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Jack Paxton
Executive Director, USMCCCA
110 Fox Court,
Wildwood, FL 34785
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Boosters


Platinum
$5,000 up

Gold
$1,000-$4,999
Keith Oliver
Col. Sally Pritchett
Ralph Austin

Silver
$100--$999
Don Coleman
George Chrisman
Dan Carpenter
Dale Baird
Tom Kerr
Bob McEwen
Mike Arnold
Walt Ford

Bronze
$50-$99
Joe Skymba
John Ames
Mike Minardi


Dedicated Members

The 2016-17 Dedicated Member Campaign has begun. This year you can designate where your contribution goes. Your name and dedication will also appear in the Annual Conference Journal at the end of the year:

Bill Hauptfleisch
Dale Baird
Don Parzanese
Sally Pritchett
IMO Don O’Neal
Bill Hauptfleisch
IMO Don O’Neal
Kate Stark
IMO Don O’Neal
Gene Smith
IMO Don O’Neal
& USMCCCA Scholarship Fund
Bob Bowen
IMO Tom Bartlett
Dan Bisher
IMO Lester Wesighan
Mike Arnold
IMO Lester Wesighan
Fran Slimmer
Dianna Ball
Jenny Holbert
Don Gee
Malcom Barr
Margaret Diefenbach
Tom Kerr
Joe Galloway
Kevin Doll
Steve Illes
IMO GySgt. Steve Illes IV USMC
Keith Oliver
Jack Paxton
Emil Dansker
IMO Col. Herb Hart
John Dodd
Virginia Bueno
Walt Ford
IMO Don O’Neal
Bob Long

Choose Option
Dedication

AMVET Magazine hiring

John Hoellwarth, National Director of Communications at AMVETS National Headquarters writes: I’m looking for a CC who just got out to run my magazine and social media at AMVETS in the D.C. area. 45-50K. If you know anyone, send them my way, please. Contact him here.

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DMA Job opportunities

Defense Media Activity (PRODUCTION) is looking for a Writer/Editor, (GS-1082-12). The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-16-1749174-B) will open 7/21/16 – 8/3/16.  You can view the announcement by clicking the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/445216900

Defense Media Activity (DINFOS) is looking for a Training Administrator, GS-1712-13. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-16-1755729-B) opens on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, and closes on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates. For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/445199400.

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For All DPA/VIEC Competition Winners

The USMCCCA annually gives a cash stipend, handsome plaque, certificate and a year’s free membership to the first place winners in our annual competition.  Second and honorable mention receive certificates and a year’s free membership as well.

The icing on the cake is when you show up at our annual Conference and Training Symposium Awards Banquet to collect your award – your meal is free as well!

We know your budget’s are tight but, if you can make it to Fredericksburg, VA on Thursday night, August 25 we’ll make it worth your while.  By the way, wear Blue “Alphas.”  We’d like to see you.

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Congrats to Shea on winning Emmy

James “Jimmy” Shea

Former Merit award winner James Shea, who is now Defense Media Activity Air Force Production Directorate, has earned an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter for SPORTS-NEWS FEATURE for his story about a World Class Cyclist for Airman Magazine.

Here is the award winning video:
https://youtu.be/zUEojyBN3Ig

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Congrats to this years’ VIEC and DPA winners

Here are the winners of the 2015-16 Marine Corps Visual Information and Excellence in Communication (VIEC) awards. The following Marines and commands were selected to receive VIEC awards for professional excellence in communication and will be recognized at the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association’s 75th Anniversary Conference & Training Symposium. It will be held at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House, Fredericksburg, Va.,  Aug. 22-26, 2016. The Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, August 25, 2016. First place winners will receive a plaque and monetary award. Other place winners will receive a certificate.

Marine Corps VIEC winners are:
Print Journalism Recipients
Category A: Civilian Enterprise News Publication
1st: Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune

Category B: Funded News Publication
No entries received

Category C: Digital Publication
No entries received

Category D: Outstanding Flagship Product
1st: Defense Media Activity (DMA) Marines

Category E: Outstanding Flagship Website
1st: DMA Marines

Category F: Website/Blog
1st: III Marine Expeditionary Force
2nd: II Marine Expeditionary Force
Honorable Mention (HM): U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific

Category G: Outstanding Digital Presence
1st: U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific

Category H: Outstanding Communication Campaign
No entries received

Category I: News Article
1st: Sgt Mary M. Carmona, MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune
2nd: Sgt Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity
HM: Lance Cpl Aaron Henson, Marine Forces Reserve

Category J: Feature Article
1st: Sgt Terence Brady, Defense Media Activity
2nd: Lance Cpl. David Staten, Defense Media Activity
HM: Cpl Ian Ferro, Marine Forces Reserve

Category K: Commentary
1st: Lance Cpl Jonathan Smith, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific
2nd: Cpl Jennifer Rocha, AFN Iwakuni
HM: Cpl Laiqa Hitt, AFN Iwakuni

Category L: Photojournalism
1st: Cpl Joshua Brown, 26th MEU
2nd: Cpl Tiffany Edwards, Marine Forces Reserve
HM:  Cpl Carlos Cruz, MCAS Iwakuni

Category M: News Photo
1st: Cpl David Staten, Defense Media Activity
2nd: Cpl Neysa Huertas, MCAS Cherry Point
HM: Sgt. Reece Lodder, RS Seattle

Category N: Feature Photo
1st: Sgt Reece Lodder, RS Seattle
2nd: Cpl. Neysa Huertas, MCAS Cherry Point
HM: Staff Sgt Bobby J. Yarbrough, 26th MEU

Category O: Outstanding New Journalist
No entries received
Broadcast Recipients
Category A: Audio Entertainment Program
1st: Sgt Jonathon House, AFN Iwakuni
2nd: Cpl Jonathon Smith, AFN Iwakuni
3rd: Cpl Cory Schubert, AFN Iwakuni

Category B: Audio Spot Production
1st: Cpl Jonathon Smith, AFN Iwakuni
2nd: LCpl Jack Gnosca, AFN Okinawa
3rd: Cpl Justin Glandon-Hall, AFN Iwakuni

Category C: Audio News Report
1st: Cpl Laiqa Hitt, AFN Iwakuni
2nd: Cpl David Bickel, AFN Iwakuni
3rd: Cpl Justin Glandon-Hall, AFN Iwakuni

Category D: Audio Feature Report
1st: Cpl Cheyenne Newman, AFN Iwakuni
HM: Cpl Jonathon Smith, AFN Iwakuni
Category E: Audio Series
HM: Cpl Jennifer Rocha, AFN Iwakuni

Category F: Audio Newscast
No Entries Received

Category G: Audio Information Program
No entries received

Category H: Video Information Program
No Award Given

Category I: Video Spot Production
1st: Cpl Anthony Mesa, AFN Iwakuni
2nd: SSgt Jason W. Fudge, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific
HM: Sgt. Larry Babilya, OUSMCC

Category J: Video News Report
1st: Sgt Kirstin Merrimarahajara, II MEF
2nd: LCpl Erick Galera, II MEF
3rd: Cpl David Bickel, AFN Iwakuni

Category K: Video Feature Report
1st: Sgt Allison Beiswanger, 4th LAR BN
2nd: Sgt James Tyler Marchetti, 1st MCD
3rd: Cpl Remington Hall, OUSMCC

Category L: Video Series
1st: Cpl Abbey Perria, III MEF
HM: Cpl Cheyenne Newman, AFN Iwakuni

Category M: Local Video Newscast
No Entries Received

Category N: Outstanding Flagship Video Program
1st: Corps Report, OUSMCC

Category O: Outstanding New Broadcaster
1st: Cpl Melodie Barnhisel, Defense Media Activity
2nd: Cpl Aria Herrera, Defense Media Activity
HM: Cpl Jennifer Rocha, AFN Iwakuni

Category P: Broadcaster of the Year
1st: Sgt Matthew Callahan, 4th LAR BN
2nd: Sgt Jonathon House, AFN Iwakuni

U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association Awards Recipients
Category C: Picture Story
1st: Sgt Reece Lodder, RS Seattle
2nd: Staff Sgt Jeffrey D. Anderson, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific
HM: Cpl Matthew J. Bragg, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific

Category D: Photo Feature
1st: Cpl Joshua Brown, 26th MEU
2nd: Staff Sgt Jeffrey D. Anderson, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific
HM: LCpl Devan Gowans, I MEF

Category E: Portrait/Personality
1st: Staff Sgt Bobby J Yarbrough, 26th MEU
2nd: LCpl Caitlin Bevel, I MEF
HM: Sgt Matthew Callahan, 4th LAR BN

Category F: Illustrative Photography
1st: Cpl Matthew J. Bragg, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific
2nd: Staff Sgt Jeffrey D Anderson, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific
HM: GySgt Robert Brown, 26th MEU

Category G: Pictorial
1st: Lance Cpl Rhita Daniel, Defense Information School
2nd: Sgt. Erik Estrada, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific
HM: Lance Cpl Sean M. Evans, III MEF

Category H: Multimedia Story
1st: Sgt James “Tyler” Marchetti, 1st MCD, RS Albany
2nd: Cpl Jennifer Rocha, AFN Iwakuni
HM: Cpl Lucas Hopkins, II MEF

Category I: Photographer of the Year
1st: Sgt Matthew Callahan, 4th LAR BN
2nd: Sgt Reece Lodder, 12TH MCD, RS Seattle
HM: Staff Sgt Bobby J. Yarbrough, 26th MEU

Category J: Videographer of the Year
1st: SSgt Jason W. Fudge, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific
2nd: Sgt Matthew Callahan, 4TH LAR BN
HM: Sgt Jonathon House, AFN Iwakuni

Congratulations to all award winners for a job well done.

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DMA seeks Audiovisual Production Specialist

Defense Media Activity is looking for an Audiovisual Production Specialist, GS-1071-12 (Production). The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-16-1730383-B) opens on Friday, June 17, 2016 and closes on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates. For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/442251200.

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Info on reunions this summer

The Third Marine Division Association will hold its 62nd Annual Family Reunion at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX, during Aug. 23-28, 2016. Anyone who served in, was attached to or served in direct support of the 3rd Marine Division at any time is invited to attend. Vietnam Veterans are especially invited to attend. Contact: Association Manager Don H. Gee, P. O. Box 254, Chalfont, PA 18914-0254; E-mail: GY GEE@aol.com; Ph: 215-822-9094; website: www.caltrap.com.

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The Marine Corps Mustang Association will holds its 31st Anniversary Reunion at the Astor Crowne Plaza-New Orleans French Quarter Hotel in New Orleans, LA, during Aug. 16-18. Any Marine who was enlisted and became an officer is invited to attend. Contact: LtCol. Richard J. Sullivan, USMC (Ret); Ph: 508-954-2262; email: sul824@verizon.net; www.marinecorpsmustang.org.

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The Chosin Few, Inc., will hold its Bi-Annual Family Reunion at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego, CA, during Aug. 16-21. Anyone who served in or with any Allied service in,above or around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea during any time period in November and/or December 1950, is invited to attend. Contact: Reunion Chairman LtCol. Jean P. White, USMC (Ret); Ph: 760-727-7796; email: chosin-few.I-3-7@usa.net.

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1st Battalion 3rd Marines 1/3 Reunion, ALL ERAs in San Antonio, Texas, August 23-28, 2016. Contact: Don Bumgarner, dbumc13usmc@verizon.net, (562) 897-2437.

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Barwell recognized professionally

John Barwell

USMCCCA Life Member John Barwell has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.  The Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 

The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  Each year, the designation of Rising Star is limited to not more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Arizona and New Mexico who are 40 years of age or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.

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CC Dave Hugel appears in Maryland Public Television Vietnam War documentary

In addition to the interview, Dave Hugel receives a 2016 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Heritage Award. Another CC, the late Jim Kyser also earned the award posthumously.

In addition to the interview, Dave Hugel receives a 2016 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Heritage Award. Another CC, the late Jim Kyser also earned the award posthumously.

Cpl. Dave Hugel with his 4 x 5 Speed Graphic camera, covering Marine Corps helicopter operations in Vietnam’s “I” Corps during 1963.

Cpl. Dave Hugel with his 4 x 5 Speed Graphic camera, covering Marine Corps helicopter operations in Vietnam’s “I” Corps during 1963.

In November 2014, Maryland’s Public Television station (MPT) launched an ambitious project to document the experiences of Marylanders who served during the Vietnam War. In the first phase of the project, MPT identified Maryland Vietnam veterans and conducted listening sessions around the state where executive producer Ken Day heard the stories of more than 300.  From this group, Day selected nearly 100 veterans, representing all branches of the armed forces from the war’s earliest years through its final days, to interview on video tape for the documentary.

CC Life Member Dave Hugel, who lives in Edgewater, Maryland, was selected to talk about his experiences during the war’s early days.  Dave served in Vietnam as a photographer for nine months during 1963- 1964 covering early Marine Corps helicopter operations in support of America’s Vietnamese allies, for which Commandant Wallace M. Greene, Jr. personally recognized his contribution to preserving the history of that period.

The three-hour documentary broadcast on three successive nights, May 24, 25, & 26 on MPT, is expected to be shown on PBS at a later time.

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Two Familiar Faces – USMCCCA Foundation Board Member Walt Ford (l) is shown with Sgt. Reece Lodder after congratulating him on his second straight Heritage Foundation Award, “The Sergeant Major Dan Daly Award (photography)” at the annual dinner, Saturday, April 23 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  Reece, a perennial winner in the USMCCCA/VIEC awards competition was honored this year for the photography collection,

Two Familiar Faces – USMCCCA Foundation Board Member Walt Ford (l) is shown with Sgt. Reece Lodder after congratulating him on his second straight Heritage Foundation Award, “The Sergeant Major Dan Daly Award (photography)” at the annual dinner, Saturday, April 23 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Reece, a perennial winner in the USMCCCA/VIEC awards competition was honored this year for the photography collection, “Boot Camp Prep.” Not shown, but attending, was Foundation Secretary Sally Pritchett.

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USMCCCA Foundation (FL Chapter) Golf A Success

Red Carpenter at the USMCCCA Foundation, Florida Chapter Golf tournament at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brooksville, Fla., April 22, 2016.

Red Carpenter at the USMCCCA Foundation, Florida Chapter Golf tournament at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brooksville, Fla., April 22, 2016.

Neither rain, nor thunder hampered the 12th version of the Foundation’s (Florida Chapter) Annual Golf Tournament held at the Sherman Hills Golf Club near Brooksville, FL held Friday afternoon, April 22.

While other organizations nearby were cancelling tournaments worried about inclement weather, 80 golfers teed off following brief ceremonies at 1 p.m. led by Chapter President and Tournament Chair Red Carpenter. While there were several brief passing showers and a peal of thunder once or twice, everyone finished on schedule at 5:15 p.m. in time to enjoy a meal of hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans and potato salad.

Jack Paxton, executive director at the tournament.

Jack Paxton, executive director at the tournament.

Following the meal an auction was held, led by Chapter Member Kevin Doll. This helped increase the tournament profit to a grand total of $5,063.80. The Chapter will make a recommendation to the Foundation Board of Directors as to the disposition of the money. Past tournament profits have gone to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, CA and to the Foundation Scholarship Fund. It is expected both will receive major portions of this year’s profits.

USMCCCA Board Member Bob Mergle made his first venture into tournament play, traveling from his home in Columbia, SC and bringing several friends. Other Chapter member/players were Betsy Judge, Bob Jordan and National Executive Director Jack Paxton. Providing vocal (and photographic) support were Association VP (and webmaster) Kate Stark, and Chapter VP Hank Ehlbeck.

More photos on next page:

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Fla. Chapter golf tourney a success

First Place winners in the USMCCCA Foundation, Florida Chapter Golf tournament at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brooksville, Fla., April 22, 2016. (left to right) Jeff Faulkner, Shawn Doherty, William Hunt and Josh Waring.

First Place winners in the USMCCCA Foundation, Florida Chapter Golf tournament at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brooksville, Fla., April 22, 2016. (left to right) Jeff Faulkner, Shawn Doherty, William Hunt and Josh Waring.


Second Place winners in the USMCCCA Foundation, Florida Chapter Golf tournament at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brooksville, Fla., April 22, 2016. (left to right) Jack Hostutler, Alan Joiner, Shane Willis and Marc Berry.

Second Place winners in the USMCCCA Foundation, Florida Chapter Golf tournament at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brooksville, Fla., April 22, 2016. (left to right) Jack Hostutler, Alan Joiner, Shane Willis and Marc Berry.


Robert Benn Jr. won the

Robert Benn Jr. won the “Closest to the Hole” putting contest. Four players got a hole-in-one in the first round. In the “Putt-off” Benn won with a distance of 15 3/4 inches.

Team photos and more will be posted tomorrow…

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