Modern Day Marine
Thousands of visitors toured the more than 400 displays at Modern Day Marine Expo from Sept. 25 to 27 at MCB Quantico. The variety of vendors included the latest technology in equipment, the demonstration of vehicles and, of course, the Marine Corps Association & Foundation.
MCA&F was giving away gift bags chockfull of member information, garment bags and 10 percent off coupons from The MARINE Shop, aviation posters, engraved golf divots and copies of Leatherneck and the Marine Corps Gazette.
Those who signed up for one-year memberships received a challenge coin and those who signed up for two or three-year memberships received a hat or a book.
MSgt Roland Hamilton reinstated his MCA&F membership so he could better help his junior Marines. He said he believes the association will help him achieve the mantra of “teach, train and motivate.”
“Growing through the ranks, I’ve seen the changes in the Marine Corps,” Hamilton said. “The juniors want to be exposed, prosper and take advantage of what the Marine Corps has to offer. You don’t know unless you’re involved. I need be more involved.”
Nearly 900 participants entered in the MCA&F raffle to win books and a Ka-Bar. Carmen Minnis of Woodbridge, VA won the Six Essential Elements of Leadership by Col Wesley L. Fox, USMC (Ret) and Green Side Out by the late Maj Gene Duncan, USMC (Ret). Colin Aspenson of Quantico, VA won Marine Rifleman also by Col Wesley L. Fox, USMC (Ret) and Politically Correct Not also by Maj Gene Duncan, USMC (Ret). Jesus De La Torre of Stafford, VA won the Ka-Bar.
MCA&F secured multiple memberships, including many corporate members.
Vivian Smith, business development manager of Sofia Tactical International LLC., signed her company up for a one-year membership. The company connects US suppliers with the militaries of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, and helps the Americans navigate international licenses and regulations. Smith said a MCA&F membership is important to her tactical company for Corps awareness. She will also look at the advertisements in the Gazette to research additional US companies to work with.
“We need to know what’s going on in the Marine Corps to get more involved, and see what they’re using right now and if we can apply it to UAE and Qatar,” Smith said.
MSgt Bernard Bartenbach, USMC (Ret) also signed his Marathon Watch Company LTD for a MCA&F Membership. The company is based in Canada but the watches are handmade in Switzerland, Bartenbach said, and he hopes subscribing to both MCA&F magazines will help educate his Canadian counterparts about the Corps.
“We want to use the Gazette and Leatherneck for advertisements and find out what’s going on in the Marine Corps,” Bartenbach said. “We want to be a server of the troops for whatever they need.”