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Marines, lazy? Ridiculous!

Date Posted: 2001-10-08

This letter is in response to a disturbing read that I experienced in your September/October edition ("Lazy Marines").

What bothers me about this letter is the simple fact that it has got to be about the most inaccurate piece of information I have read in long time. First off, I drive through the gates of several installations every day in the performance of my duties and not once have I seen any Marines leaning, looking lazy, or sitting down on the job. Even my wife is impressed at the highly professional appearance and attitude that they display on duty (and she is Air Force!!).

Before the terror incidents back in the U.S., I wondered how effective our force protection measures really were, here in Japan and in the U.S. Once I saw those Marines on the gates locked, loaded, and giving 110%, every doubt vanished. Those Marines are fine examples to all service members about honor, courage, and commitment, and when I go through the gates it makes me proud that I belong to the finest war fighting organization on the face of the earth.

I think that "Ex-Marine still standing tall" needs to readjust his sights and re-evaluate what those previously mentioned core values are all about. If a Marine who has been on post for almost 12 hours, with no cover,

in the pouring rain, and in full gear can still look at me and my wife's ID cards and extend a motivating greeting, then he is far from lolly-gagging or shirking his duties. I have seen service members at other installations on the island looking far less professional. I suggest he goes around, compares, and then maybe think twice before he writes something like that again.

Staff Sergeant of Marines and Still Loyal

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