While speaking at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia on Oct. 1, the Corps’ new commandant, Gen. Robert Neller, claimed that the ongoing debate over opening all jobs to women is not about women in combat, but about women in specific occupational specialties.
“This has nothing to do about women in combat,” Neller said. The debate about women in combat occupations is often referred to as "women in combat." However, Neller argued that this is a misnomer and pointed out that women have and will continue to serve in combat. The debate, Neller said, is about women in the infantry. “I buried 3 women in Iraq in 2006 and they died alongside 311 men. … To me it’s personally insulting to talk about women in combat. Women have been in combat.”
Neller, became the 37th commandant of the Marine Corps on Sept. 24, replacing Gen. Joseph Dunford, who took over as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff the following day. Dunford and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, are at odds over the Marine Corps’ intent to seek an exemption from the 2013 mandate to open all jobs to women by Jan. 1, 2016.
On the upcoming decision, Neller said, “I’m not overly concerned about it. … We’ll get told what to do and we’ll execute the plan. … it’s as simple as that.”
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.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.