An Iranian veteran of the U.S. Marines, feeling tested

Iam a U.S. Marine veteran, a sergeant of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, Machine Gunner, Weapons Platoon, Golf Company. Before that, I served a year standing guard on the towers at Guantanamo Bay, watching the minefields and recording every instance of a Cuban truck driving in the distance. I enlisted in 1997 because I was grateful to the nation that had opened its doors and given me opportunities and freedoms that my Iranian relatives were…

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Flag Honors Lantz Family – Generations of United States Marines

During the month of February, the 531st flag to fly atop the Old Glory Tower in the North End honors Charles I. Lantz, who served in the United States Marine Corps as a combat Marine in World War I and his son, Raymond C. Lantz, a combat Marine who served in WWII and the Korean War and was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. Charles Lantz was a lifelong resident of Worcester, Massachusetts. He…

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Local woman named U.S. 
Marines Spouse of the Year

Jessica Rudd, a Marine Corps veteran and wife of a Marine, was awarded as a Military Spouse of the Year Friday. Rudd was honored as the winner first of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, and then as the winner for the entire Marine Corps branch. She is now eligible to win the top award, AFI Military Spouse of the Year. Voting will take place March 2 at msoy.militaryspouse.com. The winner will be announced…

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3 special operations airmen killed in plane crash while training in New Mexico

Three airmen assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron were killed after their U-28A crashed during a training sortie, officials announced Wednesday morning. The incident happened at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday about a quarter mile east of Clovis Municipal Airport in New Mexico. “We are deeply saddened by this loss within our Air Commando family,” said Col. Ben Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, in a statement.…

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U.S. and Russian troops are now in the same Syrian city

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military’s “reassurance and deterrence” mission in the Syrian city of Manbij is achieving its goal of preventing key American allies from battling one another, the Pentagon said Monday, but what’s already a tense situation could become more complicated with the arrival of Russian troops and continued advances by Turkish-backed rebels. Fewer than 100 elite Army Rangers are in Manbij to keep the peace between Syrian Kurdish forces and those loyal to…

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Marines eye changes to recruit training amid renewed calls for co-ed boot camp

Changes to recruit training could be coming, Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told lawmakers on Tuesday in a tense session about the ongoing investigation into whether Marines viewed nude pictures of female troops, veterans and civilians and harassed those women. A spokesman for Neller, Lt. Col. Eric Dent, declined to say whether the evaluation of recruit training to which Neller referred may include desegregating boot camp, so that men and women would be integrated during the…

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VA finalizes disability benefits plans for contaminated water exposure at Camp Lejeune

WASHINGTON — Former service members exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune over a 35-year period can now apply for veterans disability benefits, under a new federal rule finalized Tuesday. The move, which comes after a two-month review of the department’s plans, is expected to affect as many as 900,000 veterans and cost more than $2 billion over the next five years. In a statement, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin called the…

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10 photos that show how high schoolers are turned into badass Marine infantrymen

Marine Corps infantrymen are certified badasses capable of destroying enemy positions and forces with high levels of violence. But wait, Marines aren’t born out of forges in the ground like Uruk-hai. So how does the Marine Corps take soft, pliable high school graduates barely able to work a condom and turn them into infantrymen capable of thrusting bayonets through enemy fighters like it ain’t no thang? Well, first: 1. All Marines go through Marine Corps…

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This is how the Patriot Guard escorted a fallen Marine home

What started out as a way to support the families of fallen military and law enforcement personnel reached a new high in honoring the fallen. According to Tribunist.org, the Patriot Guard Riders, a group of motorcyclists, learned that Staff Sergeant Jonathan Turner, a Marine who died of combat-related injuries in August, 2015, would be shipped to his mother in Georgia via FedEx. Turner served 17 years in the Marine Corps and made seven combat deployments…

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That time a Marine cameraman saved his buddies from an NVA ambush

Frank Lee served as a Marine Corps combat cameraman in Vietnam, collecting spool after spool of footage of other U.S. Marines and soldiers fighting in the hottest parts of the conflict. Like many recruits, Lee was surprised to learn what his job entailed. He had originally enlisted into electronics and photography to stay away from combat as a concession to his mom who had worried about his safety. Lee decided to finally go through some…

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