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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.All the Best & Semper Fidelis,
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How to Win. Send your answers to email@example.com 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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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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MCA & F hosts professional and awards dinners, professional lunches, book signings and more. See what is on 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 December:
Here are some of the support programs MCA&F uses to advance leadership, foster development and recognize professional excellence in our Marines:
Visit our website at www.mcafdn.org 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!
Corporate Support Welcome! MCA&F welcomes corporate support for our professional programs. Contact LeeAnn Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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