FRIDAY FOTO (November 17, 2017)

Wait, what?!!

Rocky at Marne Mile

(U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Caitlyn Smoyer)

Sergeant Rocky, the 3rd Infantry Division’s mascot, jumps over obstacles behind a soldier during a competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The November 13 event was part of Marne Week 2017, a celebration of the division’s centennial.

The mascot’s name and Marne Week derive from the division’s World War I nickname: “The Rock of the Marne.” According to the website, Global Security, the division was activated at Camp Greene, North Carolina 100 years ago this month.

Eight months later, at midnight on July 14, 1918 the Division went into combat for the first time. As a member of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in Europe, the Division earned its name as the “Rock of the Marne,” when it stuck to its position after surrounding allied units retreated during the Second Battle of the Marne. Casualties were very high but the German advance was driven off.

3rd ID patch

3rd Infantry Division shoulder patch (U.S. Army image)

In World War II,  General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. led the division in battles in Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. The 3rd ID saw 531 continuous days of combat — the only Army division to fight the Axis on every European front — in places like Casablanca, Anzio, Tome, the Vosges Mountains, Colmar, the Siegfried Line, Palermo, Nurnberg, Munich, Berchtesgaden, and Salzburg. Lieutenant Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. soldier in World War II, was a member of the 3rd ID.

The division also fought in the Korean War. One brigade fought in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and Marne division units deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan in ensuing years. Last year, one of the division’s battalions was posted to Ukraine in support of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.

Designated a mechanized infantry division, the 3rd ID is now part of the XVIII Airborne Corps, based at based at Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, Georgia.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In case you’re wondering, Sgt. Rocky the 3rd ID mascot is a bulldog and shouldn’t be confused with Sgt. Rock of Easy Company.

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November 17, 2017 at 8:18 pm Leave a comment

SHAKO: Happy Birthday Leathernecks

242 Years Young.

SHAKO USMC Birthday 11-11-2017

(U.S. Marine Corps photo Staff Sergeant Mark E. Morrow Jr.)

Friday, November 10, was the 242nd anniversary of the creation of the United States Marine Corps. The organization has been defending the Republic since before there was a Republic —  by about nine months.

The Continental Congress resolved on November 10, 1775 to create two battalions of Marines. Captain (later Major) Samuel Nichols — considered the Corps’ first commandant — advertised in and around Philadelphia for “a few good men” and signed them up at Tun Tavern in Philly.

As we have noted in the past, 4GWAR has a warm spot in its heart for the USMC because this blog was born on Nov. 12, 2009 — just two days after the Corps’ birthday.

In the above photo, Marines with color guards from various units stand ready for the Joint Daytime Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on November 8, 2017. The event honored the 242nd Marine Corps birthday and included the traditional birthday cake-cutting.

In 1952, the 20th Marine Corps commandant, General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr., formalized the ceremony, stating the first piece of cake must be presented to the oldest Marine present, who passes it to the youngest Marine.

USMC uniforms

Marine Corp uniforms since 1775 (the green number with wig, 5th from the right). Photo courtesy of United States Marine Corps Historical Company.

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SHAKO is an occasional 4GWAR posting on military history, traditions and culture. For the uninitiated, a shako is the tall, billed headgear worn by many armies from the Napoleonic era to about the time of the American Civil War. It remains a part of the dress or parade uniform of several military organizations like the corps of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

 

 

November 11, 2017 at 12:48 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (November 10, 2017)

Night Flight.

816th EAS Moves Cargo through Syria

(U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Gregory Brook)

Air Force C-17 Globemaster III pilots from the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron conduct combat airlift operations for U.S. and coalition forces in Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

To see a video of this massive cargo plane, click here. 

Here’s another shot of these folks at work.

816th EAS Moves Cargo to Syria

(U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Gregory Brook)

November 10, 2017 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (November 3, 2017)

Building Bridges.

Bridging the gap

(U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Michael Eaddy)

Soldiers with the Puerto Rico Army National Guard’s 190th Engineer Battalion from Juncos, Puerto Rico, pick up a section of a 40-foot bridge being built for the citizens of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, on October 27, 2017.

These soldiers are with the aptly named 892nd Multi Role Bridge Company. Below is a photo of the gap the new bridge will cross. The span will provide the municipalities of Quebradillas, San Sebastian, and Isabela with a functional bridge until the bridges around the Guajataca Dam, destroyed by Hurricane Maria, are repaired.

Bridging the gap

(U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Michael Eaddy)

November 3, 2017 at 11:52 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (October 27, 2017)

I Talk to the Trees.

1st LAR prepares for Southern Katipo 17

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Allison M. DeVries)

Marine Corps Sgt. Jonathan Streit (center), briefs Marines during a ghillie suit and sniper exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on October 13, 2017. Streit is a squad leader assigned to 1st Marine Division’s 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

The ghillie suit, worn by civilian hunters and military snipers, is designed to look like heavy foliage in a forest or field. It was originally developed by Scottish gamekeepers as a portable hunting blind and first adopted for war in 1916. The name derives from a Scottish word for “lad” or “servant.”

To see more photos of this exercise (it was really hard to pick just one photo this week) click here.

And if you don’t get the Hollywood/Broadway reference in today’s headline, click here to see a scene from Paint Your Wagon, a Big Budget musical western from 1969 — and yes, that is who you think it is singing amid the trees.

October 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (October 20, 2017) UPDATE

Looking for Trouble.

2nd LAAD Stinger Range

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Cody J. Ohira)

Marines search for an aerial target during a live-fire training exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, October 10, 2017. The weapon the Marine in the middle is holding is a Stinger — a man-portable, shoulder-fired, heat-seeking, anti-aircraft, guided missile.

The Stinger provides short-range air defense to counter high-speed, low-level, and ground attack aircraft. Stingers have an identification, friend or foe (IFF) subsystem that helps the gunner and team leader identify friendly aircraft.

One interesting factoid about the Stinger, the Marines’ gunner handbook warns that when firing, the gunner and assistant must hold their breath until the trigger is released to avoid inhaling toxic fumes. And this is what it look like when the Stinger leaves the tube.

These Marines are with the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion.

FRI FRO add Marines rocket 10-27-2017

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Cody J. Ohira)

Updates with new second photo.

October 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (October 13, 2017)

Ready to Rock.

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(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Spencer Roberts)

Amid clouds arising from the steam-powered catapult and waiting flight deck crew, an F/A-18E Super Hornet prepares to take off from the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Pacific Ocean on October 10, 2017. Named for the 26th president, who was also an assistant secretary of the Navy, the aircraft carrier is on a deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet (Middle East) and 7th Fleet (Asia Pacific) areas of operation.

Oh, and by the way, Happy 242nd Birthday U.S. Navy! 4GWAR will have a photo essay on the Navy, Sunday (October 15).

October 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

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