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Japanese sergeant major uses body to shield soldiers from volcanic debris, gets killed himself


Fearless hero saved lives in exchange for his own during recent Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane eruption.
Volcanic eruptions in Japan have claimed the lives of people before, sometimes inescapably, and sometimes because they should’ve evacuated instead of staying to take pictures. But other times when Mother Nature rears her terrifying head, there just isn’t enough time to react.
A Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) unit was carrying out ski training on the snowy slopes of Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane in Gunma Prefecture on 23 January when it erupted, spewing out projectile rocks at blinding speeds.
▼ Incredible places of beauty,
snowy mountains can be also extremely deadly.

Sergeant Major Takayuki Izawa and his soldiers immediately took refuge in a small grove of trees while rocks continued raining down from the sky. Seeing that the leaves of trees did little to cushion debris impact, Izawa used his body as a shield to protect his comrades.
A rock that would have hurtled straight into the group struck Izawa squarely in the back instead, critically injuring the sergeant major. It wasn’t long before help arrived, but the wound was grave and he was heard saying that his lungs hurt.
Izawa then suffered cardiac arrest and passed away while being transported to a hospital.
▼ The heartbreaking news, presented here
in this tweet, shocked netizens.

【部下に覆いかぶさり背中に噴石直撃…死亡陸曹長】
訓練中、一番、守らなければいけない隊員を守る。それが自衛隊。
仮に8人のグループなら、その中で一番技量の劣る隊員のレベルがそのグループのレベルになる。リーダーは、その隊員を守りながらその隊員の技量を高めますhttp://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/14209779/ 

噴火で死亡した自衛隊員 部下に覆いかぶさり背中に噴石が直撃

今回の噴火で死亡した陸上自衛隊第12旅団第12ヘリコプター隊の伊沢隆行陸曹長(49)が、部下の隊員をかばって噴石の直撃を受けていたことが25日、関係者への取材でわかった。一方、陸自と群馬県は同日、

news.livedoor.com

According to his friends, Izawa worked in JGSDF for over 20 years before retiring five years ago to study to be a chiropractic in Aomori Prefecture. It seemed he couldn’t stay away from the duties of protecting his nation for long though, as he decided to re-enlist in 2017.
His teacher described the sergeant major as a very motivated and passionate student, while others thought of him as a person who was always smiling, putting everyone around him at ease.
Japanese netizens were greatly saddened by the passing of a brave hero who placed his comrades’ safety before his:

“I’ll pray for his soul. To the comrades he fought to protect, please live life to your fullest. The Self-Defence Force is the pride of Japan.”
“It’s really noble to sacrifice your life to save others. The JGSDF just lost one of their most outstanding soldiers. I’ll pray for you, may you rest in peace.”
“My heart burns with pride knowing that our people are protected by someone as great as him.”

Soldiers of the JGSDF undergo intense training to protect Japan, a duty that Sergeant Major Takayuki Izawa carried out to the best of his ability. His presence will not only be missed by those he sought to protect, but by everyone he shared his life with.
Source: Livedoor NewsSankei News via Hachima Kiko
Top image: Pakutaso
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When you know that you F**ked up at work!

You might be deploying to a shithole………………..from Rico

This absolutely nails it, this is exactly what it’s like when a military member is being prepared for deployment to a shithole.
– I, and many-many others have gone through this drill before…
Of course, all the Millennial snowflakes that were “badly hurt” by Trump’s use of the term “S…Hole, and especially others like Sen Durbin, Sen Cory Booker, Representative Maxine Waters, and most of the actors and actresses in Tinseltown, should give a moment to think about the many service women and men who are deployed daily to the many Shit Holes in the world that few of them would like to go to or associate with….

1. If your boss tells you to update your Gamma Globulin, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Dysentery, Tetanus and other fun immunizations–You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
2. If the Mobilization NCO tells you not to waste your time bringing a radio, or any other electronics, as there is no electricity and there are no signals–You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
3. If the Travel Pay folks give you a travel advance and the Per Diem rate is only $8.00/day, for everything–You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
4. If the “Area Cultural” briefing is only 30 minutes long, but the briefing on communicable diseases is 3 hours long–You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
5. If the “Area Cultural” briefing includes facts that some leaders in the host country keep young boys as sexual slaves–You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
6. If the “ Area Cultural” briefing includes facts that male members of that society have multiple wives, but also engage in sexual activity with barnyard animals–You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
7. If the “Medical Briefing” includes recommendations not to walk barefoot, drink the local water, or eat ANY food on the local economy- -You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
8. If the “Medical Briefing” includes information that the roadside ditches not only serve as flood control, but also as a common latrine–You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
9. If the Daily Report for your new assignment includes an area for “Number of Personnel Med-Evacuated” from theater for unknown diseases–You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
10. If the monetary exchange rate is greater than 50 to 1 for local currency to US Dollars– You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

Delta Airlines updated Arrivals Board at Hartsfield-Atlanta airport!!


H/T Doverthere

FRIDAY, 19 JANUARY 2018

Cartoon Round Up….


Award War One

Hoo Ya! Dress warm………………..from Rico

Damn that Global Warming, and damn Al Gore’s eyes for inventing it!
Hoo Ya!* It’s even cold here!
                           Dress warm!
*See how long it takes you to spot the ‘HOO YA’

Genius move, FED………………..from Rico

The PhD* economists over at the Mariner Eccles building aka the Federal Reserve** have really made a genius move in raising interest rates.
– Look at how the Dollar Index has responded.
I expect more of the same from them, more interest rate hikes.
– This will continue to crush the Dollar.
*You all know what BS is, MS is more of the same, and PhD is piled high and deeper.
**The FEDERAL RESERVE is no more ‘Federal’ than Federal Express is, it is a privately-held, for-profit, bank; and there are no reserves.

Vampir Soros………………..from Rico

At least Hungary “gets it” even if the DNC and the EU BureauRats in Belgium do not.

Anytime………………….from Rico

Well, it IS white, and it IS a house…


H/T Doverthere

Fake News from the recent past……………….from Rico

Fake news has been with us for a very long while, yet today’s “progressives” claim to be shocked at the suggestion.
– The MSM knows better, having been fakes & frauds for a very long time, but is trying to pretend their hand was never in the proverbial cookie jar.
Youngsters probably won’t relate well to what I have to say about that Commie poster-boy of Fake News Walter Cronkite aka the most trusted man in America, so I’ll use an example from a more recent event.
– The MSM circled the wagons to protect Billy BJ when he was using one of his staff for his personal cigar humidor…among other things [think: the blue dress].
Then, as now, the MSM presstitutes provide cover for their fellow Lefties, and willingly remain silent until stories of malfeasance become too large to completely ignore.

Right Angle: Looking Good!

The Right Angle team takes a look at Trump’s first year in office. The verdict: things are looking pretty good.

THURSDAY, 18 JANUARY 2018

Big-Breasted Courtney Knox Topless Fashion Pictorial (PHOTOS)

Normally these high-fashion models have small- to medium-sized tits, but this chick’s got huge melons, man!
Here, “Big and Busty Courtney Knox Topless Photo Shoot (PHOTOS).
These are all-natural topless jugs, so you can really appreciate them too.

Cartoon Round Up….

Ban Liberals……………….from Rico

Liberal “logic” says that if (Muslim) terrorists use cars to kill people, that cars should be banned from big cities, not (Muslim) terrorists.
– Huh? WTF?
In other related news, (Muslim) immigrants/refugees account for 73% of domestic terrorism convictions.
How about we ‘ban’ Liberals, as they clearly have a mental deficiency.
– Then we can ‘ban’ (Muslim) terrorists, and KEEP our cars


H/T Doverthere

Think of this as a divorce……………….from Rico

How many remember the big talk from the Libturds after the 2016 election about CALEXIT?
– They doubled-down on the Hollyweirdos ‘threat’ to leave for Canada, by threatening to leave the union of 50 states.
Blowhards that they are, they confuse ‘talking’ with ‘doing’ and the Lefty morons are still right where they are.
– Sitting on their asses, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.
The New California movement has had quite enough of their shit, and is seeking to divorce the Left-coast counties from the rest of the state. [read: kick them out]
– Not coincidentally do we now find that 11 counties have more voters registered than they have eligible voters, one of them with 144%.
Look again at the 2016 election map by county, most closely at California, then mumble to yourself “Democrat voter fraud” while noting the 11 counties that voted for Hillary, and now are subject to a ‘divorce’ action by the rest of the state that did not.
– New California might just resolve 100% of the Democrat voter fraud there in addition to getting rid of all their ‘sanctuary cities’…a win-win for the US of A.

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The most Expensive Grunts so far!

$35 million – the cost of integration

According to the Daily Caller, the Army spent $35 million to renovate facilities at Fort Benning to accommodate female trainees going through Infantry training. So far, those renovations have produced 22 female graduates, with thirty more in the pipeline. But, hey, what’s a few million bucks when we’re able to say that we’re diverse.
The money was spent on female living facilities and video cameras for security;

As part of the effort to integrate men and women in combat arms, Fort Benning has also had to develop new laundry policies. Before, laundry was open at any time of night. Now, it’s bracketed off at certain times for women.
Initially, Fort Benning officials wanted to place female living quarters on a separate floor, but the women didn’t care for that arrangement. Instead, the women are housed in one of four main sleeping bays.
Newly installed security cameras keep watch on the bay door and the stairs leading to the bay.

That won’t be the end of costs for the Army;

Female recruits have had a higher injury rate than their male counterparts. For example, in the last class, hip stress fractures were an issue for six out of seven females injured in Charlie Company.

From the Associated Press;

And as women drop out, those remaining are moved to new companies to maintain balance within units, said Lt. Col Sam Edwards, commander of 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry regiment. More than 36 percent of Benning’s women have left — about twice the rate of men. Injuries have sidelined other women who plan to restart the training.
Army leaders are closely watching the integration to track injury and performance trends and ensure there are no problems.
“It was a boys club for a long time,” Kendrick said. “You have to be professional.”

Yeah, a boys’ club, that’s what it was. This is only training, it’s not like three or four years of living the infantry life. Show me the stats on the other end – how many women are going to take a another hitch in the infantry after living the life.
So, 35 million smackers to turn out 30 infantry-trained women doesn’t seem cost very effective to me. Especially in these times when training money is scarce.

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I have got to get a copy of this ASAP!


WWII artillery being fired. From Peter Jackson’s restored footage project. from interestingasfuck

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M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle

Here is some more information from Wiki on the Marine Corps newest Toy for Its P.B.I.

(Poor Bloody Infantry)

M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle
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A U.S. Marine armed with an M27 IAR affixed with ACOG Squad Day Optic.
Type Squad automatic weapon
Assault rifle
Designated marksman rifle
Place of origin Germany
Service history
In service 2010–present
Used by United States Marine Corps
Wars Operation Enduring Freedom
Production history
Designer Heckler & Koch
Designed 2008
Manufacturer Heckler & Koch
Unit cost US$3,000[1]
Produced 2010–present
No. built 4,153[2]
Specifications
Weight 7.9 lb (3.6 kg) empty
9.8 lb (4.4 kg) loaded weight with sling[3]
Length 36.9 to 33 in (940 to 840 mm) w/ adjustable stock
Barrel length 16.5 in (420 mm)
Width 3.1 in (79 mm)
Height 9.4 in (240 mm)

Cartridge 5.56×45mm NATO
Action Gas-operated short-stroke pistonrotating bolt
Rate of fire Sustained: 36 rpm
Cyclic: 700 to 900 rpm
Effective firing range 550 m (point target)
700 m (area target)[4]
Maximum firing range 3,938 yd (3,601 m)[4]
Feed system 30-round STANAG magazine
Sights 3.5x Squad Day Optic, flip-up rear rotary diopter sight and front post

The M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle(IAR) is a lightweight, magazine-fed 5.56mmselect-fire weapon based on the Heckler & Koch HK416. It is used by the United States Marine Corpsand is intended to enhance an automatic rifleman’s maneuverability. The U.S. Marine Corps initially planned to purchase 6,500 M27s to replace a portion of the M249 light machine guns employed by automatic riflemen within Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalions. Approximately 8,000–10,000 M249s will remain in service with the Marine Corps to be used at the discretion of company commanders. The United States Army does not plan to purchase the IAR.[5][6][7] In December 2017, the Marine Corps revealed a decision to equip every Marine in an infantry squad with the M27.[8]

History[edit]

Background[edit]

In 1985, the U.S. Marine Corps adopted the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, one year after the U.S. Army. Procurement was a service-level decision because the weapon was adopted by the Army with a contract method the Marines could use. While the belt-fed M249 was portable and had a high volume of fire, its relatively heavy weight meant gunners could have trouble keeping up with riflemen.[9]

IAR[edit]

In 1999, a Universal Need Statement was issued for an Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). Around 2000, the 1st Marine Division’s 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines Regiment conducted initial, limited IAR trials which confirmed the desirability of a light automatic rifle. Experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan resulted in formal requests for recommendations. The Universal Need Statement spent six years going through the procurement process before an official program was begun and a list of required capabilities was created in early 2005.[9]
The Infantry Automatic Rifle program began on 14 July 2005, when the Marine Corps sent Requests For Information to arms manufacturers. Characteristics desired in the weapon included: portability and maneuverability; similarity in appearance to other rifles in the squad, reducing the likelihood that the gunner will receive special attention from the enemy; facilitation of the gunner’s participation in counter-insurgency operations and capability of maintaining a high volume of fire. An initial requirement for a magazine with a minimum capacity of 100 rounds was dropped in favor of the 30-round STANAG magazine because, at the start of testing, available 100-round magazines were unreliable. Caliber was specified as 5.56×45mm with non-linked ammunition, so as to achieve commonality with existing service rifles.[9][10]
In 2006, contracts were issued to several manufacturers for sample weapons. Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal submitted an IAR variant of the FN SCAR, Heckler & Koch submitted an HK416 variant, and Colt Defense submitted two designs. Companies that attempted to compete but were not accepted as finalists for testing included the Land Warfare Resources Corporation M6A4 IAR,[11][12] Patriot Ordnance Factory,[6] and General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products with the CIS Ultimax 100 MK5 (marketed as the GDATP IAR).[13]
In December 2009, the Heckler & Koch weapon won the competition and entered into a five-month period of final testing.[14][15] In the summer of 2010, it was designated as the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle,[16] coincidentally sharing a designation with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, who had been testing fully automatic rifles since 2001.[17]

An M27 IAR displayed at the NDIAJoint Armaments Conference in May 2010.

While Marine Corps Systems Command was optimistic about operational testing, former Commandant of the Marine Corps General James T. Conway remained skeptical because of the reduction in firepower at the fireteam-level that would result if the M27 was adopted.[18] He felt that, while more accurate, it was unlikely that the M27 could provide fire-superiority over the M249, a belt-fed LMG. A magazine-fed rifle, requiring frequent reloading, would not be able to sustain the same rate of fire. In a firefight, squad members carrying extra magazines for the M27 might not always be in position to supply them to the gunner. Further, the SAW was already a battle-proven weapon. It was also significant that the Army had chosen not to pursue the IAR concept.[9]
After the Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity conducted further testing at MCAGCC Twentynine PalmsFort McCoy, and Camp Shelby (for dust, cold-weather, and hot-weather conditions, respectively), limited fielding of 458 IARs began to four infantry battalions (one per each Marine Expeditionary Force, one reserve) and one light armored reconnaissance battalion, all of which deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.[19][20]
In May 2011, General James Amos of the U.S. Marine Corps approved the conclusion of the Limited User Evaluation (LUE), and ordered the replacement of the M249 LMG by the M27. Fielding of the approximately 6,500 M27 units was expected to be completed in the summer of 2013, at a cost of $13 million. Each M27 gunner was to be equipped with around twenty-two 30-round magazines of the type currently in use with the M16 and M4 carbineapproximating the combat load of an M249 SAW gunner; although the M27 gunner would not be expected to carry all 22 magazines. The individual combat load would be determined at the unit level and was expected to vary by unit, based on results of evaluations conducted by the four infantry battalions and one light armored reconnaissance battalion that participated in the Limited User Evaluation. Though program officials were aware that switching from the belt-fed M249 would result in a loss of suppressive fire capability, Charles Clark III, of the Marine Corps’ Combat Development and Integration Office, cited the substantially increased accuracy of the M27 as a significant factor in the decision to replace the M249.[21]

Suppressive fire[edit]

A U.S. Marine practices firing an M27 IAR on fully automatic fire in April 2012.

The notion that the M27 represents a reduction in suppressive fire has spawned considerable debate between proponents of the M249 SAW within the infantry and those who advocate that a lighter, more maneuverable, and accurate weapon is sufficient to support offensive operations at the squad level. It is debatable, in fact, that program officials actually concede a loss of suppressive fire capabilities, as the only statements of concern over this concept were made by General Conway.
With a SAW, the doctrine of fire suppression is the sound of continuous fire with rounds landing close to the enemy. While the M249’s volume of fire may be greater, it is less accurate. Experienced troops who have dealt with incoming fire are less likely to take cover from incoming rounds if they are not close enough. With an IAR, the doctrine is that lower volume of fire is needed with better accuracy. Fewer rounds need to be used and automatic riflemen can remain in combat longer and in more situations.[9]
Another benefit of the M27 over the M249 is that in many respects it resembles an M4 rifle as used by the rest of the squad. This makes it harder to identify by enemy troops.[9]

Combat reviews[edit]

The IAR was initially fielded in December 2010.[2] 1st Battalion 3rd Marines were deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 with 84 IARs. Former SAW gunners initially did not like the M27, but appreciated it as time went on. It weighed 9 lb (4 kg) loaded, compared to 22 lb (10 kg) for an M249, which was a significant difference when on 5-hour long missions. Gunners said it was “two weapons in one,” being able to fire single shots accurately out to 800 meters and have fully automatic fire. It also blended in with standard M16-style service rifles, making it difficult for enemy forces to identify the machine gunner. The battalion leadership also saw the M27 as better at preventing collateral damage, as it is more controllable on fully automatic than the M249. Concern of volume of fire loss was made up for through training courses developed in December 2010. With the M249 SAW, the idea of suppression was volume of fire and the sound of the machine gun. With the M27 IAR, the idea of suppression shifts to engaging with precision fire, as it has rifle accuracy at long range and fully automatic fire at short range. Shooters transitioned from long-range precision fire at 700 meters to short-to-medium suppressive fire at 200 meters, both while in the prone position. Some gunners in combat have been used as designated marksmen. An M27 gunner with one aimed shot has the effect of three or four automatic shots from the SAW, and still has the option of a heavier volume with an accurate grouping.[22]
Marines issued with the M27 enjoy its familiarity with the M4-style weapons in service. It is friendlier to troops due to its cleaner, lightweight system having fewer moving parts and jams. IAR gunners consider the rifle-grade accuracy to be a huge improvement over the SAW, despite the loss of sustained firing. With a shrinking budget, the Marine Corps is looking at ways to implement the IAR as a multipurpose weapon. Suggestions included use as an automatic rifle and as a designated marksman rifle,[23] a role where it replaced the Squad Advanced Marksman Rifle.[24] Additionally, the free-floating barrel offers improved accuracy at approximately 2 MOA compared with 4.5 MOA for M16A4 rifles.[25]

Design[edit]

A U.S. Marine armed with an M27 fitted with a Harris bipod and a 3.5x Squad Day Optic covers his team in Afghanistan in March 2012.

The M27 is based on the Heckler & Koch HK416.[26] It features a gas-operated short-stroke piston action with a rotating bolt and a free-floating barrel. The handguard has four MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rails for use with accessories and optics. The simpler gas-piston rifle system reduces the amount of time it takes to resolve malfunctions on the IAR compared with the M249.[17] Alternate calibers other than 5.56 mm are being considered for the M27.[9]

Use[edit]

The IAR is distributed one per four-man fireteam, three per squad, 28 per company, 84 per infantry battalion, and 72 per Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion,[27] with 4,476 total for the Marine Corps. The M249 was not completely replaced by the M27, and six of the machine guns are still issued to rifle companies.[28]
In December 2017, the Marines revealed they would be equipping every Marine in an infantry squad with the M27, which would increase the number of rifles procured by at least 11,000. While not every Marine in a battalion will receive the weapon, others outside of squads are also being considered.[8]

Magazine[edit]

The M27 draws ammunition from a standard 30-round STANAG magazine. The improved STANAG magazine with the tan-colored anti-tilt follower is favored over the previous version with the green follower because it can be inserted more easily and the anti-tilt follower can handle high rates of fully automatic fire with less chance of malfunction. While a rifleman normally carries seven 30-round magazines, an IAR gunner has to carry up to 16, and may carry as many as 21, due to its role and fully automatic rate of fire. The magazine well has a flared opening that aids in magazine insertion, but a PMAG 30 GEN M2 magazine cannot be inserted due to the frontal plastic bevel on the PMAG.[4] Because the M27 cannot be fed from the widely used M2 PMAG magazines that M4s or M16 rifles in the squad could take, the Marines banned the polymer PMAG for issue on November 26, 2012 to prevent interchangeability issues.[29] In response, Magpul began the process of arranging verification and official testing for their improved PMAG 30 GEN M3 magazine, which is compatible with both the M27 and M16-series rifles.[30] After Marine Corps testing of the M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round with the M27 showed reliability problems from feeding issues from standard magazines,[31] the PMAG 30 GEN M3 Window, which had better reliability with the EPR, was approved for use by Marines in December 2016 so that M27 gunners who receive M855A1 rounds do not face such issues.[32] Due to its role, high capacity magazines of between 50 and 100 rounds are being explored.[17]

Accessories[edit]

The M27 is essentially an HK416 with accessories required by the Marine Corps.[33] The standard optic is the Trijicon ACOG Squad Day Optic (SDO), officially designated the Sight Unit, SU-258/PVQ Squad Day Optic. It is a 3.5×35 machine gun optic that has a Ruggedized Miniature Reflex (RMR) sight screwed on top for close-quarters engagements under 100 meters. Created for the SAW, the day optic offers slightly less magnification, but longer eye relief than the ACOG Rifle Combat Optic (RCO) on M16s and M4s. The longer relief helps reduce injury risk from recoil.[4][22] It is issued with the Vickers Combat Applications sling and rail sling mounts, AIM Manta Rail Covers, Harris bipod, KAC backup iron sights, a foregrip, and bayonet lug.[34] The M27 initially had a Grip Pod, which is a foregrip with bipod legs inside, but it was later replaced by a separate foregrip and bipod.[9]
In January 2017, a USMC unit deployed with suppressors mounted to their M27 rifles as part of a concept to suppress every weapon in an infantry battalion. Exercises showed that having all weapons suppressed improved squad communication and surprise during engagements; disadvantages included additional heat and weight, increased maintenance, and the greater cost of equipping so many troops with the attachment.[35]

M38 DMR[edit]

In late 2017, the Marine Corps began fielding the M38 designated marksman rifle. Although certain M27s were employed as marksman rifles since 2016, the M38 version outfits the M27 with a Leupold TS-30A2 Mark 4 MR/T 2.5-8x36mm variable power scope, the same optic fitted on the Mk 12 Special Purpose Rifle. The naming of the M38 followed a similar convention to the M27, being named after the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines unit that tested the rifle out.[36]

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M27s and 'Head-to-Toe' Gear Overhaul on the Way for Marine Grunts

A member of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, fires the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle during a live-fire weapons exercise on Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Dec. 8, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michaela R. Gregory)
A member of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, fires the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle during a live-fire weapons exercise on Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Dec. 8, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michaela R. Gregory)
After more than a year of speculation, the word comes straight from the commandant of the Marine Corps: Grunts, including those outside the squad, are getting the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle — and a whole lot of other goodies to boot.
Military.com first reported in November 2016 that the Marine Corps was eyeing the idea of fielding the weapon more broadly within the infantry, and had issued M27s to members of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, the service’s experimental infantry battalion, to observe how it improved their effectiveness.

Currently, the M27 is carried by only one member of each infantry fire team: the automatic rifleman.
With the battalion’s deployment to the Pacific at an end, Marine leaders are considering a list of 41 different recommendations generated by the unit, and M27s are at the top of the list.
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In an interview with Military.com in late December, Commandant Gen. Robert Neller confirmed that a decision had been made to move forward with fielding the M27 more widely within the infantry.
Every Marine in an infantry squad, he said, will receive the high-end rifle. And while not every Marine in a grunt battalion will carry the IAR, others outside of the squad will also be issued one.
“I don’t think mortars and javelin guys need the M27,” Neller said. But, he added, artillery forward observers, fire support teams, and even engineers might be good candidates for the weapon.
“I’m going to wait and see,” he said. “It’s not that much [money].”
The exact number of weapons needed has yet to be determined. In February, the Marine Corps put out a request for information for 11,000 new infantry automatic rifles, enough to equip every squad. But in August, the service published a pre-solicitation for up to 50,800 M27s, to ensure that manufacturer Heckler & Koch was up to the task of meeting an order that large.
Neller has in the past expressed reservations about investing in new weapons and technology for Marine grunts. The IAR, based on the Heckler & Koch HK416, offers a longer effective range and better accuracy than the M4 carbine currently fielded to infantrymen, but it also has come with a steeper price tag: about $3,000 a piece compared to less than $1,000 for the M4.
That may no longer be the case.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Christian Wade, the gunner for 2nd Marine Division out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, told Military.com that competition and economies of scale have pushed the cost of the M27 down significantly.
“The price for that rifle is comparable to what we paid for the M4s the riflemen currently have,” he said. “These companies are competing against each other. And we now have bought the finest infantry rifle for the same price the current infantry rifle is.”

KITTING OUT THE GRUNTS

But with major Marine Corps investments for new rotary-wing and fixed-wing aviation platforms well underway, cost may not be the obstacle it once was for the service. The commandant signaled his plan to invest heavily in the infantry when speaking with deployed Marines during his yearly Christmas tour.
The Marines’ new 5th-generation fighter, the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, costs roughly $100 million per copy, Neller told troops at one of a dozen town hall-style addresses he gave in the span of seven days in late December.
“I could kit out every grunt in the Marine Corps with the coolest s*** head-to-toe for $100 million,” he said. “And I intend to do that.”
For what else may be coming for the infantry, look to the “Über Squad,” an experiment started this year by Wade.
This summer, the 13-Marine unit from 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, was kitted out with M27s, suppressors, and high-tech Ops-Core helmets borrowed from Marine Corps Special Operations Command that feature built-in hearing protection, but also magnify other sounds to improve situational awareness.
The Marines used light MARSOC body armor and advanced AN/PVS-31A night vision devices. They also got 60-round Magpul drums, allowing them to increase the amount of ammunition they carried.
Wade said that the high-end night vision equipment had proved its worth recently during a nighttime exercise at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, California.
“That rifle squad moved faster at night than the live fire-safety chaperones,” he said. “[The Über Squad moved too fast for them to keep up because they had better night vision goggles.”
The squad is expected to deploy to Europe sometime this spring to continue testing out gear, but Wade is already working on requirements documents as a starting point to get some of the equipment to every infantry squad.
He said he’s ready to begin writing requirements for a helmet with all the features of special operations gear, including hearing enhancement, communications infrastructure and ear protection.

SUPPRESSORS AND SCOPES

Early efforts to pursue suppressors are also underway.
In September, the Marine Corps published a request for information about a commercially available suppressor that could be used on the M4, the M4A1, and the M27– effectively covering all service weapons used by the infantry. While an early effort, the document instructed prospective suppliers to be ready to supply in large numbers.
“Future procurement quantities of suppressors could span between 18,000 and 194,000,” the RFI reads.
Wade said he’s not yet happy with the suppressor currently in use by the Marine Corps for specialized jobs. He plans to start tests on a flow-through design that reduces signature, he said.
Add to all that one more key piece of gear: a variable power optic that, combined with the M27 and a suppressor, would essentially kit out every Marine in the squad as a designated marksman. Wade said he wants to equip infantry squads from different platoons with various optics and compare their performance to make the case for more powerful equipment.
Currently, Marine grunts carry a 4X power rifle scope; Wade said the idea capability would be a 1-8X power scope.
An RFI published in September described such a scope, the “squad combat optic,” that would work on the M4, M4A1, and M27, and be able to identify and acquire targets at a range of 600 meters or more.
Some of this gear carries with it a sizable price tag. The AN/PVS-31A NVGs, for example, cost about $13,000, compared with about $4,000 for the AN/PVS-14 NVGs currently in use. And all of it isn’t guaranteed to end up with the squad.
But Neller said he’s likely to approve a lot of it, and soon.
“The money to buy all that other stuff, the suppressors, the ear protection enhancement, the different helmets, it’s not a lot of money in the aggregate,” he told Military.com. “So I’m just waiting for them to come back, and I’m ready to say yes.”
And it’s possible all these items are just the start of a full-court press to equip the infantry for future fights.
In an address to Marines with the Black Sea Rotational Force in Romania, Neller hinted at future developments.
“Helmets, [ear protection enhancement], lighter body armor, boots, utilities, everything on the infantry from head to toe is probably going to get changed,” Neller said. “Every Marine’s a rifleman, but not every Marine’s a grunt.”
The infantrymen in the room roared.
— Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

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Battle Honors & Streamers

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Back when I was in Mr. Reagan’s Army. I was able to sneak a peek at our Regimental Colours. I was in the HHT 1/18th US Cavalry
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By the way. A Flag goes up & down the pole. A Colour does not according to my Squadron Sgt. Major. A person even our Colonel was slightly afraid of.
Anyways, I was very impressed by them. So I am going to show a few things about them.

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Display of streamers from the Flag of the United States Marine Corps

Display of Streamers on US Army Flags, Colors and Guidons

Consolidation II campaign streamer awarded for deployment to Afghanistan from 12 June 2008 to 1 September 2009 for the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade

 
The United States Army established campaign streamers in 1920, the United States Marine Corps in 1939, the United States Air Force in 1956.
The United States Coast Guard adopted battle streamers in 1968, with the United States Navy following suit in 1971.[1][2]
Many of the practices relative to streamers and their display are similar among the services.
There are, however, differences, particularly regarding the number of streamers and use of embroidered devices.
The Army carries a separate streamer for each important action in all wars in which that service has participated, each embroidered with the name of the action commemorated.
Currently, the Army allows 187[3] streamers, and the Air Force, employing the Army system, carries more than 60.
Unlike the Army-Air Force practice, the Marines and Navy use one ribbon for each war, campaign, or theater of operations.
Specific actions or battles are highlighted by bronze and silver stars embroidered on the ribbon.
The Marine Corps shows more than 40 streamers, the Navy 32, and the Coast Guard uses 43, unadorned by either stars or lettering. Stars on the Marines and Navy streamers follow the practice initiated during the World War II period for ribbons and medals—that is, a bronze service star for each action, and a silver star in lieu of five bronze stars.
The Navy applies stars to appropriate ribbons throughout its history, whereas the Marine Corps uses stars to commemorate service starting from 1900.
The Navy’s Presidential Unit CitationNavy Unit Commendation, and Meritorious Unit Commendation streamers each carry a red number rather than stars, representing the number of times that the respective award has been conferred upon Navy units.
Generally, streamers are 3 feet (0.91 m) long and 2.75 inches (7.0 cm) wide. Where a medal has been awarded for a particular war or service, the coloring and design of the streamer are the same as the ribbon from which the medal is suspended.
Conflicts and operations for which no medal was issued have ribbons specially designed for use as streamers.

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Additionally, units that have been awarded citation or decoration may carry the associated streamer. Foreign awards are last in precedence.
Current US Army policy allows the display of fourrageres and lanyards during ceremonial occasions on the flagstaff of those units authorized.[4]
A foreign unit award medal may also be pinned to the applicable foreign award streamer during ceremonial occasions.[5]

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The Green Machine War

The Wonderful Friend of the US Grunt – The A-10

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The Green Machine Well I thought it was funny!

I sure am Glad that I missed this Campaign!

I see that the Military is up to its Old Tricks again!
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When I was in the early 80’s. For a while there. They were offering some huge Reenlistment Bribes / Bonuses. Some were as high as $30K !
 

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The Green Machine War

So we seem to be unable to win a big war so let us do this instead!

Now I am not disrespecting the Real Soldiers in the Green Machine, okay! But really!?!

SMA Dailey wears “Pinks & Greens” to Army-Navy game

Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey Tweeted out a picture of himself yesterday while he was attending the Army-Navy football game wearing the “Pinks & Greens”. In another Tweet, he credits the uniform for contributing to the win.

And the streak continues!! Pinks & Greens gave us good fortune at the  snow game! It powered us to VICTORY!!!  @USArmy

From the Army Times;

The Army is working on a revival of the iconic uniform, and the prototypes first made their debut on the conference floor of the annual AUSA meeting in Washington, D.C. Dailey and the prototype models have since made the rounds in the uniform, including to a reception on Capitol Hill.
Saturday was the first time Dailey had been spotted in the uniform.

So, I guess the fix is in. You can’t avoid the fashionista train.