Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Marines Taking 30 Hornets From Boneyard, Navy Inventory To Address Readiness Crisis

Marines Taking 30 Hornets From Boneyard, Navy Inventory To Address Readiness Crisis

A Marine inspects an F/A-18C Hornet from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Jan. 7, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

A Marine inspects an F/A-18C Hornet from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Jan. 7, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

Marine Corps aviation, struggling to meet its operational and training missions with a shrinking fleet of aged F/A-18 Hornets, is pushing a program to recover and update 30 out-of-service F/A-18Cs in an effort to remain combat ready until the new F-35B is fielded in numbers. Read More

SASC Supports Marine Lt. Gen. Waldhauser's Nomination For AFRICOM Commander

SASC Supports Marine Lt. Gen. Waldhauser’s Nomination For AFRICOM Commander

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, director for joint force development, Joint Staff J7, speaks with a guest during the sunset parade reception at the Women in Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington, Va., June 23, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, director for joint force development, Joint Staff J7, speaks with a guest during the sunset parade reception at the Women in Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington, Va., June 23, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

Marine Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser today received assurance by Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) of a quick approval of his nomination to become commander of U.S. Africa Command, but only after McCain used him as a conduit for a harsh attack on President Barack Obama’s policies in Libya. Read More

Marines To Field Upgraded C2 Software To Give Commanders Easier Access To Tactical Information

Marines To Field Upgraded C2 Software To Give Commanders Easier Access To Tactical Information

Marine tactical air command squadron 48 Marines receive aircraft and ground troop information on their monitors during Operation Javelin Thrust at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., July 24, 2011. US Marine Corps photo.

Marine tactical air command squadron 48 Marines receive aircraft and ground troop information on their monitors during Operation Javelin Thrust at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., July 24, 2011. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps will field an update to a key command and control program that will provide more crucial situational awareness information to more units, enhancing commanders’ ability to make operational decisions while simplifying the user experience. Read More

DoD On Track For 2017 Audit; USMC Early Achievements Provided Navy Lessons Learned

DoD On Track For 2017 Audit; USMC Early Achievements Provided Navy Lessons Learned

To reach full auditability, the Navy must be able to account for all the money it spends, from buying the biggest of ships to the most mundane of labor contracts.

To reach full auditability, the Navy must be able to account for all the money it spends, from buying the biggest of ships to the most mundane of labor contracts.

The comptrollers and chief financial officers for the Defense Department and the three service departments assured the House Armed Services Committee that they are on track to meet the congressional mandate to pass a complete financial audit by Sept. 30, 2017. Read More

Foggo: BALTOPS 2016 Includes More Anti-Sub, More Challenging Amphibious Operations

Foggo: BALTOPS 2016 Includes More Anti-Sub, More Challenging Amphibious Operations

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines deployed from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, land their amphibious assault vehicles ashore in Uto, Sweden, during BALTOPS 2016, June 10. US Navy photo.

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines deployed from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, land their amphibious assault vehicles ashore in Uto, Sweden, during BALTOPS 2016, June 10. US Navy photo.

Seventeen NATO members and partners are wrapping up this year’s BALTOPS exercise, which provided more and more complex training opportunities in amphibious and anti-submarine warfare compared to previous years. Read More

USS Carl Vinson Conducts V-22 Operations For Deck Crew, Pilot Familiarization

USS Carl Vinson Conducts V-22 Operations For Deck Crew, Pilot Familiarization

An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 lifts off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on June 12, 2016. US Navy photo.

An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 lifts off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on June 12, 2016. US Navy photo.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) got an early start preparing for the carrier onboard delivery (COD) transition from the C-2 Greyhound to the V-22 Osprey, with the ship’s crew bringing in the tiltrotor aircraft to participate in the command assessment of readiness and training (CARAT) II basic training event. Read More

Marine Corps Warfighting Lab To Test New Utility Tactical Vehicle During RIMPAC

Marine Corps Warfighting Lab To Test New Utility Tactical Vehicle During RIMPAC

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller discusses the MRZR Tactical Warfighter all-terrain vehicle at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2016. Neller toured Marine Special Operations Command facilities, observed their equipment, and met with Marine Raiders. US Marine Corps photo.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller discusses the MRZR Tactical Warfighter all-terrain vehicle at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2016. Neller toured Marine Special Operations Command facilities, observed their equipment, and met with Marine Raiders. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marines conducting an extensive series of experiments during the upcoming Rim of the Pacific international maritime exercises will be the first in the Corps to test a new small tactical vehicle intended to provide better mobility for ground units engaged in distributed operations. Read More

U.S. Marines Amass Forces, Prepositioned Gear For Saber Strike 16 With NATO Allies

U.S. Marines Amass Forces, Prepositioned Gear For Saber Strike 16 With NATO Allies

A fleet of military vehicles wait pier side in preparation of Exercise Saber Strike 16 in Riga, Latvia, June 4, 2016. The vehicles were transported by a British Roll-On, Roll-Off ship from Norway for the exercise. US Marine Corps photo.

A fleet of military vehicles wait pier side in preparation of Exercise Saber Strike 16 in Riga, Latvia, June 4, 2016. The vehicles were transported by a British Roll-On, Roll-Off ship from Norway for the exercise. US Marine Corps photo.

Ground forces from 13 nations are rehearsing in Latvia and Estonia amassing a large-scale force for a future crisis – from loading prepositioned equipment from caves in Norway onto a ship, to organizing the force in theater, to launching an assault. Read More

Opinion: Expanding the Distributed Lethality Web

Opinion: Expanding the Distributed Lethality Web

An F-35B Lightning II takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on May 25, 2015. US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on May 25, 2015. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s Aegis Weapon System revolutionized fleet air defense at the height of the Cold War. The 1983 commissioning of the first Aegis guided missile cruiser USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) and the 26 cruisers that followed provided the Navy with unrivaled capability at a time when an expansionist Soviet navy was bent on challenging the United States on the world’s oceans. Read More

Document: USMC Letter To Rep. Dingell Regarding Private Siddiqui's Death at Parris Island

Document: USMC Letter To Rep. Dingell Regarding Private Siddiqui’s Death at Parris Island

Recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, climb over a wall during the obstacle course Feb. 25, 2013 on Parris Island. US Marine Corps photo.

Recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, climb over a wall during the obstacle course Feb. 25, 2013 on Parris Island. US Marine Corps photo.

The following is a response from Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps to Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), who in April inquired about the investigations that have taken place since Marine Corps Private Raheel Siddiqui died March 18 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. The letter, signed by Legislative Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps Brig. Gen. David Furness, notes that the commanding officer of the Recruit Training Regiment was relieved of duty yesterday due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to perform that job. Read More