News & Commentary
April 16, 2014

by Elaine Donnelly

On Saturday, April 12, I was privileged to attend the Military Tribute at the Marine Corps Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery honoring General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., the 30th Commandant, who died on April 2. 

At the moving ceremony on grounds surrounding the Iwo Jima Memorial, Lt. General Gregory Newbold, USMC (Ret.) presented a Eulogy, and Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben delivered a Homily that included this from Timothy 2: "For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." . . .   Read More

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April 5, 2014

General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., the 30th Commandant, was a man of character, a mentor, and a good  friend I've known since 1994.  On April 2 he died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, having struggled with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma.  His email updates describing the ups and downs of what was happening since his diagnosis last June reflected serenity and even a bit of humor as "Team Mundy" closed ranks. 

Many memories come to mind.  In the millennium year, we were the guests of the 32nd Commandant, General Jim Jones, at the International Naval Review 2000 in New York Harbor.  My photos of the splendid flotilla of tall ships sailing by our observation post aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau, anchored near the carrier USS Kennedy, included the World Trade Center in the background.

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March 18, 2014

Marines Resorting to "Experimental Task Force" Reality Show

If you keep asking questions but don't get the answers you want, keep asking until you do.  This appears to be the strategy behind the "Marine Corps Force Integration Plan," a recently established experiment to find something. . .anything. . .that supports the theory that women can "succeed" in the combat arms. 

The Center for Military Readiness has produced a concise but comprehensive CMR Policy Analysis presenting the latest information about ongoing "research" on the misguided push for women in direct ground (infantry) combat.  After two years of trying, results do not appear to fit the template the Pentagon had in mind:  

Defense Department Deliberately Moving to Implement Policies Known to Harm Military Women

In January 2012, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the Obama Administration's intent to push for "gender diversity metrics" in aggressive fighting teams such as Marine and Army infantry, armor, artillery, Special Operations Forces, and Navy SEALs. . . . Read More

January 28, 2014

New Rules Greeted With Cautious Optimism

The Department of Defense recently released an Instruction (Number 1300.17) to implement a defense bill "conscience clause" to protect religious liberty in the military.  The January 22 directive referenced Section 533 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2013, which reaffirmed the constitutional rights of chaplains and people of faith to act in accordance with their beliefs on issues affecting morality and religious beliefs.  

The Center for Military Readiness and many groups affiliated with the Military Culture Coalition supported the legislation, which was passed in 2012:

Congress Takes First Steps to Accommodate Religious Liberty in the Military

If carried out as Congress intended, the law and Instruction will be helpful in pushing back against violations of religious liberty that . . . Read More

January 24, 2014

Pentagon civilians and military leaders keep claiming that when women serve in the combat arms, all standards will be "gender-neutral."  Now comes reality, revealed in a new physical fitness test with "gender-neutral" minimum requirements. 

Owing to well-documented physiological differences, 55 percent of female Marine boot camp trainees, compared to 1 percent of men, were unable to perform a new minimum test: three pull-ups to demonstrate upper body strength.  Plans for women in combat, still moving forward, just hit an iceberg that is bigger than boot camp. . . . Read More

November 14, 2013

President Barack Obama is pushing hard for women in direct ground combat units, to include Army and Marine infantry and Special Operations Forces.  Under Defense Department mandates for "gender diversity," women will be incrementally ordered (not "allowed") into land combat battalions by January 2016. 

Acquiescent military service chiefs keep insisting that training requirements will be "the same," implying standards will be as high as before.  However, as the Center for Military Readiness reports in this CMR Policy Analysis, the fine print "catch" is hidden in plain sight: 

Double-Think About Double Standards
"Gender-Neutral" Training To Include Gender-Normed Scores

Footnotes in a June Marine Corps report to Congress admitted that "gender-neutral" standards will include fitness tests that use "gender-normed" scores.  For example, to pass . . . Read More

August 27, 2013
The Obama Administration is moving ahead with incremental plans to force (not "allow") women into direct ground combat fighting teams that currently are all-male.  These include Army/Marine infantry, armor, artillery and − with inevitably-"adjusted" standards − Special Operations Forces, Rangers, and Navy SEALs. There are many good reasons to delay . . .   Read More

August 22, 2013
The story of 25 year-old Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, now convicted, demoted, and sentenced to 35 years at Fort Leavenworth prison, has taken a bizarre turn.  In the same week, Major Nidal Hasan, a bearded jihadist wearing an Army uniform, sat in a Texas court room  Read More

August 14, 2013
"Fox & Friends" personality Anna Kooiman, often featured in sports or entertainment human interest stories, recently traveled to Camp Lejeune, NC, to talk with women who are training for combat duties with Navy Riverine Squadron 2.  These squadrons, which operate from small boats that patrol near shorelines or on rivers in war zones, historically have been designated all-male.  The Obama Administration suspended that policy . . . Read More

August 11, 2013
Iraq war veteran and former congressman Col. Allen West (R-FL) has criticized Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) for supporting controversial  legislation that would create a new independent system of military prosecutors to handle the prosecution of many serious crimes, including sexual assault.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat,            . . . Read More

April 1, 2013

143 Women Killed in War on Terror

Since the attack on America on September 11, 2001, a total of 143 women deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait have lost their lives in service to America.

Most Americans, and even members of the media, are not aware that 143 brave servicewomen have died in the War on Terrorism. With few exceptions, news stories about their tragic deaths usually appear only in the military press, or in small hometown newspaper stories and television accounts that rarely capture national attention . . . Read More

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