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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Never Mattered

Posted September 20, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

So it’s been a year today since the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the Department of Defense is still functioning. Cool. For some background: DADT, created in 1993 under the Clinton administration, circumvented the ban on homosexuals serving in the military by allowing them to serve under the condition they do not reveal…

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The not-so-great American gun-grab

Posted January 10, 2013 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

YUMA, Ariz. – In the wake of a recent tragedy, everyone from politicians to the talking heads in the media to the average Joe on the street has been talking about gun control. So far, the one measurable result of all this talk has been an explosion in the sales of firearms people fear may…

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Book Review: Ender’s Shadow

Posted April 5, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison

“The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” So wrote 19th century writer Thomas Carlyle and what Orson Scott Card exemplified in Ender’s Shadow, a parallel novel to his seminal hit Ender’s Game and book five of the Ender Saga. Ender’s shadow is Bean, the short, sarcastic but unquestionably brilliant soldier…

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Chaplain’s Corner: The Best Offense is a Good Defense

Posted June 14, 2012 by LCDR James Bradshaw

I have joked many times about being an “Offensive” driver. I would continue on by saying something like, “If I am in total control of my vehicle and know its limitations as well as its capabilities and drive alertly yet aggressively, I stand a better chance of avoiding an accident than a purely “defensive driver.”…

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Chaplain’s Corner: Forgiveness

Posted August 15, 2012 by Lt. Greg Woodard

In this article I’d like to explore the mystery of forgiveness. Pastor Tim Keller’s book The Reason for God was very helpful for me in framing the thoughts I share below. Forgiveness is very powerful and very difficult. An illustration will assist us here. Let’s imagine that someone borrows your car, and as they back…

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Chaplain’s Corner: “Happiness”

Posted October 18, 2012 by Lt. Daniel Chung

Being in the military, there are times when we are separated from our families and loved ones. With the advent of technology, we can bridge the physical gap through Skype, Face Time, email, etc. Unfortunately, being separated from our loved ones does not make us immune to conflicts. In fact, problems in our relationships may…

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Movie Review: The Killer Angels

Posted May 3, 2012 by Cpl. Laura Cardoso

The historical novel, The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara is about the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. The book is written from the perspective of the people fighting and shares their thoughts and feelings about the battle as it goes on. The book is an accurate and fair account of the battle of…

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Supporting vs. enabling, a fading line

Posted July 12, 2012 by Virgil Tapispisan

When is supporting and enabling the same? Growing up in the Philippines, I remember my mother providing me with the money so I could pursue my educational goals and pay for tuition expenses. I was not asked to look for employment to do it on my own. In my mind, my mother helped me to…

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Chaplain’s Corner: Get Excited!

Posted September 6, 2012 by Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Power

Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Powers Recently my wife Vicki & I went to see The Bourne Legacy. The movie is about the ongoing mission to create super soldiers capable of superhuman efforts (both physical and mental). In the movie, the program is compromised and the managers elect to shut it down by killing everyone involved (participants…

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Remembering our past helps guide our future

Posted November 8, 2012 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

As we approach the birthday of our Corps, I find myself thinking more and more about those who have come before us. Recently, I’ve become friends with more and more Vietnam-era Reconnaissance Marines, thanks to some good friends of mine. Their stories of intense camaraderie are truly awe-inspiring. They saw some pretty intense combat in…

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