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Nearest Airport: Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern (airport code: EWN).
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Hotel Reservation: $90 per room.
Nearest Airport: Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern (airport code: EWN).
If you are coming to New Bern next month you need to immediately make your hotel reservation (easy on this site) and also register with CCHQ (also easy here). Our hotel contract guarantees the room rate of $90 only until July 17. After our allotted room block is filled the rate goes up. Do it now!
The USMC Combat Correspondents Association Board of Directors have unanimously voted to posthumously present the 2015 Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Sr. Distinguished Service Award to the late Georgette Louise “Dickey” Chapelle on this, the 50th anniversary year of her death, near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam November 4. 1965 during the combat operation “Black Ferret.”
In making the announcement President Manny Pacheco called attention to the fact that in addition to this being the 50th anniversary year of her death (Nov. 4, 1965), it corrects what should have been corrected many years ago. “It had always been thought that this organization had honored Dickey in the late 1960s but in checking all known records, there is nothing in existence proving any award was made. In voting her the Denig award we have corrected that situation.”
For those members either did not know or were too young to have remembered her, Dickey Chapelle was a war correspondent who covered Marine action during the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima in World War II. She later became very well known for her interviews in 1958 with President Fidel Castro of Cuba and for her coverage in Hungary of the freedom fighters where she was captured for nearly a month and thought to be a spy.
In the early 1960s Dickey would travel very early to Vietnam covering our advisory activities. She would return again several times before her death. At a plaque dedication near ChuLai and the site of her death, III MAF Commanding General Lewis Walt would remember something Dickey had said to him months before:
“When I die, I want it to be on patrol with the United States Marines.” She’d gotten her wish.
Dickey and the love affair she had with “her Marines” were well known in the ranks. On learning of her death, then-Commandant, General Wallace M. Greene Jr., issued the following statement (in part):
“… She was not only a skilled, dedicated newspaperwoman, but she was an exemplary patriot whose great love for her country was an inspiration to all who knew her and worked with her. It has been said by her media colleagues that she died with the men she loved. It must also be said that affection, admiration and respect was mutual. She was one of us, and we will miss her.”
We who knew her would quickly agree that, had she been eligible in 1942, she would have been one of the first to answer General Denig’s call for combat correspondents. She embodied all of the great traits found in our early CCs and combat camera Marines. One of our Life Members who was professionally associated with her during several Vietnam campaigns said it best:
“Anyone who has ever known the waspish little foreign correspondent/writer/photographer, even casually, knew what she was doing in Vietnam. She belonged there – she was a Marine, as much so as any who ever took the oath of enlistment.
For more information on Dickey Chapelle’s life, please see The 10th Annual McCarthy Lecture Series – Heather M. Stur, Ph.D. – “‘What’s a Woman Doing Here?’ Dickey Chapelle, War Correspondent”
Defense Media Activity (DINFOS) is looking for a Training Instructor, GS-1712-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA- 15-1433117-B) opens on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 and closes on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 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/407347600.
Defense Media Activity (JOC) is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-13. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1435416-B) opens on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 and closes on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 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/407327800
Note: The Thomas Jefferson Awards award, 1st, 2rd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention. USMCCCA only recognizes the top three places. Click on the (YouTube) links to see the winning work of photo, multimedia, broadcasting and audio categories:
Here is the list of the 2015 Visual Information and Excellence in Communication (VIEC) Award Winners as published in the MARADMIN:
Cat. B – Funded News Publication
Cat. D – Outstanding Flagship Product
Cat. E – Outstanding Flagship Website
Cat. H – Outstanding Communication Campaign
Cat. I – News Article
Cat. J – Feature Article
Cat. M – Photojournalism
Cat. P – Outstanding New Journalist
Cat. F – Audio Newscast
Cat. G – Audio Information Program
Cat. H – Video Information Program
Cat. I – Video Spot Production
Cat. K – Video Feature Report
Cat. L – Video Series
Cat. M – Local Video Newscast
Cat. N – Outstanding Flagship Video Program
Cat. O – Outstanding New Broadcaster
Cat. P – Broadcaster of The Year
Cat: F Illustrative Photography
Charles M. Grow /Unit of the Year – Marine Corps Installations Pacific
“So Dad [Don Knight] and I met the [Red} Sox Ambassador outside a special gate and received wristbands allowing us access to all corners of the park. It was just the three of us for the next 90 minutes as we were allowed onto the field for batting practice and inside the famous Green Monster in left field.
We walked the warning track and got to visit the Monster seats and the right field roof area. Then it was onto the Royal Rooters Club (for season ticket holders) and the Red Sox Hall Of Fame amongst other areas closed to the public. The ambassador was knowledgeable and friendly and my Father and I had a fantastic time. We never did see the scoreboard message but its possible we missed it. Hard to remember to keep watching it between innings. In the middle of the game, the Fenway Ambassador visited us in our seats and presented us with Red Sox gift bags.” – David Knight
The second quarter of “Now Hear This” the official USMCCCA newsletter, should be arriving in your mailbox soon.
If you DO NOT receive it, then you need to make sure CCHQ has your correct mailing address. You can MAKE SURE you get future newsletters by using the membership update form here.
I have waited until today for official word and notification to families out of respect for my brother and sister. We are still down range as I write this.
On May 12 a UH-1Y helicopter from HMLA 469 carrying two of my hard charging COMCAM Marines crashed high in a mountainous area in Nepal. All souls on board were lost; six Marines and two Nepali soldiers. They were on a mission to help save lives and reduce suffering after a second massive earthquake hit the country.
Our entire team was charging as hard as we could to help to provide imagery support for this operation. Medina and Hug took to the air to get to a remote village where supplies were desperately needed and civilians were severely injured and had to be MEDEVAC’d. These two Marines were doing exactly what they joined the Marine Corps to do- Help others! Through their imagery they were showing the world what was happening here and what the Nepali people were going through.
This has been one of the toughest times in my career. I love my Marines and I love Combat Camera. I am truly heart broken but I praise the Lord that we have officially recovered our fallen and by his grace we are able to return them to their families. My prayers and my heart are with Hug and Medina’s families as well as our entire COMCAM family. We have lost an amazing sister and brother.
Tonight I ask that you take a minute to truly remember and pray for all of those that are standing watch and all of those that came before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice. My heart is so heavy but my faith is strong in Christ. I know these two young Marines are in a better place.
Cpl Medina, LCpl Hug throughout your service you have answered the call. You have tirelessly stood the watch when no one else would. When the time came, you packed your gear and headed for far off lands so that our country could sleep safely and enjoy the freedoms we so dearly cherish.
Tonight we honor and thank you both. You have done more on your watch than any American could possibly ask or ever understand. The time to post has come, you stand relieved… We have the watch.
“Today we mourn the loss of two Marines in our Combat Camera community. Today we honor the sacrifice of Cpl. Sara Medina and Lance Cpl. Jacob Hug. Along with the two UH-1Y Huey pilots, two crew chiefs, and two Nepalese soldiers, they died serving their country, the people of Nepal, and doing what they signed up and love doing. I couldn’t be prouder of our Public Affairs/Combat Camera team here in Nepal.
You come into a humanitarian crisis not thinking something like this could happen. This one shook me hard and I thank God for his peace and strength though this time for myself and our team. Please pray for the families, friends, and our team as we grapple with this devastating loss. Thank you.”
The 2015 Dedicated Member campaign is at its half-way point and, as of this writing, 33 members have shown their support by contributing just over $4,000. These members are shown in the lower left column of this page and, hopefully space will continue increase as the campaign winds down in late July. Their names will also be included in the USMCCCA Journal later this year.
The Dedicated Member campaign was the brain child of former Executive Director Don Gee who reasoned that not everyone would be capable of contributing at the Booster Club level yet wanted to be included as supporters of this organization. He was right and the DM totals continue to increase each year.
“There is no question that we ask an awful lot of our members,” Foundation President Bill Hauptfleisch said recently. “When you consider what this organization has been able to accomplish over the past 74 years you quickly come to the realization that we could not have lasted that long without the outright support of our membership. Today we are able to make cash grants to each first place winner in the annual VIEC/DPA competition thanks to the largesse of our member/sponsors. We also have dedicated $6,000 to our two annual scholarships.
“Without the continued help of the Florida Chapter’s Foundation Golf Tournament, the Dedicated Member and Booster Club campaigns and our Journal advertisers, we simply could not do what we do,” Hauptfleisch said.
If you have not yet filled out your remittance envelope for the Dedicated Member Campaign, please do so ASAP and mail it to CCHQ, 110 Fox Court, Wildwood, FL 34785. If you would rather contribute using a credit card either indicate the information on your remittance envelope or call CCHQ. You may also use the button below.
AFRTS (AFNE) is looking for a Broadcast Standards Manager, GS-1001-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement DMA- 15-1398789-B opens Monday, May 4, 2015 and closes Monday, May 18, 2015. 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/402907000
Defense Media Activity (Production Component/Air Force Production) is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1391044-B) opens on Wednesday, May 06, 2015, and closes on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. 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/403167100.
Sanctuary Ridge, Clermont, FL
In spite of a change of golf courses, an increase in fees and a diminished field of golfers, the 11th annual Foundation (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament on May 1 can be considered a success.
Florida Chapter President and Tournament Director Red Carpenter reported that,” in spite of a lot of setbacks, we still managed to raise approximately $4,000 for the Foundation.” He indicated that the money will go to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, CA and to the Foundation scholarship funds.
Carpenter said the tournament had to be moved from its previous site at Ridgewood Lakes to the Sanctuary Ridge GC in Clermont due to contractual difficulties. “That move probably cost us a dozen or so golfers that would have normally signed on. Also, when we have a May tournament we also have to consider that many ‘snowbirds’ have already headed north.
“Considering the fact that we are the smallest existing chapter in the Association our small group of workers do a herculean job in running the tournament. Gene Smith, Tournament Director of the Champions Tour, comes through every year with loads of golf gear that enables us to make a profit from our auction. We also could not do it without the help of Allen Moore, Hank Ehlbeck, Jack Paxton and our wives.
“I would also be remiss if I did not thank Col. Mary Reinwald, Editor, Leatherneck Magazine for her great assistance each year and to Heineken USA for the product we are able to offer our golfers at no cost.”
A number of years ago we developed a USMCCCA Store jointly with Queensboro Shirt Company of Wilmington, NC. Basically, we were looking for quality clothing that would identify wearers as members of the USMCCCA. We developed what some might call a “sport” logo with the letters USMCCCA on the flag over the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. Because folks would ask us what the USMCCCA stood for we have decided to try to duplicate our official logo.
Queensboro designers worked with us for a basic design and we then sent it to our USMCCCA and Foundation Board members for comment. And, we received some: Too large… the Cs are not large enough… can we change the colors? We listened.
On April 9 we journeyed to Queensboro’s factory in Wilmington and approved what we think is a very nice looking logo for shirts and a distinctive cap logo for both CCs and Combat Camera Marines. When you click on USMCCCA GEAR to the right side of our website sidebar and click on an item for sale that new logo will open showing how it looks with the color selected. Please note that the lettering surrounding the shirt and cap logos can change depending on basic color selected.
We also have worked out an arrangement with Queensboro that will enable us to tell you when certain items will go on sale. (Currently, Take 20% Off – No Minimum! Enter Coupon Code SF5429 In The Shopping Cart To Save!)
Lastly, the price shown includes a 20% markup that goes into our USMCCCA general fund and hopefully will help us keep conference prices from climbing – IF you shop with us!