Navy Times staff writer Phil Ewing shares a fun update on the Scoop Deck blog today, and it falls squarely in the category of intra-service rivalry.
The photograph above shows Marine Cpl. Brice Millier helping a patient in Guatemala last week as part of Operation Continuing Promise, a humanitarian and civic assistance mission in Central and South America that includes elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. You know, the same operation that caused breathless, moronic news reports saying that 7,000 Marines would be deployed to Costa Rica.
In any event, Millier is photographed assisting the woman as she puts on a helmet before a ride to the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima for medical treatment. He also is photographed wearing a helmet that shows a distinctive hint of Americana: A cartoon of Calvin from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes urinating. In Millier’s case, that Calvin is taking out his frustration on the phrase, “V-22.”
Scoop Deck has a close-up of the helmet. Call me crazy, but I don’t think Millier is a fan of the Osprey.