Proceedings Magazine - November 2004 Vol. 130/11/1,221

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November 2004 marks the 229th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps, and this issue focuses on Marines and Marine issues. The three prize-winning essays from the Marine Corps Essay...



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  • Editor's Page
    By F.H. Rainbow

    November 2004 marks the 229th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps, and this issue focuses on Marines and Marine issues. The three prize-winning essays from the Marine Corps Essay Contest sponsored by Raytheon Integrated Defense...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "The Court Has Adjourned"

    (See M. Vimislik, p. 88, October 2004 Proceedings)

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • World Naval Developments: North Korean Nuclear Bomb Could Generate Unexpected Shock Waves
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Several recent events in North Korea re-emphasize the dangerous situation there. First there was a massive explosion in a rural area near the border with China, a few hours after a train bearing the dictator, Kim Jong II, passed through. On 9...

  • Urban Warfare Transforms the Corps
    By Major Kelly P. Houlgate, USMC

    Combat is bloody, materiel-driven, and chaotic—here, Marines engaged in Najaf, Iraq. The time has come for the Marine Corps to change the perception that the high-tech U.S. war machine fights at a disadvantage in...

  • Tom Bartlett 2004 Marine Corps Photo Contest First Prize Winner

    In 1997, the U.S. Naval Institute, with support from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, created the Tom Bartlett Marine Corps Photo Contest to honor the memory of Marine Corps photojournalist Tom Bartlett. This year's first prize winner is...

  • Marines Deliver in Mountain Storm
    By Colonel Kenneth F. McKenzie, Major Roberta L. Shea, and Major Christopher Phelps, USMC

    In its deployment to Afghanistan earlier this year, the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) highlighted the contributions Marine air- ground task forces make to joint commands and validated the...

  • Navy's Reserve Will Be Integrated with Active Forces
    By Rear Admiral David O. Anderson and Rear Admiral J. A. Winnefeld, USN

    To meet the national security challenges of the 21st century, the Navy must maximize the effectiveness of all its assets—installations, ships, aircraft, and people—active and reserve. Integration is a priority,...

  • Forcible Entry Is a Strategic Necessity
    By Frank G. Hoffman

    One crucial military capability under scrutiny in the Pentagon is seabased joint forcible entry operations. Civilian policy makers question the nation's need for this capability; they cringe at the investment stream for amphibious and...

  • Seabees Need Better Force Protection Training
    By Anthony J. Camacho

    Naval construction battalions (Seabees) have a distinguished heritage dating back to World War II that reflects their motto: "We can build and we can fight." As a child, I remember reading stories of how Marines took islands while the...

  • Put an End to Fratricide
    By Colonel Charles A. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    U.S. military history is infamous with well-known incidents of friendly fire, from the death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan to that of Confederate Lieutenant General "Stonewall" Jackson in the Civil War. Countless others...

  • Corporal Jones and the Moment of Truth
    By Hospital Corpsman Third Class Lorenzo Puertas, U.S. Naval Reserve

    When U.S. forces go on patrol around the world, the decisions of individual Marines and soldiers can have enormous impact. To ensure they make the right decisions, they desperately need cultural training.

    A Marine squad is on patrol...

  • Aviation Logistics Support
    By Lieutenant Colonel Russ Powers, USMC

    Operation Mountain Storm presented a number of challenges to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 266 (Reinforced), the aviation combat element (ACE) of 22d MEU(SOC). The initial challenge involved self-deployment of 28 aircraft—five...

  • Forward Operating Base Ripley
    By Lieutenant Colonel Ben Braden, USMC

    Establishment of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ripley was essential to the 22d MEU(SOC)'s operations against Taliban sanctuaries in Operation Mountain Storm. Its construction reduced dependence on the single-trail supply route between the FOB...

  • Beyond Hearts and Minds, Culture Matters
    By Barak A. Salmoni

    Operation Iraqi Freedom is a multifaceted war in which U.S. troops not only must root out insurgents—as was accomplished in this Fallujah enclave—but must be trained to grasp indigenous mores, mind-sets, and means of operating....

  • Keep the Coast Guard Expeditionary
    By Lieutenant Commander Robert T. Hanley, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    The heat was up along with the morning sun as the Coast Guard cutter Adak (WPB-1333) steadily made her way toward the Iraqi coast early one morning in May 2003. The 110-foot Adak was one of four Coast Guard patrol boats on duty in the...

  • 'Surprise and Chagrin': The Navy's Battle for Peleliu
    By Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.)

    Any discussion of the invasion of Peleliu still evokes strong emotions, even 60 years after the battle. Of this scene, the late combat artist Tom Lea wrote: "Those Marines flattened in the sand on that beach were dark and huddled like...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Damn the Bagpipes!
    By Chief Musician Mary K. Fitzgerald, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Captain Michael J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Ah, U.S. Navy customs, ceremonies, and traditions. It is imperative that the Navy always seek better ways of doing things, but our naval heritage is important to preserve uncorrupted. A tradition, so long as it is not so outmoded it impedes our...

  • Search: The Blog Alternative
    By Captain Christopher Nichols, U.S. Navy

    There is a new era of news gathering on the horizon, and it is being ushered in by the Internet. Web logs—or blogs—are gaining a large following of folks who see them as the ground truth, a way to fact check the mainstream press,...

  • Professional Notes

    Why Arleigh Burkes Handle Differently

    Captain Kenyon Hiser, U.S. Navy

  • Book Reviews

    Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War

    Evan Wright. New York: Putnam, 2004. 354 pp. Photos. $24.95.

    Reviewed by First...

  • Oceans: Farewell to Alvin
    By Don Walsh

    In August 2004, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the National Science Foundation jointly announced a $21.6-million program that will replace the venerable manned submersible Alvin. The yet unnamed vehicle will be able to dive...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>

    After training for nine months, the newly formed Iraqi Coast Defense Force (ICDF) began coastal patrol operations on 1 October 2004. This small Iraqi naval component, currently consisting of five 27-meter patrol boats, now is operating in and...

  • Lest We Forget: Paul Henry Carr, VMA-322
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Paul Henry Carr

    During the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944, in the action off Samar, a series of events had allowed a powerful Japanese force to penetrate American defenses, and it was threatening both the landing forces on Leyte...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Help Us Complete Biographer Tom Buell's Oral History

    Among those with whom he served, Commander Tom Buell was known for his outspoken personality and adherence to high standards. In wider circles, he is highly praised as the...

  • From Our Archive: Sergeant Jiggs Is Airborne

    Gunnery Sergeant Benjamin Belcher and mascot Sergeant Jiggs prepare for takeoff in a VE-7 Vought training plane at Brown Field, Quantico, Virginia, in 1924. This and other photos are available as prints through the Naval Institute Photo Archive....

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  • Charting Your Course: Supporting Our Own
    By Christopher Michel
  • Charities Supporting the Military

    Charities Supporting the Military

    Read "Suporting Our Own," November 2004 Proceedings



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