Military investigators have identified 27 individuals they believe engaged in “criminal activity” involving the non-consensual sharing of explicit photos of female servicewomen and veterans in the “Marines United” Facebook group, Naval Criminal Investigative Service director Andrew Traver announced on Friday.
Of the suspects identified by NCIS, 15 are active-duty Marines. Another 29 servicemen “could be disciplined for non-criminal behavior online,” according to Marine Corps Times.
Another junior enlisted service member and non-commissioned officer were also demoted under the Corps’ new social media guidance, updated by Commandant Gen. Robert Neller after the revelations surrounding the 30,000-strong “Marines United” group. Task & Purpose confirmed Friday that the punishments for those two Marines were not directly related to the NCIS investigation into the “Marines United” group and its role as a digital underbelly of a culture of sexism and misogyny festering within the Corps.
Rather, the two were disciplined for posting derogatory comments about senior enlisted officers on a social media page entitled “United States Grunt Corps,” according to Marine Corps Times. The two Marines were demoted a pay grade and saddled with 45 days of military restrictions and punitive duties.
They won’t be the last: At least 700 active-duty Marines had been identified as members of “Marines United” by NCIS as of March 17, according to Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California.
The other cases are "working their way through the pipe,” NCIS investigators told ABC News on Friday.
"This is about actions that are disrespectful to or intended to harass, demean, and degrade Marines," the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Glenn Walters, told the media in a statement Friday. "These actions are attacks on our core values, unit cohesion, and good order and discipline. We are committed to holding those who commit such acts appropriately accountable."
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps as Gen. Glenn Waters. His last name is Walters. (Updated 4/10/2017; 9:30 am).
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.