• Networking: It’s a buzzword in today’s highly competitive job market, and for Marines transitioning from active-duty service to civilian life, it’s a practice that’s often critical to success. In an effort to reduce the challenges and uncertainties that generally accompany such a change, the Marine...
  • Camp Bastion, known as the BLS (Camps Bastion-Leatherneck-Shorabak) Complex was the largest and most important coalition base in southwest Afghanistan, hosting the Regional Command Southwest headquarters, the main hub of U.S. Marine Corps and British forces in Afghanistan. An Army/Afghanistan...
  • Tossed around by politicians and pundits alike, the expression “boots on the ground” is used to suggest the physical presence of American forces on foreign soil. More often than not, these troops are Marines. In the literal sense, boots are important tools for the average Marine, who may be...
  • Vietnam is a collection of memories that, at times, seem strange and distant for those Marines who served there. Memories of Vietnam are kept buried deep, where they stay a safe distance from the day-to-day reality of the present. But there are those moments when reality becomes another time,...
  • Dear Members, I want to thank Major General Edward G. Usher III, USMC (Ret), for his years of dedicated service to the Corps—both as a serving Marine and as the Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Corps Association & Foundation. I join with all of you in wishing him "Fair Winds and Following...
  • Dear Members, I am writing to thank you all once again for your enduring support to the Marine Corps Association & Foundation, the professional association of all Marines. After almost seven years, I will be leaving the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the MCA&F. My time as the...
  • ARTA, DJIBOUTI Marines, Sailors Exercise Integrated Capabilities During Alligator Dagger Marines and Sailors of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit concluded Exercise Alligator Dagger with a nighttime helo-borne raid in Djibouti, Dec. 21, 2016...
  • Have a question or feel like sounding off? Address your letter to: Sound Off, Leatherneck Magazine, P.O. Box 1775, Quantico, VA 22134, or send an e-mail to: leatherneck@mca-marines.org . Due to the heavy volume, we cannot answer every letter received. Do not send original photographs, as we cannot...
  • Marines to Use Off-the-Shelf Smartphones to Call for Fire Due to advancements in commercially available technology, Marines will receive smartphones that make calling for fire support easier, quicker and more accurate. The Target Handoff System Version 2 (THS V.2) is a portable system designed for...
  • Do you have an interesting story from your time in the Corps that will give our readers a good chuckle? Maybe it’s a boot camp tale or a good old sea story that will have us in stitches? We would love to hear your stories and see any accompanying photographs. Write them down (500 words or less) and...

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