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Commandant of the Marine Corps Presents Boy Scouts With Awards

Friday, November 22nd, 2013


In this photo taken in 1925 of CMC, then Maj Gen John LeJeune, he presents a group of Boy Scouts with awards. That sure is an interesting hat the legendary General LeJeune is wearing.

Happy 238th Birthday Marine Corps

Sunday, November 10th, 2013


Since 1775 you’ve stood watch over America. We salute you!

Racer Mark Llano Faithful to Marine Corps Past

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Source One Distributor‘s CEO Mark Llano is a pretty interesting guy. Not only does he run one of the Special Operations TLS contractors and spend a great deal of personal time and resources supporting his fellow Veterans but turns out he’s also a race car driver.

It’s been said that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Veteran and SERKET driver Mark Llano has brought that philosophy from the United States Marine Corps to the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama.

The former Marine decided to pursue the challenge of racing when he heard the roar of the fully throttled engines at the 2012 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

“I remember Daytona, when I heard those engines for the first time. I remember being inspired by the competition and the camaraderie on the track and how it reminded me of my time in the Marine Corps. Then I thought, this could be a great way to inspire people,” said Llano. “This could be a great way to inspire veterans. And by competing we could help raise awareness and funds that assist those veterans achieve the American dream they have fought for so long to protect.”

Mark LlanoIf there’s one person who undoubtedly understands the American dream, it may be Llano. He emerged from an impoverished childhood to become a model citizen with countless awards and achievements on his resume. Llano is motivated to influence those who are in need by developing a legacy of hope.

“As a boy growing up in challenging circumstances, I have learned in my life that where you come from doesn’t define where you will end up,” said Llano. “If you aren’t afraid of the challenge of the unknown, you can achieve great success.”

Through a partnership with NGT Motorsport, Llano is determined to accomplish this mission. NGT Motorsport was the recommended race team for Llano because of their professionalism and commitment to racing, as well as their fierce drive to win.

Llano’s drive doesn’t only come from within. His grandfather reminded him consistently “if you believe in who you are, you will become what you believe.” Llano continues to remind himself of that advice daily.

That gift of wisdom has paid off. Llano is now a Marine veteran, race car driver in the largest single-make series in the world, and President and CEO of Source One Distributors, a leading provider of products and equipment to the armed services and law enforcement.

Though military service is an important part of Llano’s business, it’s not just a business for the Gulf War veteran. Llano has held onto his military service through his distinguished Marine Corps bond of Semper Fidelis, a Latin term signifying the transformation to a Marine that cannot be undone. This term translates to specifically mean “always faithful.” Llano has remained faithful to his military cause with a determination to always live by the ethics and values of the Corps.

“I plan on leaving a legacy in the 2013 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama season through excellence and achievement on the race track translating into an increase in support and awareness for our veterans and their families within IMSA, its competitors and its fan base,” he said.

Llano embodies his passion for military service with his mission to dedicate 25 percent of sponsorship to organizations dedicated to veteran support. The philanthropic partners Llano will represent during the 2013 season include Extreme Couture GI Foundation, Executive Bootcamp for Veteran’s and Operation Homefront. Because of his earnest loyalty to philanthropy, the Florida-native was recently honored with a key to the Village of Wellington, Florida.

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With a high and tight haircut and a camouflage-wrapped Porsche Cup Car, Llano is easy to spot in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge paddock. But both cosmetic details serve a strategic purpose in the former Marine’s pursuit to raise military awareness.

“In 2012, we were very excited to enter into a relationship with Crye Precision who made the MultiCam® pattern car wrap possible,” said Llano. “With their commitment to creating high quality products that keep our soldiers safe in the field, and their dedication to the veterans’ community, Crye Precision embodies the very ideals that SERKET Racing was founded on: excellence and dedication.”

The camouflage Porsche GT3 Cup car is one of a kind and Llano has dedicated its originality to serve an important role in a mission to honor service members of the military.

“For CRYE Precision, the MultiCam camouflage pattern is a source of pride,” said the SERKET racing driver. “The unconventional design and innovation that it was born from has proven to be effective in protecting the lives of our servicemen and women. We want the fans to know that this camouflage represents our military’s sacrifice and that SERKET Racing is an ambassador for their needs.”

Above all, Llano will make his entrance with a statement at the opening race of the 2013 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge season. With a clearly declared mission for excellence in exchange for military support, expect to hear an “Oorah!” battle cry from the SERKET/NGT Racing Porsche Cup car as the first green flag waves in Sebring for the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida March 13-16.

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USMC Bans Use of Polymer Magazines

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Yesterday, via MARADMIN, Lt Gen RIchard P. Mills, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration issued an edict effectively banning the use of all but USGI 30 round aluminum magazines. This means no more polymer magazines in spite of NSN.

Photo – Sgt James Mercure, USMC

Although in the past there have been Division-level bans of the use of polymer magazines due to compatibility issues with the M27 IAR’s non-US Mil Spec (yet NATO Std) magazine well, the Marine Corps is not the first service to issue a wide sweeping restriction on their use. Earlier this year, the US Army issued a TACOM Safety of Use message banning polymer magazines. However, the Army later clarified their position after field forces spoke up.

The full MARDMIN is after the jump.

Outgo Honoring USMC Birthday

Thursday, November 8th, 2012


Outgo has just launched a giveaway to celebrate the 237th Marine Corps Birthday, coming up this Saturday. They’re giving away 100 Ultra Compact Microfiber Towels with a custom embroidered US Marine Corps patch to the first 100 Marines who sign up via their Facebook page.

“For 237 years, the United States Marine Corps has always been ready to respond whenever the Nation calls,” said brand marketing director Gerald Craft. “This is our way of saying thank you to the Marines who have stood firm in the toughest of circumstances.”

Active and Retired Marines don’t have to do anything except visit their page and tell them where to mail the towel. It’s Outgo’s way of saying thanks.

SEK Solutions to Supply AquaSource Water Tanker to USMC

Friday, August 17th, 2012

SEK Solutions has announced that it has been awarded an order from the US Marine Corps to supply 2,613 AquaSource Water Tanker 5 Gallon (20L) Collapsible Water Bags manufactured by Source Hydration for the Marines’ Mountain Cold Weather and General Support Equipment Program.

Developed specifically for the requirements of the US Marine Corps, the Source Aquasource reduces the weight of the system by 13.4 pounds compared to the old Collapsible Water Bag procured through the Marine Enhancement Project. In addition to its primary function as providing a water resupply system that is more easily transported by a Marine Rifle Squad during dismounted operations, the Source Aquasource also provides capability to function as a Vehicle Hydration System for mounted operations when paired with the Vehicle Hydration Hub Upgrade Kit, as well as being able to be used as a Field Shower system when paired with the Field Shower Upgrade Kit.


AquaSource is a durable, collapsible, backpackable hydration alternative to traditional water cans. Source uses a Glass-like reservoir technology that helps eliminate fungus and the absorption of odd tastes by the bladder.

USMC Pack Video

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Slowly but surely, the pack once known as FILBE is making its way to the Fleet. Apparently, MARCORSYSCOM’s Program Manager Infantry Combat Equipment office has been able to take long enough away from making accusations against each other to produce this very informative video on what is now called simple the USMC Pack. It’s almost 30 minutes long so you may need to watch it in bites during breaks.

Forces Focus – USMC and UK Jump Ops

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Marines and Sailors from 1st and 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Companies conducted a live jump with members of the British Army’s 148th Forward Observer Battery (Commando) at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, on June 15th. Years ago, when I was in the Army I went drinking with some of the members of the 148th when they and I were, by happenstance, all at Camp Lejeune on TDY. It resulted in one of the most epic hangovers of my life. The dive trip I took the next day at Topsail Beach basically sucked but I must say, those boys could hold their liquor and were some really great guys.