US Army misses recruiting goal; other services squeak by
The Army fell about 15,000 soldiers — or 25% — short of its recruitment goal this year, despite a frantic effort to make up the widely expected gap in a year when all the military services struggled in a tight jobs market to find young people willing and fit to enlist.
Navy destroyer bears name of decorated Marine killed in WWII
The christening of a Navy destroyer on Saturday highlighted the sacrifices of two generations — the ship’s namesake killed in World War II and another Marine who died more than 60 years later. The future USS Basilone bears the name of a Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor before his death on Iwo Jima. The legacy and sacrifice of such Marines are never forgotten, Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps Troy Black told a crowd of 2,000 gathered next to the warship at Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works in Maine.news.yahoo.com
Parris Island wages battles, not war, against climate change
Rising seas are encroaching on one of America’s most storied military installations, where thousands of recruits are molded into Marines each year amid the salt marshes of South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is particularly vulnerable to flooding, coastal erosion and other impacts of climate change, a Defense Department-funded “resiliency review” noted last month. Maj. Marc Blair, Parris Island’s environmental director, describes this strategy as “the art of the small,” a phrase he attributes to the base’s commanding general, Brig. Gen. Julie Nethercot.news.yahoo.com
Marine officer blames bad information for sinking tragedy
A Marine Corps battalion commander testified Friday that in retrospect he would have halted the exercise that killed nine of his Marines whose amphibious assault vehicle sank off the Southern California coast but at the time he did not have accurate information to make such a decision. Lt. Col. Michael J. Regner said his decisions were based in part on what other commanders told him, including that all the Marines had completed their swim certifications and that the aging vehicles they were in had been fixed and were ready for the mission. “Had I known that at the time, I would have said ‘No we're not going to go into the ocean without a safety boat,'" Regner said.news.yahoo.com
Panel hears dueling versions of Marine tank's fatal sinking
A Marine Corps officer takes responsibility for the sinking of an amphibious assault vehicle off the Southern California coast that killed nine service members under his command, but he doesn't deserve to be discharged for any missteps, his attorney told a military panel Tuesday. A Marine Corps attorney countered that Lt. Col. Michael J. Regner's missteps were egregious enough to justify ending his military service six months short of reaching his 20-year mark that would entitle him to full retirement benefits. Regner, who spoke to Marine Corps investigators, is expected to address the three-officer panel during a Board of Inquiry hearing that began Tuesday and is expected to last up to four days.news.yahoo.com
Across services, troops face discipline for refusing vaccine
U.S. officials say all of the military services have now begun disciplinary actions and discharges for troops who have refused to get the mandated coronavirus vaccine, with as many as 20,000 unvaccinated forces at risk of being removed from service.
AP: US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world
In that other case, explosives ended up in the hands of some high school kids. Hundreds — and possibly thousands — of armor-piercing grenades, hundreds of pounds of plastic explosives, as well as land mines and rockets have been stolen from or lost by the U.S. armed forces over the past decade, according to an ongoing Associated Press investigation into the military’s failure to secure all its weapons of war. Troops falsified records to cover up some thefts, and in other cases didn’t report explosives as missing, investigative files show.news.yahoo.com
Military suicides rise 15% as senior leaders call for action
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. military suicides jumped by 15% last year, fueled by significant increases in the Army and Marine Corps that senior leaders called troubling.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Marine general has COVID after Pentagon meeting
Ray attended the Joint Chiefs meeting Friday in the so-called Tank — the classified meeting room in the Pentagon. Officials said that is where most of the military leaders were exposed to him, but he also had other meetings with officials. The Marine Corps remains operationally ready to answer the Nation’s call.”The news of the positive tests has stunned officials at the Pentagon. Overall, more than 47,000 service members have tested positive for the virus, as of Monday; 625 have been hospitalized and eight have died. According to officials, the military leaders were negative at that time, and they will continue to be tested in the coming days.
WATCH: Marine killed in training accident escorted from San Antonio to New Braunfels
SAN ANTONIO – A U.S. Marine killed in a training accident last month was escorted from San Antonio in a procession as he returned home to New Braunfels to be laid to rest. Marine Lance Cpl. Perez’s casket arrived at 11 a.m. at San Antonio International Airport. It was escorted by officers with the New Braunfels Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for his return to New Braunfels. RELATED: Marine from New Braunfels killed in training accident off Southern California coast
Military finds human remains, sunken tank off California
SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Navy has located a seafaring tank that sank off the Southern California coast last week and was working to recover human remains, officials said Tuesday. After that process is complete, it will raise the amphibious vehicle. Seven Marines and one Navy sailor were missing after the 26-ton (23-metric ton) landing craft sank Thursday. All of the Marines aboard were attached to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at nearby Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego. The Marines use the vehicles to transport troops and equipment from Navy ships to land.
Marine from New Braunfels killed in training accident off Southern California coast
SAN DIEGO – Two Marines from New Braunfels and Houston are among those dead after their landing craft sank off the Southern California coast during a training exercise last week. Guillermo S. Perez, 19, of New Braunfels, was pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday, according to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at nearby Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego. Officials with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit announced Sunday that they called off the search. “It is with a heavy heart that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort,” said Col. Christopher Bronzi, commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. All of the Marines aboard were attached to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at nearby Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego.
Marines halt search for 8 missing troops, all presumed dead
SAN DIEGO – Eight troops missing after their landing craft sank off the Southern California coast during a training exercise are presumed dead, the Marine Corps announced Sunday. The Marines said they had called off the search that started late Thursday afternoon when the amphibious assault vehicle sank with 15 Marines and one Navy sailor aboard. The craft was one of 13 amphibious assault vehicles that had just completed an exercise. Troops on board two other amphibious assault vehicles responded quickly but couldn’t stop the sinking, Osterman said at a Friday news conference. And in 2011, a Marine died when an amphibious assault vehicle in a training exercise sank offshore of the camp.