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Thom Jones – The Pugilist at Rest: Stories

Posted August 30, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Uriel Avendano

Courtesy photoIf Vietnam, hospital asylums, punch-drunk boxers, retrograde amnesia and a little philosophy of the pessimist variety peaks your interest, then Thom Jones’ The Pugilist at Rest collection should be right up your alley. The retired Force Reconnaissance Marine, unfortunately, was diagnosed with epilepsy believed to have been brought on as a result of the time he spent as an amateur boxer. However, in 1993, Jones published 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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5 Questions: Lt. Col. Karl Arbogast

Posted August 23, 2012 by

Lt. Col. Karl Arbogast 1.  As the new H&HS Commanding Officer, what are your main priorities? Continue the legacy of excellence in performance that this squadron has shown throughout its history, and ensuring that the Marines, sailors and their families are ready to support any mission that they are assigned, in CONUS or overseas.  …

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The Art of Intelligence:

Posted August 23, 2012 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

I’m not a fan of fiction novels, and books like this one are a prime example of why real life is so much better. Henry A. Crumpton’s memoir is an account of his 24 years as one of our country’s frontline clandestine warriors, from his beginnings recruiting operatives and collecting intelligence throughout Africa, to leading…

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5 Questions: Department of Homeland Security

Posted August 16, 2012 by

1. What is the purpose of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services? The mission is to secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. 2. Does…

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Entertainment Review August 16, 2012

Posted August 16, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

Man, John Dwyer and company has just been decimating it with psychedelic rock the last few years. I’m all like, just chill out and let me breath for a minute. Their latest release, 2011’s Carrion Crawler/The Dream, included a bunch of long, constantly mutating guitar-centric numbers that I should probably review because of chronological proximity…

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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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Textual Assault

Posted August 9, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

Texting is supposed to be an instantaneous method of communication through a mix of actual words, abbreviations and emoticons meant for quick transmission-response protocol. It can also delay and outright ruin previously made plans.  I’m guilty as anyone of using my thumbs instead of my voice to talk to people, thereby turning what could’ve been…

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5 Questions: Sgt. Austin Wethington

Posted August 9, 2012 by

1.  What are the functions of the Substance Abuse Control Officer? The function of a Substance Abuse Control Officer is to provide physical, mental, emotional, and moral support and education for Marines that are going through trials and tribulations with drugs or alcohol. I am supposed to be the embodiment of positive reinforcement. I am…

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Leader’s Forum: Culture of Excellence

Posted August 9, 2012 by Col. Bradford Gering

I’ve always believed that a “GOOD unit” is one where the actions of all members are guided by what is expected of them.  They essentially “do the right thing” 24/7/365 in order to meet the expectations of their leadership (all levels).  A “GREAT unit” is one where the actions of all members are guided by…

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