Dear Col Craig H Hullinger USMCR (Ret),
I want to wish all our Members, our veterans and, our great Marines a happy and safe 4th of July Celebration. Thank you all for protecting our freedom.
On 23 June, in conjunction with Marine Week St. Louis, we hosted an MCA Dinner there with LtGen Robert Milstead, Jr. Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs as our guest speaker. I want to extend my thanks to LtGen Milstead for fitting us into his busy schedule, and for his great remarks. Click HERE to visit the MCA website page with additional pictures of the dinner and Marine Week activities.
The Marine Corps Association Foundation's (MCAF) professional development programs continue to grow and expand in support of individual Marines and requests from Commanders to provide programs that highlight Marine excellence and provide unique professional development opportunities. To date, through the auspices of the Marine Excellence Awards Program, MCAF has provided 1,384 deserving Marines with recognition for their professionalism in the form of trophies, plaques, Marine swords, K-Bar's, watches and professional books. The Commanders' Professional Library Program has provided, or is in the process of providing Commanders with 116 unit libraries to assist them in enhancing the professional development of their Marines. Our Commanders' Forum Program has provided opportunities for Marine units to study historical military operations and visit battle sites. The Gettysburg battle for the Wounded Warrior Regiment, the World War-I battle of Belleau Wood for select staff from 2d Marine Air Wing, and a campaign study of the Civil War Peninsular Campaign of 1862 for participants from Marine Corps Forces Command have been completed and we have additional requests being processed. Your member dues and donations enable the MCA to provide this valuable support to Marines. Please help us if you can as demands for our programs are growing. Select pictures and links to additional pictures are provided further below in your June MCA Member Update.
If you haven't done so already, please check out our new MCA web log (Blog) located HERE It started in May and keeps generating interest and response comments from its growing readership. In addition to writers exploring Marine Corps historical events and advice on family life and family separation, the blog also features Andrew Lubin, a well know author who writes about Marines. Currently he is embedded with Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and blogging about his experiences there. I encourage everyone to visit the blog frequently to stay informed and engaged in the discussion.
Thank you very much for your support! As always, please let me hear from you. You can do that by emailing MCA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the Best & Semper Fidelis,
Edward G. Usher, III
Major General, USMC (Ret)
President and Chief Executive Officer