Monique & Jocelyne Lamoureux helped power the US Women’s Olympic Hockey Team to a Gold Medal last night, we had a chance to visit with them just before they departed for Pyeongchang.
CONGRATULATION to them and the entire US Women’s Olympic Hockey Team on a historic win!
THE GREATEST PME I’ve ever attended. You’ll hear the first half of Col Zinni’s “Combat Concepts” PME — delivered in Quantico at The Basic School in 1989 after he gave up command of the 9th Marine Regiment.
Presentations like this one ought to be mandatory for ALLcommanders, from platoon to MEF.
You’ll hear me comment on the presentation at times, amplifying points or giving context to Col Zinni’s comments.
Through the miracle of modern technology the Marines from the first platoon I ever commanded and I reconnected yesterday, The GOONS from 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment are alive and well. They were a tough group of Marines, diverse as most units are, a great platoon in the field and funny as hell.
Our Company song is below, written by Cpl Andre Dennis and LCpl Richard Canada (a.ka. “The Maneuvering Element”) they used to sing it as loud as I ever heard Marines sing… it used to get people out of their offices & barracks in Okinawa when we’d hump back in from the Central Training Area… the Goons were great tough Marines… I’ll be satisfied when I die, that I was a Marine of Charlie 1/5.
SECDEF MATTIS: “You’re either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I’m not going have some people deploying constantly and then other people, who seem to not pay that price, in the U.S. military,” Mattis to reporters on February 17, 2018.
SECDEF MATTIS: “If you can’t go overseas [and] carry a combat load, then obviously someone else has got to go. I want this spread fairly and expertly across the force.”
SECDEF MATTIS: “They need time at home, they need time with their families. We may enlist soldiers, but we re-enlist families. That’s the way it is. If you can’t keep the family together, then you’re either going to lose the family or you’re going to lose the soldier, and that’s a net loss for our society and for our military.”
SECDEF MATTIS: according to Marine Corps Times “Mattis stressed that those who were injured in the field would be exempt from the new policy, saying “we’ll find a place to use them. That’s a special category. They’ve earned that special status.”
Based on those comments, I believe that the SECDEF will recommend to the President:
1. That citizens who are physically and mentally qualified for military service, who identify themselves as “transgender” because of “gender diaspora¹” and who do not intend to seek a surgical remedy to their diaspora be allowed to enlist and serve as long as they remain worldwide deployable.
2. That citizens who are physically and mentally qualified for military service, who identify themselves as “transgender” because of “gender diaspora¹” and and who intend to seek a surgical remedy to their diaspora while on active duty or in the reserves NOT be allowed to enlist and serve because such a decision will render them non-worldwide deployable for extended periods of time which in turn makes them incompatible with military service.
Write it down.
¹ Gender dysphoria (GD), or gender identity disorder (GID), is the distress a person experiences as a result of the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.
PFC Mike Musselman visited the island of Iwo Jima as part of an exercise he participated in in 1985, we talk about his experience there and in a second visit in 1993.
We’ll talk about the theme of “Innovation” in the February 2018 edition of the Marine Corps Gazette with the Editor & Publisher Col Chris Woodbridge, USMC (ret).
With the anniversaries of epic Marine Corps battles such as Iwo Jima, Hue and Khe Sanh this month, we’ll also talk to Chris about the literary treasure trove that resides in the digital archives of the Gazette.