My thanks to all our members, Marines, and industry partners who attended and supported our first West Coast Dinner held at the Carlsbad Sheraton Hotel on January 26th. I want to especially thank the Honorable Robert O. Work, Under Secretary of the Navy, for taking time from his busy schedule to be our guest speaker, providing an insightful assessment of Marine programs. With nearly 400 in attendance, the dinner was held in conjunction with the Marine West Exposition. Check out the event summary, pictures and video of the Under Secretary’s remarks HERE.
On February 3rd we hosted the 7th Annual MCA Ground Logistics Awards Dinner in Arlington, Virginia to recognize the professional accomplishments of the top performing Marine logisticians of 2010. General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, was the guest speaker and assisted with the award presentations. The dinner was the inaugural presentation of the 1st Lt Travis Manion Award to the Logistics Officer of the Year. This namesake award honors the bravery and leadership of 1stLt Travis Manion, a logistics officer who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. Raytheon Corporation and the Marine Corps Association Foundation jointly sponsored the Manion Award. Visit our website HERE to see a summary of the event, pictures and a video of General Amos’s speech and the awards presentation.
Upcoming Activities: On March 10th at Quantico, VA, we will host the Combat Development Command Dinner with LtGen Terry Robling, Deputy Commandant for Aviation, as guest speaker. On 23 March we will have our first ever MCA Charleston, South Carolina, luncheon with guest speaker Robert Coram, author of Brute, a best selling biography of LtGen Victor H. Krulak, as our speaker. We will follow that up by hosting a presentation to the cadets and midshipmen at the Citadel. Click HERE to view our complete event schedule.
I make a point of showcasing MCA’s major Marine Corps award dinners like the Ground Logistics, C4 and the Ground Awards dinners in the MCA Member Update but it is important to know that these are not the only awards we provide to Marines. In 2010, using member dues and Marine Corps Association Foundation (MCAF) donations we were able to provide over 9,700 Marines with substantive awards, in the form of plaques, certificates, professional books, combat knives, Marine NCO and Officer swords, and trophies in recognition and support of professional excellence. Additionally, MCAF donations supported the establishment and enhancement of over 200 individual Marine unit professional libraries to foster excellence in military education and operations.
Recently, we energized our MCAF Commander’s Forum Program, which supports active duty Marine units by providing professional military education opportunities in the form of battle studies, and staff rides. The MCAF has provided guides and subject matter experts, read-ahead books, as well as some transportation and lodging costs. In January, we supported the Infantry Training Battalion East in a battle study of the Revolutionary War battle of the Cowpens in South Carolina. In April we will support the staff of The Basic School in a battle study of Gettysburg, and in June we support Marines from the Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Gettysburg as well. Further in the future, MCAF will provide support to Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 37 in a battle study and staff rides of the Battle of Okinawa. We are also assisting the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing’s NCO’s and SNCO’s of the Year with a battle study and staff ride of Belleau Wood in France. Commander’s requests for these important programs exceed our ability to meet them all, so please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Marine Corps Association Foundation. You can do so by contacting the Foundation at http://www.mcafdn.org/contact-us.Thanks you very much for your support. As always, please let me hear from you. You can do that by emailing MCA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Of Interest to Marines
Q. Composed of admixtures of benzene, polystyrene and gasoline I was first used by Navy pilots to prepare a Pacific island for a landing by U.S. Marines in WW-II. What am I, what is my purpose and which island invasion was the scene of my first use in the Pacific war?
How to Win. Send your answers to email@example.com and please include your name and address so we can send your prize. We will hold a drawing of all CORRECT responses one week from the Member Update release date and then announce the winner in the next edition of the Update.
The Prize! In addition to our brand new Marine Corps Association, “Once a Marine – ALWAYS a Marine” Coin, we are now including a copy of one of Major Gene Duncan’s Books as a bonus.
Here’s our trivia question from last month:
Question: I served over 30 years as a Marine and was awarded the Navy Cross in WW-I at Belleau Wood for heroic leadership, became one of the first Gunnery Sergeants in the Corps. A bit of a liberty risk, I was court-martialed at Quantico for drunkenness and then meritoriously promoted back to senior ranks to become a SgtMaj in WW-II where I was awarded a second Navy Cross for heroism during the invasion of an atoll later associated with atomic bomb detonations. Who am I?
Answer: John Nagazyna moved up and down the enlisted rank structure numerous times to ultimately retire as a SgtMaj following service in both WW-I and WW-II and interwar service as a drill instructor and expeditionary service in Tientsin, China and Iceland. He was awarded a second Navy Cross for gallantry in action on Eniwetok atoll in 1944 where he was knocked out of the war by a grenade fragment in the knee. He retired in 1947 to San Diego, California, buying a house across the street from the Recruit Depot there.
Visit the Leatherneck archives HERE to read retired Marine Maj Al Bevilaqua’s June 2005 article on SgtMaj Nagazyna’s exploits entitled: John J. Nagazyna: Hero or Liberty Risk?
This month’s answers were all over the page with many choosing Lou Diamond, Dan Daly or Smedley Butler as the most popular wrong answers.Congratulations to MGySgt David Tice, USMC (Ret) of McAlester, Oklahoma for winning the January contest!
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In your March Leatherneck, read our exclusive interview with the Commandant, Gen James F. Amos; how Marine artillery is back on target in Afghanistan in multiple ways; how one Marine kept his spirit of Semper Fidelis while a prisoner of the Japanese and later the Communist Chinese; and the tale of a new Honorary Marine who, although an Australian Army officer, commanded a Marine company (E/2/3) in combat during the Vietnam War. These stories, plus more news from bases and stations around the Corps and our "Laffs" and "Gyngles" continue Leatherneck's tradition of telling the Marine Corps story.
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This Month in Marine Corps History
1 February 1944
Eric Hammel’s book, U.S. Marines in World War II: Tarawa and the Marshalls is an exciting pictorial tribute you can find HERE.
2 February 1968
For more reading and some really dynamic photographs of the battle, check out Eric Hammel’s book, Marines in Hue City HERE.
19 February 1945
Iconic flag raising photos on Mt Suribachi on Iwo Jima
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New MCAF Ground Awards. MCAF is pleased to announce the creation of a pair of new awards to be presented annually at the MCA Ground Awards Dinner with the inaugural awards to be presented at the 5 May dinner as scheduled above. The new awards were conceived to honor the top performing Marines in the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) community and honor the MARSOC team leader of the year and MARSOC NCO of the year respectively. The team leader award is named after Marine Major Douglas Zembiec, called the “Lion of Fallujah” for gallantry in action there and who later died in action while leading a raid on his 4th combat tour in Iraq.
In development now, pictures of the awards will be posted in the Member Update when further refined.
MCAF Helps Iwo Jima Veteran. In 1944, with invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa looming, the Marine Corps anticipated numerous casualties and prepared for this eventuality in several ways including organizing a special Officer Candidate course to establish an officer replacement pool. A total of 400 officers were commissioned, trained and sent to the Pacific with about half of them sent to Iwo Jima in February 1945.
Lt Richard Burress, from Nebraska was one of the Iwo Jima group and, four days after the initial assault landing found himself assigned to Baker Company, 1st Bn, 23rd Marines a unit he would lead in combat until the island was secured.In January 2011, the Marine Corps Association Foundation provided funding enabling Mr. Burress to travel to Camp Pendleton where his old unit was stationed. There he got to meet with the Marines currently assigned to his old unit and to provide them with valuable advice acquired from his Iwo Jima combat experience. Here are some pictures of the visit:
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