U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Claudia Palacios
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller signed off on making the M4 carbine the primary weapon for all infantry battalions, security forces, and supporting schools by the end of September 2016. According to Marine Corps Times, the formal adoption of the M4 comes after extensive testing, backed by combat experience, which demonstrated that the smaller carbine outperformed the older rifle across the board.
"We made the proposal, and we just got the head nod from the commandant," said Chris Woodburn, a deputy branch head with the Marine Corps Combat Development Command. "We get improved capability at no cost, a smaller and more compact rifle that shoots better for infantry."
Nearly half of the force already has the M4 as a personal weapon, which means the conversion will come at little cost to taxpayers.
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.