Supporting Marines is what we do at the professional association for All Marines and we are only able to do it with Your help! Our Marine Excellence Awards, Commanders’ Forum, Commanders’ Unit Library, and Writing Awards programs provide recognition and professional development opportunities to many thousands of Marines throughout the Corps every year.
So far this year, through our Marine Excellence Awards Program, MCA&F provided 960 plaques, 50 Marine swords, 71 trophies, including those to recognize Marines at the C4, Ground, Ground Logistics, Wounded Warrior and Ammunition Technician Awards Dinners, along with cash awards, complimentary memberships, engraved K-Bar combat knives and much more to ensure meaningful recognition of top-notch Marines.
Our Commanders’ Unit Library Program provides the resources to foster continuing professional development of Marine units of every size. To date, MCA&F has provided over 1,600 separate military books, as well as a complete set of books from the Marine Corps Professional Reading Program to requesting units all over the world with more requests in processing. Click HERE for details on the MCA&F programs that support Marines.
September will be “event rich” for MCA&F. On the 6th, we will host the MCA&F Professional Dinner in Arlington, VA featuring General Martin Dempsey, USA, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as the guest speaker. Listening to his perspectives on national security issues at this critical juncture provides a unique opportunity for you.
On 21 September, and in conjunction with the Marine Corps Intelligence Enterprise, we will host the 2nd Annual MCA&F Intelligence Awards Dinner featuring the Marine Corps’ 2011 Intel award recipients. General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps will be the guest speaker and present the awards. Click HERE for details and to register. If you can’t come to either of these events, visit our website HERE to see how to watch the “livestream” videos.
The Modern Day Marine EXPO will be held again this year at Quantico and your professional association will staff a booth reaching out to the thousands of visitors who are expected for the event. The Expo will run from 25-27 September, and I hope you will make it a point to visit the MCA&F booth 1026.
MCA&F’s flagship magazines continue to be of tremendous service to Marines and friends of the Corps in terms of telling our story and presenting the significant issues affecting Marines and our national security. As a logistician, I am particularly pleased to recommend the September edition of Marine Corps Gazette with its focus on Marine Corps logistics in an era of declining fiscal resources. Leatherneck’s coverage of the battle for Iwo Jima through the unique perspective of the Marine combat correspondents and photographers who were in the thick of the action is not to be missed! Click the links to read them both Online today:
All the Best & Semper Fidelis,
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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 “Once a Marine – ALWAYS a Marine” Coin, we are now including a whiz bang MCA&F ball cap so you can strut your stuff in style!
Question: An uncomplimentary term used by front-line Marines to describe non-combat troops stationed well behind the FEBA? A newer term that starts with the acronym for certain forward deployed outposts used today in Afghanistan and ends with a reference to the diminutive creatures who were the central characters in a highly popular, epic trilogy.
Answer: Fobbits! The first letters of the term Forward Operating Bases (FOB) combined with the ending of Hobbits and used as a derogatory description of those denizens so assigned who never seem to make it outside the wire.
An older term in four letters beginning with “R” and ending in “F” which shall go undefined here for censorship reasons was a frequent response and captured much of the idea but did not fit with the epic movie angle. Keep it clean Marines!!!!! Pogue was also a popular choice but does not quite fit either.
Congratulations to Donald Perkins of Raleigh, NC for winning our last contest.
The 1st Marine Division served with distinction throughout the seesaw battle with minimal supplies and intermittent naval support under the command of Maj Gen Alexander Vandegrift who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his exemplary leadership throughout the battle and later became the first Marine to be promoted to General and also served as Commandant of the Marine Corps. The battle made such an indelible impression on the men of the 1st Marine Division that they included “Guadalcanal” in the division’s logo to commemorate the epic action. In addition to General Vandegrift, two other legendary Marines, Mitchell Paige and “Manila” John Basilone were also awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic action during the battle.
Read more about the battle and the Marines who fought there in these books available from marineshop.net:
MCA&F hosts professional and awards dinners, professional lunches, book signings and more. Check out our professional events schedule at www.mcafdn.org. Click on the link for details and event registration. Here are a couple of events coming up in the near future:
If you miss the Livestream video then you can still view the event. Just go to our MCA&F website at www.mca-marines.org and click on the “Programs/Events” option on the top tool bar and select “Past Events.” Then select the event of your choice to see a summary, pictures and videos of the event.
Thank you for your support of our valuable programs for Marines which include:
Marine Excellence Awards Program
Commanders’ Forum Program
Eighty participants from the Basic School staff will conduct a two-day PME study of the Gettysburg battlefield in October with MCAF providing the support for lodging.
The officers and SNCO’s of 2nd LAR Battalion will also conduct a PME study of the Chancellorsville battle site in October.
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MCAF is holding a new silent auction for a number of items including the Marine aviation painting and framed picture of the World Trade Center observed from a Marine plan. Additional auction prizes include a complete, 4 year, Online degree program provided by Grantham University and a tour by Military Historical Tours. Click HERE for details and bid submission instructions.
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