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This Recruit Just Became The 7th Marine In His Family
For Sean G. McCool, the Marine Corps is synonymous with family. Not only did he enlist and gain a platoon of brothers, he joined his father, brother, and a bunch of other kin to become the seventh person in the McCool family to have proudly served the Corps, dating all the way back to 1925.
A Sharpsburg, Georgia native, McCool didn’t just shuffle off to Parris Island to fulfill the family’s destiny, according to a stirring Defense Department news story by Lance Cpl. Joseph Jacob. Instead, he hit the ground running.
McCool “took charge and did everything in his power to assist those around him who needed help,” Jacob writes. “His initiative would not go unnoticed by his superiors, and he was designated as guide of Platoon 2044.”
From the second he arrived on the white bus as a recruit to the day he walked off the parade deck toward his cheering family in the stands, he knew he was meant to be a Marine.
"I have always been around Marines since I was little," McCool said. “The two things they taught me that got me ready for this was to respect authority and never accept my current limits."
McCool’s senior drill instructor, Staff Sgt. Devon A. Luevano, told Jacob that when pressed by the DIs during training to dish on his squadmates for their repeated failures, McCool “blamed only himself.”
Luevano said he had never seen a recruit take personal responsibility for the group’s failures so directly. But as platoon guide, McCool felt it was only right.
"That was the honest answer I always wanted to hear from a recruit,” Luevano said.
Read more about McCool’s well-trod journey to becoming a Marine here.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no U.S. troops will take part in enforcing the so-called safe zone in northern Syria and the United States "is continuing our deliberate withdrawal from northeastern Syria."
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan earlier on Friday said Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria, insisting that a planned "safe zone" will extend much further than U.S. officials said was covered under a fragile ceasefire deal.
On Tuesday at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual conference, Army families had the opportunity to tell senior leaders exactly what was going on in their worlds — an opportunity that is, unfortunately, all too rare.
A new documentary series about Clint Lorance pits the infantry officer convicted of murder against his former soldiers
The fog of war, just kills, and war crimes are the focus of a new documentary series coming to STARZ. Titled Leavenworth, the five-part series profiles 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, the Army infantry officer who was convicted on murder charges for ordering his soldiers to fire on three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle, killing two and wounding the third, while deployed to the Zhari district in Kandahar province, on July 2, 2012.
A big stereotype surrounding U.S. service members and veterans is that they are defined only by their military service, from buying "Dysfunctional Veteran" t-shirts to playing hard-boiled, high-octane first-person shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty (we honestly have no idea where anyone could get that impression).
But the folks at OSD (formerly called Operation Supply Drop), a non-profit veteran service organization that aims to help troops and vets connect with each other through free video games, service programs and other activities, recently found that most of the gamers they've served actually prefer less military-centric fare like sports games and fantasy RPGs.
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part of the territory Ankara aims to seize.
Reuters journalists at the border heard machine-gun fire and shelling and saw smoke rising from the Syrian border battlefield city of Ras al Ain, although the sounds of fighting had subsided by mid-morning.
The truce, announced on Thursday by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, sets out a five-day pause to let the Kurdish-led SDF militia withdraw from an area controlled by Turkish forces.
The SDF said air and artillery attacks continued to target its positions and civilian targets in Ral al Ain.
"Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted.
The Kurdish-led administration in the area said Turkish truce violations in Ras al Ain had caused casualties, without giving details.