THE VIETNAM EXPERIENCE, OUR DEFINITION OF “COMBAT” AND GENDER INTEGRATION IN OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES THAT INVOLVE “INTENSE COMBAT”

Will Costantini
Col USMC (ret)

As I was waxing eloquent about how humbling it was to watch what Marines did at Con Thien in the PBS series entitled “The Vietnam War” a friend of mine, a smart one at that, called the program to talk about how we define “combat” and whether our “modern definition” contradicts 400 years of combat history but allows our civilian leaders to gender integrate military occupational specialties that involve “intense combat” and should NOT be integrated.

HOW RARE ARE USMC AMTRACK FIRES & HOW DO AAV CREWS REACT TO A FIRE?

Larry Hinkle
Sgt, USMC
Veteran

Larry Hinkle was a Sgt of Amtrack Marines, he joins us to answer our questions relative to yesterday’s AAV fire at Camp Pendleton.

Fires in the crew compartment of an AAV are something that are extremely rare, we’ll talk about how a fire might occur and the measures the AAV crew would take to mitigate any fire in or on the vehicle.

KEEP YOUR HONOR CLEAN — GENDER — AVIATION UPDATE : General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps (Part 2 of 2)

General Robert B. Neller
Commandant
United States Marine Corps

The Commandant of the Marine Corps joined ALL MARINE RADIO to talk leadership and current events.

ABOUT KEEP YOUR HONOR CLEAN:  The Commandant isn’t sure if Marines are “buying it” when it comes to “keeping your honor clean.”  Attempts to influence character are ongoing in the Marine Corps, it’s unfinished work and Marines are trying hard but the jury is still out.  “I don’t know if you can get it until you experience it.  In the aggregate we have really good people, we just have to do a better job explaining this.”

ABOUT GENDERDoes the Marine Corps still want women who don’t want to be grunts (Capt Lauren Serrano’s question)?  The Commandant is conscious that the burden of child birth and being a mother is a heavy burden, “Of course we want her in the Marine Corps.”  “At the end of the day you have to be ready to deploy, it’s a hard life.”  “I think we’re trying to find that space, but we have to find that balance between our warfighting requirement and our retention.”

ABOUT AVIATION:  We need to fly more.  Every month our flight hours go up.  It took us years to get into this situation and it’ll take us years to get out.  Why CMC decided to have Marine Corps aviation units “take a knee” after the the 31st MEU MV-22 incident.

PART 2 of a GREAT interview.

SOCIAL MEDIA & MARINES UNITED — WHAT HE FOCUSES ON — HELO DUNKERS & SWIMMING : General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps (Part 1 of 2)

General R.B. Neller, USMC Commandant of the Marine Corps
General R.B. Neller
37th Commandant
U.S. Marine Corps

The Commandant of the Marine Corps joined ALL MARINE RADIO to talk leadership and current events.

SOCIAL MEDIA:  Marine leaders need to become familiar with social media so they can understand the world their Marines live in and so they can use it as another tool to lead.  He also discusses how “Marines United” has impacted his job.

THE PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA’S VISIT TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS:  President Moon of South Korea landed at Andrews AFB and went directly to the NMMC to pay his respects to the Marine Corps who rescued his family during the fight at the Chosin Reservoir.

HELO DUNKER TRAINING:  The Commandant believes that we can and should raise the bar relative to swimming in the Marine Corps in general, and also believes we might be able to do better relative to frequent-flyers and helo dunker training.

PART 1 of a GREAT interview.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFETY STAND-DOWN & HELO DUNKER TRAINING? Boomer Milstead, LtGen USMC (ret)

Bob “Boomer” Milstead
LtGen USMC (ret)

Bob “Boomer” Milstead, LtGen USMC (ret) joins us to discuss helo dunker training, who needs it, how often should it happen and the incredible life saving power of HEED oxygen bottles.

Boomer also discusses with us the importance of Safety Stand-Downs and how safety is a function of doing things right and how leadership makes it all work.

An awesome interview with an interesting and accomplished Marine General Officer.

 

Investing in Marines — Getting the best return: Carl Forsling

Carl Forsling
Maj USMC (ret)

Carl Forsling is a retire Marine Osprey pilot , businessman and a writer for the website Task & Purpose.  He joined the program to talk about his article that won the Marine Corp Gazette’s 2016 Kiser Family Irregular Warfare Essay Contest with his entry entitled:  Investing in Marines: Getting the Best Return.

Carl also discusses how a MV-22 Osprey executes a controlled water landing.

ARE THE BENEFITS OF HELO DUNKER TRAINING WORTH THE EFFORT? Mike, Mike and Will Costantini

The Gunner
Afghanistan
2011
Will Costantini
Col USMC (ret)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Constantini joined Mike & Mike to discuss:  Is “Helo Dunker” training worth the time it takes out of the training schedule given the need to be MORE PROFICIENT at higher priority tasks that will be executed on a much more frequent basis?

FACT:  it’s an extremely low probability event

FACT:  we don’t create proficiency of any kind in our current training

FACT:  Helo Dunker training takes lots of time

BOTTOM LINE:  Is the juice worth the squeeze given the current state of training REQUIREMENTS vs TIME in the Marine Corps?

LEADERSHIP & WHAT’S NEW AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS: Rusty Blackman, LtGen USMC (ret)

Rusty Blackman
LtGen USMC (ret)
President & CEO
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Rusty Blackman joins us to talk leadership and what’s new and exciting at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  Rusty walks us through the new Medal of Honor Theater, the expansion of the Museum that will be completed in 2018 as well as the visit of the President of South Korea on his first official trip to the United States to pay his respects to the Marine Corps who evacuated his family from the vicinity of the Chosin Reservior in during the Korean War.

LtGen Blackman also discuss how the NMMC has exceeded the expectations of those who envisioned it by becoming a sacred place for Marines to gather.  A GREAT DISCUSSION with the leader of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

If you’re interested in supporting the great work of the Foundation, click here.

HELO DUNKER COMMENT: Patrick Melton

 I would like to add the following comments to your recent show discussing the crash of the 31st MEU.
The helo dunker is decent training, I say decent because their is NO WAY anyone can make the dunker realistic. The speed and violence that is involved in an actual crash can’t be duplicated in a controlled environment. Your guest mentioned how they can’t have the amount of gear that Marines usually take on the bird as well.

One thing that your guest stated was talking about the egress points of the MV-22, I would say that knowing your egress points are only moderately important since there is no saying that the bird will be in only one piece. People who have never been in a crash are only providing a second hand opinion, I say this because I have first hand experience in this.

We crashed Aug 29th, 1986.

The helo we were in broke into 5 pieces after we hit another helo on the flight deck, we had crossed into the Arctic Circle earlier that day and the water temperature was 42degrees. It is a tragedy to lose any Marine, to have only lost 3 out of 26 is truly a miracle. We lost 8 out of 21 on our crash…..

The Corps needs to do a much better job of preparing our Marines for these type of crashes.

Semper Fi

Patrick Melton

31ST MEU OSPREY CRASH – HELO DUNKERS & MIRACLES: Mike & Mike

MV-22 Osprey

The Boys discuss the tragic events over the weekend that left three 31st MEU Marines missing and presumed dead off the eastern coast of Australia.

How often do deploying Marines go through “helo dunker” training?

What happens when a Osprey or helo hits the water?  How are Marines taught to react?

Is it different if the aircraft enters the water in a “controlled” or “uncontrolled” manner?

Are you a fan of the Osprey?

Musselman & McNamara talk about it.