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The 2014-15 Dedicated Member Campaign has begun. This year you can designate where your contribution goes. Your name and dedication will also appear in the Annual Conference Journal at the end of the year:

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DMA seeks Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Defense Media Activity, (Synchronization Center), is looking for a Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-15. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1097859-B) opens on Friday, April 18, 2014 and closes on Monday, May 5, 2014. This announcement is open to All US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/367708400

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Nomination Deadline Coming

Members are reminded that the deadline for nominations for officers and directors of the Association  must be made to CCHQ by May 15.

We will elect all officers and three directors at the Oceanside Business Meeting in September.  The officers will serve for a one year period; directors, two year terms.

While not an absolute requirement, interested applicants should be willing to attend the annual conference, board and business meetings each year of their term of office.  Periodic board meetings are normally held electronically using email to vote.  On occasion, board members will be asked to vote via telephone on urgent matters.

If you are interested in serving either as an officer or director or have someone in mind who would, verify their willingness to serve, then contact CCHQ at usmccca@cfl.rr.com or call 352.748.4698.

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Service for Gen Mundy, 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps

General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps and friend of the USMCCCA.

General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps, passed away on April 3, 2014. He was honored in a Military Tribute at The Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., April 12th. Funeral and burial services will be held at the First United Methodist Church and Greenhill Cemetery, both in Waynesville, NC, at 1400, Saturday, 19 April 2014. LtCol Jim Diehl, US Marines (ret), recounts his experience at the tribute. Diehl is a loyal friend of the USMCCCA, earning a DPA for open category in 1988 and was a 2008 conference panelist (Beirut).

An archive photo of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Jim Diehl, USMC (ret) who were among the guests at the DINFOS Birthday Ball. Diehl, a career infantry officer, was a 1988 USMCCCA DPA recipient and a guest speaker for the 2009 Annual Conference in San Antonio. (Photo by Claire Kelly)

The question of how to honor exemplary members of a tribe or nation is not new.  Those familiar with Scripture may recall King Nebuchadnezzar asking Haman: “What shall be done to bestow honor upon one to whom the King wishes to honor?”  And Haman offers suggestions that involve horses, raiment, and a parade….

Well, I’ve marched in the funerals of two US presidents—but truthfully, my most vivid recollections are (1) that it is difficult to march at a dirge pace; and, (2) it was bitterly cold on one at least one of those events.  So I wasn’t sure what to expect on the lawn in front of the War Memorial for the funeral of General Carl E. Mundy, the 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps.  At least this was a clear, crisp Spring day; and it was just beginning to get warm as the crowd grew in the mid-morning sun.

To deal with the vagaries of Washington traffic and parking at the peak of cherry blossom time, LtCol Don Thieme and I got there early, which provided a chance to see many old friends and not a few giants of the Corps.

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CC GySgt Angela Mink retiring

Angela Mink performs in 2009

Combat Correspondent GySgt Angela Mink is retiring April 25th, 2014 at 1500 in the National Museum of the Marine Corps. In this archive photo, then Staff Sgt. Angela Mink, performed the National Anthem prior to President Barack Obama’s address to Camp Lejeune troops, in 2009. (Photo by Ena Sellers, The Globe)

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Jobs Offered

Defense Media Activity, (Office of AFRTS, Broadcast Operations), is looking for a Broadcast Operations Standard Manager, GS-1001-13. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1093848-B) opens on Friday, April 11, 2014 and closes on Monday  April 28, 2014. This announcement is open to All US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/367034700

Defense Media Activity, (Office of AFN Europe, Operations), is looking for an Operations Standard Manager, GS-1001-13. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1094668-B) opens on Friday, April 11, 2014 and closes on Monday April 28, 2014. This announcement is open to All US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/367036800

We will be looking for an executive director who has some war coverage experience but can also function as the “manager” of day-to-day and working with me . . . Contact for more information: J. Ford Huffman, jfordh@earthlink.net, Editor, writer

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Tired of the Cold and Snow? Come to Florida May 9

CC Betsy Judge plays in the Annual Golf Tournament held by the Florida Chapter of the USMCCCA at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club in Davenport, Fl. June 12, 2012

Okay Northern golfers.  If you are tired of the constant freezing weather and daily snow falls, this is your chance to come to a warmer clime, get warm and help our Foundation help the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund as well as our Foundation scholarship fund.

As this is being written, it is 82 degrees in sunny Central Florida and is likely to stay that way through May 9, the date of the 10th version of our annual event, at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club in Davenport, Fl.  Ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. with play following immediately.  Your tournament fee of $65 entitles you to golf, cart, lunch and all the free Heineken product you can handle.

Since its inception 10 years ago, more than $70,000 has been sent to the Foundation to assist the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, CA as well as our two annual scholarships.  We might point out that there are dozens of golf tournaments at this time of year in Central Florida and we are competing with some with much larger budgets and much more help than we have.  We’re proud that our Central Florida Chapter is able to pull this off with  no more than 8-10 helpers each year.

If you can make it, email JamesRed” Carpenter at JCar1@tampabay.rr.com.  If you cannot and still want to help Red, the Chapter and the IMSFF, send your gift in any amount to him made out to the USMCCCA Foundation and send it to 1072 Greenturf Road, Spring Hill, FL. 34608.

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Forest Service seeks public affairs specialist

Public Affairs Specialist GS-1035-13 Office of Communication Washington Office

The Washington Office is advertising Forest Service-wide for two Public Affairs Specialists in the Office of Communication.  The vacancy announcement will open shortly in USAJobs. These full-time positions, located in the Nation’s capital, are expected to be open to current permanent Forest Service employees with competitive status. Positions are also open to reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities

For further information concerning this outreach notice please contact:       Byron James, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Communication, Phone:  202-205- 1296

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PAOs subject of commandant’s article

www,marinecorpstimes.com

Colonel Jeremy Martin, commandant of the Defense Information School was featured in an article, titled “PAOs adapt to the digital age” by Martin Matishak, the Marine Corps Times, March 31, 2014.

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CC President awards membership to new DINFOS grads

Pictured are, front row (l-r): Capt. Laura Pattawi, Staff Sgt. Brian Kester and 2nd Lt. John McCombs; back row: Oliver, 2nd Lt. George McArthur, Jeff Sisto, President Hauptfleisch, 2nd Lt. James Killen and Jordan. Sisto and Killen fall into the “once a Marine – always a Marine” category, a distinction the DINFOS faculty is proud to acknowledge when presenting the USMCCCA complimentary one-year memberships upon completion of all entry-level courses. Photo by Rick Corral

National CC President Bill Hauptfleisch, along with life members Keith Oliver and Bob Jordan, personally welcomed six newly-minted public affairs leaders into the USMCCCA just prior to graduation ceremonies in the Public Affairs Leadership Department on March 14.

Guest speaker for the event was retired Maj. Pat Gibbons, now posted as chief communications officer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. A former Marine staff sergeant and University of Florida MECP alumnus, Gibbons’ PAO milestones included service in Desert Storm and postings as the DINFOS Senior Marine, Media Branch Head at HQMC and Public Affairs Advisor to the Commandant.

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MCA&F launches new blog, CC contributes

The Marine Corps Association and Foundation have launched a new blog with our own Jack Paxton as a contributing writer.

The Marine Corps Association and Foundation have launched a new blog with our own Jack Paxton as a contributing writer.

Jack Paxton, writing under the name ”The Tribal Elder,” will periodically contribute to a new blog, (MCA&F)  developed by the Marine Corps Association. His posts will depict his personal experiences as a 22-year Marine with some history pieces, as well. Read his first post, “An Old Gunny Remembers” … The Swagger Stick. Feel free to visit and comment.

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Jordan wins the Col Robert D. Heinl Jr. Award

Bob Jordan in Grenada.

Maj Robert T. Jordan wins the Col Robert D. Heinl Jr. Award for his October 2013 Leatherneck article “Urgent Fury – Grenada 30 years later”.

Each year, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation awards this honor “…for distinguished feature writing by an individual dealing with U.S. Marine Corps history or Marine Corps life, giving prime consideration for high literary quality and originality.”

Jordan will recieve this award at the Foundation’s annual Awards Ceremony/dinner on April 26, 2014 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico.

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Gaddo winner of the General Roy S. Geiger Award

Randy Gaddo in Beirut.

CWO4 Randy Gaddo is winner of the General Roy S. Geiger Award, presented by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation for his January 2013 Leatherneck  article “Living Their History: VMFAT-501 Marines Document F-35B Flying and Maintenance Experiences”.

The General Roy S. Geiger Award was established by Colonel G.F. Robert Hanke, USMCR, in memory of his father, Wing Commander Ralph Hanke, Royal Air Force. It is named for General Geiger, the fifth designated naval aviator in Marine Corps history, who commanded both air and ground units during World War II. This award is given to the author of the best article published during the preceding year in the Marine Corps Gazette in the field of Marine Corps aviation.

Gaddo will recieve this award at the Foundation’s annual Awards Ceremony/dinner on April 26, 2014 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico.

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