Author Tony Lombardo

Gunnery Sgts. Shawn and Janet Angell are swingers, and it cost both of them their Marine Corps careers. In this week’s cover story, they speak candidly about their lives, inside and outside the Corps. But they are just two of 10 enlisted Marines who found themselves caught up in a massive investigation at Officer Candidates School, the Quantico, Va.-based proving ground for all who earn the title Marine officer. The 2011 investigation led to accusations of sex with subordinates, adultery and group sex. In all, 10 Marines were court-martialed. Only one was acquitted. Read the full story in this week’s…

Pop star Katy Perry portrayed a Marine in her newest video, but when she performed at the Naval Academy last Friday night, it was all about playing sailor. Perry, who said she was fighting a fever, performed in a sailor get-up. In this YouTube video she proceeds to recreate the iconic World War II-era image of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square. A lucky service member named “Beasely” plays the coveted role of sailor and promptly plants one on Perry’s kisser. The crowd, of course, goes bananas. ABC News offers more details.

Last month, WWE star Randy Orton was at the top of the ropes. Not only was he one of WWE’s most popular wrestlers, but he was announced to star in “The Marine 3: Homefront,” the latest sequel in the action-movie series. But then Orton’s sordid past with the Marine Corps turned up and locked his career in a sleeper hold. While Orton’s stint in the Marine Corps could have been a plus,  his service record is far from stellar. In 1999, the wrestler was labeled a deserter, court-martialed and given a bad conduct discharge, according to  Manpower and Reserve Affairs.…

It’s that time again. Where Marine Corps Times seeks out the unsung heroes from around the Corps and names one the “Marine of the Year.” We aren’t looking for those Marines who make headlines for combat exploits. Instead, we’re looking for everyday heroes whose dedication, professionalism and concern for their fellow service members and community set a standard. They lead by example — giving their time, sharing their knowledge and inspiring others — without drawing much attention to themselves. Through April 20, we are accepting nominations for the 11th annual award from their peers, supervisors, family members and/or friends. There…

Meet Pauline Nordin. She’s 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 117 pounds and has a body-fat percentage between 7 and 10 percent. She also sports biceps that measure “12 and a half inches, cold.” She’s not a Marine, nor does she have military experience. So why is she featured on the cover of this week’s Marine Corps Times? Her fitness and nutrition lessons have caught the eye of officials at Headquarters Marine Corps, who want to enlist her help in training Marines. Nordin first hit their radar when a mock recruiting poster went viral bearing her image. The poster read…

The list of off-limit places in southwest Arizona has nearly doubled for Marines, according to a news release from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Among them is a place called “S**t Creek.” It’s not a roughneck bar nor a seedy store. It’s actually “the confluence of the Colorado and Gila rivers,” according to a Yuma news release. It’s not completely banned, mind you. You can visit in the daytime, but when the sun sets — stay out! Also notable is The Mine Shaft, located at 3905 S. 4th Avenue. This bar was added “because of the amount of physical altercations…

The list of off-limit places in southwest Arizona has nearly doubled for Marines, according to a news release from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Among them is a place called “S**t Creek.” It’s not a roughneck bar nor a seedy store. It’s actually “the confluence of the Colorado and Gila rivers,” according to a Yuma news release. It’s not completely banned, mind you. You can visit in the daytime, but when the sun sets — stay out! Also notable is The Mine Shaft, located at 3905 S. 4th Avenue. This bar was added “because of the amount of physical altercations…

[HTML1] The Marine Corps hosted the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 in Phoenix. The competition pitted the East against the West in a game featuring 100 of the best high school football athletes from across the country. On Jan. 4, official B-roll surfaced from the East’s locker room, revealing the pep talk given to players by Maj. Gen. Ronald Bailey, commander of 1st Marine Division, and Sgt. Maj. Mike Barrett, the Corps’ top enlisted Marine. While the West would go on to beat the East, 17-14, Barrett had some strong words to pump the players up. At…

With one helluva headline, the YouTube video “1 Marine vs. 30 Cops (Marine wins)” is getting a lot of attention in the news and on the blogs. In the clip, a man billed as “United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar Thomas from Roosevelt, NY” takes about five minutes to yell at a large group of NYPD, accusing them of police brutality. Thomas is an activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has hit the streets of New York to peaceably protest the “corporate forces of the world.” If you’re interested, you can read more about the mission here. Thomas…

The F-35B has started sea trials. You can read more about that here. Rather than settle for natural sound, a couple of new videos have pumped up the excitement by adding a musical score. The Navy, on its official YouTube channel, used Drowning Pool’s “Bodies.” An intense song, no doubt, what with its constant refrain of “Let the bodies hit the floor!” and all. Navy tweeted the video with the warning “BAD GUYS BEWARE.” The F-35 Joint Program Office used this video. While much more tame, the score seems inspired by Michael Bay’s films. [brightcove video=”1198229271001″ /] What do you…

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