in their desert camouflage uniforms the six Marine four-star generals
share coffee in the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C., April
19, 2013. From left to right:John F. Kelly, James N. Mattis, Joseph F.
Dunford, James F. Amos, John R. Allen, and John M. Paxton Jr. (U.S.
Marine Corps photo illustration by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans)
With its emphasis on its enlisted troops and its creed that every
Marine is a rifleman, the Marine Corps is the military service that
keeps the smallest ratio of brass to troops. But for a brief moment
—actually only until Wednesday—there are, for the first time, six
four-star generals in the Corps.
You may have read it HERE on One Marines View of my take on the fancy dancy new medal that wanst worth following through on. Its amazin the things we waste money on. Goes to show, not everyones decisions are correct decisions in washington.
told the war was going to end in
2014. You were told this was your last deployment to Afghanistan. You were told
a lot of things, now your being told that even after 2014, we will have warriors
in harm’s way. My thought, if the war is over all of a sudden in 2014 by some “magical
reason”, why wouldn’t we bring all the troops home? If it’s not over, why are
leaving a small footprint to remain compounded with the sequestration, it doesn’t
sound like a lot of fun…..or very safe. However, we brought all of the troops
out of Iraq right? Ya, they are out of Iraq and they all moved back into Kuwait, sitting waiting in case
they have to go back. I can see this happening in Afghanistan, they will be out
of Helmond but we will really be out of Afghanistan? Doesn’t sound like it.
The sequestration is upon us
(deadline March 1) and for all purposes it’s going to happen. Your
military, DOD workers, contractors and especially military families are going
to suffer from the cuts that are initiated by the government.
its going to hurt "you" non military people as well"
I’ve mentioned herewhat was already identified
to happen with your military and honestly folks, that’s just the tip of
the iceburg. The Marine Corps alone is going to be cut well below the norm and
perhaps even further some defense representatives say. When military
branches are cut, they men & women that fill those branches will suffer (as
we have already seen with 20,000 Marines hitting the road this month).
Furthermore, those military families suffer as well as noted here.
Gen Allen retires.
You heard it here on OMV (back on Feb 15). However, its strange. Gen Allen is a great person and
even better Marine. He’s like that of Gen Mattis, a Marines’ Marine. I’ve posted in other articles how America is losing
its best officers. Why do you suppose that is? There is a common trend, its not
a need of a war, because we are actually still at war which makes this even
more interesting as you warriors know the need for great leadership in time of
war. Some are saying they are being forced out. Being driven out of the
military doesn’t discriminate with rank, many, many great warriors are leaving
your military and those running this country know this. You will be missed Sir.....
What does the military
mean for your servicemembers,servicemember family members and our future?
The internal attack on our
military comes at the worst time ever. Correct, the US down sized its military
after WWII and even the Vietnam War and Cold war but to downsize it during the
current war on terror, which is still currently under way for those that forgot
that every day warriors are kicking butt in Afghanistan. Although, America has drawn down its forces in
the past “after” a war, even then it quickly regretted it. Some may argue that we have to cut spending to
balance the national budget. I would agree however does it make any sense to
aim half of the proposed federal cuts onto the military when the military
represents one fifth of our federal spending? (Note: many cuts are being justified to support other federal efforts
i.e. Obama care instead of balancing the national budget)
I recently did a post about your military being crushed this
year. Dragged, dropped smashed down to nothing. On top of that, all of those
that went & defended their country and being dumped will saturate the job
market in yet a stellar economy. Below is what has already been posted, the
beginning of the Marine Corps crushing.