Participants of the Wounded Warrior Battalion West and the Wounded Warrior Veterans line up and give each other high fives at the end of the sitting volleyball game of the 2013 Marine Corps Trials held in Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 1, 2013. The Trials are hosted by the Wounded Warrior Regiment, the Marine Corps command that provides non-medical care to wounded, ill, injured Marines and their families. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Sonia N. Rodriguez)
After a slow start with many uncertainties brought on by the current budget situation, the 2013 Annual Conference is on track for July 22-25 at Joint Base Andrews (aka Andrews AFB), according to Conference Chair Manny Pacheco.
Working jointly with Fred “Flash” Lash, Program Chair and USMCCCA President Bill Hauptfleisch, a full range of activities will be available to those members, guests and active duty Marines attending.
Monday will be the scheduled arrival day with a Welcome Barbecue planned for all that evening at an area immediately behind the Presidential Inn, where all guests will be staying. This event will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. There is a gazebo in the area with seating and, if the outside temperature gets too hot, guests may move indoors. This is a free event courtesy of two members and the Heineken Corporation.
On Tuesday, those guests interested in visiting the new Defense Media Activity (DMA) will be bused the short distance to Fort Meade where they will receive a briefing, a tour of the new facilities and engagement with Marines. A dutch-treat luncheon will follow at Club Meade. Following lunch visitors will walk across the street to the Defense Information School (DINFOS) for a briefing and tour.
At 3 p.m. the group will return to Andrews. An early dinner will be on “your own” either at the Andrews Club or, at the base dining hall which will be open to all who are staying at the Presidential Inn. Guests of the Inn will have to show room keys in order to utilize the dining hall.
At 6 p.m. guests will depart for the Iwo Jima (Marine Corps War Memorial) in Arlington for the ceremony which will begin at 7 p.m. Manny and his group are still trying to work out transportation details to this event but are confident transportation will be made available.
On Wednesday Program Chair “Flash” Lash has scheduled a media panel for an hour to be announced; most probably late morning. Panelists will be from the Washington-area media and a firm announcement of time and panelists names will be announced shortly.
For those members of the Association and Foundation Board of Directors attending, there will be an Old Board meeting of the Association as well as a Foundation Board meeting with schedule to be announced that day.
On Wednesday evening our traditional Merit Awards Banquet will begin with a pre-banquet reception at 6 p.m., followed by the banquet beginning promptly at 7 p.m. As Marines attending will be in Service “Alpha” (greens) members and guests attending should be in appropriate business attire. The evening’s program will follow our traditional practice of honoring those Merit Award winners able to attend. For those unable to attend, DMA is working on an appropriate media event to give them recognition.
On Thursday morning we will have our traditional Business Breakfast meeting that will include election of officers and directors. Adjournment will follow at approximately 10 a.m.
For those who have inquired about arriving at Andrews early and or staying over on Friday evening, we are working with HQMC to make that happen.
Conference Registration will end at 4 p.m. Monday, July 15.
Filmmaker Chris McIntrye at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington, D.C. CC Ray Elliott is helping to find funding for the documentary “Angels at War.”
I met Marine Corps Vietnam veteran (1967-71) and filmmaker Chris McIntrye at the Washington, DC, Memorial Day Parade where my daughters participated in the parade with the Spirit of ’45 and a wreath was laid at the Marine Corps War Memorial just outside of Arlington National Cemetery. His most recent film is “21 and a Wakeup” that “is based on a dozen true stories, most surrounding the final days of the 24th Evacuation Hospital, the last major Army hospital in the south to close as America abandoned Southeast Asia.”
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Is a 1-day course coming near you?
Remember former Merit Award winner and CC Rod Deutschmann and his wife Robin? He gave a terrific talk on using your digital SLR in manual mode to make compelling photos at the San Diego conference last year. He and Robin will be travelling the country to hold symposiums and some may be near to you.
The long-awaited kidney transplant surgery for Foundation President Don O’Neal went off like clockwork on Thursday, June 13 in San Antonio, TX and he and his donor daughter are doing very well.
CCHQ had an early morning call Friday from Don’s wife, Yvette, reporting that all went well and that he was currently in intensive care. Then, at 3:30 the same day, Executive Director Jack Paxton received a call from Don himself. “I feel better this moment than I have for the past few months. To say it was a relief would be understating it.”
Don indicated that, as long as everything went well, he expected to be home this coming Wednesday. He is able to take calls and the direct phone to his room is 210.575.2207.
Anne Arundel County Government, located on the scenic Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland is searching for a highly qualified, experienced Public Information Officer.
The Public Information Officer maintains positive relations between Anne Arundel County and the public while providing the media and public with accurate and timely information relating to public interest. The Public Information Officer is responsible for media relations, writing and editing press releases and speeches, creating ceremonial documents and correspondence, and special events. This position is within the County Executive’s Office and reports directly to the County Executive.
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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Brandon Malone and Lance Corporal Richard Richter both with the Wounded Warrior Battalion West motivate each other with a high five during the swimming competition for the 2013 Marine Corps Trials, Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 1, 2013. The Trials are hosted by the Wounded Warrior Regiment, the Marine Corps command that provides non-medical care to wounded, ill, injured Marines and their families. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Sonia N. Rodriguez)
The 9th Annual USMCCCA Foundation (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament Friday, June 7.
Tropical Storm Andrea tried its best but failed to stop play in the 9th Annual USMCCCA Foundation (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament Friday, June 7.
The wide-ranging storm dropped between two and four inches of rain on the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club on Thursday filling sand bunkers and prohibiting golf carts from anywhere but cart paths on the Central Florida gem.
Tournament Chair “Red” Carpenter gave high praise to the Ridgewood staff for getting the course into playable condition. “We only were delayed an hour before play began, thanks to the efforts of the workers. Sand bunkers were filled with water and workers were raking even as we played. They did a great job!”
Carpenter thanked all players for putting up with the very wet conditions that, on some courses, would have meant cancellation of the tournament. “The losers would have been the Marines and families served by the Injured Marines Semper Fi organization of Oceanside, CA. As it is, we still netted $7,000 and will be able to make a substantial contribution again this year.
The rain did diminish the playing field and, with the cart path-only rule, golfers hitting errant shots did quite a bit of walking. In all, 70 players participated in the scramble format.
The Marine Corps Color Guard from Orlando’s 4th Motor Transport Bn., were featured during the pre-golf ceremonies, presenting the Colors for the playing of the National Anthem and the Marines Hymn. Their participation did not end there as they also participated in the tournament, winning first place honors. The team was comprised of Gregg Smith, Michael Brandt and Robert Smith.
Winning second place were Joel Carter, Dave Jacques and Michele Vinieratos. In the over 60 Division, Jim Paxton, Bobby Jones, Dusty Rhodes and Dave Blanchard, all from The Groves community, took home trophies. This was the second win for a Paxton team in this tournament.
From Red Carpenter: As you can imagine we had a reduced field due to the threatening skies and potential rain but we played and everything worked out. We raised a little over $7000.00 thanks to the very generous donations of friends, members and committee. Kevin Doll did a great job of running things at the tournament, as did Gregg Gagliardi who handled the auction. Jack Paxton, with his contacts at Heineken, provided the beer and Jack’s wife Pat and Ann Carpenter provided much support putting the goodie bags together and preparing Super and auction tickets. As always we would not even be able to put on a tournament without the prizes and auction items we get from Gene Smith, Director of the Champions Tour.
For further information: James E. “Red” Carpenter, 352.688.6720 or email: JCar1@tampabay.rr.com
CLASSIFICATION: Executive Director
DEPARTMENT: NSF Executive
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: The NSF Executive Director reports directly to the President and Board of Trustees.
EMPLOYEE STATUS: FLSA Exempt
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Serves as the chief administrative official for the National Service Foundation. Supervises and coordinates the goals, tasks and activities of the Foundation staff function to best support current and evolving work demands. Oversees thrift store operation.
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Responsible for all activities.
Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the Foundation staff’s administration function and performance.
Develops the organization’s plans and programs as a tactical partner in evaluating and advising on the impact of long range planning and changes in work requirement for the staff. Accomplished in coordination with the Human Resources Director and the Finance Director.
Enhances and/or develops, implements and enforces policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the Foundation.
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A. J. “Tony” Scaran
Life Member A. J. “Tony” Scaran, 82, died April 8 at his home in Orange, CA of complications attributed to Agent Orange. A long-time supporter of this Association, his A. J.’s Publishing Company ad was a mainstay in our annual Conference Journal.
He enlisted in 1951 and through the next 11 years served on recruiting duty; graduated from the old JO course at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, from the Still Photo Course at Ft. Monmouth and the Marine Corps Basic Officers Extension Course.
Attaining the rank of Gunnery Sergeant he was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1962. His first tour of duty in 1965 was with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Vietnam. In 1969 he returned to Vietnam as a member of the Military Assistance Command in Saigon. He retired from the Marine Corps as a Major in August of 1973. He is survived by his wife, Mary, sons Carey, Anthony Jr. and Mary Theresa.
Trudy Ehlbeck at a conference in 2011
Trudy Ehlbeck, 75, of Port Orange, Florida passed away on May 23, 2013 after a battle with leukemia. Trudy was also a breast cancer survivor. She was a special wife, mother, homemaker, grandmother and great grandmother and will be missed. Trudy met her husband, Hank while working at Life Magazine and they had been married since 1959. When she wasn’t running a family, Trudy was an avid gardener, having won awards at local garden shows.
Trudy is survived by her loving husband, Hank of 53 years, their three sons Christopher (Donna), Robert (Maureen) and Andrew, her five grandchildren, Nicholas, Olivia, Marybeth, Charlie and Jessica Payne (Keith Payne) and her two great grandchildren Jesse-Lee Payne and Jorja-Lyn Payne.
Services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, 5 May, 2013 at the
Church of the Epiphany
201 Lafayette St
Port Orange, FL 32127
Trudy requested that people donate blood necessary for emergencies and transfusions.
Bill Lansford was a successful writer and a major force behind efforts to construct a monument for Latino recipients of the Medal of Honor. (Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times / September 13, 2007)
Bill Lansford, 90, a Latino Marine and Army veteran who sought to bring honor to the contributions of other Latinos who served in the nation’s wars, died May 22 at his Playa del Rey home. The cause was complications of prostate cancer, his wife Ruth said. For a full story see the Los Angeles Times.