Cpl. Matthew Callahan
Cpl. Matthew Callahan currently attending the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course at DINFOS will likely be interviewed Nov. 29 for a segment on the nationally broadcast FOX and Friends morning show. Callahan is a former infantryman/wounded warrior-turned-photojournalist. He uses his Instagram photo blog “bridgingthegap_ ” to show the boots-on-the-ground view of the military. They will likely show some of his photos during the interview.
Defense Media Activity, (Synchronization Center), is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-13. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-991393-MP) opens on Thursday, November 07, 2013, and closes on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. This announcement is open to Status Candidates. For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/355004400
SVA has just announced vacancies for two staff positions: VP of Communications & External Affairs, and Development Associate. Please share the links below with any potential candidates you think may be well suited for these openings.
VP of Communications & External Affairs: http://www.bridgespan.org/Nonprofit_Jobs/Position_Details.aspx?jobId=10072
Development Associate: http://www.bridgespan.org/Nonprofit_Jobs/Position_Details.aspx?jobId=10070
Holiday Inn Oceanside, Camp Pendleton Area
Following lengthy deliberations with the Los Angeles Chapter, your Board of Directors has unanimously voted to hold our 2014 Annual Conference September 8-11 at the Holiday Inn-Marina, Oceanside, Calif.
Conference Chair Bob Long, also President of the LA Chapter, had been working for months with a national committee of President Bill Hauptfleisch, Board Member Manny Pacheco, Foundation Board Member Walt Ford and Jack Paxton the Executive Director on several west coast venues.
Long indicated that many of the venues, including those in Los Angeles, were either simply too expensive or not available on the dates we needed. “In choosing the Holiday Inn-Marina we are very close to the main gate of Camp Pendleton and the rates are very reasonable for that location.
“We have blocked 50 rooms, with more available should we need them, at $90 per night. There are 40 rooms with two queen beds available and 10 rooms with king-sized beds. Should we exceed the original block the remaining rooms will be king-sized,” Long said.
The conference will begin with a Monday evening reception at the hotel. Tuesday will be devoted to “fun” activities currently being developed by Bob’s committee. These could include trips to various local attractions or aboard Camp Pendleton for various demonstrations. There will be a spouse event.
On Wednesday the committee is working on a similar schedule. For members of the Association and Foundation boards there will be meetings sandwiched in. On Wednesday evening we will have our traditional Merit Awards Banquet that will be held aboard Camp Pendleton at venue to be announced. To that end, Manny Pacheco has been working with key public affairs officials at Camp Pendleton and other nearby facilities to assure the maximum possible active duty participation.
Members are encouraged to make their room reservations as early as possible. Once the block is filled availability will depend on what is left. The final date for making reservations is August 29, 20145.
The reservation link is listed below.
CCs can either call the front desk and ask to reserve their rooms under USMCCA Conference or they can book their rooms through this direct booking link: http://bit.ly/hio-ocs
1401 Carmelo Drive
Oceanside , Calif. 92054
(877) 834 3613
Your group code is: UMC
Group Name: 2014 USMCCA Conference
Don Knight gets first piece of cake as the oldest Marine on hand.
Let’s hear a big shout for the members of the Ridgefield CT. Detachment of the Marine Corps League!
They celebrated the 238th birthday of the Corps on Saturday, Nov. 9. The annual Ball adjourned about 2300 ( that’s 11 p.m. civilian time). But the Detachment reconvened at 1800 (that’s 6 p.m.) the next day, Sunday, Nov. 10, the honest-to-goodness birthday of the Corps, this time at the Detachment headquarters, also with an open bar and carving of a birthday cake. That celebration may still be in progress.
Two members of the USMC Combat Correspondents Association (USMCCCA) were in the spotlight at the first party on Saturday.
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Capt. Nick Eisenbeiser received the Public Affairs Leadership Department’s coveted George Meade Award from previous recipient Doug Hall on Nov. 7. Holl told the assembled faculty that his Marine colleague was “wolverine” in his approach to his duties and in his enthusiasm for teaching and public affairs. (Photo by ace Air Force photographer Rick Corral)
Charlie Ross and wife, Elva.
CCHQ was advised November 6 of the death of longtime CC and Florida Chapter member Charles “Charlie” Ross, a resident of Winter Park, FL. Charlie, a retired gunnery sergeant, was in the photographic field his entire career. He served with a motion picture team in Vietnam in 1966-67.
Charlie and his wife, Elva participated in several CC Cruises, arranged by former national Treasurer Tom Kerr. He became well known on these cruises for appearing at formal dinners in traditional Scottish attire. He was very active in Orlando area Scottish events each year. He also was Sergeant at Arms of the Central Florida Chapter of the 1st Marine Division Association. He is survived by Elva and two daughters.
Services have been scheduled Saturday, November 9 at the Collison Funeral Home, 3806 Howell Branch Rd., Winter Park, FL.
If you knew Charlie, please take the time to sign the guestbook (the link below). I’m sure his family would enjoy any stories you may have about Charlie. Semper Fi, Charlie.
Services have been scheduled Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Collison Funeral Home, 3806 Howell Branch Rd., Winter Park, FL.
Sign Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/Batesville/guestbook.aspx?n=charles-ross&pid=167896906
Defense Media Activity, (Production Component), is looking for a DoD Production Director, GS-1001-15. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-988470-B) opens on Monday, November 04, 2013, and closes on Monday, November 18, 2013. This announcement is open to US Citizens and Status Candidates. For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/354665700
Update on Pat Coulter from his wife Jerie (she calls him Graham)
“Dearest Family and Friends,
Graham looks like he is back in boot camp. The “jack of all trades” care nurse gave him a great shave and a real Marine Corps buzz… He had a lot of family around him today, that is the beauty of being back home. [He was transported to Calif.] We take turns reading his daily prayers to him, I know he hears us. Graham has been blessed with the love of so many friends. A few have already stopped by to check on him. There is no guarantee he will recognize you or be awake, but over time this will improve, I have faith. If you wish to visit, I ask that you limit the time to 10 minutes. He tires very easily at this point. Good night for now and God Bless you all.
St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital
Sub-acute unit, Room 115-A
2309 Antonio Ave, Camarillo, CA 93010
At MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, I had just lit the barbecue grill when my phone rang.
“Gunny, meet me at the office” ordered Maj. Bob Morrisey. Ten minutes later he and I were huddling with an op plan calling for the 4th Marines to immediately standby for immediate deployment to Key West, FL for possible involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis. We immediately alerted SSgt. Al Steele, Sgt. Jim DiBernardo and SSgt. Phil Phillips to report by midnight ready to launch with photo teams.
Remember, we were five hours away from East Coast time. As we has spent the previous summer training with elements of the 4th at the Pohakuloa Training Center on the Big Island of Hawaii, we felt confident our Marine teams could handle the assignment.
Let’s remember that in those days, we had great working relationships with Photo. I remember calling my counterpart and reminding him who had worked with whom on Pohakuloa, and we were set. My problem was with Mo. As Information Chief, he felt my job was to be in the office and, while I thought he was sandbagging me, I complied.
As I recall (years later) we positioned our teams on the flight line at midnight then settled in to launch time. The hours ticked by, then stopped. Other Marine elements would take our place. In a debrief, I can well remember Mo, cigar in mouth, saying “well, guys, we were ready.” And we were. Our readiness paid off three years later in Vietnam. — Jack Paxton
LCpl. Ian Busch, MB, Quantico, receives his 2012/13 Merit Award Honorable Mention certificate for Portrait Personality from USMCCCA National President Bill Hauptfleisch during recent ceremonies at Quantico. (Photo by Cpl Michael Guinto).
Jerie Coulter posted this Oct. 16:
“I can’t wait to share the good news. Graham does not need a shunt. His latest scan continues to show his body is able to absorb the fluid in his brain. In my heart and mind I believe this is a miracle. I am so thankful for the power of all your prayers and the love we have felt. We are also grateful for the care he has received from his doctors and staff. Graham still has some challenges, but this is a huge step. Now I feel like we can start making plans to bring him home. God Bless you all.” — Jerie and family
(left-right) Jack Withington, Lieutenant Gen. Jan Huly (USMC Ret), Leonard Cohen, designer of the bronze plaque, Dale Cook, President of the Joe Rosenthal Chapter of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association (USMCCCA), and Tom Graves gather after the plaque dedication ceremony recognizing the achievements of former Associated Press photographer, Joe Rosenthal, held on the 102nd anniversary of his birth, at the Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Va., Oct. 9, 2013. The plaque was presented by the San Francisco Bay Area Joe Rosenthal Chapter of the USMCCCA. Mr. Rosenthal had a long career as a news photographer but his most iconic image was that of the flag raising when the Marines took Iwo Jima during WWII on Feb. 23, 1945, earning him a Pulitzer Prize. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kathy Reesey/Released)
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