Marine Corps

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Weight issues aside, Army sticks with JLTV -
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway cast doubt on the JLTV program April 29, saying he does not think industry has “stayed apace of the vision” to develop the JLTV. “If it comes in at the weight where it is right now, the Marine Corps simply...
Dennis Anderson: Corps values as dad and son go hunting - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Last winter, while Lance Cpl. Ben Sexe, US Marine Corps, was sweating in Djibouti, a small country in the Horn of Africa, his dad, Andy, was appealing to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for a couple of permits to hunt turkeys....
Back to Iraq for devoted teacher - Philadelphia Inquirer
A couple of weeks ago, Meisner - make that Gunnery Sgt. Meisner of the Marine Corps Reserve - said goodbye to her kids and her teaching gig. No keeping Uncle Sam waiting. On June 1, Meisner, 33, will report to a Marine Corps training center in...
Marine Not Father of Lauterbach's Child - About - News & Issues
The rape charge was never corroborated by the Navy investigators, but the case was not closed. Laurean was arrested in Mexico and returned to the US almost a year later after fighting extradition. He was expelled from the Marine Corps last week because...
Virginia routs Johns Hopkins to advance to NCAA men's lacrosse ... - Richmond Times Dispatch
8 seeded Johns Hopkins 19-8 this afternoon in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The loss was Hopkins' most one-sided ever in an NCAA tournament game. Sophomore midfielder Shamel Bratton scored a career-five five...
Rain cancels Blue Angel's finale at Beaufort Air Show - Hilton Head Island Packet
Event organizers at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort sent about 60000 spectators home at 2:40 pm after lightning was spotted within five miles of the show and a downpour soaked the area. Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen, air station spokesman, said despite...
Marine Corps ready for review's scrutiny - Inside NoVA
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway delivers the keynote address focusing on the Quadrennial Defense Review at the CSIS Military Strategy Forum in Washington DC, on Friday. Conway said he expects the Marine Corps will withstand any scrutiny...
Veteran comrades reunite at air show - New Bern Sun Journal
CHERRY POINT- They rose slowly, but as the Marine Corps Hymn played, they stood, their backs perfectly straight and their hats in their hands. After all these years, Leonard Birney and Jim Westendorf still live and breathe the Marine Corps....
Runner resuscitated after heart stops during race - WJZ
(AP) Police say an Alabama man was awake and alert after his heart stopped during the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon in Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe says the 29-year-old runner was doing as well as could be...
Injured Marine Retires for Corps -
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Austin native Dan Stewart, who was severely injured during a tour of duty in Iraq, officially retired from the Marine Corps. Nearly 4 years after he was severely injured in Iraq, Corporal Dan Stewart of Austin retired from the Marines....

Republic of China Marine Corps


The Republic of China Marine Corps (中華民國海軍陸戰隊; pinyin:Zhōnghuá Mínguó Hǎijūn Lùzhàndùi) is the amphibious arm of the Republic of China Navy responsible for amphibious combat, counter-landing and reinforcement of the main island of Taiwan, remote islands, defense of ROCN facilities, and also functions as a rapid reaction force and a strategic reserve.

The ROC Marine Corps were formed from the former Navy Sentry Corps in December 1914.

In 2004, the ROCMC redeployed a brigade near the Taipei area to defend against a possible PRC decapitation strike.

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Commandant of the Marine Corps

Flag of the Commandant of the Marine Corps

The Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) is the highest ranking officer in the United States Marine Corps and is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The CMC reports directly to the Secretary of the Navy but not to the Chief of Naval Operations. The CMC is responsible for ensuring the organization, policy, plans, and programs for the Marine Corps as well as advising the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Navy on matters involving the Marine Corps. Under the authority of the Secretary of the Navy, the CMC also designates Marine personnel and resources to the commanders of Unified Combatant Commands. The commandant also performs all other functions prescribed in Section 5043 in Title 10 of the United States Code or delegates those duties and responsibilities to other officers in his administration in his name. As with the other joint chiefs, the commandant is an administrative position and has no operational command authority over United States Marine Corps forces.

The Commandant is nominated by the President and must be confirmed by majority vote from the Senate. By statute, the commandant is appointed as a four-star general.

Since 1801, the home of the Commandant is located in Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune


Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is a major base for the United States Marine Corps and is located on the Atlantic seaboard of the United States near Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Camp Lejeune is home to the II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, three other major Marine commands, and a Naval hospital. As of the early 2000s, Onslow County's population was 143,491, of which 43,100 were active service members.

The base occupies 246 square miles (637 km²). The base's 14 miles (23 km) of beaches make it a major area for amphibious assault training, and its location between two deep-water ports (Wilmington and Morehead City) allows for fast deployments.

The main base is supplemented by five satellite facilities: Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Geiger, Stone Bay, Courthouse Bay, Camp Johnson, and the latest addition to the facility, the Greater Sandy Run Training Area. When added to the main base and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, they make up the largest concentration of Marines and U.S. Navy sailors in the world.

In April 1941, construction was approved on an 11,000 acre (45 km²) tract in Onslow County, North Carolina. On May 1 of that year, Lt. Col. William P. T. Hill began construction on Marine Barracks New River. The first base headquarters was in a summer cottage on Montford Point, then shifted to Hadnot Point in 1942. Later that year it was renamed in honor of the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune.

One of the satellite facilities of Camp Lejeune served for a while as a third boot camp for the Marines, in addition to Parris Island and San Diego. That facility, Montford Point, was established after Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802. Between 1942 and 1949, a brief era of segregated training for black Marines, the camp at Montford Point trained 20,000 African-Americans. After the military was ordered to fully integrate, Montford Point was renamed Camp Gilbert H. Johnson and became the home of the Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools.

In 1982, Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were found to be in Camp Lejeune's drinking water supply. VOC contamination of groundwater can cause birth defects and other ill health effects in pregnant and nursing mothers. This information was not made public for nearly two decades when the government attempted to identify those who may have been exposed.

Today MCB Camp Lejeune boasts 11 miles (18 km) of beach capable of supporting amphibious operations. There are 78 live-fire ranges, 98 maneuver areas, 34 gun positions, 540 tactical landing zones and a state-of-the-art Military Operations in Urban Terrain training facility. Military forces from around the world come to MCB Camp Lejeune on a regular basis for bilateral and NATO-sponsored exercises.

From at least 1957 through 1987, Marines and their families at Lejeune drank and bathed in water contaminated with toxins at concentrations up to 240-3400 times permitted by safety standards, and at least 850 former residents filed claims for nearly $4 billion from the military. The main chemicals involved were trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE); however, more than 70 chemicals have been identified as contaminants at Lejeune. The base's wells were shut off in the mid-1980s, after which the water met federal standards, then they were placed back online in violation of the law. The Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune is now preparing to supply water to Onslow County, NC. There is a long history of lost documents, poor management, and deceptive lab testings and results.

In 2007, Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine master sergeant, found a document dated 1981 that described a radioactive dump site near a rifle range at the camp. According to the report, the waste was laced with strontium-90, an isotope known to cause cancer and leukemia. According to Camp Lejeune's installation restoration program manager, base officials learned in 2004 about the 1981 document. Ensminger served in the Marine Corps for 24 and a half years, and lived for part of that time at Camp Lejeune. In 1985 his 9-year-old daughter, Janey, died of cancer.

An advocacy group called The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten was created to inform possible victims of the contamination at Lejeune. The group's website includes an introduction with some basic information about the contamination at Lejeune, including that many health problems various types of cancer, leukemia, miscarriages and birth defects, have been noted in people who drank the contaminated water. According to their site, numerous base housing areas were affected by the contamination, including Tarawa Terrace, Midway Park, Berkeley Manor, Paradise Point, Hadnot Point, Hospital Point, and Watkins Village.

The military prison at Camp Lejeune has been in operation since 1968 and currently has a maximum capacity of 280 inmates who are incarcerated between 30 and 90 days.

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommended in 2005 that the brig be closed, and the Secretary of Defense has to implement the commission's recommendations at the latest on September 15, 2011. A new brig is scheduled to be built in Chesapeake, Virginia. Instead a small detention facility will be built at Camp Lejeune to hold detainees awaiting court martial.

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