Parris Island Retrains Officers, Hosts Discussions after Leaders Fired

In the wake of the death of a recruit and the related firing of the two top leaders of Recruit Training Regiment at the Marines’ East Coast boot camp, officers are undergoing new training on rules and procedures to head off future problems.

A spokesman for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Capt. Gregory Carroll, said the March 18 death of 20-year-old recruit Raheel Siddiqui prompted a review of policies and procedures and spurred retraining of Parris Island personnel.

Col. Paul Cucinotta, the commanding officer of Recruit Training Regiment, and Sgt. Maj. Nicholas Dabreau, the unit’s top enlisted leader, were both relieved June 6. Officials said the two leaders were removed when an investigation related to Siddiqui’s death revealed that policies and procedures were not being properly followed..”

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Got trench foot?

The Marine Corps is counting on honest feedback from troops who will wear and test four different tropical combat boot prototypes this summer at the Marines’ Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan.

Officials with Marine Corps Systems Command told that about 400 Marines from the Hawaii-based 3rd Marine Regiment would test out the boots during a two-to-three week period of jungle combat training that will start within the next two months.

The Marines published a call for sources to design the tropical combat boot last December, in response to an earlier directive from the commandant, Gen. Robert Neller.

“The commandant was interested in pursuing the opportunity to provide Marines with boots that would be lightweight, fast-drying, and appropriate for a tropical environment,” said Lt. Col. Rob Bailey, product manager for infantry combat equipment for the command. “We also know that the Army has a similar interest in coordinating and collaborating.”..”

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D-Day 6th of June 1944

Today (06.06.16) marks the 72nd anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy.On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.


Remains of 13 More World War II Marines Found on Tarawa

The founder of a volunteer group says it has found the remains of 13 more World War II Marines on a Pacific atoll.

Mark Noah, head of Marathon, Florida-based History Flight, tells The Associated Press that 12 sets of remains were found on Tarawa between January and March and a 13th set of remains was found this week.

The Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirms more remains have been found, although it couldn’t confirm the number. The agency says it will return the remains to the U.S. this summer…”

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Memorial Day 2016