Sunday, February 18, 2018

Short bio's of all Sergeants Major of Marine Corps.

Thanks to CoffeeJoeJava for the link!

Want to know about the past Sgt Majors of the Marine Corps?  Well here they are, nicely laid out.  Dig in boys.  This is good stuff!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Company, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment @ Exercise Mayan Warrior in Belize...

Hey Neller! 

Open letter to you bud.  You have great ideas but for some reason you spout them and then lose focus.

Remember stating that the Marine Corps might need to get into the business of seizing ports?  I cheered.  The idea went nowhere.  You talked about getting back to basics because we would be fighting in an environment where all our toys wouldn't basic skills like land nav and map reading need to be re emphasized in prep for the big nasty coming?  It went nowhere.

But the focus of today's writing is your idea of setting up a Jungle School.  Maybe it's cost prohibitive but guess what.  Everytime we send out a SPMAGTF-CR to S. America, we can run those bubbas thru the Brit's setup.  The Brits are busy?  We can send them thru the French deal in French Guyana!

It would be so easy to setup a detachment and run units thru there that it boggles the mind on why we aren't doing it. 

Hell just to make this a unified effort, the Marine Corps would (with a detachment at either location) overnight be running the most intense Jungle Training Schoolhouse in the DoD.

I figure one Captain to head the shit (maybe Major since it will evolve into being interservice if my thinking is right), a squared away Gunny to ramrod things...and a bunch of hard charging Sgt Instructors to lead in the field.

Tops 25 actual training staff with a half dozen Corpsmen to handle the bumps, bruises and insect bites (don't know about snakes...but damn there will be snakes!).

I reckon you could send maybe two companies at a time thru and if you get buy in from the 82nd, some light fighter division and even MARSOC then this could easily be our way back into the fight in the jungle with loaned staff to handle the increase in students.

This is a sparse setup but as I indicated it can easily be plussed up.

Get back to your roots dude!  You're a freaking Infantry Officer!

You've been playing budget games too long.  Well guess what cowboy, you got your dream budget, now its time to set the house in order, slash away all the silly fuck fuck games Marines are playing ( have a PFT and added a CFT to the about just doing old fashioned platoon PT without all the silliness of paperwork) and not only putting your stamp on the Marine Corps but signalling that it's back to getting ready to win the fight in environments we haven't been in recently.

The same can also be done with ease in the arctic at the air base up there.

The wing is still hurting but on the right trajectory.  Turn to the Ground side bro!

Snafu! Out.

Strykers in the snow @ Operation by Alejandro Peña

China's airpower will soon rival our some capabilities its already surpassed us...

via The Economist.
“The Military Balance” offers a striking example of the progress China has made: in two years’ time, if not before, America is likely to lose its monopoly of radar-beating stealth combat aircraft with the introduction into service of China’s Chengdu J-20. This has a much longer range than America’s new F-35 fighter and will be a serious threat to American warships in the Pacific.

At least as worrying for American commanders in the region is the dramatic upgrading of China’s inventory of air-to-air missiles (AAMs). The short-range PL-10, which was introduced in 2015, is regarded by military analysts as comparable in performance to Western equivalents, such as the Sidewinder II. This year, the PL-15, a radar-guided “beyond visual range” missile (BVRAAM), should enter service. Carried by a J-20, the PL-15 can destroy an aircraft 50km away that is trying to evade it. “The Military Balance” believes that a version of the missile is in the works that will have a cruise speed of Mach 3. It is similar in design to the European Meteor, the best BVRAAM in the West’s inventory, which is only just entering service.

Another system, yet to be named, would provide China with an ability to knock out targets as far away as 400km, a far greater range than any other air-to-air weapon in service. It would threaten aircraft that currently operate safely from a considerable distance, such as tankers and planes used for airborne surveillance and control. China’s message to its adversaries with these new missiles is clear. As “The Military Balance” puts it, air superiority “will have to be won—and likely only temporarily—with the commitment of a level of ‘blood and treasure’ not required since the end of the cold war.”
Story here.

Should we worry?


We should roll up our sleeves and get ready to do hard work.

Tillerson has gone off the reservation...

via Free Beacon.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in remarks during a trip through the Middle East this week, said the United States recognizes Hezbollah is part of the political process in Lebanon as global leaders gather to discuss the Middle Eastern country's future.

Despite the terrorist group's unhelpful influence, Tillerson said "we also have to acknowledge the reality that they also are part of the political process in Lebanon."

Tillerson's remarks raised eyebrows in Washington, D.C., where some foreign policy officials questioned how the United States would hold diplomatic discussions with Hezbollah as the Trump administration also works to dismantle the group and crush its financial networks.

The comments starkly contradict efforts by the U.S. Treasury Department, which declared earlier this month that Hezbollah has no legitimate role to play in governance of Lebanon or other Arab countries Iran is seeking to destabilize.

Some officials remain concerned that treating Hezbollah as a legitimate actor in Lebanon—where it has amassed thousands of Iranian-built missiles on Israel's northern border—will provide legitimacy to the terror group and make it even more difficult for the Trump administration to target it with sanctions.

Speaking in Jordan on Wednesday, ahead of his travel to Beirut, Tillerson told reporters that Hezbollah must be part of any political process discussing Lebanon's future following the resignation of the country's prime minister, who disclosed upon his resignation that Hezbollah has assumed de facto control of the nation.

"We support a free, democratic Lebanon free of influence of others, and we know that Lebanese Hezbollah is influenced by Iran," Tillerson said. "This is influence that we think is unhelpful in Lebanon's long-term future."

However, "we also have to acknowledge the reality that they also are part of the political process in Lebanon," Tillerson said. "I think Lebanon is taking positive steps with their law on disassociation that was passed last year to send a signal as to their view that they do not want to see any of Lebanese Hezbollah involved in foreign conflicts and have asked that they bring all of their people back from the conflict in Yemen."
Story here. 


This dude is all over the map on a whole host of issues...but this...this is going a few steps too far.

I don't get his thinking.  Either the guy is operating on the genius approaching cosmic level or he's a flaming idiot from the dark side of hell.

He's off the reservation, that much seems obvious.

Those artificial Chinese islands are now bases....

Seven island bases...that's one for the 82nd...they can do the airfield thing...the USMC can get the deep water ports islands...they built enough for a multi service operation..thanks!

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command has warned of China's growing military might, saying Beijing has unilaterally built "seven new military bases" in the South China Sea.

"China is attempting to assert de facto sovereignty over disputed maritime features by further militarizing its man-made bases," Adm. Harry Harris said in a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Harris told the House Armed Services Committee the seven new facilities included "aircraft hangers, barracks facilities, radar facilities, weapon emplacements (and) 10,000-foot runways."

China has overlapping territorial claims with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which over one-third of global trade passes.

Harris said he sees Beijing's assertive territorial claims in the East and South China seas as "coordinated, methodical and strategic, using their military and economic power to erode the free and open international order."

In the East China Sea, Chinese government vessels have repeatedly intruded into Japanese waters around the Senkaku Islands in an attempt to undermine Japan's administration of the uninhabited islets.

Harris said the U.S. alliance with Japan "has never been stronger," and that Washington's alliance with South Korea is "ironclad."

Harris, who is set to become the next U.S. ambassador to Australia, also hailed the Washington-Canberra alliance, saying bilateral military ties are "terrific" and that Australia is "one of the keys to a rules-based international order."
Just awesome.

Everyone is talking about these being perfect for TLAM strikes but I say they're perfect for a well planned Marine raid with the idea OF SEIZING THEM!

Thanks China.

You just gave everyone from some future MEU commander, MARSOC, Ranger, SEAL Platoon(s) and maybe even 25th ID bubbas a new fantasy target.

It's doable too.

Coverage for the operation would have to be massive but the biggest threat would probably be undersea.  Sappers would probably get a workout defusing the place once it was realized they couldn't hold it.

Let's face it.  SOCOM will steal this and they'd probably kill to do it.  Our best hope is that MARSOC gets the lead and it's done early enough in the fight to make a difference.

But still.

In an actual conflict these would make JUICY targets of opportunity....Early warning is futile unless they push us out of Japan and Korea....

Is this for the second phase?  Was this built with the idea of us having to fight our way back into the neighborhood?

Maybe TLAM strikes might be the better option after all! 

20th Armoured Infantry Brigade on the range in Germany...

I swear to God!  Since the Army practically did away with the Division system and is doing this Brigade/Regiment stuff I can't figure out who these guys are with!

It's probably simple as hell but I can't wrap my head around it.  For example these bubbas are...20th Armoured Infantry Brigade 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment....BUT WHAT FUCKING DIVISION????

I guess its a small thing but it still annoys.  Compare this insanity to the USMC way of things.  2/8.  Second Battalion, 8th Marines.  You know they're 2nd MarDiv.  Simple.  Quick.  Easy.  Plus we don't get our Battalions and Brigades twisted up and assbackwards.

Turkish army hit village in Syria's Afrin with suspected gas

via Reuters
Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group said the Turkish military carried out a suspected gas attack that wounded six people in Syria’s Afrin region on Friday.

There was no immediate comment from the Turkish military, which has previously denied accusations of hitting civilians in its Afrin operation.

Birusk Hasaka, a spokesman for the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin, told Reuters that Turkish bombardment hit a village in the northwest of the region, near the Turkish border. He said it caused six people to suffer breathing problems and other symptoms indicative of a gas attack.

Turkey launched an air and ground offensive last month on the Afrin region, opening a new front in the multi-sided Syrian war to target Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
Story here.

Hmm.  Waiting for more info on this one.  Wouldn't surprise me though.

US Navy opts for the Advanced Super Hornet in all but name...we know how the F-35 vs Super Hornet comparison worked out!

Thanks to Super Rhino for the link!

via Combat
US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is awarding Boeing a $219,600,000 contract for non-recurring efforts associated with Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) 6503 for the design, development, test and integration of the conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the Super Hornet.  Work will be completed in July 2022.

The Navy first said it would fund a number of the Advanced Super Hornet (ASH) capabilities under the Block III upgrade in June last year.

The concept for modernizing the ‘Rhino’ includes the CFTs, large area cockpit displays, a powerful new computer processor and a superfast digital network.

The Navy wants the CFTs, the Elbit 10 x 19-inch cockpit displays, the new computer, Distributed Targeting Processor-Networked (DTP-N) and ultra-fast high-band connectivity referred to as Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT).
Story here. 

Don't believe me.  Follow the money.  The USN is in the process of buying the Advanced Super Hornet in bits and pieces.

They aren't buying it all at once, but if you follow their procurement then with the exception of the weapons pods they're on track to buy every widget that Boeing threw there way.

There is no need for an announcement from the SecDef's office with regard to how the F-35 vs Super Hornet comparison worked out.

It's now obvious the Super Hornet won and Mattis might not like the outcome but he will follow Navy wishes.

Ok, this is one of those Sgt Major's you see and turn around before you're noticed...


This dude looks hard as woodpecker lips flash frozen in the arctic in the middle of winter time.  

Don't lie.  You've done it.  Spot that Sgt Major in the distance and bust that quick u-turn before he spots ya!

Forget the nonsense.  Fair winds and following seas stud!  See ya on the other side....

Side note.  Time to dig into Marine Corps history and read about some of the Sgt Major's that have come before.