Your professional association continues to be busy supporting Marines!
On 14 April, MCA, in conjunction with HQMC C4 Division, hosted the 8th Annual C4 Awards Dinner in Arlington, VA to recognize the professional achievements of the top performing Marines in the C4 community in 2010. We thank LtGen George Flynn, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration for giving his perspective on current constraints, the operating environment and where we are heading and also for helping present the 2010 awards. Click HERE for an account of the evening, additional pictures and a video presentation.
MCA hosted the MCA Marine South Dinner, our first-ever professional dinner at Camp Lejeune on 27 April with LtGen John M. Paxton, Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force; and Commander, United States Marine Forces Africa as the guest speaker. Thanks to LtGen Paxton for taking the time from his busy schedule to speak to our guests. A brief summary of his remarks, event pictures and a video of his presentation will be posted to our web site shortly.
In May, MCA will host the 8th Annual MCA Ground Awards Dinner along with HQMC Plans, Policies and Operations Division in order to recognize the accomplishments of the 2010 Marines of the Year and the top performing ground combat arms MOS award recipients. The dinner serves as the annual occasion to present the Leftwich, Hulbert and Chambers award trophies and will be the first occasion to present awards to the Marine Special Operations Community including the new Major Douglas Zembiec memorial award and the MARSOC Critical Skills Operator of the Year Award. General Joseph F. Dunford, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps will be our guest speaker and will assist with the award’s presentations.
Also in May, MCA, along with Marine Corps Systems Command, will host the 2nd Annual MCA Ammo Tech Awards Dinner to recognize the top performing Marines in the Ammo Tech community during 2010. BGen Francis Kelley, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command has agreed to be the guest speaker for the event.
We hope you will be able to join us at both events. Click HERE to access our event schedule and receive registration information, directions and event details.
In addition to our professional dinners where Marines, members and guests benefit from the candid perspectives of our top leadership on the topical issues affecting us all, MCA continues to support Marines in other professional development initiatives. Since the beginning of the year, through our MCAF Marine Excellence Awards Program, MCA has recognized 1,076 individuals with awards ranging from trophies, plaques, binoculars, Dress Blues, Marine swords, watches, professional books and complimentary membership. Additionally, certificates of achievement were presented to 1,884 individuals for academic excellence.
Our MCAF Commander’s Professional Library Program continues to grow and has provided 31 units with books from the USMC professional reading list to establish unit libraries with 61 additional requests currently in the fulfillment process.
The Commander’s Forum Program provided lodging, tour busses and a guide for a Gettysburg Staff Ride for the staff of The Basic School (Pictures further below) and also provided transportation and a guide for the MTACS-18 battle study of the battle of Okinawa. In May 2011 we will support a battle study of the battle of Antietam for the Advanced Infantry Battalion East. Member support enables all of these initiatives.Thank you very much for your support. As always, please let me hear from you. You can do that by emailing MCA at email@example.com.
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Of Interest to Marines
One from Hollyweird…
How to Win. Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Referring to the pictured equipment one Marine leader opined that it “…did more to win the war in the Pacific than any other single piece of equipment.” What is the equipment, what is it’s purpose, who came up with the design upon which this is based and who made the quoted statement?
Answer: The craft in the picture is an LCVP based on an original design by Andrew Higgins for use in Louisiana swamps. Also known as a “Higgins” boat after it’s designer, it was used in the ship to shore movement phase of Amphibious assaults and could transport combinations of up to 36 troops, a 6,000 lbs vehicle or up to 8,100 lbs of cargo. Over 20,000 LCVP’s were built by Higgins Industries and other licensed companies between 1941 and 1945. Rendered in heavy duty plywood, the boat had a crew of 3, was armed with two .30 caliber machine guns and was present at virtually every assault landing in World War II and beyond landing tens of thousands of Marines and soldiers on hostile beaches all over the world.
The quote is from LtGen H.M. “Howling Mad” Smith according to page 183 of Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines (which your MCA Member Update Coordinator peruses monthly for fresh but obscure trivia ideas…) though many readers chose General Dwight Eisenhower by mistake. Eisenhower, according to the Wikipedia article on LCVP’s had a similar quote praising the designer.
Many readers selected LtGen Victor H. “Brute” Krulak mistakenly as the author. A picture Krulak took in China years before the war showed a Japanese barge of an interesting flat bottom design with an innovative bow ramp that he sent to HQMC to spark interest in Japanese intentions and to spur similar developments for the Navy/Marine team. Read all about Krulak’s impact on Amphibious Warfare in his book First to Fight.
Many thanks to retired LtCol Ron Coulter for providing an interesting anecdote about the LCVP picture we ran with the contest. The boat pictured is from the USS Henrico (APA-45) which was part of the invasion fleet at Normandy (Omaha Beach) and later participated in the invasion of Okinawa in the Pacific where she was hit by a Kamikaze but survived, continuing to serve until 1973.
Congratulations to Theodore Araujo Esquire of Syracuse New York for winning last month’s contest.
Thanks also to Cpl William Dunn USMCR of Reedville, Virginia for a charmingly incorrect trivia question answer. His answer to last month’s question was:
We totally concur. LCVP = GNS…YES!
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Marine Corps Gazette
While your May Leatherneck has a focus on Marine aviation, you will find a solid mix of current operations and training, Marine history, along with your monthly ration of Leatherneck Laffs and interesting reader comments in the Sound Off section. Our aviation focus includes articles on Harriers in Afghanistan, an update on unmanned aircraft, air operations in Libya, and historical articles which include a heli-borne raid at Cam Sa during the Vietnam War and an article on Marine glide bombing in Haiti. We cap the issue with the Commandant's Force Structure Review and plans for the Corps future as a "middleweight" fighter. Enjoy!
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This Month in Marine Corps History
Correction to March Edition. Many thanks to eagle eyes and Vietnam veterans SgtMaj Richard Devon, USMC (Ret) and GySgt T.L Avery for pointing out our egregious date error on our posting about a 2 February 1968 Marine landing at Red Beach at Da Nang, Vietnam. The real landing was on that day in 1965. TYPO – No time warp! Sorry about that guys. Your Update Coordinator will be doing bends and thrusts and Marine Corps pushups until these two guys get tired. Down up, down up, down up…
4 April 2004
Here are some great books on the battles of Fallujah that are ALL very much worth reading:
Following the fall of Baghdad and the ouster of Saddam’s government, a crowd of jubilant Iraqi’s gathered in “Paradise” square and attempted to pull down Saddam’s statue in a show of contempt for their former leader. Unsuccessful in their attempts, U.S. Marines intervened with a chain and a tank retriever which did the job on live television with millions of viewers world-wide. Joyful Iraqis gathered in the thousands to celebrate and pummel the statue with their shoes – a sign of gross disrespect in the Arab world.
25 April 1913
As a side trip, the still surviving U.S. Navy frigate “Constitution” was part of the squadron that did the shore bombardment during this episode in Marine and Naval history in an early example of “Combined Arms” and Joint operations reinforcing the efficacy of the Navy-Marine team.
In a further side trip, here is an apocryphal anecdote about the Constitution that has been in circulation for at least 40 years that captures the boisterous “SPIRIT” (pun intended) of the time.
MCA’s position is WE DON’T CARE. If it ain’t true – It ought to be and we think the Constitution definitely qualifies as a GNS (Great Navy Ship) Splice the main brace – the Sun is over the yardarm somewhere!
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Great News — MCAF Now Included in CFC
MCAF Supports the Wounded Warrior Regiment
Many thanks to Hewlit-Packard for donating 50- laptop computers to MCAF for use by the Wounded Marine Regiment to aid in the convalescence of some of their members. Many thanks also to Microsoft for donating 50 Windows-7 licenses to go with the laptops.
MCA recently purchased and donated 25 i-Pods and 15 Kindles as well as a sizable quantity of books on the USMC professional reading list to the Wounded Warrior Regiment for the establishment of their professional library. Many thanks also to all MCAF supporters for the resources enabling this assistance.
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