Navy Corpsman to be Replaced by Marines (Fake Story)

Photo by CPL Artur Shvartsberg USMC

Correction: Below is my response to a fake story about the Marines getting rid of Navy Corpsman.  The story has been debunked.  It’s a reminder to me to not respond so quickly to “news” until I confirm from multiple sources.   Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus announced the Marines will take over unit level …

Yemen SOF Raid Details Makes US Troops Vulnerable

Photo RevMedXBrad Gilpin

Just like the data dump following the failed Syria raid to rescue James Foley exposed US tactics techniques and procedures, the administration has repeated the mistake with the recent failed raid to rescue American journalist Luke Somers. While a simple statement saying, “US Special Operations Forces were unable to rescue an American hostage who was …

Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq/Syria) Update

Inherent Resolve Ammo Bunker Strike 19 Nov '14

There’s been a flurry of events going on over the last month that have put events in Iraq and Syria on the back burner.  After about three months of airstrikes and deploying well over 1000 “advisors” the operation has been publicly named “Inherent Resolve” a striking paradox considering neither word lends itself to describe the …

2014 Happy Veteran’s Day Vets!

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jamal Banks, second from left, and Sgt. Solomon Benavides, second from right, both with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, participate in an oath of enlistment ceremony in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, June 9, 2012. (DoD photo by Spc. Andrew Baker, U.S. Army/Released)

Veteran’s Day has a very unique and somewhat strange history.  It has become a uniquely American celebration in that while its roots like many nations started as a commemoration of the sacrifice of WWI vets it has become a celebration of the service of all living vets. World War I, “The War to End all …

2014 Marine Corps Birthday Message

YP 1968

Every November 10th Majrod has me perform the proper benedictions and deliver the Gruntsandco Marine Corps Birthday greeting.  “It is altogether fitting and proper that we do so…” I usually just remind my fellow Marines that even though our beloved Corps is absolutely drenched and besotted with glory… that we did not do it all.   …

NORDIC THUNDER: A detective story

Soviet era frogman

By YP (All Rights Reserved)   Back in the 1980s I used to subscribe to quite a few military journals and read many of the most recent books on military science… news, and events. I did a little writing, including for the Marine Corps Gazette. Then like a character in a Hitchcock film I saw …

“Fury” Movie Review

Fury Movie

  Saw “Fury” on its opening night.  It’s well worth seeing.  It is a brutal, realistic, violent portrayal of tank warfare, a story not often told let alone told so well.  This is likely the best movie I’ve ever seen or heard of that focuses on the subject.  The emotional roller coaster is wrought with …

Making US Troops More Vulnerable, Banning AP Mines

Wounded US Soldier helped Reuters

At the Third Review Conference of States Parties to the Ottawa Convention (also known as the Ottawa Convention or the UN’s ban on landmine treaty) on June 27th US Ambassador Griffiths stated the US promised not to produce or buy anti-personnel landmines.  September 23rd the administration announced the US would destroy US anti-personnel mines not …

When Domestic Politics and Medals Collide

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Didn’t make a big splash in the news which is no surprise but until very recently troops deployed to fight ISIS in the current no end date “No Name” operations in Iraq and Syria were not authorized recognition for their service.  The Iraq Campaign Medal is limited to troops that served there from 2003 to …

Maneuver Conference 2014

M2A3 Bradley Maneuver Conference 2014 Photo by Author

I attended the Maneuver Conference at Ft. Benning about a week ago and wanted to share some of the highlights.  Sadly sequestration is having an impact on the joint Infantry/ Armor Conference at Ft. Benning.  Many of the government organizations that attend these events weren’t present.  Most notable was Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier, the …