Long for the Sea

Quand tu veux construire un bateau, ne commence pas par rassembler du bois, couper des planches et distribuer du travail, mais reveille au sein des hommes le desir de la mer grande et large–Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A Marine with Company B, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M-16A4 from the prone position during a live-fire shoot aboard the Tortuga on Saturday. The company honed its marksmanship skills en route to the annual bilateral exercise Balikatan, where elements of the 31st MEU are scheduled to train alongside counterparts in the Republic of the Philippines. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps' force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
A Marine with Company B, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M-16A4 from the prone position during a live-fire shoot aboard the Tortuga on Saturday. The company honed its marksmanship skills en route to the annual bilateral exercise Balikatan, where elements of the 31st MEU are scheduled to train alongside counterparts in the Republic of the Philippines. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. 
–Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Military Still at Work

Amid all the politicking is this reality, that us in the military will still be out tomorrow doing our jobs. I see Fox News has called the presidential election. That does not faze these guys:

Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit pick up trash in the streets of the New York City borough of Staten Island on Monday. The 26th MEU is able to provide generators, fuel, clean water and helicopter lift capabilities to aid the local government in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Ghost Warriors

If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl. –H. L. Mencken