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Old November 10th @ 08:24 am   #1

happy birthday to the united states marine corp.

Old November 10th @ 11:08 am   #2
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Old November 10th @ 11:49 am   #3
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From: my moma's cooter

Motorcycle: your mom
Old November 10th @ 11:50 am   #4
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From: my moma's cooter

Motorcycle: your mom
Just kiding. Thank you to all who serve/served this great country
Old November 10th @ 11:59 am   #5
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From: Pax River, Maryland

Motorcycle: F-35
God Bless the Marine Corps
Old November 10th @ 01:41 pm   #6
to all our military persons you guys rock
Old November 10th @ 02:57 pm   #7
damn, that is an old fart.
Old November 10th @ 03:09 pm   #8
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Yes thank you to all that serve in our armed forces.
We will be honoring them tonight, at a Marine Corps birthday party tonight.
Kris has to go, they are doing promotions and what not tonight.
Old November 11th @ 03:31 pm   #9
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From: In that old blue chair...

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On Nov. 10, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the establishment of a force of American Marines for service in our War of Independence. That directive heralded the first “birthday” of the Marine Corps. The first recruits to enlist — two weeks later — were a motley mix of young adventurers and street toughs captained by the barkeep of a Philadelphia alehouse.

Quickly whipped into a crack contingent of seagoing soldiers, that group has since evolved into one of the world’s premier military organizations.

More than just a branch of America’s armed forces, the modern U.S. Marine Corps serves as a model that other military forces worldwide have attempted to emulate, with varying degrees of success. Marines are aware of this, and justifiably proud. But that pride has not always been conducive to working and playing well with others.

Which brings us to the announcement last week that the Marines will become an active member of the U.S. Special Operations Command. In so doing, the Corps will train, equip and field special operations units — organized under a joint-service command — in much the same way the Army fields its Delta Force commandos and the Navy its SEALs. The Army, Navy and Air Force have been members since SOCOM’s inception in 1986.

But for reasons that reflect the Marines’ fiercely independent nature and overall approach to unconventional warfare, the Corps initially rejected entry into SOCOM. After all, Marines believe that every Marine is special, and Corps leaders have long viewed special operations as just another realm of “warfighting” in which Marines are already proficient.

Recently, Gen. Paul X. Kelley told me that when he was commandant of the Marine Corps (1983 to 1987), he was “vocally” supportive of SOCOM. But, he added, the Corps already had “inherent special operations capabilities,” and those capabilities were an integral part of deployed Marine forces, not to be detached to a multi-service organization.

So why SOCOM participation now?

In the days following 9/11, it became obvious to U.S. military planners that centrally commanded special operators were key to winning the global war on terror. Moreover, all players should play and bring their unique talents and skill-sets to the game.

Soon after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a 100-man prototype unit — Marine Corps SOCOM Detachment One — was formed and began planning and conducting raids with Navy SEALs against insurgents in that country. Cmdr. Mark Divine, a SEAL officer who wrote a report after observing the prototype unit in action, described the unit as “highly agile” and “tactically effective.”

On Oct. 28, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gave the new team the “green light” (less than 48 hours after an article I had written for National Review Online stated that Rumsfeld’s signature was “the only thing keeping the Marine SOCOM Detachment from being formally stood up”).

Though still forming, the unit will be comprised of three elements — a special operations regiment, a foreign military training unit and a support group — totaling some 2,600 Marines.

Over the past week, I’ve been asked what unique particulars the new Marine team might bring to the special operations table. How will it differ from SEALs and Green Berets? It is a question I had previously posed to Gen. Kelley.

“It’s simple,” Kelley said. “A superbly trained and motivated Marine, one fortified by 230 years of enviable history and tradition.”

Therein lies the Corps’ most important asset: the philosophy ingrained within each Marine. Some might call it brainwashing. Best-selling author Tom Clancy referred to it as Marine Corps “magic.”

Twenty years ago, a leathery old gunnery sergeant stood before a group of us Marines on Okinawa and responded to a question about special operations.

“Hell, boys, every operation is special to a Marine,” he said.

Yeah but look what the top of their checks say: Dept of the Navy...
Old November 11th @ 06:27 pm   #10
From: CO
Originally Posted by buellrider

Yeah but look what the top of their checks say: Dept of the Navy...
The mens department!

230, counting, years

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