Sheryl Murray, the assistant deputy commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, chatted things over with her boss, Lt. Gen. Robert Milstead, and responded to Hughes' May 15 email within minutes:
“Chris, I just discussed this with Gen. Milstead, and he says, ‘this is the dumbest idea he has ever heard, and he will not entertain it.’”
Fast forward to December, when the Marine Corps decided to implement the dumbest idea Milstead had ever heard. Then fast forward to February, when the dumbest idea Milstead had ever heard drew so much condemnation that the Marine Corps cancelled the initiative.
But somehow, it was Milstead, who initially and viscerally opposed the initiative, who ended up shouldering the blame.
In December 2013, the deputy commandant for Manpower & Reserve Affairs directed the Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division to determine how to professionalize the front areas of our stores by providing a more polished look. As a result, the store entry merchandising strategy was reviewed and new directives were issued on how and where publications were to be displayed.
This exchange occurred before the Marine Corps Times published emails they obtained implicating Hughes and other member of the Commandant's staff in removing the Marine Corps Times from checkout counters not in an attempt to "professionalize" store fronts, but in an effort to conduct what Hughes described in his email as "some level of ban from our facilities" because Amos "believes he is being misrepresented by them."
It appears Milstead was willing to accept the blame for banning the Marine Corps Times, and he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for the leaked emails.
The emails, obtained and authenticated by the Marine Corps Times, paint an incriminating picture for the commandant and his staff, who pledged in an on-the-record exchange with the Marine Corps Times that the decision to move the paper was not retaliatory in nature.
The situation is still rapidly developing, but the Pentagon's Assistant Press Secretary, Carl Woog, tells Task and Purpose that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel still has full faith and confidence in Amos' ability to serve as Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer took the reins at the Pentagon on Monday, becoming the third acting defense secretary since January.
Spencer is expected to temporarily lead the Pentagon while the Senate considers Army Secretary Mark Esper's nomination to succeed James Mattis as defense secretary. The Senate officially received Esper's nomination on Monday.
U.S. Special Operations Command may be on the verge of making the dream of flying infantry soldiers a reality, but the French may very well beat them to it.
On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron shared an unusual video showing a man on a flying platform — widely characterized as a "hoverboard" — maneuvering through the skies above the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris armed with what appears to be a dummy firearm.
The video was accompanied with a simple message of "Fier de notre armée, moderne et innovante," which translates to "proud of our army, modern and innovative," suggesting that the French Armed Forces may be eyeing the unusual vehicle for potential military applications.
If such experiments took place, the amendment would require the inspector general's office to tell lawmakers if any of the ticks or other bugs "were released outside of any laboratory by accident or experiment design."
There's no one path to military service. For some, it's a lifelong goal, for others, it's a choice made in an instant.
For 27-year-old Marine Pvt. Atiqullah Assadi, who graduated from Marine Corps bootcamp on July 12, the decision to enlist was the culmination of a journey that began when he and his family were forced to flee their home in Afghanistan.
The Air Force has administratively separated the Nellis Air Force Base sergeant who was investigated for making racist comments about her subordinates in a video that went viral last year, Task & Purpose has learned.