I want to wish all of our serving Marines and Sailors, our great veterans, and our wonderful families a happy Memorial Day! Thank you for your commitment to our Corps and for your service to our great Nation.
MCA & Foundation continues to expand our efforts in advancing leadership and recognizing excellence. On April 27th, we held our inaugural MCA Professional Dinner at Camp Lejeune. We held the dinner in conjunction with the Marine South Equipment Exposition at the newly renovated Marston Pavilion. LtGen John Paxton, Commanding General II MEF and Commander Marine Forces Africa, was the guest speaker providing a snapshot of current II MEF activities and plans for the future.
On May 2nd, the MCA and the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) co-hosted a “Conversation on Afghanistan” with MajGen Richard Mills, Commanding General of I MEF (Fwd) at the Navy Memorial Auditorium in Washington D.C. He provided an overview of his perspectives on the current status of operations from his tour of duty there to a diverse audience of over 200 people.
On May 5th the 8th Annual Ground Awards Dinner took place with the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. as the guest speaker and awards presenter. The dinner served as the opportunity to recognize the professional achievements of each Marine Divisions’ Marine of the Year as well as the 2010 Outstanding Leadership Awards, including presentations of the coveted Leftwich, Hulbert, Chambers, and new this year, two MARSOC focused awards, the Maj Douglas Zembiec Team Leader Award and the MARSOC Critical Skills/NCO award.
The 2d Annual MCA Ammo Tech Awards Dinner was held on Tuesday to honor the professional excellence of four key leaders in the ammunition technician community. BGen Frank Kelley, Commanding General, Marine Corps Systems Command, the occupational field sponsor, was our guest speaker and helped present the awards.
I want to thank all our guest speakers for taking the time to share their views with our members and guests. Visit the past events section of the MCA website HERE to read event summaries, award recipient biographies and to view pictures and videos of the events.
Visit MCA’s website HERE to view our complete professional event schedule. We will be on the road in June with a professional dinner at Marine Week St. Louis with General Joseph Dunford, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps as our guest speaker.
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Finally, I invite you to visit MCA’s new blog site HERE. It is full of Marine sea stories, advice, and historical events as well as examinations of current issues affecting the Corps. Check it out and get involved.
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.All the Best & Semper Fidelis,
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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: Bud leaves the farm and moves in with Uncle Bob and family, meets and then marries cowgirl Sissy and develops an arch rivalry with prison rodeo star Wes Hightower while training to ride a mechanical bull in an epic contest during a period of “Hard hat days and honky tonk nights.” Add bar fights, western music and attempted robbery. Two of the aforementioned characters are veteran Marines. Who are the Marines and what is the movie?Answer: The movie is Urban Cowboy with John Travolta in the starring role as Bud and Debra Winger as “Sissy.” The supporting cast includes Scott Glenn and Barry Corbin – both of whom are veteran Marines.
Congratulations to Barry Siegel of North Merrick, NY for winning last month’s contest!This contest was a first. NO ONE who submitted an answer (and there were quite a few) got the answer even partially wrong. We need to make this harder AND our readership needs to take up gardening!!!
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10 May 1934 The first amphibious landing exercise conducted by FMF at Culebra.
12 May 1975 Marines were alerted for rescue of the ship, Mayaguez and assault on the Cambodian Island of Koh Tang.
22 May 1912 Lt Alfred Al. Cunningham became the first Marine officer assigned to aviation duty.
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