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Marine who sent Nazi imagery to 'Terminal Lance' creator gets busted down to private
A Marine reservist has been reduced in rank to private nearly four months after sending an Instagram picture of Marines forming a swastika with their boots to "Terminal Lance" creator and Marine veteran Maximilian Uriarte, Task & Purpose has learned.
Marine Forces Reserve confirmed in April that it had launched an investigation into then-Pfc. Anthony Schroader after being alerted about the picture by Uriarte, who is Jewish.
Little information was immediately available about how Schroader's commanding officer disciplined him.
"Appropriate administrative action was taken by Schroader's command 9 August," MARFORRES spokesman Maj. Roger Hollenbeck told Task & Purpose. "Because these are internal administrative actions, I am unable to disclose the details."
For now, Schroader is still a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, Hollenbeck said.
None of the other Marines in the picture have been disciplined because they could not be identified, Hollenbeck told Task & Purpose in June.
Uriarte tweeted on Wednesday that he was not thrilled to see Schroader back in the news. He also responded to people who feel he overreacted by notifying the Marine Corps about the boot swastika picture by explaining that none of the other pictures and videos that Marines send him have been racist or anti-Semitic.
Several Marines have been separated in recent years for having ties to Nazi groups, including Vasillios Pistolis, who beat a protester with a wooden flagpole at the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mason Mead, who posted pictures on social media showing him in blackface and explosives in the shape of a swastika, was also kicked out of the Corps after he admitted to "advocating supremacist ideology."
The problem is not limited to enlisted Marines. Second Lt. Felippe Maher faces possible disciplinary action for sharing images on snapchat that showed him and others insulting African Americans on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
A Twitter user posted a picture of a man who looks like Maher serving as a bodyguard for white supremacist Richard Spencer at a Nazi rally. Task & Purpose could not confirm that Maher is the man in the photo.
Navy dedicates California information warfare center in honor of senior chief killed in Syria suicide bombing
Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent may be gone, but she won't be forgotten.
On Wednesday, the Navy detachment at the Presidio of Monterey dedicated a stage and several buildings at the service's Information Warfare Training Command in honor of the 35-year-old cryptologic technician was killed while deployed to Syria in January.
The clutch of buildings will now be known as Kent Navy Yard.
An investigation is underway after an Army recruiting company commander in Houston, Texas, issued a memo that included a phrase used by Nazis and displayed in death camps during World War II, "Arbeit Macht Frei," which roughly translates to "work sets you free."
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A woman has filed a civil suit against a former member of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, saying she has suffered emotional distress and "a diminished capacity to enjoy life" in the years since he used a hidden camera at Barnes Air National Guard Base to record explicit images of her.
Former Tech Sgt. Jason Venne, 37, pleaded guilty in February to six counts of photographing an unsuspecting person in the nude and seven counts of unlawful wiretap. He admitted putting a camera in the women's locker room at the Westfield base, recording images and video between 2011 and 2013 when he worked there as a mechanic.
Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.
As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.
"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
The warning, along with the policies issued recently by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of the Navy, comes as CBD is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the country in many forms, from coffee additives and vaping liquids to tinctures, candies and other foods, carrying promises of health benefits ranging from pain and anxiety relief to sleeping aids and inflammation reduction.