The Pentagon believes that the Marine Corps' new CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter — which at, $144 million apiece, costs more than the notoriously expensive F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter, is "the most powerful helicopter the United States has ever fielded."

Unfortunately, the pricey helo may not see action downrange anytime soon due to a growing list of worrying technical problems.

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In all our Friday dogs, I don't know if we ever saluted the Marine Corps mascot. This might be the last one, so here's to Chesty.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Olivia G. Ortiz

Last month, I commented on all the critical articles running in the Marine Corps Gazette, saying that one could imagine "the commandant sitting down to read the Gazette in his easy chair one evening and having his hair standing on end after reading an article or two."

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Paul Whelan, the U.S. citizen and former Marine detained in Russia on espionage charges, was reportedly convicted of attempting to steal roughly ten grand from Uncle Sam while deployed to Iraq in 2006, according to the Washington Post.

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Lance Cpl. Riley S. Kuznia was shot and killed by a fellow Marine at Marine Barracks Washington, Corps officials announced in Thursday.

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