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Marine Lt. Gen. David Berger nominated to be the Corps’ next commandant
Marine Lt. Gen. David Berger has been nominated to become the Corps' next commandant, defense officials announced on Wednesday.
In confirmed by the Senate, Berger, who currently leads Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va., would receive his fourth star and replace Gen. Robert Neller, who has served as the Corps' 37th commandant since September 2015.
Neller, who is expected to retire this summer, oversaw updates to the Corps' physical and combat fitness tests, updated the service's tattoo policy, and required all Marines to acknowledge they understood the Corps' social media policy following the 2017 Marines United Facebook page scandal.
Most recently, Neller has pressed the White House and Congress to fund the $3.5 billion to repair hurricane damage to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, amid a fierce debate about President Donald Trump's decision to use military construction funds to pay for the border wall.
In 1981, Berger was commissioned as an infantry officer after graduating from Tulane University in Louisiana. He served as a company commander and battalion operations officer in 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion during Operation Desert Storm. He later led Regimental Combat Team 8 in Fallujah and served commanding general of the 1st Marine Division in Afghanistan.
Berger's military awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
Gina Harkins of Military.com was first to report on Wednesday that Berger would be nominated to replace Neller as Marine Corps Commandant.
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University of Phoenix to pay $191 million for lying to troops about its close ties with major companies
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The University of Phoenix, which is owned by Apollo Education Group, has agreed to pay $191 million to settle charges that it falsely advertised close ties with major U.S. companies that could lead to jobs for students, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday.
The University of Phoenix will pay $50 million to the FTC to return to consumers and cancel $141 million in student debt.
Some of the advertisements targeted military and Hispanic students, the FTC said.
As UCF research associate Shane Reynolds guides his avatar over a virtual minefield using his iPad, small beeps and whistles reveal the location of the scourge of the modern war zone: Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs. He must take his time to sweep every last inch of the playing field to make sure his character doesn't miss any of the often-deadly bombs.
Despite his slow pace, Reynolds makes a small misstep and with a kaboom! a bomb blows up his player, graphically scattering body parts.
The Navy has posthumously awarded aviator and aircrewman wings to three sailors killed in last week's shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
"The selfless acts of heroism displayed by these young Sailors the morning of Dec. 6 are nothing short of incredible," Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Daniel Dwyer said in a statement.
Clint Eastwood still loves his role as Gunny Highway in ‘Heartbreak Ridge’ — ‘I’m proud I got to play a Marine’
Ah, Heartbreak Ridge, the creme de la' creme of moto-movies that gave us such gems as: "Recon platoon kicks butt!" and the tried-and-tested method of firing a bunch of AK rounds at your Marines and calling it a teachable moment.