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Marine Corps

Generals: It’s time for women to register for the draft

WASHINGTON — The top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified on Tuesday that they believe it is time for women to register for future military drafts, following the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members.

Date: 02/03/2016 | Nation & World

Flight gear adorns crosses for 12 Marines killed in Hawaii

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii — Servicemen draped flight gear on 12 white crosses Friday to commemorate the Marines who died when two helicopters crashed off the coast of Hawaii during a nighttime training mission.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Northwest

Marine helicopters collide off Oahu, search under way

HALEIWA, Hawaii — Rescuers searched choppy waters on Friday where debris was sighted after two Marine Corps helicopters carrying six crew members each crashed off the Hawaiian island of Oahu during a nighttime training mission, military officials said.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Nation & World

Marine general lashes out at plans for women in combat

WASHINGTON — A top Marine general predicted Friday that the Defense Department's vows to maintain the same standards for women and men in combat jobs won't last, saying the military will eventually be pressured to lower the qualifications so more women can serve in jobs like the...

Date: 01/09/2016 | Nation & World

Opposition ‘deep’ as Pentagon opens combat jobs to women

Kara Hultgreen and Carey Lohrenz were about to make history. As naval officers and aviators in 1994, they were part of the first class of female fighter pilots in the history of the Navy, and preparing to fly the legendary F-14 Tomcat in combat from an aircraft carrier deploying to the...

Date: 12/12/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. commandos oppose female members

WASHINGTON — The men in the U.S. military's most dangerous jobs care little about political correctness or gender equality. And they have a message for their political leadership.When they are fighting in the shadows or bleeding on the battlefield, women have no place...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Nation & World

All combat jobs are now open to women

WASHINGTON — After three years of study and debate, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the military Thursday to open all military jobs to women, removing the final barriers that kept women from serving in combat, including the most dangerous and grueling commando posts.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Nation & World

Military justice system shields child sex abuse cases

WASHINGTON — As a U.S. Marine, Daniel E. DeSmit swore to live by a code of honor. Semper fidelis, always faithful. But DeSmit shattered that pledge repeatedly — directing dozens of live Internet videos of children having sex with each other.

Date: 11/18/2015 | Nation & World

New Navy warship honors Mexico-born Marine

BATH, Maine — First in English, then in Spanish, the mother of a fallen Marine who shielded his comrades from an insurgent's grenade christened a new Navy destroyer in his honor.Rosa Peralta asked God to bless the ship named for her son, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, and to...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Marines seek to close combat jobs to women

WASHINGTON — The commandant of the Marine Corps has recommended that women be excluded from competing for certain front-line combat jobs, U.S. officials said Friday, as the Corps distanced itself from the other military services that are expected to allow women to serve in battlefield...

Date: 09/19/2015 | Nation & World

Navy secretary criticizes Marines' gender study

WASHINGTON — The Navy secretary took issue with the Marine Corps' controversial gender integration study released Thursday, saying that he questioned some of its findings and still believes the military would be best with all jobs open to women.In an interview with...

Date: 09/12/2015 | Nation & World

Marines: Women injured more often, shoot less accurately

Women in a new Marine Corps unit created to assess how female service members perform in combat were injured twice as often as men, less accurate with infantry weapons and not as good at removing wounded troops from the battlefield, according to the results of a long-awaited study produced by the...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Nation & World

Marine Corps duty was a ‘higher calling’

COOS BAY, Ore. — For some people, life is all about the experiences.

Date: 08/31/2015 | Northwest

WWII fighter ace Fritz Payne dies at 104

LOS ANGELES — Frederick "Fritz" Payne, a World War II fighter ace who left his mark on aviation and wartime history by shooting down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, a bloody, months-long confrontation that helped change the course of the war,...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Nation & World

Purple Hearts in question after Chattanooga attack

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after the attack on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killed five U.S. service members, the U.S. government is still grappling with whether to call the event terrorism. Potentially at stake: Purple Hearts for the service members killed and wounded, and the...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

Lockheed F-35 ready for combat, Marines say

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps declared its version of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter ready for limited combat operations, a milestone for the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire

Gunman kills 4 Marines in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines before he was shot to death by police, and sending service members scrambling for cover as...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

4 Marines, gunman killed in Tennessee attacks

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The attacker was also killed.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World

Short-range rifles irk Marine snipers

It was the summer of 2011 in southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, and mission after mission, Sgt. Ben McCullar of Third Battalion, Second Marines, would insert with his eight-man sniper team into the berms and dunes north of the volatile town of Musa Qala.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

Spokane Marine died in crash; concerns raised about Marines’ new plane

HONOLULU — A military plane crash that killed a Marine and injured several other service members during a training exercise in Hawaii has renewed safety concerns about the Marine Corps’ new airplane-and-helicopter hybrid.

Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest

No survivors in Marine chopper crash in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared this week during a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World

Special ops troops doubt women can do job

WASHINGTON — Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World

Special Operations Marines recall teammates killed in helicopter crash

In the hours after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of the Florida Panhandle on March 10, some of the Marine Corps’ most elite members learned that their force had suffered a catastrophic loss. The aircraft had gone down in thick fog near Santa Rosa Sound, a narrow body of water...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Nation & World

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