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Who Supports the U.S. Soldier?

Gabriel Ledeen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel Ledeen

"Supporting" the soldier necessarily means sharing his desire for victory. From this perspective, there is an inherent contradiction in claiming to "support" the soldier while taking actions that undercut his efforts.

Separate but Equal: Gen. Conway's Housing Project and the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell

Ian Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Moss

General James Conway's comments last week are illustrative of a push to create a second-class status for gay troops once DADT is repealed.

The Medal of Honor: An Honor Too Far?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Americans will feel better about themselves when all our heroes are recognized for their valor and sacrifices in a more timely, objective and equitable way.

They Were Asked and They Told, But Will McCain Listen?

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karl Frisch

Decisive findings on DADT will likely mean nothing to those opposed to lifting the ban on gays in the military, including John McCain, who is now serving out his twilight years as the nation's elder, bitter, not quite statesman.

Thanksgiving - Pause and Reflect.

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liz Neumark

My co-worker Ronnie Davis recently worked on the United States Marine's 235th Birthday Ball. What follows is a brief account of his experience. Rega...

Operation Thriller USO Tour, Day No. 4

Douglas Preston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas Preston

The day started with another ride on a C-130 transport plane, which included a rapid descent (3,200 feet per minute) that brought our stomachs into our throats.

Tempest in a Tea Party: The Kochs Throw Money at Faltering Pantano Campaign

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

The reactionary billionaires of the Koch family have thrown a massive injection of cash at the faltering campaign of ex-Marine, Ilario Pantano, a cont...

Marines Push To Reinstate Soldier's Murder Conviction In Killing Of Framed Iraqi

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The Marine Corps has asked an appeals court to reinstate the conviction of a Camp Pendleton Marine over the killing of ...

Marines Getting A Makeover?

AOL News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Aug. 13) -- Declaring "the maritime soul of the Marine Corps" is at stake, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a review of the seab...

Afghanistan vs. the Marines: It's a Problem

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The general, about to retire and speaking from his heart, believes that both the Marines and their equipment in Afghanistan are wearing thin, that their core competencies are being neglected

The Afghan War and the Spirit of Jefferson

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

On this 4th of July weekend, with General Petraeus taking command in Afghanistan, what would Thomas Jefferson do? Would he see the massive military and nation building mission in Afghanistan as a wise and necessary course of action?

McCain Blocking Bill To Include Marines In 'Department Of The Navy' Name

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is playing a major role in blocking a House bill that has a record number of co-sponsors. The legislation, sponsored by Re...

Finding Gold in the Mud

Locke Rush | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Locke Rush

I learned that summer what I was made of. I stretched beyond what I thought was possible and became aware of my potential like never before.

Remember Iraq

Clint Van Winkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clint Van Winkle

It is hard to believe that it has been seven years since we invaded Iraq. My unit was a part of the initial invasion force. We fought our way up to B...

Father Of Dead Marine Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Westobro Baptist Church Protesters

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Newsmax reports that Bill O'Reilly will pick up the tab for the legal fees, calling the situation an outrage: That is an outrage," he said. "I will...

Three Generals Put New Twist on March Madness

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Thankfully, Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen are taking the repeal of DADT very seriously. It's time for these Generals to get over March Madness and start playing "Follow the Leader."

F-35 Lightning Vertical Landing Performed For First Time EVER (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

*See video below* On March 18, an F-35B Lightening II stealth fighter jet performed its first-ever short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL). Pilo...

Sounding a Horn for TAPS

Dave Ungrady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dave Ungrady

We should hardly be surprised that the number of people participating in marathons and half marathons has contributed to record growth at a time when the global economy continues to struggle and jobs are still scarce.

Semper Fido

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Rich Siegel

My decision to leave the corporate world and work at home has provided many rewards -- but none of them compare with the experience I had yesterday.

A Tale of Two Pigs

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

The Pentagon has a time honored tradition of assigning PR nicknames to its aircrafts. The moniker of Lockheed's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is "Lightning II," named after its glitzy but unsuccessful WWII fighter.

Pentagon: Recruiting Last Year Was Best Since 1973

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's personnel chief said Tuesday the military has completed its best recruiting year since 1973, meeting all its goals and bringing in a better educated group of young people.

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps met goals for active duty and reserve recruiting during the budget year ended Sept. 30 – the first time that has happened since the all-volunteer force was established, said Defense Department head of personnel Bill Carr.

He told a Pentagon press conference that it's partly because of department spending on finding recruits, even as fewer civilian jobs were available due to the nation's economic problems. He also cited increases in military pay.

For the active-duty force overall, Carr said 96 percent of recruits had a high school diploma, the best showing since 1996. For the Army, it was about 95 percent, up 11 percent from the previous year. And 73 percent of Pentagon recruits scored above average on the military's math and verbal aptitude testing, the best showing since 2004, Carr said.

The military spends about $10,000 per recruit, taking into account advertising, recruiter time and office leases for recruiting stations, he said. Recruits are in the 90th percentile of earners for their education and time in the workplace, Carr said.

Calif. Searchers Seek Survivors After Midair Crash

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS and DAISY NGUYEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SAN DIEGO — The nighttime collision of a Coast Guard aircraft on a rescue mission and a Marine helicopter left nine people feared dead at sea Fr...

Marine Corps Birthday 2009: USMC Delivers Birthday Message (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Today, November 10, the United States Marine Corps celebrates its 234th birthday, and social media is commemorating the historic date. The official...

A New Year and a New Way to Embrace Life's Uncertainty

Kari Stoever | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Stoever

The great paradox is that every choice is a thousand renunciations. Are you aware of what you are choosing or failing to choose today?

A Letter to the President

Ron Kovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Kovic

Many of us who served in Vietnam promised ourselves long ago that we would never again allow what happened to us in that war to ever happen again. We have an obligation to protest. To speak out.