Corps Perspectives , JE McCollough

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J.E. McCollough served in the Marine Corps from 1996 to 2005. He is a combat veteran, including Operations Iraqi Freedom I and II as a Counterintelligence Specialist, and the recipient of a Purple Heart and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with ‘V’ Combat Distinguishing Device. While in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, J.E. served as a part of 1st CI/HUMINT Company, 1st Intelligence Battalion. He was attached to 3rd Battalion/5th Marines,Task Force Tripoli and 3rd Battalion/23rd Marines at various points during the invasion and was attached to 2nd Battalion/4th Marines in Ramadi in 2004. Including post-Marine Corps civilian deployments as an intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense, he served over forty months in the Middle East and Central Asia between 2002 and 2011. J.E. has written articles for TIME magazine’s Battleland online as well as RangerUp.com.

Women in the infantry: Looking forward is the only option

By J.E. McCollough Recently the Secretary of Defense mandated all combat arms Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) in the military be open to women.  Across military and veteran communi ...

Why U.S. boots on the ground won't help Baghdad

There’s nothing wrong with letting your enemies fight each other. There’s everything wrong with ignoring our friends. In what’s left of Iraq, Iran and its client state in Bagh ...

Why Ramadi is, in fact, important to the fight against ISIS

To be clear, General Dempsey, Ramadi IS important. Just not right now, and not to the United States. Ramadi is a strategic “center of gravity” for western Iraq. The US military was wel ...

Cuba Libre: Thawing a half-century long freeze in relations

Bartender, I’ll have a Cuba Libre tonight. I’m celebrating the end of fifty plus years of a failed policy that was born of spite. It’s tough to admit you’re wrong, that you ...

Review: Last Resort Blades custom made by a combat vet

You can buy a nice knife anywhere. Any mall has a knife shop where you can get anything from Swiss Army knives to Conan the Barbarian swords. Any Cabela’s or REI will sell you a Benchmade. B ...

U.S. troops are returning to Iraq despite lack of approval

In 2011 the U.S. left Iraq because the Iraqi government, led by Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki, refused to give U.S. troops immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts in the case that U.S. troops commi ...

No guarantees: War and the loss of America's fighting spirit

The victors of conflicts often look back and see their victory as inevitable. This is understandable; it’s well-understood that the winners get to write the history books. But any combat vet ...

The real threat of ISIS: How bleedout will happen

When the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan started, those of us who had studied the Soviet war in Afghanistan had a major concern: bleedout. Bleedout is the term for jihadists who, having fought t ...

Staring down evil: Why terror will make us fight harder

For years I had dreams of being beheaded in Iraq. That I’d been captured, my convoy had been attacked and I’d been pulled out of my Humvee and held until they put me in front of that vide ...

Headed back to Iraq: Why combat is inevitable

Whether you like it or not, the U.S. is headed back to Iraq. And eventually, we’ll have ground troops engaged in combat once again. Past mistakes in Iraq are clouding the conversation about ...