Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Mattis Budget Guidance Prioritizes Readiness, Previews 2018 Defense Strategy

Mattis Budget Guidance Prioritizes Readiness, Previews 2018 Defense Strategy

Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks with reporters on Feb. 1, 2017 in route to South Korea. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks with reporters on Feb. 1, 2017 in route to South Korea. DoD Photo

This post has been updated to include comments from Todd Harrison and Bryan Clark.

Defense Secretary James Mattis released an initial budget guidance memo that prioritizes current readiness, filling in shortfalls and then building a larger and more capable force. Read More

1 SEAL Killed, 4 Injured In Raid Against AQAP In Yemen; USS Makin Island Supported Operation

1 SEAL Killed, 4 Injured In Raid Against AQAP In Yemen; USS Makin Island Supported Operation

U.S. Marine MV-22 Ospreys, assigned to the Ridge Runners of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), prepare to takeoff from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in support of a helo-borne raid during Exercise Alligator Dagger, in the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 21, 2016. US Navy photo.

U.S. Marine MV-22 Ospreys, assigned to the Ridge Runners of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), prepare to takeoff from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in support of a helo-borne raid during Exercise Alligator Dagger, in the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 21, 2016. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include the name of the SEAL killed in action.

One Navy SEAL was killed and three wounded in a raid against al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) members in Yemen this weekend. Read More

Marine Aviation, Weapons Upgrades Would Support Advance Base Operations

Marine Aviation, Weapons Upgrades Would Support Advance Base Operations

An AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter assigned to Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) as part of the air wing including F-35B Lightning II aircrafts on Nov. 17, 2016. US Navy Photo

An AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter assigned to Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) as part of the air wing including F-35B Lightning II aircrafts on Nov. 17, 2016. US Navy Photo

A future naval campaign against an enemy armed with long-range precision weapons will require the Navy and Marine Corps to disaggregate, creating temporal sea and air control with small units that can move from the sea to the shore and back again to meet an objective and then move on to the next task. Read More

Video: A View from the Boneyard

Video: A View from the Boneyard

The following Jan. 27, 2016 video is from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The “Boneyard” contains about 5,000 retired military aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps throughout its 2,600 acres. Read More

In Between Carriers, 11th MEU, Makin Island ARG Are Busy In 5th Fleet

In Between Carriers, 11th MEU, Makin Island ARG Are Busy In 5th Fleet

A U.S. Marine with Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), gives the signal to advance onto the objective area during a helo-borne raid as part of Exercise Alligator Dagger in Djibouti, Dec. 22, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

A U.S. Marine with Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), gives the signal to advance onto the objective area during a helo-borne raid as part of Exercise Alligator Dagger in Djibouti, Dec. 22, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

The new year began with no U.S. aircraft carrier and carrier strike group on watch in the Middle East. Read More