Photo MSgt. Kristin duBois, Marine Band Public Affairs.
Story by Don Knight
Nearly seventy years ago World War Two finally came to end. On Sept.2, 1945. The Japanese military delegation came aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo bay and signed the surrender documents.
Bells rang, whistles blew and bars nationwide filled up with celebrants. San Francisco was off limits for the Marines. Troop ships heading east on the Pacific Ocean were re-routed to Seattle and other ports. Ship captains got the word: “There is a big celebration going on, don’t bring any more Marines through the Golden Gate. Go somewhere else.”
And so this year the United States Marine Band, known as “The President’s Own” began another busy season, on tour, to mark the end of America’s four-year conflict. It began with the concert in one of the finest music venues in the country, the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, MD, Monday evening February 23.
The concert also marked another historic event: the raising of the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, where Marines fought one of the costliest battles of the Pacific campaign.
Band Conductor Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig was the first to note that seventy years ago on this date Joe Rosenthal snapped his immortal photograph of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag during the early days of the battle.
On hand was former Marine Jim Lehrer, who was awarded the USMCCCA’S Denig Memorial Distinguished Service Award in 2007. Lehrer, was on-stage as the guest narrator during several band renditions during the concert. He was introduced to the audience as a journalist, author, former anchor of the PBS News Hour, and Presidential Debate Moderator Extraordinaire.
The concert lasted two hours. At the ending the vast confines of the Music Hall echoed with shouts of OORAH!, not all from the many former Marines in the audience.
Sgt. Reece E. Lodder, Marketing and Public Affairs Marine, Recruiting Station Seattle, received the award of fiscal year 2014 MPA of the Year from Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting command, during a ceremony here. Lodder was also awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal for his efforts. MPAs serve as force multipliers to the Marine Corps’ advertising programs within the Recruiting Command, and assist in generating leads for the recruiters. Pictured from left to right are Sgt. Maj. Samuel Heyward Jr., Sergeant Major, MCRC, Sergeant Reece E. Lodder and Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis
Story by Cpl. Francisco Martinez
Marine Corps Recruiting Command
QUANTICO, Va. - The commanding general of Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) honored the fiscal year 2014 Marketing and Public Affairs (MPA) Marine of the Year here, Jan. 29, for consistently going above the call of duty and displaying exceptional work ethic in all of his responsibilities.
Sergeant Reece E. Lodder, MPA of Recruiting Station Seattle, was recognized as the nation’s MPA of the Year and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal.
“I am truly honored to receive the award,” said Lodder. “There was a lot of hard work, time and effort put into it, but it really is a reflection of family, friends, and all the people who have supported me throughout this time.”
While dedication to service and commitment to excellence are ideals all Marines live by, Lodder’s performance over the past year surpassed that of his peers, the 47 other MPAs throughout the nation.
Click here to read more ›
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, New Bern, NC Riverfront
For those of you who have been requesting a return to the East Coast for your annual conference, request no more. Just join us August 16-20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in New Bern, NC.
The spacious riverfront hotel will be the site of most all activities, including the annual Distinguished Performance Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening, August 19.
In making the official announcement President Manny Pacheco stressed that this conference would follow the schedule used at our Oceanside confab last year. “We are hoping to get as many of our officers and directors in Sunday so that we can get board meetings pretty much out of the way on Monday.
“Our Welcome Reception will be held Monday evening. On Tuesday we will lay on a bus for a trip to Camp Lejeune where we will see a demonstration, similar to that at Camp Pendleton last year. We also plan to invite as many active duty CCs and Combat Camera Marines to lunch at one of the dining halls. Time permitting we will bus tour the base.”
Pacheco is working with Marine Corps Communications Division at HQMC to secure a briefing officer for Wednesday to give us an “up close and personal” on the state of the Corps as well as our occupational fields.
On Thursday morning the Annual Business Meeting will follow the breakfast buffet.
“We have set the registration fee at $80 per person for the New Bern event,” Pacheco said. “This will include all three meal events as well as the bus fare to Camp Lejeune.
” As we did last year, active duty Marine winners of this past year’s competition will be our guests at the DPA Banquet. All other Marines attending will be charged $25. As to wearing apparel, members and guests should be in appropriate civilian attire (suits, coat and tie, etc.) Marines attending will be in Service Alpha (greens).
Those attending are requested to bring with them items that can be used in the annual conference auction that traditionally takes place following the DPA Banquet in the hospitality suite.
Due to a corruption of our USMCCCA Mailing List many of you will not have received your 2014 USMCCCA Journals. We finally found and fixed the problem and yours will arrive via first class mail shortly.
The Cpl. William T. Perkins Jr. Award, is presented to Cpl. Katelyn M. Hunter, machine gunner, Weapons Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, 2nd Marine Division (MARDIV) on Jan. 7, 2015 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. She earned this award for her imagery taken throughout the 2014 calendar year, while attached to the Consolidated Combat Camera Facility, Okinawa, Japan. The award commemorates the only combat photographer to have ever been awarded the Medal of Honor, which he received for his heroic efforts during the Vietnam War.
Photos by Lance Cpl. Kelly Timney, 2nd MARDIV Combat Camera
Top left: Cpl. Katelyn M. Hunter, with her Cpl. William T. Perkins Jr. Award.
Top right: Capt. Jason M. Carter, (center) combat camera officer, II Marine Expeditionary Force, presents Cpl. Katelyn M. Hunter, (right) machine gunner, Weapons Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, 2nd Marine Division (MARDIV), with the Cpl. William T. Perkins Jr. Award.
Military Officers Association of America is looking for an for an Associate Editor. Ideal for those who have recently left the service and might be looking for an opportunity in the
Washington region. This would be a good entry-level job for anyone that has the right background and is interested in getting into the print production/publishing
Editor in Chief, Military Officer
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
201 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-2539
Defense Media Activity (AFRTS/RTPO) is looking for Supervisory Audiovisual Production Specialist, GS-1071-14. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1315814-B), opened Friday, January 30, 2015 and closes Monday, February 16, 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/PrintPreview/393156500.
While most first place winners have received the USMCCCA Annual Journal many others have not. To receive one, email your current postal mailing address to Jack Paxton, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 352.748.4698.
ARMY magazine is hiring. We are looking for an experienced and skilled photojournalist to fill a senior writer job on the magazine staff.
This is not an entry-level position. We are looking for someone with a very particular set of skills who can jump in without needing constant adult supervision. Yes, that was stealing a line from Liam Neeson in the movie Taken.
If you know of anyone who might be interested, they can request an application packet by emailing email@example.com. We’ll send a job description, application and specific request to see examples of their work. We have set a deadline of January 23 for applications.
Defense Media Activity (DINFOS) is looking for a Training Instructor, GS-1712-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1298276-B), opens on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 and closes on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). The JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/391603800
Defense Media Activity (DINFOS) is looking for a Training Instructor, GS-1712-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1297937-B), opens on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 and closes on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles).
The JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/391588000.
2014 Annual Journal
Hey, want to see all the excitement from the 2014 USMC Combat Correspondents Association Conference in Oceanside, CA? Well the Annual Journal is finally in the mail.
That’s right, all the Distinguished Performance winners. Some highlighted bios of winners, Sgt Tyler Main, Katelyn Hunter, Codey Underwood and Jennifer Brofer. Plus a few surprises…if you are a paid member of the USMCCCA you will receive yours shortly. If not, you may join here: http://www.usmccca.org/membership-requirements/membership-application.
We’re a social organization that awards scholarships and recognizes outstanding work by our Marines in our occupational fields. In addition, we raise money for charitable organizations. If you are eligible…you should belong.
Defense Media Activity (American Forces Radio & Television Service) is looking for an Illustrator, GS-1020-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1292829-B), opens on Monday, January 05, 2015 and closes on Monday, January 19, 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/390696800.
Dear Friends at the USMCCCA Foundation.
We want to take a moment to let you know how much we appreciate your recent gift ($2,000). The care of our heroes and their families would not be possible without the commitment of partners like you – thank you for making a difference! Your support enables us to remain true to our promise of “always faithful” to those who have given so much for us. There is comfort in knowing someone always has your back and, when our veterans face a crisis, the Semper Fi Fund is there.
As the needs of our veterans and their families continue to grow, we are forever thankful for the trust you place in us.
With warmest thanks, the Semper Fi Fund Team.