U.S. military assets, mostly special operations forces, continue to aid Philippine forces in hunting down ISIS.
The Philippine military said Friday its joint defense and security activities with U.S. forces, including annual combat exercises, will increase next year in a show of the treaty allies' continuing robust relations. Top U.S. and Philippine military officials agreed to increase the number of joint security activities next year to 281 in areas that include counterterrorism, maritime security and humanitarian aid. There are 261 such joint activities this year, military spokesman Col. Noel Detoyato said.
Despite a siege last year that retook a major city in the Philippines and killed an estimated 1,000 ISIS fighters, reducing their ranks to about 200 in the area, Pentagon spending on the military mission there has nearly tripled, according to a recent report.
And most of that money is being spent on running a fleet of drones to monitor terrorist activities while supporting ground patrols to clear out ongoing contested areas of the country.
Nearly $5 million is to fund the Marine Corps to “advise, plan and execute missions in support of Philippine counterterror operations,” according to the report.
Most of those 1,000 ISIS fighters killed in the operation were likely targeted, in part, by Marine Corps special operations forces.
Justice officials are wrapping up work identifying troops whose homes were wrongfully foreclosed on. A foreclosure services company has agreed to pay up to $750,000 to service members who lost their homes due to alleged illegal foreclosure.
According to the settlement agreement, Northwest Trustee Services Inc., of Bellevue, Washington, completed 28 foreclosures on homes owned by service members between January 2010 and July 31, 2017, without obtaining the required court orders, in violation of the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The company will pay compensation of up to $125,000 to each of the service members.
The SCRA prohibits foreclosing on the home of a service member during military service, or for one year afterward. In many cases this applies to reservists and Guard members called to active duty.
May / 9 / 2018 Washington, D.C.
The Marines are making strides to become more lethal and agile based on the threats of the future battlefield.
Last week at the annual Ground Awards Dinner, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller, offered his recent decisions to many of the Corps’ top officer and enlisted ground combat leaders.
Click on the picture to review the generals extended details of the Marine Corps’ war-fighting capability, redefining the structure of the Marine rifle squad; Sniper Rifle Upgrades and much more!!!
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. --
The 31st Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium kicked off Thursday, June 21, at the San Diego Convention Center where more than 1200 service members gathered to discuss current issues in the military. The Marine Corps sent more than 200 officer and enlisted Marines, more than three times previous years, coinciding with the Marine Women’s Centennial.
Hosted by the Sea Service Leadership Association, the event brought together women from all U.S. service branches and 20 other countries. The theme of the symposium, "The Power Within You," included question and answer panels, service-specific breakout sessions and lengthy discussions with the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Glenn M. Walters and the Commander of Marine Forces Cyber Command, Maj. Gen. Lori M. Reynolds, the Corps’ senior female Marine.
Reynolds expressed the ultimate goal of the symposium is for women Marines to be encouraged and reminded they are not alone.
“Being a woman in this organization is not always easy, so it helps to have somebody out there fighting for you and with you,” said Reynolds. “This is an opportunity that you can make your voice matter."
Walters thanked everyone, including the few men in the crowd, for attending and spoke about the distinct value of women in the military.
“All women serving are unique,” said Walters. “Throughout our history you’ve always been volunteers.”
Walters discussed benefits of the Marine Corps’ recent policy change which opened the door for women to join combat military occupational specialties.
“Integration is not only the right thing to do, integration is essential to winning our nation’s battles to maintain our freedom, all in an environment where only 29% of our population is qualified to serve,” said Walters.
In addition to the symposium, Thursday evening Walters joined the Women’s Museum of California in their celebration of “100 years of women serving in the Marine Corps.” Walters, on behalf of the Marine Corps, presented artwork to the museum, inscribed with “Honoring the thousands of women who earned the title Marine.” The art will be displayed at the museum, located in downtown San Diego.
The Women’s Museum of California is located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103 San Diego, CA 92106 For more information visit: http://womensmuseumca.org/
March 13, 2018
President Donald Trump visited Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and addressed the Marines stationed there...
"...your courage fills our enemies with dread. And your example inspires countless young Americans who dream of being the best, to some day wear the uniform of the United States Marines..."
To see the entire address, click on the picture.
March 6, 2018
With a focus on improving access to mental health care for Veterans living in rural areas, today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has launched a pilot telehealth program that will give rural Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remote access to psychotherapy and related services. The Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP) program will deliver therapy and other care through phone and interactive video contact.
Dr. John Fortney, a research health scientist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, Washington, is leading the project.
“Long travel distances to urban areas can be a major barrier to care for rural Veterans,” Fortney said. “In a prior trial, we were able to use telehealth technologies successfully to engage Veterans in evidence-based, trauma-focused therapy without their having to travel to a distant VA medical center.”
To date, more than 500 rural Veterans who are not receiving specialty PTSD care have enrolled in the study. The participants may choose between the two main forms of evidence-based, trauma-focused psychotherapy used in VA: cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy.
Veterans participating in the program receive frequent phone calls from a care manager who helps them access services provided by off-site psychiatrists and psychologists. The psychotherapy is delivered via interactive video from a VA medical center to a community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) or to the Veteran’s home. The telephone care manager also monitors the Veterans’ progress and helps them overcome barriers to care.
The program results, which will be available in 2020, will lay the groundwork for national implementation of the TOP program.
The Town Hall meeting was held on March 15, 2018 at the Stanislaus County Veterans Center. The current Director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Mr. Timothy Fitzgerald, addressed the Veterans and guests in attendance.
An update was provided on the Livermore Realignment Project including the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and a 120-bed Community Living Center (CLC) at Manthey Rd., French Camp, CA.
Actual construction is not scheduled to begin until the Winter 2018/2019 and the First Patient admissions are scheduled in the Summer of 2022.
The CLC schedule is not available at this time.
Services now committed include Primary care, Mental Health, Functional Restoration (fundamentally Therapy), Labs and Dental Services(for CLC patients only).
Pharmacy will not be available until the CLC is opened.
The MOVE organization is looking for a few good Marines (and other volunteers) to volunteer a few hours of their time to assist our fellow veterans by becoming qualified to drive vehicles get our Veterans to their appointments.
MOVE will work with your schedule, even if your hours are limited !
Within a very brief-time at the CVSO Offices, MOVE will certify volunteers with a valid Drivers Lic-nse, pay for a background check, and provide training to qualify you.
Contact MOVE at 209-522-2300, or
AARP and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service have launched Operation Protect Veterans to help raise awareness of common scams targeting veterans.
Here are some of the scams to watch out for.....
Benefits buyout scam: Scammers offer an upfront payment of cash in exchange for a veteran's future disability or pension payments. These buyouts are typically a fraction of the value of the benefit.
Investment/pension scam: Unscrupulous investment advisers claim the veteran may be able to claim additional government benefits by overhauling their investment holdings. Get credible information on how to qualify for veterans' benefits by contacting your state veterans' affairs agency. Visit www.nasdva.us and click on "Links."
Veterans Choice Program scam: Scammers have set up a phone number nearly identical to the number veterans dial to find out if they are eligible to use approved health care providers outside of the VA system. Veterans call the fake number and a message prompts them to leave their credit card information in return for a rebate. They debit your account, and the vet gets nothing in return. Make sure to dial the correct number for the VCP: 866-606-8198.
Charging for records: A scammer attempts to charge for access to a veteran's military records or government forms. Never pay for your records: all information is free through your local VA.
Special deals for veterans scam: Scammers offer discounts for veterans on a range of products, like loans & car purchases. Often, the products aren't discounted at all, or they don't actually exist. Check out offers carefully, and never wire money to someone you don't know.
Rental scam: A scammer posts a fake rental property on a classified ad website offering discounts for active duty military & veterans. You just need to wire transfer a security deposit to the landlord. Only there is no rental property and you just lost your security deposit.
Identity Theft Scams: VA phishing: Scammers call veterans claiming they work for the VA & ask for personal information to update their records.
If you get an unsolicited call from the VA, hang up.
Available to all honorably discharged veterans of U.S. armed forces, the military exchanges are launching the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit on Nov. 11. Veterans need to be "Verified" to begin shopping at the online military exchange websites as of Oct. 30, 2017, which was approved by the Defense Department in January. Veterans should verify their eligibility before trying to shop.
Any eligible shopper can shop at any of the websites. Actual exchange prices aren’t visible until you log in as an authorized shopper, and you don’t have to add sales tax.
CLICK on the image to apply for your verification.
Courtesy of California Department
Much of region 2 is in flames and many of us know of people who are or will be in need of assistance. Please remember your fellow Marines who have lost homes or loved ones in this tragedy that we find ourselves in. Look for ways to assist and remember your “Brothers” who are in need. In Detachment 686 alone, so far, we have two or three members who have lost everything as their homes have been burned to the ground. I’ve seen the home site of our JA and his neighborhood looks like an “atomic bomb” was detonated. He will obviously need assistance in rebuilding/replanting and site cleanup. While I’m sure that insurance will cover much of that, it won’t cover everything. Fortunately the loss of life has been minimal. In the 4 counties surrounding the northern parts of region 2, as of yesterday, there are 10 confirmed deaths with many more missing.In the meantime, these friends and brothers will be living “who knows where or how” and assistance that probably won’t be covered by insurance will be needed. Be ready to support them with food, hot meals, a place to stay (if possible), immediate cash, emotional support and work parties when needed.
Above all else, remember them and their families in your prayers.
Capt. Natalie Poggemeyer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
The Marines and Sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) wrapped up their relief efforts in Key West in the wake of Hurricane Irma, this week.The blue-green team was on the ground in Key West for five days conducting Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA), assisting in relief
Camp Pendleton, Calif. - At approximately 09:33 a.m.m (PST), a land-based training accident occurred involving an amphibious landing vehicle on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton injuring 15 Marines from 1st Marine Division. The Marines were conducting scheduled battalion training at the time of the incident.
All Marines are currently being treated for injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as they receive medical care.Officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident at this time.
Today your MCL team put together a plan to deal with National Disasters impacting our Marines. The process will help our Marines in areas where disasters occur. We established a disaster donate and request for aid process and it will be put in place for Texas, Louisiana and any disaster in the future. The Foundation will lead the process and will provide relief to MCL Departments and Detachments. Send donations to Marine Corps League Foundation and mark the donations "Disaster Relief fund". Departments and Detachments are our boots on the ground for vetting and delivering aid. In the near future you will see a new Quick Reaction Team, mobilized as required, for handling these disasters.
The Corps Report stated that US Marines arrived in Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands to help Hurricane relief efforts. As hundreds of thousands of Floridians trek north to escape Hurricane Irma, tens of thousands of military personnel are heading south for rescue and recovery efforts.
MV-22 Ospreys and Marines arrived at Pensacola Naval Air Station as part of a massive relief effort for southeast Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's devastating blow. The Pensacola base serves as a staging area for the Marines while the Navy's USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill move into positions to provide medical support, security and humanitarian aid for hurricane victims.
U.S. Navy (USN) and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft have conducted medical evacuations in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS Wasp (LHD 1) and USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), along with the Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are conducting a large offload of relief supplies in the U.S. Virgin Islands while continuing to conduct air operations.
U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) continues its support to St. Martin for evacuation and humanitarian assistance, and the strategic lift of commodities to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
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