The F-35 is built to win wars against China and Russia, but since the United States is not fighting either country at the moment, it's mostly being used to bomb caves and weapons caches — a mission that older and cheaper aircraft can do just as well.

The Marine Corps' F-35B variant flew its first combat mission in September 2018 by dropping two bombs on a weapons cache in Afghanistan. The Air Force's F-35A's combat debut came in April, when two aircraft attacked an ISIS cave and tunnel complex in northeast Iraq.

More recently, F-35s joined F-15s in dropping 80,000 pounds of ordnance on Iraq's Qanus Island, which was "infested" with ISIS fighters, Army Col. Myles Caggins, spokesman for U.S. and coalition forces fighting ISIS, tweeted Sept. 10.

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US Marine Corps

The Marine lieutenant colonel who was removed from command of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May is accused of lying to investigators looking into allegations of misconduct, according to a copy of his charge sheet provided to Task & Purpose on Monday.

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A newly minted Marine showed a little too much bias for action by body slamming two high school students who were fighting.

On Thursday, Terminal Lance's Maximilian Uriarte tweeted a video which shows the Marine running toward and tackling the two students, then pinning one of the boys to the ground before the belligerents are separated.

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Photo: Lance Cpl. Taylor Cooper

The former commander of the Marine Corps' 1st Reconnaissance Battalion has been charged with assault following a military investigation into allegations that he had struck his wife days before Christmas in 2018, a Corps official told Task & Purpose on Thursday.

Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, 42, who was relieved of command of 1st Recon on May 7 after officials found he had committed alleged "misconduct," will face a preliminary Article 32 hearing in early October to determine whether he will go to court-martial.

Zavala has been charged with alleged violations of Article 128, or assault, in addition to alleged violations of Articles 107, making false official statements; 109, waste, destruction, or spoilage of non-military property; and 133, conduct unbecoming an officer.

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US Marine Corps/Pinellas County Sheriffs

A drunk as fuck 19-year-old Marine lance corporal allegedly broke into a home in Safety Harbor, Florida and cooked himself up some breakfast before telling the homeowner to "go back to sleep" after he was confronted, according to police.

Lance Cpl. Gavin Crim, of Palm Harbor, Florida, went into the home through an unlocked back door at about 4 a.m. on Tuesday, police told Fox 13, before he started participating in an episode of Alcoholic Iron Chef in some rando's kitchen.

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(U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Isaac Cantrell)

Editor's Note: This article by Matthew Cox originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Marine infantrymen may soon be able to see through the floor of an MV-22 Osprey and track terrain features as they approach their attack objective.

It sounds like science fiction, but Marine Lt. Col. Rory Quinn of the Pentagon's Close Combat Lethality Task Force says it could become reality if the Marine Corps decides to field the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), a sophisticated Microsoft technology that the Army is developing to give soldiers a new level of situational awareness in combat.

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