On Mar. 24, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Joseph Dunford, announced that the Corps’ contentious tattoo policy will be reviewed this month, during a visit to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, reports the Military Times. The current tattoo policy has been heavily debated since the 34th commandant, Gen. James Conway, enforced a number of rules restricting the allowed quantity, size, and placement of tattoos in 2007 and 2010. For all those Marines itching to get fresh ink and rock their unit emblems, or pay respects to fallen comrades with memorial tattoos, a change may be coming.
"We heard you," said Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald Green, according to a news release from the town hall event. "We are going to look at what is best for the Marine Corps and what will keep us combat ready and combat effective. We will make that decision and give that advice to the commandant."
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 combat patrol advanced three miles north of Lucca (furthermost point occupied by American troops) to contact an enemy machine gun nest in September 1944 as part of the Italian Campaign (DoD/National Archives and Records Administration)
World War II Army veteran Milton Miller says he has never forgotten an act of cowardice by his platoon leader.
It happened in the Alban Hills south of Rome following the Allied Forces' amphibious invasion on the Italian beaches of Anzio in January 1944.
The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima sails past the Statue of Liberty into New York Harbor, November 10, 2016. (U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 2nd Class Carla Giglio)
In the six months since its activation, the Navy's 2nd Fleet has bulked up and is embracing its mission in the North Atlantic and the Arctic, where the U.S. and its partners are focused on countering a sophisticated and wily Russian navy.