Military December 22, 2018

Tracking Santa!
A holiday message from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford and his wife, Ellyn Dunford.
By Lorraine Boissoneault: A Civil War Cartoonist Created the Modern Image of Santa Claus as Union Propaganda Thomas Nast is legendary for his political cartoons, but he’s also responsible for the jolly St. Nick we know today

Kenneth Branagh recreates Col. Tim Collins’ speech to 1 Batt., Royal Irish Regiment, on 19 March 2003, immediately prior to the invasion of Iraq. From the BBC production 10 Days to War.
By James Clark: ‘When Your Brother’s Down, You Go To Your Brother’ — Fatally Shot, This Marine Rendered Aid To Fellow Officer For As Long As He Could
The suspected shooter was identified as 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, who committed suicide on Dec. 8 after barricading himself inside a home as local police closed in.
By Fletcher Schoen, Long March Council of the Former Enlisted: Has The US Military Created A Small Class Of Killers?
By James Clark: Mattis’ 2017 Message To Troops Is Worth Remembering: ‘Just Hold The Line’
“You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other, being friendly to one another; what Americans owe to one another,” Mattis said in 2017.
By Adam Shaw: Brett McGurk, US Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition, Resigns
By Justin Franz: Retired Marine ‘Man Hunter’ Now Tracking Montana Runaways
Bristol is no stranger to the plight of runaway children; in fact, he was one himself in his younger years. Bristol says he had a tough childhood, but that the Marine Corps “saved” him. He spent eight years enlisted and 30 years as an officer. Over the years, he saw combat in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. He was also responsible for founding the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.