MONTGOMERY - On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Marine Corps veteran and District 2 Congressional candidate Rick Barber complied with a request from the Pentagon to remove the Marine Corps insignia from all campaign materials.
"I'm proud of my service in the Marine Corps, and I'm loyal to Corps values," said Barber. "Our motto is 'Semper Fidelis,' which means 'Always Faithful,' so I'm happy to follow orders even though I no longer wear the uniform."
Rick Barber served in the Marine Corps for four years, during which time he was promoted four times. He was honorably discharged in 1999 at the rank of Sergeant.
The Pentagon's Trademark Counsel Philip Greene from the office of Public Affairs contacted Rick Barber for Congress and requested that the Marine Corps insignia be taken off of all campaign materials.
Despite Rick Barber's honorable service in the Marine Corps, Phillip Greene informed Rick Barber for Congress that "10 USC 7881 states that "no person may, except with the written permission of the Secretary of the Navy, use or imitate the seal, emblem, name, or initials of the United States Marine Corps in connection with any promotion, goods, services, or commercial activity in a manner reasonably tending to suggest that such use is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the Marine Corps or any other component of the Department of Defense."
"Having never run for office before, I was unaware of the regulation," explained Rick Barber.
The insignia has been removed from the website, and Phillip Greene thanked Rick Barber for his cooperation.