Two Costly Wars, and a Legacy of Shame

The troop withdrawals in Iraq and Afghanistan planned by the Trump administration amount to a painful admission: We lost.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #iraq-war-2003-11, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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My Fellow Veterans Reminded Me What This Election Was About

Policies can’t guide us in the work of healing and forgiveness. Only a leader can do that.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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For Veterans Day, Some Former Military Officers Reflect on Lessons From Their Parents

The values that shaped them include leadership, optimism and charting your own course.

#careers-and-professions, #children-and-childhood, #defense-department, #families-and-family-life, #parenting, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy

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An Ancient Hill and Forgotten Dead: Afghanistan’s Haunted Outpost

Its name was Observation Post Rock. The outpost is the backdrop for a ghost story, and is known for strange voices, radio static and the creeping fear of being watched.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #politics-and-government, #poppies, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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For Veterans, Bonds Forged in Battle Are Tested by 2020’s Rancor

Toxic rhetoric and political polarization are doing what nothing else could: driving apart ex-Marines who had one another’s backs through wars and the stresses of civilian life.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #veterans

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Killing of 2 Marines in 2011 Almost Derailed Afghan Peace Talks

Even as they pushed for the release of other Afghan prisoners as part of a deal with the Taliban, U.S. officials privately dug in over freeing a man who had killed Americans.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #prisons-and-prisoners, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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He Killed a Transgender Woman in the Philippines. Why Was He Freed?

The pardon of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton by President Rodrigo Duterte is the final chapter in a case that reignited debate over old defense treaties.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #military-bases-and-installations, #philippines, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #women-and-girls

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Duterte Pardons U.S. Marine Who Killed Transgender Woman

The Philippine president made the move, which riled nationalist and gay rights groups, in the interest of maintaining an “independent foreign policy.”

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #duterte-rodrigo, #international-relations, #laude-jennifer, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pemberton-joseph-scott, #philippines, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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Medics Save Lives. Let Them.

The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.

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The Untold Story of the Black Marines Charged With Mutiny at Sea

Racial strife aboard a Navy ship left three men facing the threat of the death penalty. They became little more than statistics in the military’s dismal record of race relations in the Vietnam era.

#black-people, #courts-martial, #discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #vietnam, #vietnam-war

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Remains of Sailor and 7 Marines Killed in Training Accident Are Recovered

The servicemen had been missing since the amphibious assault vehicle they were in sank off the coast of Southern California on July 30.

#camp-pendleton-calif, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy

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1 Marine Dead, 8 Missing After California Amphibious Vehicle Accident

The group was assigned to a unit based at Camp Pendleton in Southern California, and the episode involved an amphibious vehicle, the authorities said.

#accidents-and-safety, #california, #camp-pendleton-calif, #rescues, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-marine-corps

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Rise in Virus Cases Near Bases in U.S. and Abroad Poses Test for Military

American military officials are trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus in its ranks while tackling logistical problems like relieving troops overseas.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #disease-rates, #fort-benning-ga, #military-bases-and-installations, #north-carolina, #okinawa-and-other-ryukyu-islands-japan, #south-korea, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Three Marines, Now Focus of Russian Bounties Investigation, Show the Costs of an Endless War

The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is now described as training, advising and assisting Afghan troops. But American forces are still patrolling areas that are as deadly as they were in 2001.

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Coronavirus Outbreak at U.S. Bases in Japan Roils an Uneasy Relationship

The Marines reported 94 new cases on Okinawa, an island that had seen just 148 other infections. Local officials say the military is not doing enough.

#abe-shinzo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #independence-day-us-july-4, #military-bases-and-installations, #okinawa-and-other-ryukyu-islands-japan, #tamaki-denny, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #uss-theodore-roosevelt-cvn-71-ship

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Father of Slain Marine Finds Heartbreak Anew in Possible Russian Bounty

“If it does come out as true, obviously the heartache would be terrible,” said Erik Hendriks, whose son was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #concerned-veterans-for-america, #improvised-explosive-devices, #mattis-james-n, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #veterans, #votevets-political-action-committee

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Why Is the G.O.P. Fighting to Preserve Monuments to Traitors in the Capitol?

Portraits and statues venerating Confederate leaders are an insult to freedom and democracy.

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U.S. Marine Corps Bans Confederate Battle Flag Displays

The directive, which was announced on Friday, details what is prohibited in Marine installations, office buildings and work spaces.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-flag, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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He Died at War. The Pandemic Gave Me Time to Grieve.

My partner, Diego Pongo, was killed in Iraq in March. More than two months later, the pandemic has paused everything, including his funeral.

#arlington-national-cemetery, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #iraq, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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For African-Americans in Uniform, It’s Duty, Honor, Country. But Don’t Expect to Lead.

Seventy-five years after integration, the military’s upper echelons remain the domain of white men.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-people, #careers-and-professions, #defense-department, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #mentors, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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A Campaign Milestone: ‘I Was Drugged and Raped,’ Heard in a Candidate’s Ad

A Democratic congressional candidate in Virginia is releasing a TV spot where she speaks candidly about assault, a new step in a political landscape altered by the #MeToo movement.

#metoo-movement, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russo-claire, #sex-crimes, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #virginia, #women-and-girls

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No More ‘Kneecap to Kneecap’ Talks: Coronavirus Hinders Military Recruiting

There is no substitute for face-to-face conversations when trying to get Americans to sign up to be service members. Boot camp outbreaks slow the pipeline, too.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #marine-corps-recruit-depot-parris-island-sc, #united-states-army, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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The Coronavirus Is Killing Too Many Nursing Home Residents

Here’s one idea for protecting them.

#bristol-conn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #united-states-marine-corps, #veterans

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Women at a Marine Boot Camp Represent an Identity Crisis for the Corps

Keeping men and women in separate platoons during recruit training is the last stand for the Marine Corps, which has been slow to move toward gender integration.

#draft-and-recruitment-military, #marine-corps-recruit-depot-parris-island-sc, #men-and-boys, #segregation-and-desegregation, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #women-and-girls

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Making Marines Without Making Them Sick

After a brief pause, Parris Island is once again taking Marine recruits, with some modifications to the grueling 13-week boot camp.

#draft-and-recruitment-military, #marine-corps-recruit-depot-parris-island-sc, #south-carolina, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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Marine Corps Bans Public Display of Confederate Flag

In a letter, Gen. David H. Berger, the Marine commandant, said the symbol had “the power to inflame division.”

#berger-david-h, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-battle-flag, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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Pentagon Takes Restrained Role in Coronavirus Response, Despite Calls for Help

Officials are trying to determine the military’s role in safeguarding the United States from a new enemy within its borders, even as commanders fear infection across the ranks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #epidemics, #esper-mark-t, #milley-mark-a, #national-guard, #quarantines, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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