Gina Harkins has reported on Marines from the U.S., Central and South America, and at sea. She holds a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Jobs in agriculture often conjure up visions of livestock, cornfields and tractors. But these entrepreneurs are proving that the industry offers diverse career paths.
Technology on the battlefield is changing faster than ever, and
the U.S. Marine Corps is gearing
up for a more complex fight.
The Air Force is fighting to retain
its top pilots as commercial
airlines lure them away from the
military with promises of lucrative
salaries and more stable work
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has seen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis in action.
Gates recommended Mattis for some key leadership positions while he was running the Pentagon. Mattis served as the head of two different combatant commands in that time - experience Gates says makes the retired four-star an excellent pick to serve as the next defense secretary.
Multiple investigations into the death of a Muslim military recruit at the Marine Corps’ fabled Parris Island training center have uncovered a troubling pattern of mistreatment, and officials are responding with a series of policy changes designed to improve accountability.
Thousands of Marines serving throughout the infantry and in other key positions are about to get new gender-neutral job titles, but the service's top leaders are pushing to leave the word "man" in some of its most iconic occupations.
Darkness engulfed the Arizona desert as the first of two aircraft closed in on the landing zone. The mission, part of the Marine Corps' controversial evaluation of the V-22 Osprey, called for a simulated communication blackout.
Inside the ordeal that left two Marine recruits stuck at Parris Island for more than 500 days.
When Col. Chris Dixon recalls his unit's 2011 deployment to Afghanistan, he doesn't dwell on the grainy 40-second video that made international headlines.
It was 60 seconds of sheer horror. These recruiters' incredible untold story.
The Marine Corps will immediately begin implementing new policies following the defense secretary's decision to open all combat fields to women, and female Marines who've been waiting for the ban to lift have one message: They're ready.
Marine Gen. Robert Neller, commandant since September 2015, addressed some of the major issues confronting the service in an interview with USA TODAY’s Gina Harkins.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT – When Washington wanted answers this summer about the hordes of unaccompanied kids illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Gen. John Kelly was thrust into the spotlight.
The images stay with you for the rest of your life: Screaming drill instructors, in your face, in your space, in your nightmares.