Last month, I commented on all the critical articles running in the Marine Corps Gazette, saying that one could imagine "the commandant sitting down to read the Gazette in his easy chair one evening and having his hair standing on end after reading an article or two."
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller did in fact react to them, but more graciously than that.
The lead letter in the January issue of the Gazette is a salute from him, thanking the magazine for the articles.
They "were not only thought provoking," he writes, "they were written by young aspiring leaders of our Corps with recent experiences closest to the flame." In order to be adaptive, he adds, the Corps requires just this sort of "insatiable intellectual curiosity and the courage to advocate fresh, unconventional and sometimes controversial ideas."
Maj. Matthew Golsteyn in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Philip Stackhouse.)
Army Special Forces Maj. Matthew Golsteyn – whom President Donald Trump has called "a U.S. Military hero" – will face an Article 32 hearing in March after being charged with murder for allegedly killing a suspected Taliban bomb-maker.
On Dec. 18, the convening authority for Golestyn's case decided to hold the preliminary hearing in connection with the Feb. 28, 2010 incident, Army officials have announced. The proceedings are slated to start on March 14 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
A Middle Georgia man arrested last spring in an online child-sex sting set up by investigators at Robins Air Force Base will spend at least a decade in prison after pleading guilty in federal court here Tuesday.