Good News Stories from the Marine Corps

First, USMC0802 sent this in under the heading, “[SecNav] gets kicked in the nuts by Congress”:

“I’ve been on this committee for a year and I don’t think I’ve seen a more outrageous or ill-advised order from the service secretary to tell the Marines that they’re going to take boot camp — which has been honed and put together for the benefit of the American people over decades — and you’re going to order them to give a detailed plan in 15 days?” Sullivan said. “Is that even remotely possible? Why did you issue such an order when nobody on this committee thinks that it was remotely possible to integrate boot camp?”

Sullivan and other lawmakers also sharply criticized Mabus for his comments last year downplaying the Marine Corps’ months-long gender integration study, which found that mixed-gender teams didn’t perform as well as all-male teams and were more likely to be injured.

And THIS, which might come under the heading, “Marine Raider kicks Taliban in the nuts”:

As he moved to assist them, however, the Taliban launched a massive coordinated assault against the Raiders and the Afghan commandos.

With lead raining in, Van Hook and a fellow Marine re-manned a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher positioned on a nearby rooftop, which the Raiders had previously left once its position was known to the enemy. …

With the other Marine taking radio calls and guiding Van Hook’s fire, they were able to stall the Taliban’s advance.

“I continued to engage and the other element was marking my shots, saying ‘good effects, good effects, good effects,’ so I just continued to work from target to target off of what they were spotting,” Van Hook said.

As the Taliban recovered from the initial shock of the incoming explosive rounds, they began directing all their fire on Van Hook’s position.

Well done, Marine!

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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