I hope your holiday season was joyous and that your New Year’s celebration is memorable and safe.
On 29 November, we hosted the MCA&F Ground Dinner in Arlington, Virginia featuring then LtGen John Paxton as the guest speaker. General Paxton became the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Saturday, 15 December and General Amos and General Paxton’s wife Debbie, pinned on his fourth star. We thank him for carving out the time from his busy schedule to speak to our dinner guests. Visit our website HERE to read an overview of the event, see additional pictures and to view the guest speaker’s presentation on video.
Our next major events will be held in February and March. On 13 February, we travel to California to hold the MCA&F West Coast Dinner in Carlsbad. The dinner will be held in conjunction with the annual Marine West Exposition at Camp Pendleton and features LtGen John A. Toolan, Jr., Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force as the guest speaker. We look forward to seeing our West Coast members and supporters there. The Spring, 2013, MCA&F Combat Development Dinner will be held on 21 February at Quantico with LtGen William M. Faulkner, Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics as the guest speaker, and on 14 March we will hold the MCA&F Ground Logistics Awards Dinner in Arlington to honor the Corps’ top performing logisticians of 2012. Click HERE to see our complete event schedule and to register for an event.
For the past several months, I have reminded our readers that the Marine Corps Association Foundation is a Combined Federal Campaign participant and have requested your support for the programs that advance leadership and recognize excellence of our courageous Marines. I thank you for choosing to support us through the CFC and sending in donations directly to the foundation. You still have the opportunity to make a tax deductible contribution this year by clicking HERE. Your support enables us to continue and expand what we do for Marines and we very much appreciate your generous support.
As the year closes out, I am pleased to report that, with your help, through our Marine Excellence Awards Program, MCA&F spent over $152,000 providing recognition to over 8,500 Marines this year in the form of trophies, plaques, Marine Swords, K-Bars, uniforms, professional reading, watches, cash awards, complimentary memberships, certificates of achievement and more.
Our Commanders’ Unit Library Program completed or expanded 193 unit libraries with another 91 in processing so far this year with grant donations for the purpose totaling over $140,000. Our Commanders’ Forum Program provided over $24,000 for logistics and other support for 11 forums fostering the professional development of over 1,000 Marines during the year. With your help, our programs make a difference to a significant number of Marines world-wide!
The 100th anniversary of the Marine Corps Association’s founding occurs in April 2013. In a year-long commemoration of our founding, Leatherneck and Marine Corps Gazette will feature re-printed articles of enduring value, many by legends of the Corps, from their archives, along with a large variety of historic imagery, much of it rarely seen. This commemorative effort with appear in the digital editions of the magazines along with expanded material not available in the print edition magazines. If you have not yet accessed the digital editions of your magazines, 2013 is a great time to start. ALL members have access to both magazines ONLINE as a membership benefit regardless of what print edition subscription options they chose. Click HERE to access the digital editions and contact our member services department if you need help logging in.
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The January issue kicks off a year of special content marking the 100th anniversary of the Marine Corps Association. While 25 April is the centennial birthday, our content throughout the year, beginning with the special informational “tip on” we’ve added to your January magazine, will highlight the MCA contributions to developing professional excellence among Marines while also helping to tell the Marine Corps story to all. Each issue in 2013 will also include a carefully selected article of enduring value from our digital archives. Kicking off these selected articles in this January issue is a November 1921 Leatherneck article by Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune directing that the Marine Corps Birthday be celebrated each year on 10 November with a special reading of his Birthday message of 1921. All Marine Corps Birthday celebrations continue to read the inspiring Birthday message of our 13th Commandant at each Birthday celebration.
Other articles focus on: flying and maintaining the amazingly capable F-35B; look at Hue City now and during the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam; examining the modeling and sculpting of the emotionally powerful “Three Servicemen” statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; telling the amazing story of 105-year-old Marine, G-man and Olympic shooter, Walter Walsh; celebrating Marine humanitarian efforts at Breezy Point after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy; and much more.
Read more Leatherneck content, including Leatherneck Lingo and quotes at: www.mca-marines.org/leatherneck
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: A term that sounds like a lure for a certain type of fish that suspiciously sounds like a pejorative term for rear echelon Marine administrators though the term has nothing to do with fishing and actually refers to items of particular interest to those of glutinous, corpulent, porcine persuasion who are deliberately forbidden from its enjoyment while enduring boot camp. What is this generic term and to what does it refer?
Answer: Pogey Bait. The variety of spellings received were truly amazing and very amusing.
Congratulations to retired Army Major Thomas Hara of Clarksville, Tennessee for winning our last contest.
His reasonably accurate and comprehensive answer is reprinted below:
One of the many remarkable operational feats during the long campaign was the lengthy patrol lead by LtCol Evans Carlson who was a Marine expert on guerilla warfare after having observed it close at hand in many parts of the world. In command of the 2nd Raider Battalion, Carlson took his Marines well behind Japanese lines disrupting supply and communication lines, gathering intelligence and defeating enemy forces in open combat, forcing them to dilute their main effort. Carlson’s success helped establish a foundation for subsequent Special Forces units in the Marine Corps and Army.
7 December 1941
MCA&F hosts professional and awards dinners, 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 Live stream video, you can still view the event on our MCA&F website at www.mca-marines.org. 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
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Don’t Forget that MCAF is a Combined Federal Campaign Participant!
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