Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

New Marine Corps Cuts Will Slash All Tanks, Many Heavy Weapons As Focus Shifts to Lighter, Littoral Forces

New Marine Corps Cuts Will Slash All Tanks, Many Heavy Weapons As Focus Shifts to Lighter, Littoral Forces

An M1 Abrams Tank with mine plow attachment conducts fire and maneuver training operations with 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., in 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps will soon lay out its path to achieve a 2030 force optimized for conflict with China in the littorals – a force that will completely divest of its tanks and slash most of its artillery cannon battalions, instead focusing on developing light mobility options to get around island chains with the assistance of unmanned systems and mobile anti-ship missiles. Read More

First Marine F-35C Squadron Certified Safe for Flight

First Marine F-35C Squadron Certified Safe for Flight

The first Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 “Black Knights” F-35C aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore flown by CAPT Tommy Beau Locke from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 “Rough Raiders” flies in formation over the Sierra’s with the VFMA-314 squadron F/A-18A++, flown by LtCol Cedar Hinton aircraft “passing the lead” as part of the F/A-18 Sundown with the Black Knights. US Navy photo.

The first Marine Corps F-35C carrier-variant Joint Strike Fighter squadron reached an important milestone, receiving a “safe for flight” operations certification that will allow them to train and operate independently of the Navy’s fleet replacement squadron. Read More

Navy Eases Grooming Standards Over Coronavirus Concerns; Selection Boards, Graduation Ceremonies Suspended Indefinitely

Navy Eases Grooming Standards Over Coronavirus Concerns; Selection Boards, Graduation Ceremonies Suspended Indefinitely

Ship’s Serviceman Seaman Nicholas Hall, left, from West Helena, Ark., cuts the hair of Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Shawn Nelson, from St. Joseph, Mich., in the barbershop aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Red Sea on April 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy is relaxing grooming standards as the service tries to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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Navy, DoD Networks Strained Under Telework Demand; Leaders Ask 'Limit use of REPLY TO ALL'

Navy, DoD Networks Strained Under Telework Demand; Leaders Ask ‘Limit use of REPLY TO ALL’

Airman 1st Class Thomas Schoening, a Cyber Transport Systems airman, poses for a photograph in the server room at the 153d Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard Base, Cheyenne, Wyo., on Nov. 1, 2019. AIr Guard Photo

The Defense Department’s mandatory and voluntary work-from-home push this week to protect the workforce from the COVID-19 virus is straining IT systems, even as the government is asking employees to make modifications to limit their consumption of network resources. Read More

Pentagon, Navy Issue Sweeping ‘Stop Movement’ Order to Limit Coronavirus Spread

Pentagon, Navy Issue Sweeping ‘Stop Movement’ Order to Limit Coronavirus Spread

Two U.S. Army Soldiers and a Republic of Korea Army Soldier spray a COVID-19 infected area with a solution of disinfectant in Daegu, Republic of Korea, March 13, 2020. US Army Photo

Pentagon leadership issued unprecedented travel restrictions to servicemembers, their dependents and military civilians and in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the services. Read More