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Opinion: Mainting a combat mindset in the face of complacency

Posted April 5, 2012 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

As I return to the office from a week honing my skills with a rifle, I am reminded of how much of a desk jockey I have become, wasting away, staring at a computer and worst of all, complacent. I sit with my back to the door, staring at a…

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Chaplain’s Corner: “Seasons of Preparation”

Posted March 29, 2012 by Lt. Greg Woodard

During a time of reflection earlier this week, I was listening to some music. The artist happened to be beginning her career when I first moved to Minnesota after spending several years on active duty in the Marine Corps. I remember those early years in Minnesota as strangely formative and very difficult. I encountered this…

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Exercise Your Right to Vote!

Posted March 29, 2012 by

Voting is a constitutional right that American citizens eighteen years and older can freely exercise. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) covers all active-duty members of the Uniformed Services and their families, members of the merchant marine and their families, and US citizens who reside overseas, and assists them in exercising their…

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Book Review: Battle Cry

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cpl. Jakob Schulz

In the novel Battle Cry by Leon Uris, the reader gets taken on an epic journey through the life of Marines during WWII in the Pacific theater of war, focusing mainly on the invasion of Tarawa and Guadalcanal Islands, which were under the control of Japan. The book focuses more on the human side of…

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Opinion: Commend the deserving, encourage the wayward

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cpl. Jakob Schulz

All too often I see the line between noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted Marines blurring. I see lance corporals and privates first class talking back to corporals and sergeants, and NCO’s getting too friendly with the Marines they’re supposed to be leading and setting the standard for. When I picked up…

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Thinking about a loan?

Posted March 22, 2012 by usa.gov

Home-Equity Loans
A home equity loan could be a smart way to pay off high-interest debt or pay for home repairs. But consider carefully before taking out a home equity loan. If you are unable to make payments on time, you could lose your home.

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Book Review: The Soldier’s Load and the Mobility of a Nation

Posted March 22, 2012 by Cpl. Jakob Schulz

In this extended essay, The Soldier’s Load and the Mobility of a Nation, Samuel Lyman Atwood Marshall attacks the tendency of the U.S. Army to overload its infantry soldiers with gear, typically far more than they need for immediate use in combat.

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Opinion: Is technology eating our children

Posted March 22, 2012 by Sgt. Daniel Malta

This day and age, technology can be found aiding every part of our life from waking up to the sound of an alarm clock to popping back a chemically engineered sleeping pill while turning in for the night. The entertainment industry for one has gotten so advanced that in the last 100 years, man can…

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