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  1. The F-14 is for all practical purposes history at this point in the Navy. If any unit still uses them it's probably only for a few more months. Most of the Tomcat pilots are switching to the F-18 variants.

    The Seahawk serves as an ASW platform, but what it is being used for a lot in sandland is transport and as an airborne scout, checking out ships and other small boats.

    Flying off of cariers you also have C2 COD's, which serve as transport planes to bring mail, personnel and supplies to carriers. An airwing will have a complement of E-2C Hawkeyes, and I think may still have S-3 Vikings EA-6B Prowlers. The majority of the wing is going to be Hornets though.


  2. I'm just a lowly Midshipman, but I bought On Killing last year in part just to read for information, but also as a reference for an English paper I was writing :P . I haven't actually read all of it (more like half), but I agree that it is an interesting and easy read while still taking a close examination of all the factors involved in one man killing another. Hopefully I will be able to get through the rest of the book sometime in the not too distant future. Then it looks like On Combat is a book that I am going to need to my hefty list of books for professional development.


  3. Last PFT I did back in April I ran 1.5 miles in 8:50. Still shooting for the max-out at 8:15. But yeah, 6 minutes for a mile is a good pace. For longer distance something in the 7-8 minute mile pace is not bad.

    Whiteknight-the Marine Officer Instructor at my unit typically runs our 1.5 mile with us each semester, and he smokes every last one of us (except for the Sub LT that just left us, man that LT could run). The CO of my unit (a Navy O-6 probably in his mid 50's) also usually beats about 85-90% of the people in my unit and likes to run marathons for fun. :rofl:


  4. Four SEALs died during the Panama operation; four more died in Grenada. Forty-nine died in Vietnam. Countless numbers have been killed in training accidents. Some have surely been killed doing things we'll never know about. But officially this would be the worst loss for the Teams in their entire short history. And it isn't even over, since as far as I know there is still one SEAL still missing out there.


  5. My dad went down to Florida yesterday to get my great-grandmother, and then yesterday afternoon/night my uncle brought himself and his two kids up from Mobile. We were never able to convince my granddad that he and my grandmother need to come up as well, so they are sitting down there weathering it out. And yes, he is very stubborn.


  6. I actually got the chance to hear the Commandant of the Marine Corps speak a little over a week ago, and if I remember correctly he said that the first MV-22 squadron should be operational sometime in '06.

    Now all the Marines need to get is the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, and the replacements for the SAW and the M-16 (not sure if the Marines are also looking to replace the M-16, but the Commandant did say they were working on a replacement for the SAW) and they can kick a** like never before.


  7. I don't know if the article is accurate on this account, but it does cite the weapon as being used in the Waco, TX incident with the Branch Dividians.

    One thing that I have to wonder about is, they complain it's long range, but do many terrorists have the necessary training to be really accurate at the long ranges they are concerned about (2,000 yards)?


  8. umm...it sounds like you are comparing this other book to the movie, not Ludlum's book, which is actually quite different from how Hollywood made it out to be. I still see the parallels, but they're not entirely the same thing when you compare the books.


  9. I don't think it is on the USMC page, but there is a video for this birthday that has the Commandant and the Seargent Major giving a birthday adress together, and they tell the story of a Marine Lance Corporal serving in Iraq that is incredibly moving. Basically this Lance Cpl. is involved in a firefight when he is wounded by a grenade. Turning down medical attention, he continues to lead the men in his squad or fireteam until he finally passes out from blood-loss. After being transported to Germany he manages to convince doctors there to release them and then he manages to get somebody to give him a pair of cammies, and finally talks his way onto an Air Force cargo aircraft heading back to Iraq. Before he leaves though he makes a phone call to his wife back in the States and tells her something to the effect of "Honey, I'm sorry, but I won't be coming home from this, I have to go back because my Marines are out there fighting still and I have to be with them."

    God bless the Marines and the Marine Corps.

    HOORAH! and Semper Fi


  10. "Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should

    be the reward of such sacrifices?' ... If ye love wealth better than liberty,

    the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us

    in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands

    which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget

    that ye were our countrymen!" --Samuel Adams


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