Chad Russell is a Rescue Ready Specialist at Cardiac Science. He is also president of the 3rd Battalion 1st Marines Association.
In the summer of 2003, Chad joined the Marine Corps. He served with the 3rd Battalion 1st Marines from September 2003 until February of 2008 and served a short time training Marines with the 6th Engineer Support Battalion.
During Chad's time in the Marines, he served on three deployments in Iraq. His jobs included infantry and operating in the Scout Sniper Platoon.
Chad currently lives in Portland, Oregon, and is working on his undergraduate degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University.
Department of Defense photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro
The debate over the integration of women into combat arms roles hit a contentious point earlier this month, as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said his recommendation to the secretary of defense will be to open all roles to women in the Navy and Marine Corps. This came on the heels of a controversial report by the Marine Corps on the results of its Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. Marines involved in that task force found that women performed equal or below in most all cases to the lowest 5% of men as a group, according to a since-deleted Facebook post from Marine Sgt. Maj. Justin LeHew, the senior enlisted advisor for the Marines’ Training and Education Command.
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. Marine Corps photo by Photo by Sgt. Amber Blanchard
Learning of the murders of the four Marines and one sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was heartbreaking for me as an enlisted infantry Marine veteran of the Iraq War. Then learning that authorities are investigating the incident as an act of terror is equally painful to bear.
Twelve weeks before my wife’s due date, her water broke. Finding out that my wife and I were having a child together was the most amazing feeling in my life so far. Learning that we would be having twins was even more incredible, and to top it all off, we were having one boy and one girl. I was anxious and excited to become a father and build a family.