Marines May Offer Reputation Software to Victims of Photo Scandal

In addition to legal aid and support services, the Marine Corps may offer internet reputation management tools to victims of a Facebook group that shared nude and compromising photos of female service members and veterans without their consent, a defense official told Friday.

In the days since independent site The War Horse broke the news that Marines United, a private group with 30,000 members, had engaged in this illicit and non-consensual sharing of photos and other personal information, both Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green have issued statements sternly condemning the behavior. While a Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation continues into the active-duty troops who participated in the photo-sharing ring, behind the scenes Marine Corps leaders have been scrambling to articulate a way forward for the service…”

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US Marines Move into Syria with Howitzers

Marines attached to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit quietly moved into Syria weeks ago to establish an artillery base, defense officials confirmed to on Wednesday.

The move comes as American-backed forces intensify their assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State’s capital city.

The Washington Post first reported Wednesday that Marines attached to the MEU — which is deployed around the Middle East, conducting training in countries including Oman and Djibouti — had departed their ships and moved into Syria.

A defense official would not speak to the size of the detachment deployed to Syria, but said it included elements of multiple artillery batteries, as well as support personnel, including infantry Marines. It’s the first time American artillery support capability has been on the ground in Syria since the fight against the Islamic State began in 2014…”

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Marine to Face Trial in Deadly 2015 Truck Rollover

The driver of a 7-ton truck that overturned at Camp Pendleton, California, in 2015 is expected to face court-martial later this year on a charge of negligent homicide.

Cpl. Bin Guo, 27, of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, is accused of failing to slow down when the truck took a turn, resulting in a crash that killed one Marine, 21-year-old Cpl. Bryan Lauw, and injured 18 more, some critically. But his military attorney says there’s no evidence he did anything wrong.

At an Article 32 investigative hearing Jan. 12, the preliminary hearing officer found there was no probable cause to charge Guo, a military official with knowledge of the case told But the convening authority for the case, 1st Marine Division Commander Maj. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue, decided to overrule the officer’s recommendation and send Guo to general court-martial on the charge…”

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The scandal that prompted an investigation into hundreds of Marines who are accused of sharing naked photographs of their colleagues in a private Facebook group is much larger than has been reported, Business Insider has learned.

The practice of sharing such photos goes beyond the Marine Corps and one Facebook group. Hundreds of nude photos of female service members from every military branch have been posted to an image-sharing message board that dates back to at least May. A source informed Business Insider of the site’s existence on Tuesday.

The site, called AnonIB, has a dedicated board for military personnel that features dozens of threaded conversations among men, many of whom ask for “wins” — naked photographs — of specific female service members, often identifying the women by name or where they are stationed…”

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Marine Killed, Another Injured in Training Accident

Training aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms in California turned tragic Friday when a Marine was killed and another injured during a live fire exercise.

The combat center announced the death and injury Saturday evening, a day after the accident took place, but provided few details about the incident.

A Combat Center spokeswoman, 1st. Lt. Karen Holliday, said the accident took place at 5:05 p.m. Friday…”

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