July 2018

Special Notices

Volume 102, Issue 7

Response by Robert C. Koury, Jr.

Gen Gary L. Thomas, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps

UPDATE

On 21 June, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced that the President Donald J. Trump has made the following nomination:

  • Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Gary L. Thomas has been nominated for appointment to the rank of general, and assignment as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. Thomas is currently serving as the deputy commandant for programs and resources, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, District of Columbia.

General Officer Announcements

On 27 April, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced that President Donald J. Trump had made the following nominations:

  • Reserve BGen Michael F. Fahey III has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. Gen Fahey is currently serving as the CG, Force Headquarters Group, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve Command, New Orleans, LA.
  • Reserve BGen Helen G. Pratt has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. Gen Pratt is currently the CG, 4th MLG, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve Command, New Orleans, LA.

On 8 May, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced that President Donald J. Trump had made the following nominations:

  • LtGen Lewis A. Craparotta for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Commander, Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and CG, Fleet Marine Corps Forces Pacific. Gen Craparotta is currently serving as the CG, I MEF.
  • LtGen Daniel J. O’Donohue for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Director, J-7, Joint Staff. Gen O’Donohue is currently serving as the Deputy Commandant for Information, HQMC.
  • MajGen Eric M. Smith for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as CG, III MEF, and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Japan. Gen Smith is currently serving as the CG, 1stMarDiv.

On 11 May, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced that President Donald J. Trump had made the following nomination:

  • Col Daniel J. Lecce for appointment to the rank of major general and appointment as Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Col Lecce is currently serving as the Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for Military Justice and Officer in Charge, Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity, Office of the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy, Washington, DC.

On 17 May, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced that President Donald J. Trump had made the following nomination:

  • LtGen Joseph L. Osterman for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as CG, I MEF. Gen Osterman is currently serving as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, FL.

On 18 May, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced that President Donald J. Trump had made the following nominations:

  • MajGen Carl E. Mundy III for apointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command. Gen Mundy is currently serving as the Commander, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
  • MajGen Loretta E. Reynolds for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Deputy Commandant for Information and Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command. Gen Reynolds is currently serving as the Commander, Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command.

USO #Flex4Forces

On 1 May, the USO launched its #Flex4Forces campaign for 2018. The intent of the campaign is to invite Americans to show their support and appreciation for U.S. service members by rallying together as a “Force behind the Forces.” The campaign will continue until the celebration of our Nation’s independence on 4 July.

Family, friends, or acquaintances can show their support for service members by going to USO.org/Flex and participating in the 2018 #Flex4Forces campaign.

Request for Research Assistance

Author Leo J. Daugherty III is looking for Marines who have information on or served with the late MajGen Oscar F. Peatross, USMC(Deceased), in order to gain a better insight on his life and career. Gen Peatross won the Navy Cross for his actions during the Makin Raid by Carlson’s Raiders, as CO, Co B, 2d Marine Raider Battalion, and later during Operation STARLITE as CO, 7thMar. He finished his career as CG, MCRD, Parris Island, SC, from 1968–1970. If you knew or served with Gen Peatross and would like to contribute to Daugherty’s research, contact him at 145 Waterfowl Loop, Rineyville, KY 40162; 503-624-1501; or 270-360-9689.

Reunion Notices

  • MCMA Reunion: From 8 to 12 August, the Marine Corps Mustang Association (MCMA) is holding its 32nd reunion and muster at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, TX. For more detailed information, go to marinecorpsmustang.org. If you are interested in attending, contact LtCol Richard J. Sullivan, USMC(Ret), at 508-954-2262 or [email protected].
  • Marine Air Base Squadron-49 Reunion: On 8 September, a reunion for all former members of the Marine Air Base Squadron-49 will take place in Earlville, MD. For more information, contact Col Chuck McGarigle, USMC(Ret), at 609-291-9617, 609-284-2935, or [email protected].
  • USS Perkins Reunion Notice: From 13 to 15 September, the USS Perkins (DD-26, DD-377, and DDR-877) Reunion Association is holding its annual reunion for the U.S. Navy ship in Kansas City, MO. For more information, contact Barry Buchanan at 9827 N. Stark Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64157-8142, at 816-792-3040, or at [email protected].
  • Navy-Marine Corps Retired Judge Advocates Association Reunion: From 5 to 7 October, the Navy-Marine Corps Retired Judge Advocates Association is hosting its 36th annual reunion in Charleston, SC. Contact BGen David Hague, USMC(Ret), at [email protected].
  • USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2/LHD-7) Shipmates Reunion: From 10 to 13 October, the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2/LHD-7) Shipmates Reunion will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, Jacksonville Riverfront, in Jacksonville, FL. The reunion is for all ships’ company and embarked Navy and Marine Corps personnel who were on board the LPH-2 or the LHD-7. For more information, visit http://ussiwojimashipmates.cfns.net/ or Facebook pages, “USS Iwo Jima LPH2/LHD7 Shipmates” and “USSIwoJimaShipmates.” Contact Robert G. McAnally at 757-723-0317, [email protected], or 152 Frissell Street, Hampton, VA 23663.
  • USS Canberra National Reunion: From 10 to 14 October, the United States Navy Ship’s Reunion Group is holding its USS Canberra annual national reunion and muster to commemorate the loss of crewmembers in 1944 when an enemy torpedo struck the ship off the coast of Japan. All former ships’ company, officers, and Marine detachments of the CA-70 and CAG-2 who served from the ships’ commissioning in 1943 until 1971 are welcome to join the reunion in St. Louis, MO. Contact Ken Minick at P.O. Box 130, Belpre, OH 45714, at 740-423-8976, or at [email protected] for more information.
  • Marine Air Groups Reunion: From 17 to 20 October, the Marine Air Groups Reunion is hosting a reunion for all of its members who have served since WWII. The reunion will be held in Branson, MO. For more information, contact Jerry Gipe at [email protected] or Joseph Mowry at [email protected].
  • 105th OCC Reunion: From 18 to 21 October, the 105th OCC reunion for Company C, 1st Platoon, for those who attended OCC from October through December 1977, will be held at the Crossroads Inn in Quantico, VA. For more information, contact Debbie Thurman at [email protected], 434-929-6320, or 434-258-3424.

Correction

The following should have been noted in the article “Rifle Squad Leader Staffing” by LtCol Jim Lively in the May issue of the MCG.

The expression “moral anchor” in the phrase “and the squad leader is the first line of defense and ‘moral anchor’ to protect our institutional core values” should be correctly attributed to LtCol C.F. Wortman, Operationalizing Distributed Operations: Enlisted Man power Requirements and Solutions, (Quantico, VA: 2005).