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The U.S. Military is sending a Marine Task Force Back to Afghanistan

Jan 3, 2017 0 Middle East - U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nathan P. Olson with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, prepares to set up a security perimeter after exiting an MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron-165, while forward deployed to the Middle East, Dec. 26, 2016. Marines with 3/7 compose the ground combat element, to include the dedicated TRAP force, for SPMAGTF-CR-CC within the Central Command area of operations, spanning 20 countries. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is currently forward deployed to several host nations, with the ability to respond to a variety of contingencies rapidly and effectively. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher D. Thompson)
Jan 3, 2017
Middle East – U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nathan P. Olson with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, prepares to set up a security perimeter after exiting an MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron-165, while forward deployed to the Middle East, Dec. 26, 2016. Marines with 3/7 compose the ground combat element, to include the dedicated TRAP force, for SPMAGTF-CR-CC within the Central Command area of operations, spanning 20 countries. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is currently forward deployed to several host nations, with the ability to respond to a variety of contingencies rapidly and effectively. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher D. Thompson)

The U.S. Military announced that they will be sending a 300 man Marine TF back to Southern Afghanistan this spring to help fight again the Taliban’s annual spring offensive.  The Task Force will primarily operate in Helmand Province and is expected to undergo a 9 month deployment.  The military anticipates this to be an ongoing rotation.

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USMC Lt. Gen Beyler stated, “Afghanistan remains a dangerous and dynamic environment, and our aim, training and advising the Afghan forces, is to preserve and build upon the gains they’ve made. Marines will face risk in this new assignment.”

According to the official release “Task Force South West, made up of Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force and led by Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, Jr., will train and advise key leaders within the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police.”

While the Marines haven’t been to Helmand since 2014 it is a well fought area for the corps.  It’s unclear as to how much their position will include actual field operation, however it’s likely they will see some of the tougher fighting this year.

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List of Active Duty/Veteran Discounts You Might Not Know About

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We all like discounts and free shit so we set out to find some solid companies out there who offer some solid discounts to active duty and or veteran personnel.  Please note that some of the discounts may change from the time this blog is written so be sure to check with the company for further details.   If you are out shopping don’t be afraid to ask if the store offers any military related discounts, you might be surprised who actually does.

If you know of any other discounts please be sure to add it in the comments below so we can help grow the list!

1: RE Factor Tactical-  We offer 15% off to Active Duty Military Personnel, Law Enforcement Personnel and Emergency Services.  To qualify, please create an account using your official government email address.  Once complete email info@refactortactical.com and we will adjust your account to receive the discount.

2: National Park Service– Offers free entry with a valid Active Duty ID.

3: Banana Republic- Offers 20% off to all Active Duty and Veteran personnel.

4: Verizon– Offers 15% off to  Active Duty Service Members

5: Chick-fil-A– Offers 10% off to Active Duty Service Members (varies by franchise)

6:  Lonestar Stakehouse- Offers 20% off every Monday and 10% off every other day to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

7: Hard Rock Cafe- Offers 15% off to Active Duty Personnel.

8: Cabelas– Offers 5% off to Active Duty, Reserve, Retired and VA Personnel.

9: Footlocker- Offers 20% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

10: Lowes– Offers 10% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

11: Nike– Offers 10% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

12: Dick’s Sporting Goods- Offers 10% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

13: Bed Bath and Beyond- Offers 10% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

14: Apple– Offers varied discounts to Active Duty and Government Personnel.  Ask for their federal program.

15: AT&T– Offers 15% off to Veterans and Active Duty Service Members.

16: Home Depot– Offers 10% off to Active Duty and Veteran Personnel.

17: Proof Research Barrels- 25% off to all Active Duty and LE personnel.

18: Brass Flags– 7% off to all Active Duty Military, Fire, EMS and LE personnel.

19: Manta Defense- 20% off to all current or former Military, LE, FED and EMS personnel.

20: RMJ Tactical- $65 off all axes and tomahawks for LE, EMS and Active Duty Personnel. $35 off for Veterans personnel.

21: Sarge’s Shooting Bags- 25% off to all Active Duty Military, Veterans, EMS, Fire and LE Personnel.

22: Lantac USA– Offers 10% off to all LE personnel.

23: AZ Guns- Offers a variety of price breaks to Active Duty Military, LE and Federal Employees.

24: Fox Group Tennessee– Offers 20% off to all Active Duty Military, Veterans, LE, Fire and EMS Personnel.

25: California Emergency Prep- 10% off to all EMS, Fire, Active Duty Military and LE Personnel.

26: Madison Fight Science Gym- Offers free 20 hours of training to all Active Duty Military and LE personnel.

27: Strip Gun Club, Las Vegas– Offers 10% off to all Active Duty Military and LE Personnel.

 

 

NOTE: It is against DoD policy to scan, copy or send your CAC Card for any reason other than official government business.   If a company asks for a copy of your CAC Card you should ask for confirmation via other means.  If you copy your DD214 don’t forget to black out your Social Security Number.

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First Female Infantry Marines to Join the Ranks

Pfc. Julia Carroll, 18, native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Pfc. Cristina Fuentes Montenegro, 25, native of Coral Springs, Fla., two of the first three female Marine graduates from the School of Infantry-East's Infantry Training Battalion course.
Pfc. Julia Carroll, 18, native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Pfc. Cristina Fuentes Montenegro, 25, native of Coral Springs, Fla., two of the first three female Marine graduates from the School of Infantry-East’s Infantry Training Battalion course.

On January 5th, 2017, three female Marines will make history by being the first to join Marine infantry Battalions.  The three female Marines will be headed to 1st BN, 8th Marines and will take on the roles of rifleman (0311), Machine Gunner (0331) and Mortar Marine (0341).

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. Capt. Philip Kulczewski stated:

“The Corps applauds the time and efforts of those Marines who volunteered.  As we continue to move forward, we remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that the men and women who earn the title ‘Marine’ will be ready, and will provide America with an elite crisis-response force that is ready to fight and win.”

The three female marines were the first to graduate the USMC school of Infantry and are part of the USMC’s push to fully integrate females into all combat fields.

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While it is unclear with President Trump will continue the push for women in Special Operations and Combat positions the military is still moving forward with a full integration.  Arguments continue to run for and against a fully integrated force.

Do you think females should be fully integrated into all fields of the military?

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