Also notice how the leader of the pack drives ahead and cannot always see who is following. For those other leaders out there, you cannot give up, because you never know who is watching and following you.
Marine Force Recon team member after a 6 day patrol, Da Nang 1967
From its earliest conception, the Swastika symbol is believed to have been positive and encouraging of life. The modern name for the icon, derived from the Sanskrit svastika, means “conducive to well-being and good luck.” It has been used by cultures around the world for myriad different purposes throughout history: as a symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism; as a stylized cross in Christianity; in ancient Asiatic culture as a pattern in art; in Greek currency; in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture; and known as ‘whirling logs’ in Native American culture
Today is Day 4 of Honor Week and today we say Thank You to Steve, Sgt. Rast. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1997. Being a glutton for punishment (which may explain why he does CrossFit), Steve also attended Officer Candidate School in 1998 and 2000 while he was attending college. However, he realized Enlisted Marines have more fun and opted to stay in those ranks. He served in the active reserves at Fort Lewis, Washington and Yakima, Washington. Still seeking a more adventurous time in service, Rast earned the elite Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance Title (after failing once at Amphibious Reconnaissance School) and joined B Co. in Billings, Montana. As a Recon Marine Rast trained to be swift, silent and deadly.
A reconnaissance team leader with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, walks across the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., to board air transport for a raid exercise, Nov. 7, 2018. The MRF utilized air support from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced) to insert into an objective area targeting a group of high value individuals. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Teutsch)
Happy birthday to all my Marine brethren! May your legacy forever echo off the walls in Valhalla and may your victories be swift as you crush the enemy in a rage so violent that your foe trembles when they hear you coming!!! It was a pleasure serving with you crazy fucks!
Part of my pre-game duties is to flip the coin before the games. In the past, I have flipped with many people, nurses, professors, politicians (one with a newborn in a papoose thing) and the ones that stand out to me are the veterans. This Saturday, my game will honor a true American badass…. Rod Richardson graduated from Boise City High School in 1970 and joined the US Marine Corps, where he served two-years, including a tour of duty in the Viet Nam War. He returned to Oklahoma and enrolled at East Central University (Oklahoma) in 1972,
While at ECU, Rod Richardson accomplished three major life achievements
First, He played on a Championship Football Team in 1975
Second, He earned his degree in 1976
Third, He met his future wife Rita Wiley-Richardson and they married on July 2, 1977
After graduation in 1976, Rod re-entered the US Marine Corps and completed Officer Candidate School. As the years passed, his assignments and responsibilities increased, as he became a specialized leader in warfare tactics. He trained teams and then led missions in the jungles, in the deserts, on and under the oceans, and in the mountains. He jumped out of airplanes; He covertly swam out of submarine torpedo tubes; He scaled mountain ranges; and he held various assignments with US Military Special Forces and groups including the British Royal Marines and the Central Intelligence Agency. Some operations still not known to the public.
Rod’s passion for mountain climbing led him to pursue the highest mountain peaks the world had to offer. Rod conquered the mountain K2 – the second highest peak in the world – not once, but twice.
Col Robertson retired from the USMC in 1994 to the mountains of Nevada.
After 9/11 K2 resurfaced and began a civilian defense contractor and traveled the world teaching defense and military tactics.
On October 4, 2006 while on assignment in Iraq, Lt. Col. Rod “K2” Richardson made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. #usmc#marinecorps#ultimatesacrifice#veteransday#marinerecon