Military & Veteran

Welcome to the Military and Veteran page of my blog. As a former active duty Marine, military and veteran issues are important to me. Most of the time this page will have funny shit, but if there are important issues, I will post those as well. 

I joined the Marine Corps straight out of high school, stepping on the yellow foot prints at MCRD San Diego in 1988, graduating in May. After a weeks leave at home, I was off to A-School at Pensacola, Florida, where I earned my MOS of 2631 (Signals Intelligence). From there is was off to Homestead AFB as part of Co H, MARSPTBN. I left homestead just prior to Hurricane Andrew, PCSing to MCAS Cherry Point via C-School at Pensacola again. 

At Cherry Point, I was assigned to VMAQ-2 as an ELINT analyst, deploying twice to Iwakuni, Japan. After Cherry Point it was off to Damneck, Virginia to be an instructor at NMITC (Navy Marine Corps Training Center). I left the Corps in 1998, but the Corps and the military are both still near and dear to my heart. 

Top 10 List

Why Are Marines Leaving The Corps?

February 15, 2024

Why Are Marines Leaving The Corps? We have the big 10 problems that I see, in no particular order: #1. Funding There can be an argument for both the Corps getting enough or not enough funding. But what the troops see is the Corps having to do more with less....

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POG Knife

Why I Stayed a POG In The Marines

February 14, 2024

Why I Stayed a POG In The Marines I was a POG and proud of it, I enlisted as a draftsman because it was something that I liked and in school in Tech Ed, I was always good at it, so I decided to make a living at it. In boot camp,...

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Veterans with an American Flag

What Kind of Veteran Are You?

February 9, 2024

What Kind of Veteran Are You? I recently stumbled upon a question on Facebook, about how many veterans feel that they are looked at as less of a Veteran if they didn’t serve in combat. This question is a problem for me as I do feel like I’m not a...

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Toby Keith with Marines on USO tour.

Friend of The Corps – Toby Keith – Died at 62

February 6, 2024

Friend of The Corps – Toby Keith – Dead at 62 Toby was a big friend of the U.S. Military, with Songs like “American Soldier“, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)“, and “Call a Marine“. He was also an avid USO supporter who performed for more...

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Generation Kill

Generation Kill – Fun Facts

February 3, 2024

Generation Kill – Fun Facts The real-life Sergeant Major John Joseph Sixta was sentenced to 30 years in prison to life for abusing his two stepdaughters in California when they were children. He was convicted in Arizona for abusing another child and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Several...

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Generation Kill Episode 7

Generation Kill – Episode 7

February 3, 2024

Generation Kill – Episode 7 Episode 7 – Bomb in the Garden April 10-23, 2003 You see the Marines looking at a computer screen in the humvee, this is a ‘Blue Force Tracker‘ or ‘BFT’ for short, (shows where all the friendly combat units are located). Ironically, I have worked...

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