Navy SEALs: Pressure on standards?

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San Diego Union-Tribune Online, Sept. 27 | Jeanette Steele As SEAL leader recommends opening to women, former SEALs discuss issues facing elite branch In the Navy SEAL world, “standards” is the word of the hour. As momentum builds for the elite Navy branch to open its doors to women, former SEALs are concerned there will […]

Compass and a Camera, A Year in Vietnam

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With a compass to direct him in his job as a forward observer and a personal camera to document his experiences and keep him connected to his creative side, Vietnam veteran Steven Burchik was lucky enough to make it home and years later decided to write about the most challenging year of his life. Like […]

The Making of a Navy SEAL by Brandon Webb

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The Making of a Navy SEAL: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best Hardcover – August 25, 2015 by Brandon Webb (Author), John David Mann (Author), Marcus Luttrell (Foreword) Brandon Webb is a former U.S. Navy SEAL; his last assignment with the SEALs was Course Manager for the elite SEAL Sniper […]

Q&A on USS America

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Source UTSANDIEGO.COM It’ll be a different kind of (amphibious ready group.) And the Marines are working through what their concept of operations is going to be. They’ll take a different (vehicle) load … It’ll be a different capability. Much stronger in some areas, not as strong in other areas. Q: What’s the strength of this […]

Corpsmen Celebrate 115 Years of Service

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By MC1 James , Naval Hospital Pensacola Public Affairs PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — Hospital corpsmen have a long and proud tradition of excellence, honor, bravery and sacrifice as the Navy’s enlisted Medical Corps. On June 17, 2013 the Navy’s Hospital Corps celebrated 115 years of service. Hospital corpsmen perform their duties as assistants in the […]

Tribute to Navy Corpsmen

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Thanks to Ben Cascio for passing this along… A TRIBUTE TO THE F.M.F. CORPSMAN……. For those of us who heard and used the term ”Corpsman Up,” it is a term that remains everlasting in both our hearts and our minds. The truth is that we ask and expect far too much from these young men […]

Band of Brothers Day

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Brother, life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don’t, just because you can. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands – those of you who served in Viet Nam know this. […]

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Navy Corpsmen: A Marine’s Best Friend

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Here’s a great excerpt from ABOUT.COM regarding Marines and Navy Corpsmen. Photo courtesy of ~Cpl. Beddoe While Corpsmen are expected to be cure-alls for whatever ails a Marine, they know that their medical expertise only comes into play when it’s needed. Otherwise, they’re Marines in every sense of the word. “Corpsmen need to know […]

I Will Never Quit

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A quote from Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell; Brother Texan and American Patriot! “I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength […]

CASEVAC Corpsman Shannon Dittlinger

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Bruce Williams-Burden, former Navy Corpsman (RVN), wrote a book earlier this year year titled “Luminous Base”. The book is a well-researched collection of respectful and caring stories of Corpsmen killed in action. In April, I posted a review of the book here on my blog. With Bruce’s permission, I am posting a chapter from his […]

Mock Prison Riot in Iraq

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From my cousin, a civilian contractor, working with the military in Iraq. Now, don’t get me wrong, we Marines love our Sister branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, but the rivalry is strong..~Wally ====Wally here is an incident that I saw it’s a funny story concerning the Marines and Air Force. I had received a […]

R.I.P. Petty Officer Neil Roberts

Posted · Add Comment Navy SEALBUD/S Class: 184SEAL Service: 10 yearsRank: Petty Officer First ClassAge: 32Home: Woodland, CAAssigned: Naval Special Warfare Development GroupDied: March 4, 2002Operation: Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) Details: Roberts was killed in combat during a clandestine insertion, when the MH-47 Chinook helicopter he was readying to exit made a rushed take-off from a 10,000 foot mountain […]