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Henry on the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War

Chas Henry interviews Retired General, and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

Chas Henry interviews retired General, and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

CC Chas Henry has produced a series of brief radio reports for the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War.  A Desert Storm veteran himself, he is now a news anchor and national security correspondent. Take a listen:

Gulf War 25th Anniversary Features from Westwood One News
Reported by National Security Correspondent Chas Henry
Overview
Are Gulf War Lessons Applicable Today?
One Marine’s Personal Recollections
Gulf War Media Coverage
Gulf War Illness
(Chas Henry is a news anchor with Westwood One News, a radio network heard on stations across the United States.  He also serves as the network’s security affairs correspondent.)
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USMCCCA Journal in the mail

2015 Annual Journal is on its way!

2015 Annual Journal is on its way!

Our final accounting of an eventful year (2015) can be found in the USMCCCA Annual Journal that went in the mail to all member this afternoon.  This year’s cover by award-winning Sgt. Reese Lodder, depicts a poolee performing an initial strength test BEFORE heading off to recruit training.  This year’s edition contains more story content than ever before.

Amy Forsythe remembers Maj. Megan McClung our first female Marine officer to be killed in combat.  “Be Brief, Be Bold.  Be Gone” is a tribute to this media relations officer who was killed in Iraq Dec. 6, 2006.

Dale Dye recounts what it was like to become a young “snuffie” under then-Captain Mawk Arnold in Vietnam in 1966.  His “A Jangled Head-trip Down Memory Lane” is a sometimes hilarious accounting of growing up as a CC in harm’s way.

LaDonna Aiken recounts the growth of Far East Network, Okinawa.  This oldest station was the first Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) station established in Japanese-held territory.  How it grew, sometimes in spite of itself, is a great read!

These stories as well as our annual tribute to our active duty warriors who competed in the 2014-15 USMCCCA DPA and VIEC competition make this issue a must read.

Non-members who might want a copy can get one easily – JOIN US!  Or, send the Executive Director (or do it via PayPal on our website) a check for $12.50 and he’ll put one in the mail.

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New President of Valley Forge Military Academy & College

Col. John

Col. John “Doc” Church

Congrats to Col. John “Doc” Church, newly named President of Valley Forge Military Academy & College. Press follows:

WAYNE, PA – The Board of Trustees of Valley Forge Military Academy & College has unanimously approved the appointment of Colonel John C. Church, Jr., USMCR, as President. Colonel Church will take office at the end of this academic year, succeeding current President Dr. Stacey R. Sauchuk. Colonel Church is a combat decorated US Marine Corps Reservist, educator, leader, mentor, role model, and author.
William R. Floyd, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, was pleased to make the announcement stating that “Colonel Church possesses a unique combination of military leadership experience and an academic background. His prior experience at Valley Forge, serving as a Professor of Leadership and later as Dean of the College, make him uniquely qualified to lead Valley Forge into the future. The entire Valley Forge community welcomes Colonel Church back and looks forward to his inspirational leadership.”
“It is a great honor and humbling privilege to be given the opportunity to lead such a storied institution as Valley Forge. I am grateful for the appointment. However, I am also thankful for the manner in which the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Immaculata community embraced our family during my tenure here. Our family will truly miss all the Mighty Macs, but Mary Kay and I are truly thrilled to return to the VF family,” said Colonel Church. Colonel Church is an active Marine Corps Reservist, currently commanding the 3D Civil Affairs Group in Great Lakes, IL, and intends to conclude his career at the end of his command tour.

As a combat engineer officer, Colonel Church commanded Company C, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion in Lynchburg, Virginia, from where he led a deployment to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. With 4th Civil Affairs Group, Colonel Church served in Kosovo, completed two tours of duty in Iraq, served in Afghanistan, and taught Civil Affairs to soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia.

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Tuthill promoted to Gunny

GySgt. Brian Tuthill

GySgt. Brian Tuthill

Elsewhere on today’s pages we saw with great pleasure Brian Tuthill promoted to gunnery sergeant while going to college under a Corps’ program that will ultimately see him graduated a second lieutenant.

We met this young Marine when he was a corporal at a USMCCCA Conference a number of years back. Having seen a M.A.S.H. TV show where Tuthill was a figment of Hawkeye’s imagination and inserted to drive everyone nuts, when we met Brian the name immediately jogged our MASH memory and we started kidding him about it even then. We also managed to follow his career; met him again during a Hawaii trip, then more often when he was stationed at DINFOS. He often turns up at our yearly conferences and remains a strong member even today. Obviously, the Marine Corps still recognizes talent and we wish this young Marine all the best. He is, and will continue to be a fine leader of Marines.

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DMA Warrior of the Quarter: Cpl. Cory C. Schubert

Cpl. Cory C. Schubert

Cpl. Cory C. Schubert

Congratulations to Cpl. Cory C. Schubert for earning Defense Media Activity’s Warrior of the Quarter. He is now stationed at AFN Iwakuni where according to Schubert, “I do a variety of different tasks. I cover the daily production mission along with producing 2 video spots a week and COM CALS. I also fill in as need be for the Radio and shoot News stories to help the News teams accomplish the mission. I have previously sat in for the Radio Department NCOIC and from November to December 31st as the acting Production Department NCOIC.”

Corporal Cory Schubert, a La Crosse, WI native, enlisted in the Marine Corps, April 2013. He attended Recruit Training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA, on April 22, 2013. After Recruit Training he attended the Basic Public Affairs Specialist course at the Defense Information School, Fort Meade, MD. He then went to the Basic Combat Correspondent course at the Defense Information School, Fort Meade, MD.

Upon graduation, he reported to Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan to work at the American Forces Network, Defense Media Activity, Iwakuni, Japan, where he currently works in the production department. He returned to Fort Meade, MD May 29th 2015 for the Intermediate Public Affairs Specialist Course.

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Only a  Marine (Don Knight) would raise the flag in the wake of the Blizzard of 2016. A seven foot pile of the white stuff in Kensington MD was scaled to get the banner in place  {Photo by Phyllis Knight)

Only a Marine (Don Knight) would raise the flag in the wake of the Blizzard of 2016. A seven foot pile of the white stuff in Kensington MD was scaled to get the banner in place {Photo by Phyllis Knight)

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Younghaus: Passed after a lengthy illness

Bill Hauptfleisch, left, with Paul Younghaus at a past CC conference.

Bill Hauptfleisch, left, with Paul Younghaus at a past CC conference.

CC Paul Younghaus passed away on January 6, 2016, after a lengthy illness. His wife April posted on Facebook:

Visitation will be held Jan. 10 from  3-5 pm at:
Dunbar Funeral Home
7600 Woodrow Street, Irmo, SC 29063

Memorial Service will be held Jan. 11 at 12:00pm at:
St. Andrews Evangelical Church
2609 Seminole Road, Columbia, SC 29210
followed by a burial service at 2:00pm Ft. Jackson National Cemetery 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC 29229

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Help us update our history

The History of Marine Corps Combat Correspondents & Combat Camera Marines
(A Concept)

In the mid-1980s, veteran CC Gary Cameron was commissioned by the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association (USMCCCA) to develop a history of the CCs, broadcasters and photographers from the beginnings in 1941 through the terrorist attack on the Marine Barracks in Beirut.  His book was entitled “Last to Know, First to Go.”

Many felt there were quite a few things wrong with the book – including its title.  Most felt, because of our positions, we knew what was happening and were ready to go.  Others criticized the book because, while it included many names of CCs, there were omissions.  Yet, the book was a history, albeit with shortcomings.

Now with many more combat engagements covered, it is time for an update to this unofficial history.  Through the generosity of CC Life Member Dave Biesel and his wife, Diane, owners and publishers of St. Johann Press, we are attempting to rectify those things that many of us said were wrong with LTK, FTG.  And, like Gary Cameron’s version, we know that this first revision stage will probably please some and displease others.

Keep in mind: This will be the first revision.  Our plan is to produce this “teaser” in time for distribution at the 2016 Training Symposium (conference) at Fredericksburg, VA, our 75th anniversary.  In it we hope you will give us constructive criticism for omissions.  This is good as it will enable us to remedy the history for the second and hopefully, final stage of the publication.  We estimate this will take two years from start to finish.

One person cannot produce this book.  Instead, we will be asking individuals who played significant roles in each of our major conflicts to be section editors.  Obviously, we have copy and photos for both World War II and Korea even though most of our comrades from that era have passed.  Editors will be needed for the following Sections:  Pre-Vietnam to include the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Dominican Republic;   Beirut, including Grenada and Panama; Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Somalia and Bosnia and Afghanistan and Iraq.

We will have equipment sections to show how equipment needs were met and how we moved from Hermes portable typewriters and Combat Graphic cameras to DVIDS and the use of satellite communication.

We’re excited about the possibilities but we need your help. We need photos.  While we feel Vietnam has been heavily covered and photos are available, you might have one or two that could fill a gap.  We especially need photos from Beirut, Somalia and the desert wars, including Afghanistan.

If you have such photos and, more importantly, if you want to be included as a section editor, we need to hear from you soonest.  Reply to usmccca@cfl.rr.com.

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DMA seeks Public Affairs Specialist

Defense Media Activity (Headquarters), is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-13. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-16-1574033-B), opens on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, and closes on Sunday, January 3, 2016. 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/424177800.

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Patrick T. Brent, Marine veteran, journalist, businessman and historian, addresses an audience of Marines in the auditorium of Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans, Nov. 12, 2015. Brent spoke to the Marines of Marine Forces Reserve about Marine Corps history and traditions and the impact those elements have on the Marine Corps today. Brent was also the guest of honor at the Marine Forces Reserve cake-cutting ceremony in honor of the Marine Corps’ 240th birthday, Nov. 10, 2015. Photo by Cpl. Tiffany Edwards.

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Pafford to speak at library

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Combat photographer David Pafford will be speaking at the Thompson Falls Public Library, Thompson Falls, Montana Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

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Springer: Former Executive Director passes

Top (left to right): Bob Morrisey, Jack Paxton, John Funk, Don Gee. Bottom: Jim Dibernardo, Bob Springer, Chuck Tyler and Frederico Claveria at Bob Morrisey’s home in September 1990.

Robert R. Springer, MSgt USMC (Ret.)

MSgt. Bob Springer, 84, suffered a heart attack and died in San Diego, CA on October 9.  Services will be held at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on November 12.  The information was passed to CCHQ by Bob’s oldest daughter, Rusty Rodriguez who indicated that Bob had been in apparently good health. As Rusty said “he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and we all miss him terribly.”

Bob was the second executive director serving this Association.  He served as secretary/treasurer under Bob Morrisey, our original exec.

His full obituary is below:
Click here to read more ›

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