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Challenge Coin: Usn, Usmc, Phibron 8, Cpo, "honor, Courage, Commitment", "semper

Challenge Coin: Usn, Usmc, Phibron 8, Cpo, “honor, Courage, Commitment”, “semper
Challenge Coin: United States Navy (USN), United States Marine Corps (USMC), Amphibious Squadron Eight (PHIBRON 8) Chief Petty Officer, "Honor, Courage, Commitment", "Semper Fidelis". 384 more words


I broke my introvert

As you may well know, I got hitched to hot husband. In the week since, I think I’ve slept more than I’ve been awake (much to the disdain of hot husband). 383 more words

Mental Health

Guest Post: A Picture in Moscow

The following post was originally posted by Swedish blogger Jägarchefen on his excellent blog. As the topic is highly relevant for but rarely discussed here in Finland, I asked for and got permission to translate it. 1,967 more words


Unexpected USMC Find

I bought a helmet from a guy in Idaho and it arrived this afternoon. I was excited to see what was inside the box the postman handed me in my garage. 209 more words

Mitchell Pattern Cover

Amphibious Warfare Experts Emphasize the Need to Adopt New Concepts

SEAPOWER, By JAMES PETERSON, Special Correspondent, 20 May 2017

WASHINGTON — Two experts on amphibious warfare highlighted the need for technological growth in the Navy and Marine Corps during May 18 testimony before the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee on Capitol Hill, expressing the urgency to provide ships with the proper tools needed to defend against future antagonists. 230 more words

Review Article

First trimester (6 week - 13 weeks)


 Call me crazy but a couple weeks before we found out I swore I knew I was pregnant. I’m still 95% sure I felt those implantation cramps and that’s when I knew. 629 more words


Veteran Marine supports the force through second career

*This particular article is dear to my heart. I decided to write about my cousin, Jeff Gavlik, mostly because I wanted to and can, but also because his service to the nation in uniform and out of uniform is significant in its own way. 822 more words