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Leader’s Forum

Posted July 19, 2012 by Col. Robert Kuckuk

Think about this statement for a second: It’s the right thing to do. It’s fair to say we all typically know the right thing to do in most situations. We are guided by the regs, our leaders, our training or our experiences. Maybe we let our conscience be our guide. Sometimes, it not easy, nor…

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Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes- Paix

Posted September 13, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

I remember the first time I heard Paix (Peace). I’d like to tell you about it, what I saw, what I felt, when I first heard Catherine Ribeiro’s voice forever imprint upon such feelings of beauty and hope I thought I would start weeping. I’d like to tell you about it, but 5th Amendment and…

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Politics: bringing out the worst in people

Posted November 15, 2012 by Pfc. Brendan King

This most recent presidential election really started to make me dislike politics. Not so much with how the votes were counted up, or even who ended up winning the election, because in the end, no matter who is elected president, I will respect that person as my boss and will go to war for that…

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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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Book Review: The Village by Bing West

Posted May 31, 2012 by Cpl. Laura Cardoso

The Village is a great book. It tells the story of 15 Marines assigned to defend a hamlet, working with about the same number of Popular Force militiamen. Of that original group, 7 are killed in the first half of the book, which was intense. As you read you learn how the Marines love their…

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Back to School Jokes for Kids

Posted August 3, 2012 by

Knock Knock! Who’s there? Dewey. Dewey who? Dewey have to go to school today?   Have you heard about the teacher who was cross-eyed? She couldn’t control her pupils!   Teacher: James, where is your homework? James: I ate it. Teacher: Why? James: You said it was a piece of cake!   What’s the best…

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Montreal – Satanic Panic in the Attic

Posted October 4, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

Satanic Panic in the Attic was my first of Montreal album, and effectively one of my earliest forays into the realm of indie music. I could go on all day about what indie music means to me, and music in general, how it opened up avenues of creativity, and in the process allowed a rush…

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Movie Review: Battle Royale

Posted April 19, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison

Battle Royale is the OG Hunger Games. Beginning as a novel in 1999, with a movie adaptation following shortly afterwards, the novel tells of a dystopian future where high school students are randomly selected to partake in a Darwinistic bloodbath called The Program. Officially touted as a military research program, it is also used to…

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Who Rocks the Cradle? Shifting gender roles in the home, workplace

Posted June 21, 2012 by Capt. Staci Reidinger

It’s 2 p.m. on Wednesday and a young father sits tentatively with his six-year-old son awaiting a doctor’s appointment.  Working as a successful business executive, a wife financially supports her stay at home husband and three children.  As a Monday morning norm before work, a mother cooks breakfast for the family while dad helps the…

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The question: School or no school? One Marine gives his take

Posted August 23, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

I started college again two days ago at the time of this publication and I don’t know why. Many Marines join the Corps for college. Without having anything to back me up, I predict those types of Marines will swell even with the drawdowns, due to the Afghanistan campaign winding down. There is nothing wrong…

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