Category Archives: Marine Corps

Sgt. Major speaks out: ‘My career was defaced.’

Super glad to see the Sgt Major landed on his feet. And hearing his story (of how he had just returned from the funeral of his father, and how he handled how all this going down) only makes me respect this man about a hundred times more.

Here’s the story: Sgt. Major speaks out: ‘My career was defaced.

And here are my two earlier posts about the incident:

Back when this first happened and both sides were seriously pissed and entrenched — some supported the former DI and his right to protest, and even supporters of the Sgt Major were mostly furious about Obama’s trade for Bergdahl — I wrote this:

I might be wrong — I frequently am — but I’ll bet you in ten or fifteen years, that former DI feels bad about this entire episode. I understand why he was protesting the trade made by Obama, and I’ll bet he’s still super angry at the Sgt Major, but with about ten years and some distance from the event, I’m betting he’ll wish things had gone down differently.

Even with the distance of nearly four months, I still feel the same about this incident. And given that we now know the Sgt Major had just returned from dealing with the death of his father, which his command should have known, I find it absolutely absurd that he was basically forced out after this incident.

The man was a three-time combat vet with a Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device, which they rarely award to enlisted troops…

Sgt Major, I would have been proud to serve under you, and I wish you well in your new job.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Even the Marine Corps Band kicks ass

Wow. Can’t say I know much about the Marine Corps band, but it makes my day to see that they’re just as cocky and good as we ground pounders in the infantry were. ‪

Check out this friendly competition they had with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army Band. #‎Swagger‬ ‪#‎Badasses‬

Can you believe that? Them boys were cocky. I still can’t believe they went up and used the other dudes drums, or got up in their faces like that!

And the Marines’s actions weren’t perfect, so I’ll bet they ad-libbed it.  Definitely not a practiced or rehearsed maneuver.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

 

P.S. Yes, I know this is actually the III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) band, and not the United States Marine Band, but their correct title hardly works in a headline, so please kindly withhold any cute comments of such a nature.

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Charges dropped against Parris Island Sgt. Maj. who confronted protester

I was glad to see that the assault and battery charges against this Sgt Major were dropped.

See full story here: Charges dropped against Parris Island Sgt. Maj. who confronted protester

You may remember me writing about this back in June. Here’s my earlier post: Sgt Major of Parris Island resigns following altercation with protester.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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So, you’re in high school and you want to join the United States Marine Corps?

A young man in high school posted a comment the other day with some questions about joining the Marine Corps.

I had a few ideas on answering him, but I quickly decided that there’s no way I should answer him when we have every thing from Marines who served brutal time in Vietnam, to First Sgts and Sergeant Majors,  to Majors and full Colonels subscribed to this blog.

So, I’m hoping some of you would take a few minutes to answer a few of the questions below, and please drop your rank and years of service for additional credibility. (No need to use your name, unless you don’t mind.)

Here are his questions, and a couple of others that I’m adding:

  • What is boot camp like?
  • What should you watch out for when talking with a recruiter?
  • What was the best thing about joining the Marine Corps?
  • What was the worst?
  • Finally, what was the one thing that happened that you never expected?

And if there’s anything else you want to add, please go ahead. Thanks!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Sergeant Major tears it up on the dance floor

This is all the proof you need that Marines slay it on the battlefield, and we slay it on the dance floor…

Keep in mind that that man in the white trousers is a Marine Corps Sergeant Major, the highest enlisted rank of this battalion.

It’s worth noting that usually Sergeant Majors are insanely reserved, strict, and someone you usually want to avoid. Officers are the leaders, and they usually have an encouraging word, a joke, something nice to say.

Senior Staff NCOs, such as this Sgt Major, are usually just looking for a good reason to rip you a new one. Their job is to enforce the highest state of discipline, and they do their jobs well…

Nice to see one loosening up and yet again setting the example that Marines should dance, and dance well. (At least once a year.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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