After Master Sgt. Orlando Reyes was named the 2014 Military Times’ Marine of the Year, he was taken aback after Marines took to social media to ridicule the decision. The reason? Reyes, a logistician who has deployed three times to Iraq, does not have a combat action ribbon, or CAR, nor is he the first (or likely the last) senior Marine to receive flack for not having the award.
The growing discord around the ribbon — which is bestowed upon Marines who have engaged in direct combat with the enemy — is a predictable outcome of 14 years of war, with combat experience more of an expectation than an exception, reports the Marine Corps Times’ Hope Hodge Seck. However, there are concerns that the award is becoming too divisive, with good leaders being discredited by their troops because they don’t have a CAR.
"We get so bent out of shape with these ribbons and awards that we sacrifice the most important thing to us as Marines: our integrity," Reyes said.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.