Author Tony Lombardo

Is your unit looking to learn from some of the Corps’ most skilled fighters? The Martial Arts Center for Excellence is accepting requests for martial arts demos and site visits, according to a new Marine Administrative Message. MACE is tasked with managing and maintaining the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. “Every effort will be made to support all requests,” the MARADMIN states. “However, due to the high demands on the MACE, requests will be prioritized and executed based on the needs of the Marine Corps.” All requests must include: unit or organization name, type of support needed, the location and…

If you’re going to invest in an exercise machine that costs nearly $8,000, it might as well have a blood stripe. The Marine Arc Trainer, made by CYBEX International, is a workout machine that comes wrap­ped in “dress blue” coloring with a blood stripe and the Marine Corps logo, according to a company news release. The device is described as a “calorie-burning” cross trainer that allows the user to exercise at a range of inclines, “without stressing knees and joints.” The machine also comes pre-loaded with exercise programs oriented to fitness-test requirements. The Marine-themed trainer is the first of what…

It’s understood that Hollywood takes liberties when depicting Marines, but this might be pushing it. “High School Musical” star Zac Efron has been tapped to play a war-hardened Iraq veteran with three combat tours under his belt, according to entertainment-news reports. The film, called “The Lucky One,” is about a Marine who returns to North Carolina after three tours and “searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war,” according to a synopsis on the Internet Movie Database. The movie is based on a book by the same name, written by tearjerker-extraordinaire Nicholas Sparks.…

St. Louis looks to be the frontrunner to serve as host of next year’s Marine Week. “We’re looking at St Louis, but it’s not official,” said Lt. Col. Peter Conlan, who is heading Marine Week planning through the Marine Corps Division of Public Affairs. Historically, Marine Week has occurred in May. Chicago hosted the first year, in 2009, and Boston hosted this year. Dates have not been set for Marine Week 2011, Conlan said. “The City of St. Louis would be a proud, hospitable location for Marine Week 2011,” Mayor Francis G. Slay told Marine Corps Times via e-mail. St.…

You can’t instill that Marine attitude too early in life. Hailey Hinkle, at just seven months, is showing she has what it takes to serve in the Corps. “I think I already have a future DI on my hands,” said Hailey’s mom , Jacqueline Hinkle, who sent Marine Corps Times this photo to cheer up the troops. Hailey’s dad, Sgt. Todd Hinkle, is a member of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31, based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. Tom and Jacqueline have five children, but Hailey is their first daughter.

Tired of standing in a crowded Washington bar, my friends and I spied some open seats at a table already in use by a couple eating dinner. We joined them, and moments later the Corps’ future commandant bought me a whiskey. The long version goes like this: Back in February, I was just digging into my new role as Marine Corps Times’ news editor, so I did not immediately recognize Gen. Jim Amos, who was out of uniform and with his wife, Bonnie. My friends and I asked the couple if we could share their table space, and they were…

Those in favor of renaming the Department of the Navy the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps were dealt a major setback today. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee, has released a letter from the Defense Department opposing the change. Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson writes that the change would “not enhance the standing or reputation of the Marine Corps.” Deputy news editor James K. Sanborn sums up the news here. So, what do you think? Does the name change still have a chance? Is it worth fighting for?

Forty-four years after being shot down over Vietnam, Marine Corps pilot Maj. Everett McPherson was recently given a memorial service by his family at Arlington National Cemetery. Military Times photographer and videographer Sheila Vemmer produced the following video from the emotional service.

First Reconnaissance Battalion is on its way to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, and the 1,000 Marines will soon be joining the fight in Marjah. The battalion’s area of operations will include the Sistani Desert, to Marjah’s west, and Trek Nawa, to Marjah’s east. For more information check out this story by Marine Corps Times Staff Writer Dan Lamothe, who spoke with Brig. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commander of 1st Marine Division (Forward) at Leatherneck.

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