Proceedings Magazine - December 2007 Vol. 133/12/1,258

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The Few. The Proud. The (Harvard???) Marines
(See A. Pine, pp. 40-44, November 2007 Proceedings)

Owen West—Mr. Pine is mistaken when he writes...



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    The Few. The Proud. The (Harvard???) Marines
    (See A. Pine, pp. 40-44, November 2007 Proceedings)

    Owen West—Mr. Pine is mistaken when he writes that NROTC midshipmen are "as much at home at...

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  • Now Hear This: Clausewitz 2007
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    In any military strategy session, from the Pentagon's E-Ring to a game of capture the flag, the practicing intellectuals (eggheads) are given a polite hearing and then with some subtle eye-rolling, shown the door, so the brass tacks of real...

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    I was reading the article by Vice Admiral Jeffrey Fowler in the October Proceedings—the one in which the new Naval Academy Superintendent lays out his plan to tighten the rules governing meals, liberty, and extracurricular...

  • Women in the Military: 'We Are in the Fight'
    By Holly Yeager
    This World War II poster is a classic, but it's also a relic, thanks to a generation of women who decided Navy blue looked as good on them as it did on men.

    Back in August 1993, when Colin Powell was getting ready to...

  • Women Are Fitting in Fine: An Interview with Vice Admiral Ann Rondeau, U.S. Navy

    In several circles, she's the odds-on favorite to be the Defense Department's first woman four-star flag officer. She is the former Commander of Naval Training Center Great Lakes and was the first Commander of the Naval Service...

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    By Captain Nori Ann Reed, U.S. Navy
    Today it's common to see women on board ships of all types, including combatants. But it wasn't always that way. One of the first generation of women officers to go to sea looks back at how far they've come.


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    By Lieutenant Commander Holly Harrison, U.S. Coast Guard
    The Coast Guard cutter's crew didn't care that their CO was a woman. What mattered to them was the captain's competency and job knowledge.

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  • The Benzene Queen
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    A Marine officer tells her story of supporting the oil infrastructure in Iraq.

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    On my first tour in Iraq I was assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) Civil...

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    Over the past several years force protection...

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    A scholar of the life and times of Theodore Roosevelt looks at the international impact of the Great White Fleet a century ago.

    Theodore Roosevelt loved the Navy, especially the fleet of battleships he sponsored during his...

  • Abundant Opportunity
    By Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jacqueline L. DiRosa, U.S. Navy
    With her father's words never far from mind, the author charted her course through the Navy to its highest enlisted ranks.

    Sometimes it's hard to believe that more than 26 years have passed since I joined the Navy...

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    The sand in Kuwait and Iraq is like dry snow or powdery dust, not at all like the grainy terrain we flew over in Southern California, where our squadrons trained before deploying to Udairi Army Airfield in Kuwait in late October...
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  • Uncommon Valor
    By Lance Corporal T. J. Kaemmerer, U.S. Marine Corps

    EDITOR'S NOTE This dispatch, cited by Captain Amy Malugani in the accompanying story, recounts the heroism of Sergeant Rafael Peralta on 2 December 2004. Thanks in large measure to this article, the late Sergeant Peralta...

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    The Hogan brothers had been sailing around the Pacific for a long time, never ending up in the same port. Both were homesick for family. Jake, the eldest, was career Navy. Tate had hardly been able to wait until he could enter the service. Their...

  • Book Reviews

    Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

    Kirsten Holmstedt. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2007. 384 pp. Illus. Index. $27.95.

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Roberta L. Shea, U.S. Marine Corps

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    With the help of a U.S. military-aid package, this past year has been one of profound change for the Barbados Coast Guard. Beginning in February, Willoughby Fort in Bridgetown, home base for the service since 1982, was formally...

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    Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief

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    By Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    The Pentagon: A History

    Steve Vogel. New York: Random House Inc., 2007. 656 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $32.95. 

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