A key aspect of your professional association’s mission is advancing leadership and recognizing excellence. One, very enjoyable way we pursue the end of advancing leadership is through an aggressive professional events schedule. MCA&F’s must-attend events continue to increase in stature and set a high benchmark for professional development and camaraderie within the Marine community because they provide unparalleled opportunities for guests to get “in the know” at the hands of top level Marine and other leaders who address issues important to Marines.
Recognition of Marine excellence is one of our favorite pursuits and provides the theme at MCA&F Awards Dinners where top performing Marines in the ground, C4, ground logistics, intelligence and ammunition technician fields are recognized annually at their corresponding dinners. With help from our members, donors and friends of the Corps, MCA&F has been able to implement new, high quality awards and upgrade others for well deserving Marines in a variety of occupational fields. I can assure you that there is not much better than seeing the pride and appreciation in a Marine’s eyes, and those of his family members, as he stands on the stage to receive an award MCA&F provided with your support. Thanks for supporting Marines!
On 23 May, along with Marine Corps Systems Command, your professional association co-hosted the 3d Annual MCA&F Ammo Tech Awards Dinner in honor of the top performing Marines in that occupational field. LtGen Richard Mills, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration was on hand as the guest speaker for this well attended event and assisted in the awards presentation. During the presentation portion of the dinner, the three GySgt Edwin W. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Ammunition Technician awards were presented to the SNCO, NCO and Marine of the Year respectively and the Ammunition Officer of the Year Award for Exceptional Management was presented as well.
Coming up on 28 June, we have another opportunity to recognize some great Marines during the 9th Annual MCA&F Ground Awards Dinner. 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 will serve as the guest speaker and assist in presenting the awards which include the Marine of the Year Award for each Marine Division and Marine Special Operations Command and the Leftwich, Chambers, Zembiec and Hulbert Trophies. Visit our professional events page HERE for additional details and registration and for our complete schedule of upcoming events. We hope to see you there, and, if you can attend, I encourage you to register early for this event.
On the subject of professional development, I encourage all of our members to visit our Blog Sites and consider joining the discussions with your own opinions. The MCA&F Blog site is full of Marine history and human interest posts while the Marine Corps Gazette site supports free and candid discussion on controversial issues impacting today’s Marines and the structure and functionality of the Corps. Constructive grousing is an art form that defines Marines at their best. We hear the Commandant visits frequently to get the pulse of the Corps. Here are some open forums. Be bold and weigh in.
With your help, our programs continue to make a positive impact supporting Marines. In 2011 the MCA&F Commanders’ Professional Library Program provided 271 different Marine units with complete unit libraries to foster professional development wherever the unit was stationed or deployed and we provided an additional 94 unit libraries so far in 2011. Here is part of a testimonial from BGen Brian Beaudreault, Deputy Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command on MCA&F’s support to his organization:
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Here’s our trivia question from last month:
Question: 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?
Answer: Our winner provided the most comprehensive answer we have received to date on any of our contests. His response is printed in full (with a couple of minor edits):
The Marines in question were the Colonial Marines who were transported in the year 2179 aboard the U.S.S. Sulaco to investigate the reason behind a loss of communications with colonists on a distant planet, LV-426. The main recon element landed via dropship at the colonist terra-forming facility on LV-426. Lieutenant William Gorman, the commanding officer of the operation picked, among others, Sergeant Al Apone, Corporal Dwayne Hicks, Private Jenette Vasquez, Private Mark Drake, and Private William Hicks to be the main effort of the operation. The primary weapons utilized by the Marines were the M41A Pulse Rifle and the M56 Smart Gun that used electical pulse to fire 10mm armor piercing, caseless high explosive rounds. Mid-way through the operation while aboard an APC it was determined that firing the caseless rounds could rupture the terra-forming facility processor's coolant systems, which in turn would cause a nuclear explosion. After hearing this, Lt. Gorman ordered rifles and smart guns slung and to only use flame throwers. Unbeknownst to Sgt. Apone PFC Drake and Vasquez kept spare power supplies and readied their weapon systems anyway. Soon after the Marines breach the facility it is discovered that an alien race of xenomorphs has taken control of the facility and is using the colonists as incubators for their eggs. At some point during one of the multiple engagements with the alien threat the caseless ammunition pierced the processor and started a chain reaction that resulted in a thermo-nuclear explosion.
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During World War I, because of his extensive aviation experience, Cunningham received orders in 1917 to organize the Aviation Company for the Marine Advanced Base Force and was selected as the commander for this unit and soon was recognized as the leading light on Marine aviation matters. Sent to Europe to observe and gather information on allied aviation efforts, he flew a variety of missions over German lines and then returned to the United States to develop plans for employment of Marine aviation assets to combat German submarines and their bases. The “Northern Bombing Group,” a force of 72 planes, 176 officers and over a thousand enlisted Marines grew from his plans and organizing efforts and arrived in France in July 1918. While in France the Marines under Cunningham’s command conducted 43 raids with British and French aviation elements along with 14 independent raids of their own, shot down 8 German planes, dropped 52,000 pounds of bombs and airlifted a sizable amount of food to encircled French forces. Cunningham was awarded the Navy Cross for his efforts in training, organizing and leading the first Marine aviation command in war.
He was promoted to LtCol while on the retired list, died in Florida in 1939 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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