Dear Members,

April has been our busiest month for professional events this year. On the third, MCA&F held the inaugural Wounded Warrior Awards Reception and Ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The event commemorated the 5th anniversary of the Wounded Warrior Regiment, honored the Regiment for the vital services performed in the care and rehabilitation of Marines and also provided the opportunity to recognize the professional accomplishments of several of its dedicated members. Three new awards sponsored by your professional association with help from our members and industry partners, were presented. These awards included the Wounded, Ill or Injured Service Member Award, Wounded Warrior Regiment Leadership Award, and the Wounded Warrior Regiment Civilian of the Year Awards. I was very pleased to receive a gracious thank you letter from the Wounded Warrior Regiment thanking the association for supporting them in this endeavor but am ever mindful that it is the support of our membership that makes our support possible, so thank you!

On 11 April, MCA&F sortied to Camp Lejeune to host a professional dinner to a record attendance level at the Marston Pavilion. The dinner featured LtGen John M. Paxton, Jr., Commanding General, II MEF as the guest speaker. We thank him for taking time from his busy schedule to provide the guests with his perspectives on II MEF operations and challenges. While at Camp Lejeune, MCA&F participated in the Marine South Expo with a booth there to promote association visibility, outreach and member recruitment. I thank all of our members and friends of the Corps who stopped by to visit us there. Click HERE to read about the dinner event and to see pictures and a video of both the dinner and our presence at Expo.

The next week, on 19 April, MCA&F co-hosted the 9th Annual C4 Awards Dinner in Arlington, Virginia. Featuring LtGen Robert E. Schmidle, Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command as the guest speaker, over 575 enthusiastic members, award recipients, their families and friends of the Corps were present to recognize the Corps’ top performing C4 Marines from 2011. Click HERE to learn more about the event, see a video and read the award recipients biographies.

We will be busy hosting events to recognize the professional accomplishments of Marines over the summer with the Third Annual MCA&F Ammo Tech Awards Dinner in May and the 9th Annual MCA&F Ground Awards Dinner in June. Click HERE to get details about these and other upcoming events. For those that cannot make it to our events, we are now live streaming these events so you can access them online. MCA&F dinners provide for camaraderie and professional development. You’re invited to attend and bring a friend!

I always enjoy hearing from our members and supporters. In particular, I would like to hear any stories you might want to share about how the professional association for ALL Marines has touched you and made a positive impact in your life or the life of a loved one or comrade. Drop me a line at

All the Best & Semper Fidelis,

Edward G. Usher, III
Major General, USMC (Ret)
President and Chief Executive Officer


MCA&F Supports Wounded Warrior Regiment

MCA&F Hosts First Wounded Warrior Awards Ceremony

MCA&F Hosts E-8 Seminar Social


WWII Writer visits The MARINE Shop

MCA&F’s Area Representative “Guest of Honor” at Mess night

MCA&F presents New “Chesty” Puller Award

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Marine Corps Gazette
The May issue of the Gazette celebrates the 100th anniversary of Marine aviation.  Articles cover the past, present, and future of Marine aviation. As in Leatherneck this issue of the Gazette includes a pull out poster of many of the historic aircraft that Marines have flown in support of Marines on the ground. The cover is an original painting by noted aviation artist Jason Breidenbach that depicts the first operational aircraft of several generations from the dawn of Marine aviation up to the present and future. In addition there are articles on manpower, ethics, COIN, the Reserves and amphibious operations.  We think you will find this issue interesting and illuminating. We also invite you to join in the discussion about the Corps on our blog at

From the cover to the back page, your May Leatherneck stands as a tribute to the Centennial of Marine Aviation.

Our coverage of the air-ground team includes articles on “Shufly-The Marine Corps’ Beachhead in Vietnam” (1962); VMFA-212, the “MoonLancers” in Operation Southern Watch; a Corps Album tip of the hat to female Marine aviators; insights into producing the official Marine Corps book honoring the Marine aviation centennial written by the book’s editor, Roxanne M. Kaufman; an article looking back at the early years of the air-ground team; and, an update on MCAS Beaufort, S.C., a future home of the Corps’ F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Plus, inside is an original aviation centennial poster that you can pull out and frame.

We hope you enjoy this special issue.

  • Reader / Member Input. Do YOU have something newsworthy to share? Send to  and our Member Update Coordinator will consider including your item.
  • FINAL REMINDER - Marine Corps Gazette’s NEW LtCol Earl “Pete” Ellis Annual Essay Contest. Designed to stimulate critical thinking about how to advance the Marine Corps effectively into the future, the contest calls for articles on the role of the Navy-Marine Team as a crisis response force in the uncertain security environment of the 2015-2024 time frame. First prize is $5,000 and articles will be considered for publication in Marine Corps Gazette. Entries are due by 30 June 2012. For more details, read LtGen Richard Mills article here:

  • Aviation Art Auction.
    The inspiring magazine covers of the May editions of Leatherneck and Marine Corps Gazette are images of paintings by accomplished aviation artist Jason Breidenbach whose paintings have graced the May, aviation issue covers of Leatherneck annually since 2008. The Marine Corps Association Foundation has the original paintings of the May edition covers and will offer them up to the highest bidder by means of an online auction to be conducted in the 18 May – 14 June time frame. Auction proceeds will go to support MCA&F programs that support recognition and professional development of Marines.  Visit the MCAF auction page HERE to get additional details on submitting a bid. Check out the artist’s website at for a look at some of his other aviation art.

  • MCA&F 2012 Birthday Ball Catalog NOW available! Click HERE to browse the Digital Edition of our newest catalog and plan on getting your Marine Corps birthday ball supplies EARLY! The print version will be available in several weeks.
  • MCA&F Out and About.
    • MCA&F TBS Social for C Company. On 24 April, MCA&F supported a social hour for the Lieutenants of Charlie Company, The Basic School. The festivities were preceded by an MCA&F organizational and membership brief by retired Marine Col John Keenan, editor of Marine Corps Gazette and SgtMaj Kevin Bennett, MCA&F’s Quantico Area Representative. The brief focused on the programs MCA&F established to support Marines and on the professional development resources offered by Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck. Following the brief, the company adjourned to the “Green Carpet Area” which has been used for MANY years for TBS social gatherings. As usual the hungry Lieutenants devoured a substantial quantity of heavy appetizers and inhaled 2 kegs of designer beer. MCA&F was very gratified to learn that of the 294 Lieutenants at the event, 280 of them were members AND we picked up another member while there. Best wishes to these leaders of Marines!

  • Websites of the Month
    • Click HERE to visit YOUR Professional Association on Facebook today!
    • Graffiti of War on Facebook. Fascinating military art, photos, cartoons and more. Definitely worth a visit! Scroll down the main page and check out the lethal Hind helicopter painted like an eagle:
  • MCA&F Expands Member Benefits with Addition of Military Discounts!
    Your newest member benefit will be activated in early May and will give you privileged access to a wide range of premium brands and products, at special savings of 40% and more below retail. Members will receive automatic activation to access by logging in to their MCA&F membership account online and then clicking on the link to  From there, members can shop on for everyday premium brands and products rather than closeouts or discontinued items.  Click on the logo TODAY to learn more.

  • Haut Cuisine. With all the recent interest in the subject of eating man’s best friend, we thought we would weigh in with some recipes for preparing delicious entrees built around Canis Domesticus. Click HERE and feel free to send your own special recipes for similar delicacies to our comments address.

Q. In a daring reconnaissance in force and attempted rescue of missing colonists, the Marines make an adrenalin pumping, uncontested landing followed by a single armored vehicle assault on a massive but seemingly deserted urban industrial structure. The dread xenomorphs awaken when the Marines discover the location and fate of the missing colonists deep within the complex and a melee ensues with weapons that were supposed to be unloaded due to implicit danger. Who were these Marines, what was the location of the landing, what kind of ammunition became unauthorized mid-way into the operation and what did the expenditure of that ammunition eventually cause to the monolithic structure?


How to Win.  Send your answers to 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 “Once a Marine – ALWAYS a Marine” Coin, we include a copy of one of Major Gene Duncan’s Books as a bonus.

Here’s our trivia question from last month:

Question: I swell with breath and collapse when pierced or with plug pulled, am clammy in the cold, pick up condensation with a vengeance, was designed as a dormancy aid in benighted conditions and have an unfortunate nickname, crudely denigrating those of the distaff persuasion. Deemed obsolete, I have been replaced.  What am I, what is my purpose and what is my Marine nickname?

Answer: Rubber Bitch” is the crude designation for the inflatable sleeping mattress that was commonly used in the fleet. Curiously, MOST of the contest respondents cleaned up their responses and answered with “Rubber Lady.”  Many provided their opinions on this item with most painting it as being basically useless and one that was frequently discarded by most grunts at the first opportunity. LtCol Scott Moore USMC (Ret)  pointed out that they were especially useless on any incline as the sleeper would slide off and particularly so if the mattress was used in conjunction with the very slippery, nylon poncho liner but he advised that it was fun to use at Onslow Beach on weekends. Marines ADAPT!!!!  One answer referred to it as a “Mae West” a similar item named after the well upholstered actress who did in fact look inflated from some angles but that term actually referred to aviators life preservers and not to sleeping aids.  No banana on that one! 

Congratulations to Jim Spencer of Salem, Virginia for winning our last contest.

This Month in Marine Corps History


10 April 1934  
The first amphibious landing exercise by embryo FMF at Culebra.

Read about the development of the Marine Corps’ signature specialty that initially developed from the joint Navy-Marine Corps exercises of the 30’s and grew into a strategic game changer by the end of World War II:

15 April 1862           
Corporal John Mackie became the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor.
Born in 1835, John Freeman Mackie enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1861 and by 1862 had risen to the rank of Corporal and was serving with the newly developed ironclad navy.  During the Civil War while posted to the ironclad, Galena, the ship was dispatched on an operation up the James River to probe Confederate river defenses around Richmond, Virginia. Coming under murderous fire from shore batteries at Fort Darling, located at the top of Drewry’s Bluff, the Galena suffered substantial damage and lost most of their Navy gun crews to hostile cannon fire. Mackie inspired his detachment of Marines and exhorted them to take over operation of the ship’s cannons throughout the remainder of the engagement. For his courageous actions during this battle, Mackie became the first Marine recipient of the Medal of Honor, which was presented to him on board the USS Seminole in 1863. Receiving an honorable discharge in 1865, Mackie settled in Pennsylvania and died at age 74.  


MCA&F hosts professional and awards dinners, professional lunches, book signings and more. Check out our professional events schedule at Click on the link for details and event registration.  Here are a couple of events coming up in the near future:

  • 23 May 2012
    MCA&F Ammo Tech Awards Dinner
    – Guest Speaker – LtGen Richard Mills, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration

  • 28 June 2012         
    MCA&F Ground Awards Dinner
    – Guest Speaker – LtGen Dennis J. Hejlik, Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces Command; Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic; Commander, United States Marine Corps Bases Atlantic; Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces Europe


Thank you for your service to our country and for your support of our valuable
programs for Marines which include:

Commanders’ Unit Library Program
To date in 2012, this program has established or enhanced the professional libraries for 73 Marine unit libraries to support commander’s professional development objectives.  Additional requests are processing.

Marine Excellence Awards Program
This year, through the end of March, this program has provided recognition for the professional accomplishments of over 700 Marines with tangible awards in the form of K-Bars, watches, professional books, cash awards, plaques, Marine swords, trophies and complimentary memberships.

Commanders’ Forum Program
MCA&F will support Marine Forces Command’s professional development excursion to a variety of Civil War sites of interest including the Gaines’ Mill and Malvern Hill Battlefields in May with logistic support including a charter bus for transportation.

Visit our website at
to learn more about how the programs work and what they have accomplished for Marines!

MCAF is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation so your support may qualify for tax deductions.

MCA&F is NOW part of the Combined Federal Campaign!
We invite you to make MCA&F at least one of your donation recipients during this year’s CFC Campaign!


CFC Donor Code is 19821

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