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I served with SSGT Skok in 1995. He is a great marine, and doing what he can to keep the school where his children attend safe. Some of the comments I am reading are ridiculous. Semper Fi my friend!By the way, some of the toughest, meanest marines I ever served with were much less critical of Marine Corps policies, procedures, regulations, etc. When it came down to being a real Marine, they were top notch. When you saw them in uniform, you might be quick to judge them. From what I have read about the man, Chesty Puller was just that kind of Marine. So don't judge this Retired Marine by what you perceive to be as, "unauthorized attire". I am well aware of the regulations stating that the battle dress uniform is not to be worn on liberty, or outside of a military installation. You know some of the worst, most disgustingly cowardice, "hide behind my rank", Marines I ever had the displeasure of serving with, were also some of the most staunch, most unforgiving of Marine Corps policy violation, "Garrison Marines" I ever met. I am a gulf war veteran, and was a Platoon Sergeant in the infantry, and some of the best Marines I ever led, were the crappiest looking in garrison. Yeah I get your point about being an example, having your boots spit-shined, deadly sharp creases, authorized wear of Marine Corps uniforms, etc, etc, but there is no need to beat this Marine up over something so trivial. I know, I know...,it's not trivial to you.
January 28, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.