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Marine Corps Wants Forces in U.S. Ready to Surge for Major War

Marine Corps Wants Forces in U.S. Ready to Surge for Major War

Marines with Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 takes off from Twentynine Palms, Calif. on June 1, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Marine Corps wants to focus its continental U.S.-based forces training for a high-end large-scale war, in case a conflict on the Korean Peninsula or elsewhere requires a massive surge force. Read More

UPDATED: Marine Killed, 9 Injured Following Super Stallion ‘Hard Landing’ at Camp Lejeune

UPDATED: Marine Killed, 9 Injured Following Super Stallion ‘Hard Landing’ at Camp Lejeune

Marines with 2nd Transportation Support Battalion prepare to attach an 8,500-pound high beam to a pintle hook beneath a CH-53E Super Stallion during an external lift exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C. on Aug. 25, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines with 2nd Transportation Support Battalion prepare to attach an 8,500-pound high beam to a pintle hook beneath a CH-53E Super Stallion during an external lift exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C. on Aug. 25, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from II MEF.

One Marine is dead and nine others are injured following the hard landing of a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter during a Wednesday training exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., officials at the base told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

2 Louisiana Guardsmen Confirmed Dead Following Florida Helo Crash, Search for Missing MARSOC Marines, Soldiers Suspended

2 Louisiana Guardsmen Confirmed Dead Following Florida Helo Crash, Search for Missing MARSOC Marines, Soldiers Suspended

An undated photo of a Louisiana National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk from the 1-244 Aviation Regiment. Louisiana Guard Photo

An undated photo of a Louisiana National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk from the 1-244 Aviation Regiment. Louisiana Guard Photo

Searchers have found and identified two missing Louisiana National Guard soldiers while the wider search for two more solders and seven Marines following a Tuesday crash of a Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in the Florida panhandle has been suspended, U.S. Coast Guard officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

UPDATED: 7 MARSOC Marines, 4 National Guard Soldiers Missing Following Florida Blackhawk Accident

UPDATED: 7 MARSOC Marines, 4 National Guard Soldiers Missing Following Florida Blackhawk Accident

An undated photo of a UH-60 Blackhawk assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, La.

An undated photo of a UH-60 Blackhawk assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, La.

The post and the headline have been updated to include additional information from U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Seven Marines assigned to the Marine Special Operations Regiment in Camp Lejeune, N.C. and four Louisiana National Guard soldiers are missing following a helicopter accident near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Marine officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

'Human Error' Blamed in Mortar Accident that Killed Seven Marines

‘Human Error’ Blamed in Mortar Accident that Killed Seven Marines

Marines train with M224A1 60mm mortar system in 2012.

Marines train with M224A1 60mm mortar system in 2012.

The U.S. Marine Corps is blaming a fatal March mortar accident that killed seven Marines on ‘human error,’ service officials told USNI News.“Marines employing one of the mortars did not follow correct procedures, resulting in the detonation of a high explosive round at the mortar position,” read the statement from 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs.
“The investigation also determined that the mortar section had not conducted appropriate preparatory training leading up to the live-fire event.” Read More

Three Marines Relieved Over March Mortar Accident

Three Marines Relieved Over March Mortar Accident

Lt. Col. Andrew J. McNulty speaks to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment service members during a memorial ceremony March 21, 2013. McNulty was relieved of command on Wednesday. US Marine Corps Photo

Lt. Col. Andrew J. McNulty speaks to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment service members during a memorial ceremony March 21, 2013. McNulty was relieved of command on Wednesday. US Marine Corps Photo

Three Marine officers were relieved of command Wednesday in the aftermath of a March mortar accident that killed seven Camp Lejeune, N.C. Marines, 2nd Marine Division officials told USNI News.

Lt. Col. Andrew McNulty, commander of 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, the battalion’s Alpha Company commander Capt. Kelby Breivogel and the battalion’s infantry weapons officer Chief Warrant Officer 3 Douglas Derring were relieved of their duties with the 9th Marines, 1st Lt. Peter Koerner with 2nd Marines told USNI News on Thursday and first reported by Marine Corps Times. Read More

Mortar Malfunction Blamed for 7 Marine Deaths

Mortar Malfunction Blamed for 7 Marine Deaths

Brig. Gen. James W. Lukeman, 2nd Marine Division commanding general, at a Tuesday press conference at Camp Lejeune.

Brig. Gen. James W. Lukeman, 2nd Marine Division commanding general, at a Tuesday press conference at Camp Lejeune.

A 60mm mortar malfunction is being blamed for the Monday death of seven North Carolina Marines killed at a Nevada training ground, Marine leaders said on Tuesday. Read More