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The Marine Corps Is Eyeing Some Brand New Boot Upgrades
It looks like Marines are about to get some fancy new footwear. The U.S. Marine Corps hasn’t just entered the final phase of testing designs for new standard-issue jungle boots; Commandant Gen. Robert Neller is eyeing new combat boots for the first time in more than a decade.
Neller plans to give the Corps a wide array of boot options and endorse new manufacturers to sell Marine-approved boots, reported Marine Corps Times. As operations in the Middle East wind down, Marine Corps Systems Command is planning to develop a formal requirement for a full tropical uniform as Marines turn their attention to the jungles of the Pacific
Starting in June, more than 400 service members from 3rd Marines will try out the Marine Corps’ new jungle boot for several months in its third and final test before fielding. Manufacturers Danner, Bates, Altama, and Rocky have each produced a jungle boot, and all will be competing for to be the Marine Corps’ contract in this trial phase.
Marine Corps officials plan on selecting a design by January 2018.
As for updating the Corps’ well-worn combat boot, Neller “has asked the program office to … take the Marine combat boot that is in the seabag now and make that a better boot,” Todd Towles, program officer for the clothing team at Marine Corps Systems Command told Military Times.
Since 2002, Marines have felt the standard issue boot was too heavy, and the Corps hopes to replace it with a lighter fit that boasts a repairable outsole and dries quicker than other footwear. Though there is no formal plan yet, the Corps hopes to test a combat boot option with new recruits later this year.
The service is looking at a 6-inch boot or a 10-inch boot, according to Towles. And after the Corps chooses a design, it will put out a request for manufacturers that want produce it.
“We want to design our specs and have it be Marine Corps owned,” Towles said.
However the Corps chooses to purchase its boots, it’s certain that Marines will need to make room in their closets for new shoes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"
It is impossible to tune out news about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump now that the hearings have become public. And this means that cable news networks and Congress are happier than pigs in manure: this story will dominate the news for the foreseeable future unless Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get back together.
But the wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment mania has also created a news desert. To those of you who would rather emigrate to North Korea than watch one more lawmaker grandstand for the cameras, I humbly offer you an oasis of news that has absolutely nothing to do with Washington intrigue.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday.
A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.
Nine years after losing both legs in Afghanistan, he's found purpose in family, friends and inspiring others
There's a joke that Joey Jones likes to use when he feels the need to ease the tension in a room or in his own head.
To calm himself down, he uses it to remind himself of the obstacles he's had to overcome. When he faces challenges today — big or small — it brings him back to a time when the stakes were higher.
Jones will feel out a room before using the line. For nearly a decade, Jones, 33, has told his story to thousands of people, given motivational speeches to NFL teams and acted alongside a three-time Academy Award-winning actor.
On Tuesday afternoon, he stood at the front of a classroom at his alma mater, Southeast Whitfield High School in Georgia. The room was crowded with about 30 honor students.
It took about 20 minutes, but Jones started to get more comfortable as the room warmed up to him. A student asked about how he deals with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I believe in post-traumatic growth," Jones said. "That means you go through tough and difficult situations and on the back end through recovery, you learn strength."
It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.