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The Marine Corps's new JLTV is officially ready for a fight
Nearly six months after Marines first got their hands on the Pentagon's next battlewagon, the Corps says its brand new tactical vehicle is ready for a fight.
The service's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, has hit initial operational capacity, Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Monday, declaring the vehicle ready to deploy and "support missions of the naval expeditionary force-in-readiness" around the world.
"IOC is more than just saying that the schoolhouses and an infantry battalion all have their trucks," said Eugene Morin, product manager for JLTV at PEO Land Systems, said the MARCORSYSCOM release. "All of the tools and parts required to support the system need to be in place, the units must have had received sufficient training and each unit commander needs to declare that he is combat-ready."
A Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in action (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Timothy R. Smithers)
Developed in collaboration with the Army as a long-term replacement for the much-maligned Humvee, the service's first JTLVs arrived at the School of Infantry-West at Camp Pendleton this past February.
But that initial fielding was a bittersweet one: the previous month, the latest assessment of JLTV the Pentagon's operational testing and evaluation arm stated that the vehicles "are not operationally suitable because of deficiencies in reliability, maintainability, training, manuals, crew situational awareness, and safety."
Despite these issues, service officials claim to have worked out many of the vehicles kinks in the intervening months, as PEO Land Systems executive officer John Garner stated in the MARCORSYSCOM release: "The warfighting capabilities the JLTV provides our Marines far exceed the capabilities offered by its predecessor."
"I'm proud of what our team, in collaboration with the Army, has accomplished," Garner added. "Their commitment to supporting the warfighter delivered an exceptional vehicle, ahead of schedule, that Marines will use to dominate on the battlefield now and well into the future."
Marine officials said in February the the Corps plans on fielding between 250 and 300 JLTVs to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune after Memorial Day and the I MEF and III MEF sometime in September.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A woman has filed a civil suit against a former member of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, saying she has suffered emotional distress and "a diminished capacity to enjoy life" in the years since he used a hidden camera at Barnes Air National Guard Base to record explicit images of her.
Former Tech Sgt. Jason Venne, 37, pleaded guilty in February to six counts of photographing an unsuspecting person in the nude and seven counts of unlawful wiretap. He admitted putting a camera in the women's locker room at the Westfield base, recording images and video between 2011 and 2013 when he worked there as a mechanic.
Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.
As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.
"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
The warning, along with the policies issued recently by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of the Navy, comes as CBD is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the country in many forms, from coffee additives and vaping liquids to tinctures, candies and other foods, carrying promises of health benefits ranging from pain and anxiety relief to sleeping aids and inflammation reduction.
The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.
While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.
A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.
'We are a people organization' — Army leaders push renewed focus on soldiers amid rise in sexual assaults and suicides
After months of focusing on modernization priorities, Army leadership plans to tackle persisting personnel issues in the coming years.
Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday at an event with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that what people can to hear service leadership "talk a lot about ... our people. Investing in our people, so that they can reach their potential. ... We are a people organization."