December 23, 2015

Thank you for joining us for this issue of Marine Parents News. If this is your first time receiving the newsletter, welcome aboard, we're excited for you to be here!

As 2015 comes to an end, we'd like to wish the Marine Parents family a happy holiday season. Nothing we do would be possible without you, and we truly appreciate all that you do on behalf of our organization and on behalf of our men and women in uniform. Your unwavering support is the reason Marine Parents has been around for almost 13 years, and we look forward to seeing what 2016 has in store!  

The Marine Corps flag has a long, diverse history. Learn more in our first article. 

To see what else is new with the organization or to learn more about the Marine Corps, check out the rest of our articles. We hope you enjoy!

Thank you for joining us and especially for your continued support of our brave men and women in uniform.

Semper Fi Marine Families!
Marine Corps History: Marine Corps Flag

The history of the Marine Corps flag is long and diverse. There is little information available about the flags carried by early Marines, although there is evidence that the "Grand Union" flag was carried ashore by a battalion led by Captain Samuel Nicholas on New Providence Island, Bahamas, in March of 1776. The "Rattlesnake" flag may have also been carried on that expedition.

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*Image info: The Marine Corps flag.  
After the Corps: Joint Service Transcripts

As of 2013, the Sailor-Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) has been replaced by the Joint Service Transcript (JST). The JST can be used by Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel to assists academic institutions in awarding credit for military occupational experience and training.

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Corps Introduces New Artillery Round

Marine Corps Systems Command has recently announced that it has awarded a $98 million contract to Raytheon Missile Systems to build more than 3,000 Precision Extended Range Munitions (PERM). The 120mm mortar round will double the current range from eight to 16 kilometers (roughly 10 miles) and provide GPS accuracy to in 10 meters of the target.

PERM will increases the lethality of the 120mm mortar up to 250 percent, according to Joe McPherson, product manager for Marine Corps Systems Command. 

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*Image info:  A Marine t fires a 120MM Rifled Tower Mortar during a month long sustainment training exercise Oct. 30, 2013.  (USMC photo by SSgt. Matt. Orr/Released) 
Corps Modernizes Small-arms 

2015 was a milestone year for the Marine Corps, as the M4 carbine replaced the M16 as the universal weapon for Marine infantrymen.

In its effort to move toward becoming a smaller, more efficient fighting force, 2016 will see the further implementation of the   Corps’ Small Arms Modernization Strategy.

“These modernization efforts, which focus on improved lethality and mobility, ensure the individual Marine and Marine rifle squad have the most reliable and relevant weapons systems available,” said Maj. Anton Semelroth, a spokesman for Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

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*Image info:  A U.S. Marine fires off rounds to check the functions of his M4 carbine during a quick reaction force rehearsal aboard the USS Essex. (USMC photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released) 
Recovering Warriors Need Your Help This Holiday Season

The services provided by's Warrior Support Team (WST) cost around $6,000 each month, and we need your help ensuring those services continue. So far, the Marine Parents family has come together and donated almost $3,000 to the WST this holiday season.

We truly appreciate your kindness and generosity toward those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf, but we're only halfway to our $6,000 goal. We know that with your continued support, we can reach it in no time!

There are 20,225 members in our Official Recruit and What's After Boot Facebook Groups. If each of our Facebook group members donated $1 today, that would pay for the services provided by the Warrior Support Team for more than three months.

Our MarineParents Facebook page has 14,664 "likes". If each of our fans donated $2 today , that would pay for the services provided by the Warrior Support Team for almost five months. 

We have over 52,000 newsletter contacts. If each of the people on our mailing list donated $5 today, that would pay for the services provided by the Warrior Support Team for more than three and a half years.

With the season of giving upon us, it's more crucial than ever that we, the Marine Parents family, come together to show our Marines that America supports them and has their backs this holiday season!

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This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Just Cause

Twenty-six years ago this week, on December 20,1989,  Operation Just Cause was launched in Panama  to protect American lives, restore democracy to the country, preserve the integrity of the Panama Canal Treaty, and remove dictator General Manuel Noriega from power. One Marine, Corporal Garreth C. Isaak, was killed and three other were wounded during the operation.
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*Image info: A U.S. Marine task force on a reconnaissance patrol during Operation Just Cause.
(USMC photo by Sgt. Robert C. Jenks)
This Week in Marine Corps History: Wake, Wilkes, Peale Islands Captured

Seventy-four years ago this week, on December 23, 1941 Japanese forces launched a pre-dawn amphibious assault on American forces, including U.S. Marines stationed on Wake Island and Wilkes Island, as well as launching airstrikes against Wake, Wilkes, and Peale islands. After approximately 12 hours of resistance, the islands were surrendered.

*Image info:  Approximately 100 U.S. and Japanese historical structures, including this Japanese gun bunker, remain on Wake Island. (U.S. government photo)
This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Provide Flood Relief

Fifty-eight years ago this week, on December 26, 1957, 20 helicopters from Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 162 were rushed to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) onboard the USS  Princeton. Upon arrival, Marines participated in the rescue and evacuation of flood victims.

*Image info:  The USS Princeton (U.S. Navy photo)
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