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This Month In USMC History
1 October 1997:
The first African-American female colonel in the Marine Corps was promoted to that rank during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, made Marine Corps history when she achieved the rank of colonel. She was serving as Special Projects Officer, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at the time of her promotion.

5 October 1775:
Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 2d Continental Congress used the word "Marines" on one of the earliest known occasions, when it directed General George Washington to secure two vessels on "Continental risque and pay", and to give orders for the "proper encouragement to the Marines and seamen" to serve on the two armed ships.

6 October 1945:
Major General Keller E. Rockey, Commanding General, III Amphibious Corps, accepted the surrender of 50,000 Japanese troops in North China on behalf of the Chinese Nationalist government.

8 October 1889:
A force of 375 Marines under command of future Commandant George F. Elliott, attacked and captured the insurgent town of Novaleta, Luzon, Philippine Islands, and linked up with U.S. Army troops. There were 11 Marine casualties.

9 October 1917:
The 8th Marines was activated at Quantico, Virginia. Although the regiment would not see combat in Europe during World War I, the officers and enlisted men of the 8th Marines participated in operations against dissidents in Haiti for over five years during the 1920s. During World War II, the regiment was assigned to the 2d Marine Division and participated in combat operations on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, and earned three Presidential Unit Citations.

11 October 1951:
A Marine battalion was flown by transport helicopters to a frontline combat position for the first time, when HMR-161 lifted the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, and its equipment, during Operation Bumblebee, northeast of Yanggu, Korea.

19 October 1968:
Operation Maui Peak, a combined regimental-sized operation which began on 6 October, ended 11 miles northwest of An Hoa, Vietnam. More than 300 enemy were killed in the 13-day operation.

23 October 1983:
At 0622 an explosive-laden truck slammed into the BLT headquarters building in Beirut, Lebanon, where more than 300 men were billeted. The massive explosion collapsed the building in seconds, and took the lives of 241 Americans--including 220 Marines. This was the highest loss of life in a single day for Marines since D-Day on Iwo Jima in 1945.

28 October 1962:
An 11,000-man 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade left Camp Pendleton by sea for the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis. One week earlier, the entire 189,000-man Marine Corps had been put on alert and elements of the 1st and 2d Marine Divisions were sent to Guantanamo Bay to reinforce the defenders of the U.S. Naval Base. Other 2d Division units and squadrons from five Marine Aircraft Groups were deployed at Key West, Florida, or in Caribbean waters during the Cuban crisis.

31 October 1919:
A patrol of Marines and gendarmes, led by Sergeant Herman H. Hanneken, disguised themselves as Cacos and entered the headquarters of the Haitian Caco Leader, Charlemagne Peralte, killing the bandit chief, and dispersing his followers. Sergeant Hanneken and Corporal William R. Button were each awarded the Medal of Honor.

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MarSOC marks its 3rd anniversary

By Trista Talton - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 2, 2009 17:37:32 EST

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — When Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command becomes fully operational capable in two years, “the sky’s the limit,” its commander, Maj. Gen. Mastin Robeson, said Monday.

The command, which marked its third anniversary during a morning at Camp Lejeune, saw about a 30-percent increase in its number of deployments in the past year, Robeson said. That’s proof, he said, that MarSOC is living up to the expectations of U.S. Special Operations Command.

“All the things they’re trained to do, Marine Special Operations Command has done it,” Robeson said. “The standard that’s been set has been set by Marines.”

Sixty Marines going through MarSOC’s first Individual Training Course, launched in October 2008, have completed about three-quarters of the course. MarSOC officials spent about a year designing the seven-month-long course, which standardizes the basic capabilities expected of Special Operations Marines.

Currently, MarSOC stands at approximately 2,100 Marines and sailors, just 400 shy of its goal.

Posted by admin on Tuesday 03 March 2009 - 01:55:32 | LAN_THEME_20
Marine Corps School of Infantry
At SOI we train entry-level Marines in basic warrior skills. SOI's training mission ensures "Every Marine is, first and foremost, a Rifleman". We also train Marine leaders from the rank of Corporal to Lieutenant in advanced infantry and light armored vehicle skills.

Whether through classroom instruction, or in the conduct of live-fire exercises, the focus at SOI is on training warriors. SOI requires the best and most professional leaders in the Marine Corps to accomplish this mission. Our Marine Combat Instructors form the bedrock of our success and ensure the conduct of realistic, aggressive, and safe training. The Marine Combat Instructor provides continuity and consistency in the continuum of training and mentoring our entry-level Marines.

At the School of Infantry, Marines who receive the infantry military specialty are trained at Infantry Training Battalion (ITB), and all non-infantry Marine's are trained in basic infantry/Marine common skills at Marine Combat Training Battalion (MCT). SOI marks a transition in the professional training of entry-level students from basically trained Marines to Marine warriors.

The Marine Corps values of honor, courage, and commitment taught to recruits at Boot Camp are a key component to student's personal and professional development at SOI. The Marine warrior ethos forged in places like Belleau Wood, Okinawa, the Chosin Resevoir, Khe Sanh, Beirut, and today in Afghanistan and Iraq is instilled in Marines at SOI. Graduates are prepared mentally, physically, and morally for the challenges of 21st Century warfare.

Posted by admin on Monday 02 March 2009 - 19:31:50 | LAN_THEME_20
History of the Women Marines

Since 1918, women have answered the call to serve proudly in the United States Marines and the role of women in the Marines has evolved and expanded. All Women Marines can look forward to the future proudly, while never forgetting the women who made this future possible.

In 1918, the Secretary of Navy allowed women to enroll for clerical duty in the Marine Corps. Officially, Opha Mae Johnson is credited as the first woman Marine. Johnson enrolled for service on August 13, 1918; during that year some 300 women first entered the Marine Corps to take over stateside clerical duties from battle-ready Marines who were needed overseas. The Marine Corps Women's Reserve was established in February 1943. June 12th, 1948, Congress passed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act and made women a permanent part of the regular Marine Corps.

In 1950, the Women Reserves were mobilized for the Korean War and 2,787 women served proudly. By the height of the Vietnam War, there were about 2,700 women Marines served both stateside and overseas. By 1975, the Corps approved the assignment of women to all occupational fields except infantry, artillery, armor and pilot/air crew. Over 1,000 women Marines were deployed in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991.

Private Minnie Spotted-Wolf of Heart Butte, Montana, enlisted in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve in July 1943. She was the first female American Indian to enroll in the Corps. Minnie had worked on her father's ranch doing such chores as cutting fence posts, driving a two-ton truck, and breaking horses. Her comment on Marine boot camp "Hard but not too hard."

Women Marine Milestones

1918 --Pvt. Opha Mae Johnson becomes the first woman to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve
1943 --Colonel Ruth Cheney Streeter first Director of Women Marine Reservists
1943 --Captain Anne Lentz, first commissioned officer
1943 --Private Lucille McClarren first enlisted woman
1945 --first detachment of women marines arrives in Hawaii for duty
1948 --Colonel. Katherine A. Towle first Director of Women Marines
1961 --The first woman Marine is promoted to Sergeant Major (E-9).
1965 --The Marine Corps assigns the first woman to attachu duty. Later, she is the first woman Marine to serve under hostile fire.
1978 --Colonel Margaret A. Brewer was the first woman Marine general officer
1979 --The Marine Corps assigns women as embassy guards.
1985 --Colonel Gail M. Reals, the first woman selected by a board of general officers to be advanced to brigadier general
1992 --Brigadier General Carol A. Mutter assumed command of the 3d Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, the first woman to command a Fleet Marine Force unit at the flag level
1993 --2d Lieutenant Sarah Deal became the first woman Marine selected for Naval aviation training
1993 --The Marine Corps opens pilot positions to women.
1994 --Brigadier General Mutter became the first woman major general in the Marine Corps and the senior woman on active duty in the armed services
1995 --The first female Marine pilot pins on Naval flight wings.
1996 --Lieutenant General Mutter became the first woman Marine and the second woman in the history of the armed services to wear three stars
Today --Women serve in 93 percent of all occupational fields and 62 percent of all billets. Women constitute 6.2 percent of the Corps end strength and are an integral part of the Marine Corps.

Posted by admin on Friday 28 March 2008 - 06:22:26 | LAN_THEME_20
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Marine Of The Month

Lance Cpl. James M. Gluff

20, of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 19 in Ramadi, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.


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