The commandant of the Marine Corps has an important message regarding the Wednesday's mass shooting in a California bar: Marines don't murder innocent people.
Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller condemned the "despicable actions" of Ian David Long, the 28-year-old Marine veteran who shot and killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday, in a Thursday tweet:
Note the use of "ex-Marine" instead of "former Marine" here. That, according to Corps officials, was a deliberate dig at Long.
"They say 'once a Marine, always a Marine' because the title of Marine is something you earn. You can give it away, and you can walk away from it in your actions and deeds," Marine Corps HQ spokesman Lt. Col. Eric Dent told Task & Purpose. "This is by deed."
"This guy presumably murdered people," Dent added. "That's not what Marines do."
The vast majority of veterans go on to serve honorably after they leave the U.S. armed forces, Dent explained, applying their military experience to the benefit of their community and country. Long, in the eyes of Corps officials, did the complete opposite.
"The message when we choose 'ex' over 'former' is that you walked away from all those things that make us stronger together, that make us a family," Dent said. "When you do these despicable things, you're not doing them as a Marine."
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.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — A Navy SEAL officer accused of failing to properly report alleged war crimes carried out by one of his men was arraigned on Tuesday in San Diego.
After being informed of his rights, Lt. Jacob Portier did not enter a plea or choose whether he'd ask for a jury or bench trial, since his civilian attorney has raised questions over a protective order in the case.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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The Pentagon has identified a Green Beret who was killed on Tuesday by enemy small arms fire in southern Afghanistan as Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale.
Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He was killed during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.