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Marines are still using these ATVs after more than 180s fires in civilian versions prompt multiple recalls
Marine special operators are still using the militarized version of a lightweight off-roading vehicle that has reportedly caught fire more than 180 times, killing four people and injuring 30.
Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command has not received any manufacturing recalls on the more than 50 Polaris MRZR vehicles Marine Raiders began using in 2014, said Gunnery Sgt. Lynn Kinney, a command spokeswoman.
A Marine Raider who died of his injures after the lightweight dune buggy he was driving rolled over has been identified as Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, officials announced on Tuesday.
Braica, 29, was a critical skills operator assigned to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, a news release from Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command says.
"Our thoughts are with the family and teammates of Staff Sgt. Braica during this difficult time," Tuesday's news release says. "MARSOC is providing care and support to them and we urge respect for their privacy as they grieve this loss."
If the Marine Corps is serious about getting ready to take on a near-peer enemy like China in the future, then it's time to fold its 13-year-old special operations command and apply those resources elsewhere.
At least that's the argument one retired Marine officer made this week while presenting ways the service can better prepare for large-scale naval operations – and it's causing quite a stir in the Marine Corps special operations community.
A Marine special operator received the nation's third-highest valor award after his heroism in Iraq during the bloody fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State saved his comrades' lives.
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
The first female Marine to complete the second phase in the intense selection process to become a MARSOC Raider, is leaving the Corps "for other opportunities" after being passed over for the final phase of training, Military.com reports.