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Apr 30, 2013

Marine Corps Association News


Dear Members,
I am proud to report that the Marine Corps Association – THE professional association for ALL Marines turned one hundred years old on 25 April. Since its founding, MCA has supported Marines in a variety of ways with the emphasis on professional development, recognition of professional excellence and expanding awareness of the traditions, history and esprit of the Marine Corps. At the conclusion of our first century, and with your continued help we look forward to aggressively expanding what we do to support Marines as we begin our second century of service. Thank you for helping us support Marines! Click HERE to read a brief history of the Marine Corps Association and click HERE to view our motivating 100th Anniversary Video.
April has been our most eventful months in years. On 2 April, along with the Wounded Warrior Regiment, we co-hosted the MCA&F Wounded Warrior Awards Reception & Ceremony. Well attended, the event was held in the history-rich atrium of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and featured remarks by Colonel Willard A. Buhl, Commanding Officer of the Wounded Warrior Regiment and presentation of three awards to exceptional members of Regiment for their service during 2012. Click HERE to read a story and view a video of the event.

We held our annual MCA&F Camp Lejeune Dinner at Marston Pavilion on 10 April. MajGen Raymond C. Fox, Commanding General II MEF and Commander U.S. Marine Forces Africa served as the guest speaker and motivated the dinner guests with his energetic presentation.  The dinner event coincided with the annual Marine Corps League sponsored Marine South Expo event and MCA&F staffed an expo booth to do outreach, membership recruitment and to greet our supporters and friends of the Corps Click HERE for the story and video of the event.

On 18 April, in conjunction with HQMC C4 Division, we co-hosted the 10th Annual MCA&F C4 Awards dinner to honor the professional achievements of the Corps' top performing communicators in 2012. Held in Arlington, Va. with record level attendance, the event featured Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General John M. Paxton, Jr. as the guest speaker and culminated with the presentation of the coveted Gray, Hamilton, Littleton and Shea awards.  We will post a story and video of the event shortly on our website HERE.

In honor of our 100th Anniversary, MCA&F held a celebratory reception on 25 April at the National Museum of the Marine Corps with a large gathering of MCA&F employees, invited guests, sponsors, supporters and friends of the Corps. The Assistant Commandant, General Paxton was again on hand to provide a keynote address thanking MCA for a century of service to Marines. We will post a story on our website HERE shortly with a video and additional pictures. In further celebration of the MCA Centennial, The MARINE Shops at Quantico and Camp Lejeune held an Open House all day with refreshments, birthday cake, giveaways and special promotions.

Coming up are the MCA&F Milwaukee Dinner on 18 May, the MCA&F 2013 Ammo Tech Awards Dinner on 22 May and the MCA&F Ground Awards Dinner on 6 June with former Joint Chiefs Chairman, General Peter Pace, BGen Francis L. Kelley Jr., Commander Marine Corps Systems Command and General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps as the respective guest speakers. Click HERE for details and to make reservations.
Supporting Marines is what we do at MCA&F and you should be proud of what we have accomplished this year with your support. So far this year our Marine Excellence Awards program has provided professional incentive and recognition to over 3,500 Marines with awards including almost 1,100 professional books, 25 cash awards totaling almost $6,000, 378 distinctive plaques, 69 heirloom quality trophies, 32 complimentary memberships and more.  In support of professional study and the Commandant's Professional Reading program requirements for all Marines our Commanders' Unit Library program has committed over $77,000 to the purchase of professional books for 165 unit libraries positively benefitting almost 58,000 Marines. Our Commanders' Forum program has several battle and campaign studies for Marines in planning we will highlight later.  The year is still young and with your continued support, your professional association will accomplish MUCH more before the year ends.
I always enjoy hearing from our members and supporters. Write me at
All the Best & Semper Fidelis,

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


MCA&F Supports Marine Professional Reading Program

Recruit Honor Graduate Recognized with Award from MCA&F

TBS Honor Graduate Receives MCA&F Sponsored 1stLt Baldomero Lopez Award

Click HERE to renew your current membership or join.  Multi-year memberships are the best deal as they save you significant cash and minimize the time you have to spend signing up every year!  
Unit Commanders – Appropriated funds for subscriptions to Leatherneck and Marine Corps Gazette for Marine units and organizations are not only authorized but are also encouraged as a means to support an active troop information program! Getting this mission critical reading into the hands of your Marines is easy! Click Here to get your unit's subscription started today.

ONLINE access to BOTH Leatherneck and Marine Corps Gazette
comes with EVERY Membership!
Visit each magazine's website TODAY. Click the links below!

Marine Corps Gazette
The May Gazette highlights Marine aviation and the road ahead in aviation support to the MAGTF. Of particular interest is the state of Marine aviation by the Deputy Commandant for Aviation and what is the future of unmanned aerial systems in the Corps. As we look to the future we have several articles on Cyberspace and Cyber Warfare. It is a domain in which Marines must be able to operate. Finally there is a provocative article on suicide that argues that we may be killing Marines with kindness. Enjoy the May issue.

LeatherneckYour May Leatherneck continues a focus on telling the Marine story: yesterday, today and tomorrow. For history buffs, Major Al Bevilacqua's article on the  WW II Battle of Sugar Loaf Hill on Okinawa will spark a renewed appreciation for our "Greatest Generation." Then, if like me, you've wondered about the screening of the Corps' crew chiefs, Roxanne Baker's article, "Sky High: Earning Marine Aircrew Wings" will help to answer that question. We have great crew chiefs and they work hard to gain that title. These, plus a special Memorial Day remembrance, a tribute to a Marine sergeant major who lost both legs but not his spirit, a look back 10 years to Operation Iraqi Freedom and more are in your May issue. We hope you enjoy it. As a teaser, coming up in your June Leatherneck: Marines return to Hue City, a look at Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 today and more.

  • Reader / Member Input. 
    Got something newsworthy? Send to and we will consider including it.

  • MCA 100th Anniversary. The Marine Corps Association was founded in April 1913 with the aim of fostering professionalism, knowledge of military arts and sciences and to preserve and promote the traditions of the Marine Corps. Still committed to those objectives, MCA&F's ongoing focus is on advancing leadership and recognizing excellence. Our overarching mission is to support Marines!
    Click HERE to read a brief history of the MCA, HERE to see our 100th Anniversary commemorative video and HERE for our website where you can view stories on what your professional association is doing to support Marines.

  • CLR-2 Flies Flag for MCA on 25 April Anniversary. Many thanks to Combat Logistics Regiment-2 and to SgtMaj Wright. On the occasion of our 100th Anniversary and in recognition of the support MCA&F has provided them through our Marine Excellence Awards Program, they flew a flag over Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in honor of MCA which they will send to us shortly. We will post a photo of the flag flying along with the Marine/NCO of the Quarter award recipients from the unit who received their awards from MCA.  We hope to run the photo in the next edition.

  • Correction to the March MCA&F Member UPDATE. The answer to the last Trivia question had a typo.  The posting said the Tet Offensive occurred in 1967 but it actually occurred in 1968. The answer should also have mentioned the name of the river named for a sweet smelling substance. The river running through Hue is the Perfume River. Many thanks to Odis McClellan and Bob Jordan for pointing out the errors.
  • Air War Over North Korea. Great article from Popular Science Magazine on North Korean anti air defenses and why they are concerned about the recent B-2 Bomber exercise during their current round of sabre rattling. Click HERE.

Q. Who is this iconic Marine, why is he revered and how has this famous (to Marines anyway ) painting of him been photo shopped for public consumption?

How to Win. Send your answers to and pleaseinclude 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 PrizeIn 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!

Here's last month's Trivia Contest question:
Question: Reliable, sturdy and described by "Old Blood and Guts" as the greatest battlefield implement ever designed, you AND the enemy probably knew when you were out of Schlitz because of the distinctive "ping" when it ran out Used by Marines (and other services) in two wars, today it is out of service but considered a collector's item.  What am I?
Answer : General George S. Patton described the M-1 Garand rifle as the " greatest battlefield implement ever devised" and the 30 caliber, clip fed, air cooled, semi-automatic weapon, designed by John Garand, was used extensively throughout WW-II, the Korean War and early in the Vietnam war until replaced by the M-14 and later, the M-16. The distinctive "ping" sounded when the 8th and last round in the clip was fired and the metal clip ejected with a loud ping.

This question set a new record for responses to the trivia question and many responders provided positive affection for the weapon, describing it as beautiful, a thing of joy, well balanced, reliable and much more.  Several still remembered their rifle serial number for their service weapon (kudos to Joseph Berthelot for remembering his M-1 serial number from Parris Island in 1949!) and many said they own one now. Most responders answered correctly and the few who did not gave curious and amusing answers. Several answered with the P-38 can opener for C-Rations, commonly called the "John Wayne" and one responder provided the Willys Jeep as the answer. Good job Marines!
Congratulations to   CWO-4 Robert Villalobos , USMCR of Garden Valley, California for winning our last contest.


1 April 1945

L-Day on Okinawa for the 1st and 6th Marine Divisions – On Easter Sunday!

Read a stirring account of the battle here:

5 April 2004
Units from I MEF launched Operation Vigilant Resolve in Fallujah, Iraq (1st Battle of Fallujah), designed to pacify violent elements in the Area.

Read more about the 2 gritty battles of Fallujah:


25 April 1913
Marine Corps Association Founded.

Click HERE for an MCA Centennial story by Mike DiCicco, HERE for our 100th Anniversary Video and HERE for a brief history of the professional association for ALL Marines.

MCA&F hosts professional and awards dinners, book signings and more. Check out our professional events schedule at Click on the link for details and event registration. Here are a couple of events coming up in the near future:
  • 18 May 2013
    MCA&F Milwaukee Dinner
    Guest Speaker - General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret)
  • 22 May 2013
    MCA&F 2013 Ammo Tech Awards Reception 

    Guest Speaker - BGen Francis L. Kelley, Jr., USMC, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command
    National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, VA

  • 6 June 2012
    MCA&F Ground Awards Dinner
    Guest Speaker - General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps
    Hilton Crystal City, Arlington, VA

Special Announcement!MCA&F NOW broadcasts "Live stream" videos of our professional dinners for your convenience. View the event from home on your computer. To view visit  
If you miss the Live stream video, you can still view the event on our MCA&F website at  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.

Advancing Leadership and Recognizing Excellence is Our Mission!
With Your Help Here are Some of the Ways we Support Marines: 
Commanders' Professional Library Program
In 2012, this program established or enhanced the professional libraries for 296 Marine units to support commander's professional development objectives directly affecting over 94,000 Marines.

So far in 2013 we have provided 73 unit libraries with an additional 64 in the process of shipping, positively affecting over 57,000 Marines.
Marine Excellence Awards Program
During 2012, this program provided recognition for the professional accomplishments of over 8,800 Marines.  Awards included 39 K-Bars, watches, over 2,000 professional books, 64 cash awards totaling over $24,000, over 1,700 plaques, 50 Marine swords, 128 trophies, 135 complimentary memberships and more.

We expect to do even more this year to recognize the professional achievements of Marines.  To date in 2013, the program provided 3,503 awards including 378 plaques, 69 trophies, 25 cash awards totaling almost $6,000 and more.
Commanders' Forum ProgramMCAF provided logistics resources to support 11 unit PME studies of battles and campaigns in far flung locations including Okinawa, France and a variety of American Civil War sites including Gettysburg and Chancellorsville with over 1,100 Marines benefiting from the program in 2012.

Exploratory efforts are underway now for conduct of a large unit PME/Forum of the Gettysburg battlefield and a battle study of the World War I, Belleau Wood Battlefield by select Wounded Warriors who served in the 5th & 6th Marines.
Our programs provide real support for Marines.
If you would like to donate to MCAF to help us click HERE.
Visit our website at to learn more about our programs.
MCAF is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation so your support may qualify for tax deductions. 

Don't Forget that MCAF is a Combined Federal Campaign Participant!     

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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Apr 18, 2013

C-130 at Tinian

Ready for Lift Off

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A KC-130J Hercules aircraft lands on North Field’s Baker runway on Tinian Island May 30, during Exercise Geiger Fury 2013. The aircraft was the first to land on the runway since 1947. Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152’s mission is to provide a Marine air-ground task force commander with aerial refueling, assault support, aerial delivery, battlefield illumination and other support. The squadron was awarded the Commandant’s Aviation Trophy for 2013 April 1, which recognizes the best overall performance and accomplishment of all assigned tasks by a Marine aviation squadron. The squadron is part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. 

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer)

Ready for Lift Off

A KC-130J Hercules aircraft lands on North Field’s Baker runway on Tinian Island May 30, during Exercise Geiger Fury 2013. The aircraft was the first to land on the runway since 1947. Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152’s mission is to provide a Marine air-ground task force commander with aerial refueling, assault support, aerial delivery, battlefield illumination and other support. The squadron was awarded the Commandant’s Aviation Trophy for 2013 April 1, which recognizes the best overall performance and accomplishment of all assigned tasks by a Marine aviation squadron. The squadron is part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer)