Several sinkholes are currently menacing at least two Marine Corps installations in the continental United States, according to media reports.
A large sinkhole tore into a Camp Pendleton roadway on Monday, closing the road and closing a base elementary school for two days, NBC News reported. The Marines at the California base were filling it with gravel and putting a steel plate over it as a stop-gap, according to its Facebook page.
Two days later, a series of sinkholes that opened near Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island forced base officials to close down a major causeway, the Island Packet reports.
When reached by Task & Purpose, a Camp Lejeune spokesman could not immediately confirm the presence of sinkholes near the base. He did, however, mention that storm damage to nearby trestles caused by Hurricane Florence had limited the base's ability to transport equipment.
Surprisingly, the Marine base at 29 Palms is also (currently) unaffected by sinkholes, thus keeping its 2.5 star rating on Yelp intact.
Undeterred by Mother Earth's belligerent posture, a contingent of Marines invaded California's Red Beach with the assistance of Japanese service members as part of amphibious assault training in a stunning counterattack.
A sinkhole is blocked off by road barriers on Carnes Road at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Feb. 4, 2019. The sinkhole was caused by persistent heavy rain storms that swept through southern California. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Juan Bustos)
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A new survey of thousands of military families released on Wednesday paints a negative picture of privatized military housing, to say the least.
The Military Family Advisory Network surveyed 15,901 adults at 160 locations around the country who are either currently living in privatized military housing, or had lived in privatized housing within the last three years. One of the report's primary takeaways can be summarized in two lines: "Most responses, 93 percent, came from residents living in housing managed by six companies. None of them had average satisfaction rates at or above neutral."
Those six companies are Lincoln Military Housing, Balfour Beatty, Hunt, Lendlease/Winn, Corvias, and Michaels.
What's behind these responses? MFAN points to the "culture of resilience" found in the military community for why military families may be downplaying the severity of their situations, or putting up with subpar conditions.
"[Military] families will try to manage grim living conditions without complaint," MFAN says in its report. "The norm of managing through challenges, no matter their severity, is deeply established in military family life."
Hailed as a hero for knocking a shooter off his feet in a UNC Charlotte classroom, Riley Howell was posthumously awarded two of the military's highest honors in his hometown of Waynesville, North Carolina this week.
Howell, 21, and classmate Ellis "Reed" Parlier, 19, died when a gunman opened fire in their classroom in the Kennedy building on April 30.
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CAIRO (Reuters) - After losing territory, ISIS fighters are turning to guerrilla war — and the group's newspaper is telling them exactly how to do it.
In recent weeks, IS's al-Naba online newspaper has encouraged followers to adopt guerrilla tactics and published detailed instructions on how to carry out hit-and-run operations.
The group is using such tactics in places where it aims to expand beyond Iraq and Syria. While IS has tried this approach before, the guidelines make clear the group is adopting it as standard operating procedure.