Marine Corps Pioneering Unmanned Helo Headed for Storage

  After almost three years in Afghanistan, 2,150 flight hours and more than 1,950 sorties, the Marine Corps’ two K-MAX unmanned helicopters are being put out to pasture in central New York State. The unmanned rotary wing aircraft—which hauled a total of 4.5 million lbs. of cargo across southern Afghanistan since December 2011 for Marines…

Medal of Honor Awarded Today, and Another Take on a Controversial Fight

Later today, former Army Capt. William Swenson will head over to the White House where president Obama will drape the Medal of Honor around his neck. Swenson earned the nation’s highest military honor for actions undertaken during a bloody and controversial 7-hour gunfight between about 60 Taliban fighters and a group of Afghan soldiers and…

“Unlawful command influence by the commandant” cited in USMC Urination Prosecution

The Marine Corps Times posted a pretty explosive story this morning explaining how and why Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos stripped a three-star general of his authority to prosecute the Marines who has taken video of themselves urinating on dead Taliban fighters in 2011. Documents obtained by the paper include a declaration signed by…

Photo of the Day: Sept. 24, 2012

The MV-22 Osprey has been a controversial aircraft in Japan, where thousands turned out in September to protest basing the Osprey on the island of Okinawa.  The protests centered on concerns about the safety record of the Osprey, which had a difficult birth but had avoided significant incident until crashes in Morocco in April and…