MSgt. Bob Springer, 84, suffered a heart attack and died in San Diego, CA on October 9. Services will be held at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on November 12. The information was passed to CCHQ by Bob’s oldest daughter, Rusty Rodriguez who indicated that Bob had been in apparently good health. As Rusty said “he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and we all miss him terribly.”
Bob was the second executive director serving this Association. He served as secretary/treasurer under Bob Morrisey, our original exec.
His full obituary is below:
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Click below for part two of the interview:
Jack Paxton and Dave Biesel are attempting to put together a brief historical piece for our 75th anniversary meeting in Fredericksburg, VA next August. Hopefully, the publication we prepare and distribute will lead to an extension of our current unofficial history, “Last to Know, First to Go”. To do this we need your help. If you read Last to Know, you know that the early CCs were critical of the system and said so. We would like the same feelings from you.
If you were a major “player” in one or more of our engagements. We need to pick your brain on the events you were involved in either in Public Affairs or Combat Camera. Specifically, we need your impression of the following:
Engagement: (Korea, Vietnam, Beirut, Iraq, Afghanistan etc.)
Please send all info to: email@example.com
Defense Media Activity (AFRTS/AFN-BC), is looking for an Audiovisual Production Specialist, GS-1071-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-16-1508786-B) opens on Friday, October 16, 2015 and closes on Sunday, November 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/418875300
On March 27, a Marine operating an excavator along the north wall of the National Museum of the Marine Corps drove the machine’s bucket into the earth, officially breaking ground on an historic expansion of the Nation’s tribute to Marine Corps history. That moment was the first step of a long journey that the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Museum staff, and teams of engineers and tradesmen will take over the next four years to complete this magnificent institution. When construction is finished, the Museum’s physical structure will be twice its current size.
For more information see: The Marine Minute
Defense Media Activity (AFRTS/AFN-BC), is looking for an IT Specialist (INFOSEC), GS-2210-12 . The Job Opportunity Announcement DMA-15DH-1508829) opens on Friday, September 18, 2015 and closes on Sunday, October 04, 2015.
Defense Media Activity (Headquarters), is looking for an Audiovisual Production Specialist, GS-1071-12 (2 Vacancies) . The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1489023-B) opens on Thursday, September 17, 2015, and closes on Sunday, October 4, 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/416145900.
Russell W. Savatt Jr. MGySgt. USMC (Ret.) died peacefully on September 7, 2015, at his home in Poway, California. He was 87 years old. Services will be held Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 11:00 am at the Miramar National Cemetery. Russell was raised in Kings Park, NY and is preceded in death by his parents Russell W. & Helen Savatt and his sister Sally (Joe) LaValle. Russell is survived by his wife Josephine, four children: Laura Reynolds (Jim), Russell W. Savatt III (Chris), Mark Savatt and Claudine Hagerstrom (Robert) and their beloved grandchildren.
Russ enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1947. Two years later he graduated in 1949 from the New York Institute of Photography. He served an honorable and distinguished 32 year career in the Marines. A decorated veteran of the Korean War, he also served two tours in Vietnam. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and Combat Action Ribbon plus various unit citations, including the Good Conduct Medal. Following Vietnam, he was a photographer for Leatherneck Magazine, a tour which took him to many exciting places. He was also selected to photograph the 1972 Munich Olympics for the Marine Corps. The final years of Russ’ Marine Corps career brought the Savatt’s to San Diego where Russ finished his career as non-commissioned officer of the photo lab at the MCRD San Diego. Russ and Jo were active members of the San Diego Chapter of the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association.
Following his retirement from the Marine Corps he joined the Oceanside Police Department (OPD) in 1980 as their Police Photographer. At OPD Russ was responsible for operating the crime lab, training officers and photographing crime scenes. Russ retired from OPD after 13 years of service.
The Archive of Modern American Warfare at Texas Tech University is asking for donations from military veterans. The Archive is particularly interested in collecting digital material such as emails, blogs and other personal websites, text and instant messages, word processing documents, oral histories, digital photographs, digital videos, and digital audio recordings. These materials are of vital importance because digital materials are more susceptible to deterioration over time than are paper records, yet both are equally valuable for the historical information they contain. These materials will be made accessible for researchers in an online portal that is currently under construction. The Archive also collects traditional archival material, such as correspondence and artifacts.
If you are a military veteran and you are interested in donating your material to the Archive, please contact archivist Andrew Hinton at 806-834-5971 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Archive in person at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas or online at www.amaw.ttu.edu for more information.
The Archive of Modern American Warfare at Texas Tech University collects and preserves records that document America’s involvement in military actions after 1975, such as Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operations Provide Relief and Restore Hope, the Kosovo War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, the Archive encompasses issues regarding the personal experiences of American servicemen and women, national security, diplomacy, military and government intelligence, homeland defense, and the development of new military technologies and their impact on operations.
There has been much traffic recently concerning Norm Hatch. Various folks have visited him in the Hermitage Senior Living Center in Alexandria, VA. Walt Ford spoke to him recently. We print his remarks below:
Norm has moved to Room 319, in the Hermitage Senior Living Center.
His wife, Loy, is in a room on the 4th floor, so he may move again, to that floor to be near her. I spoke with him today. He said he really enjoyed the recent visits by Chas and Rosemary and a long talk with Fred.
Susan Stange has been visiting each day and is a Godsend, and his children have also been frequent visitors. Food is adequate and he thinks it will get even better as the staff understand what he likes to eat. He’s been impressed, but he only arrived late yesterday.
Best regards and deep appreciation to all,