The Longest Day

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Everyone who has spent any time in the military is familiar with the concept known as ‘hurry up, and wait.’ Waiting is fundamental to Marine Corps doctrine. Why, you may ask? Because if we eliminated waiting from our planning and operations we would be back from our deployment already and that is just not acceptable. […]

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IEDs and Such…

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Back in the summer of 2007 my company was conducting a turnover of battlespace in the quaint Iraqi town of Kharma just outside of Fallujah. At the time bad guys in the area were fairly butt hurt as the gun slingers from the battalion we were replacing had been doing pretty much what Marines do […]

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Herding Cats with Baseball Bats

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This week is a painful endurance of pre-deployment madness. Not that the things that have to get done are non-sense. It just feels like non-sense. For me this takes the form of cornering young Marines and explaining through clenched teeth the importance of getting their service record book audits completed before deployment and why doesn’t […]

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