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Marines rally to save tattooed sergeant's career

One Marine's View & Marine Times told you about a warrior that is being kicked out of the Marine Corps because of his tats. Now, some of his Marine buddies are helping him out. One Team, One Fight! _Time for a C-Gar

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for Corps leaders to change the tattoo policy and issue a re-enlistment waiver to a Marine whose career was derailed after he ran afoul of the service's body ink regulations.

The petition, posted on change.orgApril 21, seeks to save Sgt. Daniel Knapp's career

Read more here


Anzac Day 2015

For all of my "Mates" down under, know you are not forgotten. "Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of Anzac, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity." I bet many Americans don't realize that Australians have fought along side Americans in every war dating back to WWI to present. Time for a C-Gar

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Why George W. Bush Let a Soldier’s Mom Yell at Him

The below is a great summary of a leader of America. When he came to visit troops, there were no "mandatory" attendances by presidential staffs like there are with this president. There were no unhappy servicemembers like there is now. No, just warriors wanting to meet their Commander in Chief and he wanting to meet them. While you read this article and look at the pictures, simply ask yourself, how many pictures have you seen of the current"pres" doing the same actions. Time for a C-Gar

The soldier was intubated. The president talked quietly with the family at the foot of the patient’s bed. I looked up at the ceiling so that I could hold back tears.

After he visited with them for a bit, the president turned to the military aide and said, “Okay, let’s do the presentation.” The wounded soldier was being awarded the Purple Heart, given to troops that suffer wounds in combat.

Everyone stood silently while the military aide in a low and steady voice presented the award. At the end of it, the Marine’s little boy tugged on the president’s jacket and asked, “What’s a Purple Heart?”

The president got down on one knee and pulled the little boy closer to him. He said, “It’s an award for your dad, because he is very brave and courageous, and because he loves his country so much. And I hope you know how much he loves you and your mom, too.”

George W. Bush visits with Army Sgt. Nicholas McCoy at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. (Photo: John Davenport/ZUMAPress/Newscom)

George W. Bush visits with Army Sgt. Nicholas McCoy at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. (Photo: John Davenport/ZUMAPress/Newscom)

As he hugged the boy, there was a commotion from the medical staff as they moved toward the bed.

The Marine had just opened his eyes. I could see him from where I stood.

The CNO held the medical team back and said, “Hold on, guys. I think he wants the president.”

 

The president jumped up and rushed over to the side of the bed. He cupped the Marine’s face in his hands. They locked eyes, and after a couple of moments the president, without breaking eye contact, said to the military aide, “Read it again.”

Read the full article here


Best for Vets: Employers 2015 rankings are out

There are roughly 573,000 unemployed veterans in the US according to the Dept of Labor. That's a shitload. Despite the military "purging" its warriors and flooding the already high unemployment markets, our DC "leaders" keep kicking your combat vets out. Grand! 

However, there are some companies that are good to check into if you are an unemployed Vet!

The below article expands on it a bit and if nothing els, get off your butt, get that resume ready and contact these companies.......ok, do some laundry for the spousel unit (it will make her day) and it beats you watching Opera..... Time for a C-Gar

A few years ago, many companies viewed veteran hiring essentially as charity — a nice thing to do, a way to chip away at sky-high vet unemployment rates and get some good public relations in the process.

Things have changed. Read more here 

 


Tough tattoo regs sink stellar Marine's career

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Ask any Marine (officer or enlisted) up for promotion if the requirements have gotten tougher for promotion and the answer will be yes. For officers, many junior officers are obtaining their master degrees to stay ahead for promotion. Many enlisted Marines are getting let go for mere hits against them like tattoos. All of this is due to your shrinking military and standards being raised to the degree of elimination. Point in case the below Marine was basically dismissed from the USMC due to his tats. Huh? Ya he was eliminated for promotion because of his tats. Not racial tats or gang tats, Marine tats. Even with a very confusing Marine Corps policy on tats Marines will be Marines and get tats (chicks dig em) but when was the last time a tat caused a warrior to less than expected on the battlefield? Brilliant isn’t it?

I sat on an enlisted promotion board once and happen to be the only infantry officer in there. Long story short, many “officers” were disqualifying warriors for their tats. I called the bullshit flag and asked the Colonel running the board how that affects the Marine in combat? Remember, every Marine a rifleman first, right? After some colorful discussion with my non infantry peers I pointed out many of the ones they wanted dropped for promotion had Bronze Star awards and multiple tours under their belt, while the poag ass officers who wanted those warriors out  had no deployments and a pizza stain (name for the free be Natl Defense Ribbon)on their uniform. Thankfully, back in 2010, the Colonel running this board sided with me. However, now it doesn’t seem to be the case. Time for a C-Gar

Knapp, who is assigned to Camp Lejeune's 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, was denied re-enlistment by Marine Corps headquarters despite a policy waiver endorsed by leaders within his parent command, the 2nd Marine Division. So now, while the rest of his battalion is deployed to Europe as part of a crisis-response force, Knapp is sidelined in the States Read more here


Happening today - Iraqi soldiers retake key oil refinery from ISIS militants (No Shit News)

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That’s right sports fans, the title is correct however, let’s paint the entire picture of what is represented by the title of this post. Yes, Iraqi soldiers did retake a key city today but know their assaults were led by US air strikes which are being controlled by us servicemembers identifying those targets for our own aircraft.

Wait a second Pain, I thought Pres O said he ended the war in Iraq. Ahhh yes he sure played all of the news stations for all he could get on that head shake didn’t he? Interesting how all the kool aid drinker voters got dooped in that "story"and his entire campaign didn’t they (suckers). As I enjoy my fine cigar I have to ponder and think, yea, this “change” is clearly better for America, or the self-destruction of it. Time for a C-Gar

A day earlier, Iraqi soldiers, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and Shiite and Sunni, gained control of the towns of al-Malha and al-Mazraah, located 1.9 miles south of the refinery.

Special forces also managed to maintain control of the provincial capital, Ramadi, in Iraq’s western province Friday, despite ISIS forces pounding the city with bombings and forcing residents to flee. Read more here


USMC Scout Sniper Combat Marksmanship - M40A5 Sniper Rifle

Amphibious Reconnaissance and Scout Sniper Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit train combat marksmanship with Marines and Navy SEALS from the Republic of Korea and Royal Thai Marine special forces. Marines of the MEU's scout sniper platoon led a brief period of instruction before all parties fired at multiple targets ranging from 100 to 400 meters. This a little old video but shows the skill and cooperation Marines display wherever they travel - Time for a C-Gar