Author James Sanborn

The last UH-1N Huey ever to deploy with Marines recently conducted its final flight Nov. 5, ending a storied era of Marine aviation. The two-bladed version of the Huey recently deployed with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 (Reinforced) out of Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., in support of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 26th MEU recently returned from a float in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. The two bladed UH-1N variant has now been replaced by the heavier-hitting four-bladed UH-1Y. The specific UH-1N that was the last to deploy was also among the oldest…

A new comic book, set for release Wednesday, will cover Marine heroism from Tripoli to Afghanistan. Titled “American Defenders: The Marines,” it is part of a series published by Bluewater Productions that highlights the history of each branch of the U.S. armed forces. In it, “we find out how the few, the proud and the brave not only fight for freedom, but continue to defend America in their greatest times in need whether it be in the Halls of Montezuma or on the shores of Tripoli…,” reads a company press release. The comic will be available in digital format from…

The New York Times, Washington Times and the New York Daily News and others are just now reporting a story that is old news for Military Times readers — service members are resorting to extreme weight-loss methods to meet strict body composition standards. Marine Corps Times reporter James K. Sanborn first broke the story three years ago in July 2010, when it was revealed that a large number of service members were resorting to risky and sometimes deadly weight loss methods including dehydration, purging, diet supplements and yes — even liposuction. Doctors told Marine Corps Times then that often perfectly…

The Navy organization responsible for leading the Defense Department’s explosive ordnance disposal research and development recently dedicated its administration building to a Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan. The Explosive Development Facility Administration Building and Change House in Indian Head, Md., was dedicated Aug. 7 to Lance Cpl Terry Edward “T.J.” Honeycutt, Jr. who was killed in Oct. 27, 2010 from wounds sustained during combat in Helmand province. Honeycutt, a Charles County, Md., resident deployed with 2nd Battlaion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. Honeycutt’s former unit commander, Lt. Col. Jim Fullwood, spoke at the ceremony. “When T.J. deployed…

This Fall The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will become the first West Coast MEU to deploy with the Osprey. Set for a pump through the Asia-Pacific region, the 13th MEU will depart with a compliment of 12 MV-22 Ospreys aboard the amphibious assault ship Boxer, according to a Navy news release. The aircraft will be piloted and maintained by Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. While the 13th MEU is not the first to have ever deployed with the Osprey, it is the first that will take it afloat in the Pacific — the…

Despite the manpower drawdown nearly 100 specialties will still be eligible for generous bonuses in fiscal 2014, with the highest paying nearly $61,000. Also, top performers are now eligible for expedited approval. Marines rated as tier one can receive a reenlistment decision as soon as their request is routed rather than waiting months. For details on who is eligible for bonuses and how you can more quickly secure your place in uniform, Read the full story here, on Marine Corps Times’ Prime website. Or pick up a copy on newsstands now.

The storied “Nightmares” are set to deactivate this summer after 69 years of service during which the unit’s Marines saw combat in the Pacific, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Formally designated Marine Attack Squadron 513, the unit which flies AV-8B Harriers out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., will be deactivated July 12, 2013 after their most recent deployment to Asia which concluded with their participation in Exercise Foal Eagle. The annual exercise is among the largest in the world and aims to strengthen interoperability between South Korean and U.S. forces in the region. The unit deployed to Asia…

[HTML1] Marine procurement officials have ordered mandatory modifications to some, but not all, USMC Pack Systems produced by Eagle Industries. While packs produced by Propper International are unaffected, some by Eagle Industries require mandatory modifications to upper buckles on the shoulder harness assembly. Others also require mandatory modifications to the quick-release mechanisms that allow Marines to quickly doff their bags in an emergency. Marine Corps Times is still working to determine why Product Manager Infantry Combat Equipment at Marine Corps Systems Command ordered the modifications and what problems were occurring in the field. If you use the USMC Pack System,…

Danner, the original designer of the Marine Corps’ Rugged All Terrain boot, is having a limited-time sale on “second quality” boots. Both the temperate and hot-weather versions of the boots, normally $340 and $320 respectively, can be had for $79. That is potentially a huge break for Marines who need a replacement pair. Second quality, however, means the boots aren’t aesthetically perfect. “Form, fit, and function. These are the standards we will never jeopardize. A second quality boot maintains these standards and is only marked as second quality due to cosmetic defects. It requires the critical eye of our craftsmen…

Nationals Park was regaled in Marine imagery Wednesday night as part of  the Military Branch Day program meant to honor each of the nation’s services in turn. The Wednesday event, sponsored by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, included a Marine-themed pre-game show featuring the Quantico band, scholarship awards and an opening pitch by Lt. Gen. Willie Williams, director of Marine Corps Staff at Headquarters Marine Corps. Among those recognized with scholarship eligibility for his children was former Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Workman, who awarded the Navy Cross for actions during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. With other members…

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