Author James Sanborn

They aren’t exactly T-1000 Terminators from the future, but the Marine Corps is adding a few high-tech robots to its bag of training tools. One, known as ‘Rover,’ is a moving smart target based on a Segway platform. Produced by Australian-based Marathon Robotics, it can zoom around firing ranges and mimic the behavior of insurgents, foreign fighters and civilians in a combat zone. When fired on, they even scramble for cover. Currently used by Australian armed forces, the Marine Corps will test them this summer before deciding whether to integrate them into standard training. On another front, Marines in Japan…

Former Lance Cpl. Chesty XIII was promoted to the rank of corporal today by Col. Andrew H. Smith, the commanding officer of Marine Barracks Washington, during a ceremony at 8th and I. Cpl. Chesty XIII is the latest in a long line of English bulldogs that have served as the Marine Corps’ official Mascot. His predecessor, Chesty XII, ascended to the rank of sergeant during six years of service despite a spotty disciplinary record. He retired in July of 2008.

Today, Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent is one of the Corps’ top dogs, but he wasn’t born a hard-charging Marine. His hometown news station recently profiled his humble youth as a Memphis, Tenn.-kid and his rise through the ranks from a recruit out of high school to the most senior enlisted Marine. Today, Kent oversees the well being of all enlisted Marines, but some things never change, he told WHBQ 13 Memphis. The Marine Corps may have given him a shorter haircut, a straighter back and steeled eyes, but he is still fears his disciplinarian mother who is 90 and…

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