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A Marine's Reflections on the End of the Vietnam War

A Marine’s Reflections on the End of the Vietnam War

Personnel pus a UH-1 Iroquois off the deck of USS Kirk at the close of the Vietnam War.

Personnel pus a UH-1 Iroquois off the deck of USS Kirk at the close of the Vietnam War.

The following is a recollections on the end of the Vietnam War originally published in the May, 2005 issue of Proceedings under the original title, Reflections on Vietnam.

It ended 30 years ago when a Marine handed Graham Martin a folded flag and the U.S. Ambassador took off from the roof of the U.S Embassy in Saigon. No one, warrior or protestor, walked away from the Vietnam War unscathed. The photos need no captions. The words of the two Marine infantry officers help us remember, as if we could forget. Read More

HASC Recommends Cutting G/ATOR Budget; Marines Say Program is on Track

HASC Recommends Cutting G/ATOR Budget; Marines Say Program is on Track

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Armed Services Committee recommends cutting $40 million from the Marine Corps’ budget for its AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) program for what the committee calls programmatic delays, but the Marine Corps insists it is still on track despite a change in its testing program. Read More

Navy Reserve Needs More Unrestricted Line Officers, Medical Personnel

Navy Reserve Needs More Unrestricted Line Officers, Medical Personnel

Dr. N. Benjamin Barnea is sworn in to the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps by Lt. Sheree Williams in 2010. US Navy Photo

Dr. N. Benjamin Barnea is sworn in to the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps by Lt. Sheree Williams in 2010. US Navy Photo

The chief of the Navy Reserve told a key Senate subcommittee that she is “only able to accept 25 percent of applications from separating [active] sailors” because of high retention rates in her command, but also that the reserve has had some trouble filling reserve billets for unrestricted line officers and medical professionals. Read More

Naval Innovation Advisory Council Launches, As Mabus Follows Up on Task Force Innovation

Naval Innovation Advisory Council Launches, As Mabus Follows Up on Task Force Innovation

A Marine with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, prepares to commence directed seek and receive drills during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, April 9, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

A Marine with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, prepares to commence directed seek and receive drills during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, April 9, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Navy and Marine Corps this week kicked off a Naval Innovation Advisory Council to coordinate and facilitate efforts to become more collectively innovative. Read More

Inside the New U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines

Inside the New U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines

A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 Exercise. US Navy Photo

A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 Exercise. US Navy Photo

On Monday the United States and Japan agreed to the most sweeping changes to their bilateral alliance in more than fifty years. The so-called “2+2” Security Consultative Committee (SCC), consisting of the U.S. secretary of state, and secretary of defense, and Japan’s foreign minister and defense minister agreed to a series of initiatives that will draw the two allies even closer in defense and security matters. Read More

Former NATO Commander Stavridis: U.S. Should Provide Lethal Aid to Ukraine

Former NATO Commander Stavridis: U.S. Should Provide Lethal Aid to Ukraine

Soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Airborne Brigade stand in formation in 2012. US Army Photo

Soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Airborne Brigade stand in formation in 2012. US Army Photo

“We ought to be providing lethal aid”—anti-tank, anti-armor weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber assistance—to the Ukrainian government in its struggle with Russian-backed separatists, retired NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More

Marine Corps Cyber Task Force Stood Up, Will Report to Commandant This Summer

Marine Corps Cyber Task Force Stood Up, Will Report to Commandant This Summer

Tactical air defense controllers and air control electronics operators with Marine Air Control Squadron 24, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing run simulations on the new Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) Sept. 12, 2013. US Marine Corps photo.

Tactical air defense controllers and air control electronics operators with Marine Air Control Squadron 24, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing run simulations on the new Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) Sept. 12, 2013. US Marine Corps photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Marine Corps Cyber Task Force stood up last week to create courses of action to address manpower, organizational, acquisition and other problems for cyberspace operations, the director of the Marines’ cyber and electronic warfare integration division told USNI News. Read More

Report: Supporting Syrian Nationalist Opposition Key in Fight Against Extremists

Report: Supporting Syrian Nationalist Opposition Key in Fight Against Extremists

“Justice Brigade” run through an olive grove to avoid Syrian Army snipers as they travel between villages on foot in the northwestern Jabal al-Zawiya area. Freedom House Photo via The Atlantic Council

“Justice Brigade” run through an olive grove to avoid Syrian Army snipers as they travel between villages on foot in the northwestern Jabal al-Zawiya area. Freedom House Photo via The Atlantic Council

Supporting the Nationalist Opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria is critical to countering the Islamic extremist threat undermining the stability of the region, the author of a new report from the Atlantic Council said Tuesday. Read More