidance explicitly states his goals for the Marine Corps University. He wants to: “ develop [the] Marine Corps university (MCU) into a World Class institution.” If our MCU is to be world class, then we must recognize the excellence of those who teach at our...

Observing Mali

Fellow Artillerist Captain Brett Friedman has written an excellent article on Operation Serval, an operation being conducted by France in Mali. Like myself, and the rest of us, he can only read about this in the news, from journalists. Maybe at some point we'll be able to examine reports from the...

Operation Serval

I want to preface this post by saying that I’m in no way an expert on Mali, or Africa, or France, or anything really. The purpose is to summarize a conflict that Marines should be paying attention to as professionals, not to pass judgement on France’s decision to intervene in Mali, and to highlight...

New Year's Resolutions for Marines: A Postscript

Thanks to all who checked out my blog entry entitled, “ New Year’s Resolutions for Marines .” I especially want to thank Marine Sergeant Stan Mitchell of Alpha 1/8 circa 1999, who provided some great feedback and insight on training Marines with some specific recommendations on things to do and...

King for a Day

   The ancient Romans had a grand holiday in mid-December, they called it the Saturnalia. The festivities lasted a full week, and all sorts of debauchery and frivolity filled each day. One fun twist of the status quo the Roman’s permitted was the reversal of roles between slave and owner,...

New Years Resolutions for Marines

Marines . . . . Happy New Year!!!! Welcome to the year 2013 . . . in the Chinese calendar the year of the Snake . . . . It has become common practice as we enter the New Year to make resolutions of what we are going to change or do better in our lives or in how we interact with others, both...