For today’s edition of Stay TOONED, we pull out a never before published toon by Bob Lang from the Fall of 2017, one originally designed to commemorate the 242nd birthday of the illustrious Marine Corps. The Marine Corps found itself in the news on a few occasions this past week.
First, there was the grammatically incorrect Tweet sent out by President Trump on Tuesday during a trip to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Despite being surrounded by Marines on a daily basis, the President made the great mistake that so many others have, misspelling Corps as Core.
“It was my great honor to deliver a message at the Marine Core Air Station Miramar to our GREAT U.S. Military,” Trump wrote in the tweet, perhaps subconciously showing his preference for Marines. Or perhaps he was merely echoing what my SOFREP colleague Alex Hollings would tell you —the Corps is the Core! Or maybe he just got it wrong since it was deleted and replaced with a corrected version 30 minutes later. Either way, it was a slightly embarrassing slip up, albeit not really high on the list of tweets people have taken issue with.
Secondly, on Saturday the Marine Corps trials began at Camp Lejeune—the first time for the storied location. The week long Paralympic style event kicked off with it’s opening ceremonies featuring fierce competition between more than 200 wounded, ill, or injured servicemembers from around the globe.
Cortney Wells a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps sustained a hip injury during a training exercise and also deals with fibromyalgia. She will be featured in a couple of competitions including archery. According to local news stations, Wells says she uses the sport to help cope with her injuries. “You’re focused on so many different things your form, aim, and breathing, that stuff is all I’m thinking about,” said Wells.
Rob Jones a retired U.S. Marine had both of his legs amputated after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan. During the trials, he will be participating in several rowing and track competitions. Jones told News Channel 12 in Jacksonville, North Carolina “I think one of the best things about sports in recovery is it kind of shows the person what they’re still capable of doing.”
The event also features competitions including wheelchair basketball and rugby, sitting volleyball, and more. Participants are scheduled to continuing competing until next Sunday.
So there you have it! It might not be the Corps’ birthday but as always, they’re making the news.