Dear Members,

The Christmas holiday season is on the way and I wish you all Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a healthy and prosperous New-Year. I hope you will be able to spend some quality time with your families and loved ones during the holidays. Many of you are answering the call of duty and unable to be with your families so on behalf of all of the MCA&F members, thank you for your sacrifice and God bless.

We have some exciting events coming up and we hope you will attend if you are able.  On 8 December, in conjunction with HQMC, Plans, Policies and Operations Division, we will host the MCA&F Ground Dinner with General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps as our featured speaker.  On 11 January we will host a MCA&F Luncheon at MCAS Cherry Point with MajGen Jon M. Davis, Commanding General, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing as the guest speaker. MCA&F professional events are superb opportunities to stay informed on key issues affecting the Corps and are also enjoyable occasions for social interaction with Marines. Sign up now and bring a friend!  Click HERE to see our complete schedule and for event registration.

As I mentioned last month, the professional association for All Marines is now known as the Marine Corps Association & Foundation.  With a revised but similar logo to support the change, our purpose is to brand a singular organization to reflect synergy between the MCA and it’s supporting Foundation. The MCA&F mission is:

To be the preeminent association and foundation for ALL Marines and Friends of the Corps dedicated to development and recognition of professional excellence and expanding awareness of the rich traditions, history, and esprit of the United States Marine Corps.

Merging the Association and the Foundation into a single organization simplifies understanding of our mission and broadens our membership appeal to the many “Friends of the Corps” who would like to support Marines and be affiliated with them as well.  I ask that you help us get the word out and help us recruit the friends of the Corps you know!

Also last month I announced that that MCA&F was moving to a uniform membership price as an additional means of supporting broader member appeal.  With a single membership fee, we have done away with differing rates simplifying the membership process.

Supporting Marines is what we do!  Here is a brief summary of the support MCA&F programs have provided to Marines throughout the year:

Commanders’ Professional Library Program - 206 Marine unit libraries delivered or in the process of fulfillment.

Marine Excellence Awards Program – 8,550 Marines recognized for professional and academic accomplishments.

Looking to the future, I am pleased to report that MCA&F is in the process of upgrading the Recruit Company Honor Man and High Shooter Awards. The Company Honor Man award will be named after Marine icon and legend of the Corps, LtGen Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller and will be a bust cast of LtGen Puller with a bronze patina. The High Shooter award will be likeness of a Marine in the kneeling position at the rifle range. We will provide images of both awards following their final design approval. We intend to field both awards early in 2012 after coordination with Recruit Depot leadership and staffs.

Commanders’ Forum Program – 17 PME and Battle Study events supported with a study of the Gettysburg battle for The Basic School for December in planning.

Click HERE for more information on the MCA&F programs that support Marines.

Thank you very much for your membership and support.  As always, please let me hear from you. You can do that by emailing the Marine Corps Association & Foundation at

All the Best & Semper Fidelis,

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


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  • The MARINE Shop Book Signings. MCA was fortunate to host a book signing event during October:

    On 28 October, The MARINE Shop at Quantico hosted John Wukowits, author of Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington and American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders and America’s First Special Forces Mission.  Click HERE to see a video interview of the author by Col John Keenan USMC (Ret), editor of Marine Corps Gazette, about the tumultuous life and career of Medal of Honor recipient Major Gregory Boyington.

Get acquainted with two legends of the Corps!

  • MCA Area Rep Corner.

    West Coast:
    On Thursday, 3 November, MCA & F West Coast Area Representative, SgtMaj Frank Pulley, USMC (Ret) was on hand to give the MCA & F mission brief to Echo Company, MCT Bn at the School of Infantry (West) at San Onofre, Camp Pendleton.  Thanks for the new members Frank!

    Quantico / Washington DC Area:
    Saturday, 5 November was the date for the Montford Point Marines Association Birthday Ball in the Washington, D.C. area. SgtMaj Kevin Bennett USMC (Ret), the MCA & F Quantico, Area Representative was on hand for the festivities:

    Friday, 11 November was the VFW Post 1503 (Chesty Puller Chapter) Marine Corps Birthday Ball where SgtMaj Bennet served as the Guest of Honor and Guest Speaker. Here are some pictures of the event:

    Camp Lejeune Area:

  • Words of the Month.
    A pithy thought to ponder during an era of increasing national defense budget cuts while an unsettled world increases in unrest and hostility:

    “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”
    — Ronald  Reagan

    On unassailable inevitability:

    “As surely as a Kardashian divorce follows a Kardashian marriage”
    — Jeff Greenfield

  • Website of the Month. Marine Graduation Foundation Click HERE to check out a website and organization dedicated to helping parents of Marines graduating from recruit training get assistance in attending their son or daughter’s graduation. Thanks to John Weant for the suggestion.

  • Hot Video of the Month. 
    Good clean fun and endless exercise for one of our elongated, short statured canine friends. Click HERE.       
    8th & I should get one of these for Chesty the bulldog to keep him in shape!

Q. Movies about Marines – Identify the movie and character speaking from the dialogue quote:

(1) “You talk the talk. Do you walk the walk?”

(2) “Hey Walt, can you keep it down?  I’m having trouble hearing the artillery.”

(3) “Life is tough.  It’s tougher when you are stupid.”

(4) “Captain Jerome, United States Marine Corps, and you sir are my prisoner.”

A. (1)

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 brand new Marine Corps Association, “Once a Marine – ALWAYS a Marine” Coin, we are now including a copy of one of the late Major Gene Duncan’s Books as a bonus.

Here’s our trivia question from last month:

Question: Born in North Carolina but grew up in Harlem until drafted in 1951 to serve in the Marines during the Korean War where he worked in a photography unit due to prior experience with photography. Discharged as a Corporal he attended college classes in Wash DC and then earned degrees in economics at Harvard, Columbia and the University of Chicago. An award winning writer he has authored more than 30 books on economics and social theory and is renowned for the power, simplicity and clarity of his writing style. Who is this Marine Veteran?

Answer: Award winning author, syndicated columnist, recipient of the prestigious National Humanities Award, noted economist and Marine veteran Thomas Sowell is the answer to the October Trivia Question. If any of our readers find economics murky and “TOO” hard, read Dr. Sowell’s book Basic Economics: A common Sense Guide to the Economy.

Congratulations to Eric Hood of Franklin, New Jersey for winning our last contest.

Many thanks to veteran LCpl James Angelo for pointing out that the previous trivia question about “Boondockers” asserted that these were Marine footwear in the 40’s to early 50’s. He advises that he joined in 1959 and, along with his “seven-eighty-twice gear” was issued one pair of high-top boots and one pair of boondockers which were to be worn with utilities (then they were vintage Herringbone pattern) on base work details. Thanks for setting the record straighter.

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Marine Corps Gazette
The December issue of the Gazette has a focus on Amphibious Operations; past, present, and future. Several articles on historic amphibious operations are reprinted and a new, provocative article by LtCol Frank Hoffman on the utility of amphibious operations is included. Also in this edition is a historical overview of Marine Aviation as we kick off the 100th anniversary of Marines in the air. We also feature an article on the Army's new XM-25 grenade launcher versus the Marine Corps M-32. View a video of the firepower of an automated grenade launcher HERE. There is much more to inform and provoke thought in the December Gazette. To all of our readers, happy holidays! Let's keep Christ in Christmas and the Ch in Channuka.

Many of you have your December Leatherneck in hand already and see our salute to Pearl Harbor and Wake and the 70th anniversary of the beginning of WWII. Time marches on and new challenges for America's expeditionary force in readiness evolve. We hope you enjoy the Eric Hammel WW II article plus the conclusion of Dick Camp's two-part article on the major fights at Ubaydi, Iraq in Nov. 2005; the announcement of Marine SgtMaj Bryan Battaglia as the new senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs; the recognition articles on the great work done by Spirit of America and the Quiet Waters, Healing Warriors Foundation and the additional December articles telling the Marine Corps story.

Looking forward to January, 2012, we begin our yearlong tribute to Marine Corps aviation in its Centennial year with an article on Marine helicopter operations in the Korean War. We plan significant coverage of the contributions of Marine aviation in the next year.

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This Month in Marine Corps History


15 Nov 1950        
Elements of the 1stMarDiv reached the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.
The division moves North towards the Yalu river on orders from General Douglas MacArthur until a surprise attack by over 60,000 Chinese troops forces an attack in a different direction and away from the “frozen Chosin” reservoir. Get immersed in this epic struggle in the frozen wasteland in these gritty books on the subject:

22 Nov 1943
Tarawa was secured after 72 hours of bitter fighting.
The 68th anniversary of the assault landing at Tarawa is on 20 November. Exciting combat footage of the battle in the SSgt Norman Hatch shot Oscar winning Best Short Subject Documentary, With The Marines At Tarawa is prominently posted on Leatherneck’s dynamic website HERE and, our readers can also check out a video interview with Norm Hatch HERE.  Norm Hatch is the subject of War Shots, retired as a Major and recently was present with the book’s author at a book signing at The MARINE Shop in Quantico in April and at The MARINE Shop at Camp Lejeune in August 2011. Read about the hard fought battle in one of these exciting accounts:


25 Nov 2001
The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit moved inland 400 miles, in what was declared as the longest amphibious landing in history, to seize “Camp Rhino” in southern Afghanistan.  Expeditionary warfare and the responsiveness of the Marine Air Ground Task Force on steroids!  Marines and sailors of 15th MEU(SOC) made an amphibious assault into landlocked Afghanistan establishing a forward operating base south of Kandahar and becoming the first significant conventional force poised to operate effectively against Al Qaeda and the Taliban just a little over 2 months following the 911 terror attack on the World Trade Center. Read more about this remarkable operational and logistics feat in this dynamic Marine Corps Gazette article Task Force 58: A higher level of Naval operation by Colonel Vincent Goulding USMC (Ret)


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

  • 8 Dec 2011           
    Book signing with Ralph Peters, author of Endless War, Wars of Blood and Faith and his newest book, Lines of Fire at The MARINE Shop in Quantico.

  • 8 Dec 2011           
    MCA Ground Dinner in Arlington, VA with General Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps as guest speaker.

  • 15 Dec 2011
    Book signing and meet the author event with Medal of Honor recipient and retired Colonel Wes Fox, author of Marine Rifleman, Courage and Fear, and Six Essential Elements of Leadership at The MARINE Shop in Quantico. 


Here are some of the support programs MCA&F uses to advance leadership, foster development and recognize professional excellence in our Marines:
Commanders’ Professional Library Program
Marine Excellence Awards Program
Commanders’ Forum Program

Visit our website at to check out the programs we utilize to support the professional development and professional recognition of Marines.

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

GREAT News - 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

Corporate Support Welcome! MCA&F welcomes corporate support for our professional programs. Contact LeeAnn Mitchell at for more information.

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