Thursday, November 22, 2007
And a special note to all those who have given their lives to make this country what it is today; from our founding fathers to the men and women who have given their lives throught the globe today. Thank you. And thank you to all the men and women (and their families) who are away from home and away from their families and have sacrifced some of their freedoms so that you and I can have our turkey and watch the Colts trample over the Falcons this afternoon. God Bless and come home safe!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
McClung, of Coupeville, Washington, was born and raised in Orange County, California, graduating from Mission Viejo High School before going on to attend the U.S. Naval Academy where she received her officer's commission in 1995. McClung competed as a gymnast in high school and in college. She was a triathlete (having competed in six Ironman competitions) and a marathoner. In October 2006, she organized and ran in the Marine Corps Marathon's satellite competition in Iraq.
In January 2006, McClung was deployed to Iraq as a public affairs officer with the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF). In December 2006, she was in the final month of a yearlong deployment to Iraq.
On December 6, 2006, McClung was serving with the I Marine Expeditionary Force as the Marine Corps head of public affairs for Al Anbar Province, in charge of embedded journalists. Earlier in the day, she had been accompanying Oliver North with his Fox News camera crew in Ramadi. She subsequently was escorting Newsweek journalists into downtown Ramadi. A massive improvised explosive device (IED) destroyed McClung's Humvee, instantly killing McClung and the other two occupants. The Newsweek journalists were not injured.
Major McClung was the first female graduate of the United States Naval Academy to be killed in action since the school's foundation in 1845.
Major McClung was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on December 27, 2006.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I have been very fortunate in my Marine Corps career to experience many different things, see many different places and cultures, and to fly the most lethal piece of gear in the Marine Corps arsenal in peacetime and in combat. However, the most rewarding peacetime experience I have had thus far is the opportunity to lead and work with some of the Corps finest Marines and to have a positive impact on the future of the Marine Corps. I will only have another few weeks until my replacement shows up and takes over the reins of Lead Series Commander of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion. However, I will return to the cockpit a better Marine Officer with a great respect for the work that goes on here at MCRD Parris Island.
My hat also goes off to the spouses and children of these hard working DIs. They sacrifice so much so that their husbands and fathers can pour their life's blood into the future generation of our Corps. The sad part is that they are all to often hidden in the shadows with little recognition of their sacrifices and support. There isn't enough to be said about the families of any service member and the support and value they add to any military unit and indirectly to the security of our nation.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
However, shivers went down my spine when I read the name of the pilot that was giving the demonstration. LtCmdr Kevin Davis was tragically killed April 21, 2007 while performing at the MCAS Beaufort, SC airshow. My father, wife, two children and I were there. Our hearts went out for him and his family that day. Our hearts still go out for the men and women in uniform that have given their lives for the security of our Nation and to those Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen that continue to serve around the world.
Lieutenant Commander Kevin Davis
United States Navy
Blue Angel #6 - Opposing Solo
Happy Veteran's Day!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of it's existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the nations foes. From the battle of Trenton to the Argonne. Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.
In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.
This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the Corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.
- Gen John A. Lejune, 13th Comandant of the Marine Corps
Happy 232nd Birthday MARINES!