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.
This announcement is open to Direct Hire. For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/416258100
Defense Media Activity (Production), is looking for a Director, Marine Corps Production, GS-1001-14 . The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1510663-B) opens on Friday, September 18, 2015 and closes on Sunday, October 25, 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/416305800.
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
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 email@example.com. 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.
Celebrated World War II cinematographer Norm Hatch autographing copies of War Shots, by Charles Jones. Photo by LCpl. Christina O’Neil.
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.
Major Norm Hatch, USMC (Ret)
Hermitage Senior Living, Northern Virginia
5000 Fairbanks Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22311
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,
At Camp Lejeune, the CCs were welcomed to the MOUT training facility, a mock village designed to provide realistic training in an urban environment. Photo by Mike Minardi.
One of many bears around town. Photo by Hank Ehlbeck.
As one wag attending our 74th conference put it: “New Bern was a ‘bear’ of a town.” Now, whether or not he was referring to the many bear statues around town or the fact that New Bern takes its name from Bern, Switzerland (named after the German word ‘bear’) we do not know. Apparently though, he and the 65 other former CCs and ComCam Marines and their wives/guests had a good time during our August 16-20 Annual Conference.
While it may not have been the easiest venue to reach by air, the town and the great staff of the Hilton Double Tree Hotel went out of their way to make our annual conference was one of the best ever.
Why did we choose New Bern in the first place? As we have explained many times previously, when restrictions on travel and per diem keep active duty Marines from coming to us, we now choose to go to them. As New Bern is ideally suited between MCAS Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune, our reasoning was relatively sound. Yes, we did attract more than 50 active duty Marines to our Wednesday evening banquet. Unfortunately, we had few winners of our annual VIEC & DPA Award competition on board.
This fact prompted much discussion at our new Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Can we continue to arrange conferences where we honor only a few award winners? According to President Manny Pacheco and our board, “no.”
Manny Pacheco, National President
“From this point on,” Pacheco said, “our focus has to be on getting commands to send not only the award winners but ultimately all communications Marines to our annual event. To do this we need to change our current conference thinking to one that incorporates training and coincides with the mission of the Corps. We have to rededicate ourselves to truly be the professional association for our combat correspondents and combat camera community.”
Pacheco then named newly-elected Board member Fran Piccoli and incumbent member, Bob Long to a planning committee to do just that. Long time members will remember Fran from his days at the-then Division of Information at HQMCs. Bob Long, now based in Washington, DC, has retained many of his contacts from his television days as VP News of KNBC-TV, in Los Angeles.
“As we begin preparing for the celebration of our 75th year in existence at Fredericksburg (August 21-27, 2016) next year,” Pacheco said, “much of our efforts will be geared towards training. Given the talent we have within our ranks, we will strive to put together at least one day of communications training designed around the needs of our active duty CCs and ComCam Marines, culminating with our annual awards banquet.”
Now, with all of that said, we return to a great week that began with a New Orleans-styled Welcome Reception Monday evening and attended by 70 guests. This was followed by the opening of our 2015 Hospitality Suite, ably hosted by newly-elected Board Member (and past president) Don Coleman.
The misguided bus. Photo by Hank Ehlbeck.
On Tuesday 37 of the guests were bussed to Camp Lejeune. Before describing their interesting tour we digress to tell (those of you who missed it) the story of a confused bus driver. Those who know where Camp Lejeune is in relation to New Bern know that, at best, the trip should not take more than 45 minutes or so, even in traffic. In Manny’s words, “the first thing I noticed after going over the bridge was a sign that said Havelock and our bus was following it. I did not question our driver as I had confirmed with him twice and he acknowledged that we were going to Lejeune. Heck, he lives in New Bern and probably is taking a short cut. When we approached the Cherry Point Main Gate it dawned on me that the driver had made one big mistake!” As Manny said: “I asked him again where we were going and, as he crosses over three lanes of traffic, he says Oops!” So, some two hours after leaving New Bern, the intrepid group made it to Camp Lejeune.
In spite of the mistake, the group was treated royally by Fernando Schiefelbein (retired MSgt), from the base operations office at Camp Lejeune. He, along with our very own former PAO and now current civilian director of public affairs for Marine Corps Installations East, provided running commentary throughout the tour with the personal touch that only Marines can. The first stop was the MOUT training facility which, in civilian parlance, is a mock village designed to provide realistic training in an urban environment.
Following this the group lunched at the Officer’s Club and played host to five active duty Marines, much like we did at Oceanside in last year’s “host a Marine for lunch” program.
In the afternoon, the group visited the 2nd Marine Division’s Combat Camera Facility where they saw the very latest in photographic support equipment and expeditionary combat camera support capabilities.
Winding up the afternoon visit, the group was bussed to the Lejeune Memorial Gardens where they received a final brief from their tour guide Fernando and were given a chance to see the Beirut, Vietnam and 9/11 Memorials.
On Wednesday, the attendees received an update on Marine Corps information and combat camera operations from Col. Sean Gibson, Director, USMC Communications Division and Maj. Sean Hayes, Combat Camera.
Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas, speaker at the awards ceremony
That evening, active duty Marines from MCAS Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune joined members and their guests for our annual Distinguished Performance Awards Dinner. Our guest of honor this year was Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas, the new CG, 2nd Marine Air Wing. We received musical support from a brass quintet from the 2nd MAW Band and a color guard from the 2nd Marine Division.
More than capably handling the emcee chores this year was past president, Keith Oliver, whose knowledge of the organization as well as that gleaned from past PA tours at both Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune held in in good stead throughout the evening.
Awards were presented to the Camp Lejeune Globe for winning first place in the Civilian Enterprise News category and to the MCLB Albany, GA for second place. The staffs of both papers were on hand to receive their awards.
The Camp Lejeune Globe staff, winning first place in the Civilian Enterprise News category. Photo by Staff Sgt. Neill Sevelius
Four individuals were on hand to accept their awards. Newly-promoted Sgt. Eric Keenan, DMA was honored for first place honors as Outstanding New Journalist and Commentary categories, plus a second place award for an honorable mention in the Feature Article category. He also received a check for $200 for his first place wins.
Former Sgt. Austin Hazard, now living in the Camp Lejeune area, received a first place award for his Sports Photo win. He received a check for $100.
The awards banquet big winner – for the third straight year – was Sgt. Reece Lodder, now of RS Seattle, WA, who won five first place awards for the following: Feature Article, Photojournalism, Picture Story, Portrait Personality and Pictorial. Lodder also won an honorable mention for his entry in the Feature Photo category. He received a check for $500 for his efforts.
The Sgt. William T. Perkins Combat Cameraman of the Year Award was won by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone, NCOIC of the 2nd Marine Division, Combat Camera installation.
Retired Col. Mary Reinwald was on hand to announce the 2014/15 Leatherneck Magazine winners. Unfortunately, none of the three winners was able to be on hand.
The final award of the evening was the Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Sr. Memorial Distinguished Service Award presented posthumously to the late Dickey Chapelle for her distinguished war reporting, both in World War II and Vietnam. In the latter conflict she was killed on November 4, during Operation Black Ferret near Chu Lai. On hand to accept the award were here niece and nephew, Betsy and Rob Meyer. Responding was John Garofolo, family friend, who is also author of a soon-to-be-released book, “Dickey Chapelle Under Fire.”
Emcee Oliver then asked Marine veterans of all conflicts from World War II to current day to stand and be recognized.
Chaplain Mawk Arnold, traditionally clad as always in his dress blue uniform, closed the evening’s festivities with the benediction. It should also be noted that during our banquet we had a small family reunion, as our guest of honor and Mawk shared a few family memories. Unbeknownst to Mawk our guest of honor turned out to be one of his cousins!
Joe Galloway at Thursday’s Syonora Breakfast. Photo By Mike Minardi.
At Thursday’s Syonora Breakfast, HLM Joe Galloway regaled the audience with remembrances of his lengthy career as a war correspondent, including the battle of the Ie Drang Valley in Vietnam, from which his book, “We Were Soldiers Once, And Young” and the movie, “We Were Soldiers” was produced. It was at that battle that Joe became the only member of the civilian media ever to be awarded the Bronze Star Medal, with Combat “V.”
Photos of the entire conference, as they are received from the various photographers attending, are posted here on the website and a selection will appear in the upcoming 4th Quarter “Now Hear This” newsletter.
Minutes of the Old, Foundation and New Board Meetings will be carried on the website and an executive condensed version will be in the newsletter as well.
Defense Media Activity (Production), is looking for a Supervisory Audiovisual Production Specialist, GS-1071-13 . The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1494427-B) opens on Thursday, September 10, 2015 and closes on Sunday, September 27, 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/415485800.
Defense Media Activity (AFRTS) is looking for a Traffic & Continuity Specialist, GS-1001-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1491583-B) opens on Friday, August, 28, 2015, and closes on Sunday September 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/414359400.
Defense Media Activity (Headquarters), is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1488531-B) opens on Monday, August 31, 2015, and closes on Monday, September 14, 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/414540300.
Defense Media Activity (AFRTS), is looking for an Electronics Technician, GS-0856-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1494382-B) opens on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, and closes on Sunday, September 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/414770600.
Defense Media Activity (DINFOS), is looking for a Training Instructor, GS-1712-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1487032-B) opens on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 and closes on Tuesday, September 15, 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/414661900.
Hey CCs and ComCam Marines: The indications we got at our annual conference lead us to believe that you like the new logo shirts and the caps designed specifically for CCs and ComCam folks. Here’s a chanced to purchase them at a sale price. Go for it by clicking on USMCCCA Gear on the right sidebar of this page.
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Defense Media Activity (DVI/DIMOC), is looking for a Supervisory Audiovisual Records Manager, GS-1001-14. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1481034-B) opens on Monday, August 17, 2015, and closes on Sunday, September 6, 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/413207600.
Defense Media Activity (Production/DoD News), is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1481037-B) opens on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, and closes on Monday, August 31, 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/413290900.
Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the Conference this year and photograph/document the events. If you are attending, please take copious candids of all events, hospitality suite, etc. Need photos for website and high res images suitable for a multi-page photo story in the Annual Journal. Caption info will get you a special place in the HUMVEE of after life.
I have set up a dropbox email to send photos from your mobile devices. If you have a lot of images, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on transferring these via FTP.
(last updated 8/13/2015)
Sunday – August 16
Early bird arrival – No scheduled activities
Monday – August 17
0800: Work morning, assemblage of welcome bags – Gaston Room
1000: Registration begins – Gaston Room
1400: Old Board Meeting, USMCCCA – Executive Conference Room
1600: Board Meeting, USMCCCA Foundation – Executive Conference Room
1800-2000: Welcome Reception- Library/Morgan/Veranda Rooms
2000-2400: Hospitality Suite Operational – Executive Conference Room
Tuesday – August 18
0800: Assembly for the Camp Lejeune bus – Hotel Lobby
0830: Bus ride to Camp Lejeune
1000: Operational briefing, MEU; Amphib Demonstration
1130: Adopt a Marine for Lunch: Note, this function takes place at the Officers Club. The buffet will cost approximately $11 each.
1300: Visit Beirut Memorial, return to hotel
1900-2400: Hospitality Suite Operational – Executive Conference Room
Wednesday – August 19
0830: Official Welcome: USMCCCA President Manny Pacheco; History update & Plans for 2016: Dave Biesel, St. Johann Press & Executive Director Jack Paxton
1000: State of the Marine Corps: Col. Sean Gibson, Director, Office of Marine Corps Communication; Maj. Sean Hays, Combat Camera
1130-1300: Lunch on your own
1300: Annual Business Meeting – Bradham Room
1430: Afternoon open
1800: – Reception – Grand Ballroom
1845: Distinguished Performance Awards Banquet, Keith Oliver, Emcee
2200: (or immediately following banquet) Hospitality Suite Open
Thursday – August 20
0800: Sayanora Breakfast – Lawson Room
0830: Mr. Joe Galloway, War Correspondent & author: We Were Soldiers…Once, And Young
0915: New Board Meeting
1000: Conference Adjourns
If you are attending the USMCCCA VIEC/DPA Awards Banquet in New Bern August 19, you need to do the following:
1) If you are an award winner your dinner is free. If you are accepting for a winner, the cost is $25. You must notify Executive Director Jack Paxton (email@example.com) if you are attending by NLT Wednesday, August 12. When paying, use the website: www.usmccca.org. You do not have to have a PayPal account. Use the Pay by Credit Card drop down box. If you do not use the website for payment, call Jack at 352 748-4698 by August 12. If using a government card, please assure it is “turned on.”
2) If you are not an award winner but want to attend the banquet, the dinner fee is $40 for non-military and $25 for military in uniform. Again, notification must be made and the dinner payment made by Wednesday, August 12.
3) Award winners or those accepting awards are asked to be at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in New Bern by NLT 5 p.m. Wednesday August 19.
4) Banquet Attire: Civilians: Coat, tie for men; appropriate cocktail attire for women. Military: Service ALPHA.
Mike Pitts, left, Dale Dye and Don Gee share a laugh at the hospitality suite during the 2010 annual conference in Reno. Mike passed away in his sleep on Tuesday.
There will be a wake for Michael Pitts Sunday from 1800-2000, Aug. 2, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Services in Fredericksburg, Virg.
Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service
1621 Jefferson Davis Hwy,
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The funeral service will be Monday 11 a.m., Aug. 3 at St. Patrick Catholic Church (in the Lake of the Woods area).
St. Patrick Catholic Church
9149 Elys Ford Road,
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Burial will be at 1 pm at the Quantico National Cemetery.
Quantico National Cemetery
18424 Joplin Rd.
Triangle, VA 22172
Here is a link to write in the Guest Book
From Fred Pitts:
It is with a heavy heart that I tell my friends that my twin brother, Mike, passed away in his sleep Tuesday at his home in Virginia. Mike was a retired Marine who served his country honorably for twenty years, and during that time he did two tours in Viet Nam, where he was awarded a Purple Heart, and received a battlefield commission to Captain. He had been ill for the past week but doctors were unsure of the cause. Mike joins his wife Sarah in heaven.