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The official Facebook page for Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego appears to be suffering from some major technical problems: As of Thursday evening, the Marine Corps' West coast boot camp renamed itself "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints," on Facebook.
It's unclear when exactly the name-change occurred, but a Facebook post went up at around 4 p.m. ET on Thursday addressing the issue and asked readers to remain calm.
Two federal law enforcement agencies are investigating whether a former enlisted Marine pretended to be an officer to help an active duty infantryman smuggle arms into Haiti, according to court filings viewed by Task & Purpose.
Marine Sgt. Jacques Yves Sebastien Duroseau was detained by local police in Haiti after he landed at the international airport in Port-au-Prince on Nov. 12 with three plastic boxes containing guns, ammo, body armor, and a plan to train members of the Haitian military, the filings claim.
A federal criminal complaint filed on Nov. 27 in the Eastern District of North Carolina alleges that Duroseau was aided by a "known individual" who purchased his plane ticket, and helped him bring the weapons to the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern, North Carolina for his flight on Nov. 11. That individual, according to a Nov. 22 affidavit in support of a search warrant of Duroseau's residence, is Taylor Hickey, a former Marine who lived with Duroseau in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Hickey declined to comment when reached by Task & Purpose. Duroseau's attorney did not respond to a request for comment.
A man accused of stabbing five people at a Hanukkah celebration in New York tried to be a Marine, but washed out of boot camp after little more than a month, Corps officials confirmed to Task & Purpose on Tuesday.
A Marine infantry battalion at Camp Lejeune is currently searching for two rifles that have gone missing in a training area, according to an official with the 2nd Marine Division.
"We can confirm that there are two unaccounted for rifles," said 1st Lt. Dan Linfante, a spokesman for 2nd Marine Division. "Marines are, and have been, actively searching for these weapons, which went missing in a training area aboard Camp Lejeune."
Linfante declined to answer further questions on what kind of rifles were lost, citing an active investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Still, Linfante did say the unit currently searching was 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, an infantry battalion comprised of roughly 800 Marines and sailors.
Marine Corps Times first reported on the search.
Rumors posted on social media said the Marines of 3/6 were being denied leave for the holidays if the rifles were not found. Linfante, however, told Task & Purpose that rumor was completely false.
"This is not a factor," Linfante told Task & Purpose. "They will not be denied leave because of this incident."
Linfante directed further questions to NCIS, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"Accountability is key – and trained to often – in 2d Marine Division," Linfante said. "We take incidents like this very seriously."
Clint Eastwood still loves his role as Gunny Highway in ‘Heartbreak Ridge’ — ‘I’m proud I got to play a Marine’
Ah, Heartbreak Ridge, the creme de la' creme of moto-movies that gave us such gems as: "Recon platoon kicks butt!" and the tried-and-tested method of firing a bunch of AK rounds at your Marines and calling it a teachable moment.