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CC Spotlight: Sgt Levi Shultz

Sgt. Levi Shultz, presently pulling duty at Recruiting Station Des Moines, Iowa, made the Marine Corps Association 2018 calendar with his photo of cold weather training.

Sgt. Levi Shultz, presently pulling duty at Recruiting Station Des Moines, Iowa, made the Marine Corps Association 2018 calendar with his photo of cold weather training.

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Shawn Rhodes is back aboard

Shawn Rhodes

Shawn Rhodes

Tampa, Florida CC, former Sgt. Shawn Rhodes, rejoined his former Devil Dog colleagues in the USMCCCA this fall.

An international expert in creating high-performing organizations, Shawn is a Tampa-based TEDx speaker whose work studying organizations in more than two dozen countries has been highlighted in TIME, CNN, NBC and INC. The former Camp Lejeune-based combat correspondent deployed to Iraq during the war’s kickoff in 2003.

More recently, the Western Carolina University alum authored “Pivot Point: Turn On A Dime Without Sacrificing Results.”

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Progress for Rosenthal Chapter on naming ship

Progress continues on our effort to honor Joe Rosenthal with a Navy ship. While Joe earned the Pulitzer Prize and many other awards during his long career, newer generations of San Franciscans and Americans deserve to know the name of the creator of the most significant photograph ever taken. While some of us may have faded over the decades, Joe’s photo shines just a brightly as it did 72 years ago!
 
Our current efforts fall into three categories:
 
1. Outreach and signature collection during Veterans Day Weekend, when numerous public events take place, more than we can hope to attend. But we will represent the USS Joe wherever we can in the Bay Area, and this year, in Philadelphia.
 
2. Increased contact with the Press. Joe’s birthday, Fleet Week, and now Veterans Day, all provide opportunities for the Press to run the story. Last week I was interviewed for  www.ConnectingVeterans.com and their show on CBS radio. 
 
I am now contacting organizations and websites serving the photography community. While we think of Joe in the context of history, he was, after all, a successful photojournalist for most of his life, and his name is up there with the other photography greats. In addition to his Pulitzer Prize, Joe was a longtime President of the San Francisco Press Club, a member of the USMC Combat Correspondents Association, is in the International Photography Hall of Fame, and Time Magazine ranked his Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima among the 100 greatest photos ever taken (Personally, I would say it’s in the top five.). Our outreach to date has been largely aimed at the veterans community; we are now connecting with a new audience. 

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Birthday breakfast for some CCs

Three key members of the USMCCCA Combat Correspondents Association living in the Orlando, FL area celebrated the 242nd Birthday of the Marine Corps attending an SOS Breakfast sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter, 1st Marine Division Association. From left: Keith Oliver, National President, Bob Jordan, and Jack Paxton, National Executive Director. The guest speaker was retired BrigGen. Tom Draude, who, prior to his Marine retirement several years ago was Director of Information. In addition to one of the best speeches any of us had heard, his parting words to me:

Three key members of the USMCCCA Combat Correspondents Association living in the Orlando, FL area celebrated the 242nd Birthday of the Marine Corps attending an SOS Breakfast sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter, 1st Marine Division Association. From left: Keith Oliver, National President, Bob Jordan, and Jack Paxton, National Executive Director. The guest speaker was retired BrigGen. Tom Draude, who, prior to his Marine retirement several years ago was Director of Information. In addition to one of the best speeches any of us had heard, his parting words to me: “Take care of those Marine Combat Correspondents!” A great leader of Marines!

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McMeen appointed DMA liaison

Chad McMeen availed himself of OJT opportunities in Quantico and elsewhere when he executed a lateral move from admin to public affairs in the mid-1990s.

Chad McMeen availed himself of OJT opportunities in Quantico and elsewhere when he executed a lateral move from admin to public affairs in the mid-1990s.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen was appointed Defense Media Activity (DMA) Liaison last week by National President Keith Oliver.

“The Master Guns is in a perfect spot to help us track and recognize the magnificent day to day work done by our storytelling warriors,” said Oliver.

“Not only does DMA execute the newest version of the DoD-level media awards,” he said, “the organization is where Stars and Stripes, the Defense Information School and the American Forces Network are nested. And some of the Corps’ top young talent regularly pulls duty at DMA proper.”

McMeen has always been “a hard charger with a youthful Marine’s energy and creative mindset,” Keith said. “And he keeps it that way. We’re mighty glad to have him working with us in this new capacity.”

Currently serving as the Director of Marines Production, formerly a field grade officer billet, McMeen is dual-hatted as the Senior Enlisted Leader on the headquarters’ joint service production floor.

McMeen is a native of Salem, Ilinois and enlisted in September 1992. He made a lateral move into public affairs in 1994 while assigned to the Marine Air staff at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington. He notched distinguished graduate honors at DINFOS’ Basic Journalism Course and went almost immediately to Recruiting Station Dallas as the Marketing and Public Affairs Representative.

A Meritorious Service Medal recipient, he served two tours in Iraq while assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and was later a lead public affairs planner with Marine Forces Central Command, Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa, deploying numerous times to countries in those three regions.

Earlier assignments include the Motion Picture Liaison Office in Los Angeles and MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina where McMeen also served as a volunteer crew member on the Station’s C-12 aircraft.

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Happy Birthday Marines!

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FL Chapter gets new member

LANCE CORPORALS UNITE!   Tampa's James Chittenden (center), the newest USMCCCA national

LANCE CORPORALS UNITE! Tampa’s James Chittenden (center), the newest USMCCCA national “join,” was welcomed aboard by fellow Florida Chapter members Bob Jordan (l) and Keith Oliver at Clermont’s Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club on Saturday. All three Marine mustangers were lance corporals, so Bob and Keith gifted Chittenden with an authentic Max “Terminal Lance” Uriarte T-shirt to mark the auspicious occasion. (Kate Stark photo)

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Vietnam Combat Cameraman’s Medal of Honor To Be Displayed at Smithsonian

Corporal William T. Perkins Jr., filming U.S. Navy sailors aboard a Patrol Fast Craft, or

Corporal William T. Perkins Jr., filming U.S. Navy sailors aboard a Patrol Fast Craft, or “swift boat,” in the South China Sea, September 1967. Marilane Jacobson Collection, Division of Armed Forces History, National Museum of American History.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display the only Medal of Honor to be awarded to a combat photographer in the Medal of Honor Gallery of the “Price of Freedom” exhibition began Nov. 1.

Marine Cpl. William Thomas Perkins Jr. died at the age of 20 when he flung himself on a grenade to preserve the lives of three other Marines during Operation Medina, a Marine search and destroy operation in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, Oct. 12, 1967. The Marine Corps posthumously awarded him the Medal of Honor for “his gallant actions.”

His mother, Marilane Perkins Jacobson of Lexington, Ky., donated the medal, her son’s letters and other personal effects to the museum’s permanent Armed Forces Collections in 2015. Museum Advisory Board member Jeff Garrett, also of Lexington, assisted with the acquisition.

“I didn’t want his possessions to end up in somebody’s brown box in a basement,” Jacobson said. “I figured they should go to the Smithsonian.”

Perkins’ award, his Purple Heart, and photography will be exhibited along with his Bell and Howell camera, which shows damage from the grenade attack and is on loan from National Museum of the Marine Corps. This will be the first time the camera and Medal of Honor are displayed together.

The Medal of Honor is America’s highest award for valor in combat. First authorized in 1861 for sailors and Marines and the following year for soldiers, more than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been bestowed for conspicuous and well-documented acts of gallantry in war. The Medal of Honor Gallery tells the story of the nation’s highest military honor through artifacts and interactive displays.

The “Price of Freedom: Americans at War” exhibition surveys the history of America’s military from the French and Indian Wars to the present conflict in Iraq, exploring ways in which wars have been defining episodes in American history. The exhibition extends far beyond a survey of battles to present the link between military conflict and American political leadership, social values, technological innovation, and personal sacrifice. The heart of the story is the impact of war on citizen soldiers, their families and communities.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. It helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. The museum is continuing to renovate its west exhibition wing, developing galleries on democracy and culture. The museum is located on Constitution Avenue N.W., between 12th and 14th Streets, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

(Editor’s note: There is an excellent blog on Cpl. Perkins written by Frank Blazich here.)

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CC Spotlight: Cpl Devan Gowans

Tooele, Utah Marine, Cpl. Devan Gowans, captured one of the calendar shots in the Marine Corps Association’s 2018 offering.  Gowans is assigned to the Camp Pendleton, California-base lst Marine Expeditionary Force.

Tooele, Utah Marine, Cpl. Devan Gowans, captured one of the calendar shots in the Marine Corps Association’s 2018 offering. Gowans is assigned to the Camp Pendleton, California-base lst Marine Expeditionary Force.

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Free training for DPA Winners

USMCCCA has an additional three one-year scholarships (a $350 value) to Lynda.com available to 2017 DPA winners (1st, 2nd or HM). We will take names of those interested until Nov. 5, 2017 then pick three names randomly. Contact kate@usmccca.org if you would like to be entered.

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Hue City Vets invited to tour the USS Hue City

The USS HUE CITY will be coming to New York City, docking at the Staten Island Pier over
Veterans Day weekend. Danny Gillen is the Captain of the ship and another Breezy Pointer Lt.
Cmdr. Tommy McDonald flies his helicopter off the Hue City.

The ship will be available for tours as listed below:
NOVEMBER 10 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
NOVEMBER 11 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
NOVEMBER 12 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

You are welcome to bring spouses, children & grandchildren & fellow veterans. You must send me
the number of people in your group and make sure that all adults have photo ID. You are also
welcome to drive yourself over to the Staten Island Pier.

Anyone who wants a tour of the ship please RSVP to me with the name of your group e.g. Boy
Scout Troop 1234, American Legion Post # 1234, VFW Post # 1234, Friends of VFW Post #1234,
the time that you desire & the approximate # of people attending. The sooner I get that info the
better but please, no later than November 6th. I will do my best on any later requests but I don’t want
to inconvenience the crew. This will ensure the maximum efficiency of the ship’s crew & afford these
fine men & women more time to enjoy” liberty” in NYC.

Capt. Gillen has requested that I extend the invitation to as many Vietnam veterans & especially
those who fought at Hue City as possible. If you know of any Hue City veterans, please have them
contact me as the Captain & crew would like to meet them. If you know of any individuals or veteran
organizations whose members were at that battle please inform them as well as notifying me.
All adults please have photo ID in your possession.

Kevin J. McCann
Post Commander
VFW Post 8450
718 634 2157
captain947@aol.com

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Leatherneck staffers celebrate 100 years

Four of the last surviving active duty Marines who served on Leatherneck Magazine in uniform, gathered at the Globe & Laurel Restaurant outside Quantico on October 24, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the magazine. (L-R) All retirees: CWO4 Bill Parker, Assistant Editor-Publisher; and combat correspondents Capt Bob Bowen, MGySgt Ed Evans, and MSgt Paul Thompson.

Four of the last surviving active duty Marines who served on Leatherneck Magazine in uniform, gathered at the Globe & Laurel Restaurant outside Quantico on October 24, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the magazine. (L-R) All retirees: CWO4 Bill Parker, Assistant Editor-Publisher; and combat correspondents Capt Bob Bowen, MGySgt Ed Evans, and MSgt Paul Thompson.

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