Lt. Gen. Robert Neller has been selected to take over for Gen. Joseph Dunford as the 37th commandant of the Marine Corps, announced Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, July 1. Neller serves as commander of Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, and oversees the East Coast Marine bases. Additionally, he commands Marine Corps Forces Europe.
Neller, 62, is a 40-year infantry officer and has served during peacetime and war, with deployments to Somalia, Panama, and Iraq. Pending confirmation by the Senate, Neller is expected to fill the space left vacant due to Dunford’s nomination to succeed Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"Bob is a warrior. He's a leader. He's a statesman,” Carter said, praising Neller’s leadership qualities and his rapport with the Marines under him. “We traveled together in the theater and around this country, where I saw Bob's outstanding relationship with the troops. … He loves them. He relates to them. And they light up when he talks to them."
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.