Archive for June, 2011
To the men and women of the United States armed forces: It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve and to lead you for the past four and a half years. All of [Read more...]
I heard the final rifle volley and saw the winding procession of somber Marines, yet I’m sure Sgt. Joseph Garrison was there. Though I never shook his hand or looked him in the eye, his [Read more...]
As soon as the call comes in from the forward observer, the countdown begins. Three minutes is all the Marines from Mortars Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, have. Three minutes to plot [Read more...]
The promo for Marine Week St. Louis said that after this week, the city of St. Louis would never be the same. After just one day of events, I believe it.
In 2002, Dario DiBattista convinced a strong-willed high school grad to join the Marine Corps. Three years later, he found himself face-to-face with the wife who lost him in battle. On a Wednesday night, I [Read more...]
‘Through the Ranks,’ is a recurring commentary about a day in the life of a deployed Marine from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Each commentary will highlight an individual’s personal experience through the perspective of [Read more...]
By: Staff Sgt. Greg Thomas BEARING is this week’s Marine Corps leadership trait, and it’s defined as, “the way you conduct and carry yourself. Your manner should reflect alertness, competence, confidence, and control.” This trait [Read more...]