Contact Us

Jack Paxton
Executive Director, USMCCCA
110 Fox Court,
Wildwood, FL 34785
+1 352-748-4698

EMAIL: usmccca@cfl.rr.com
SKYPE:
USMCCCA

To send items for the website: USMCCCA Online


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Platinum
$5,000 up

Gold
$1,000-$4,999

Silver
$100--$999
Gene Smith
Mike Arnold
Ralph Austin
Don O'Neal
Don Coleman
Cochise Cash
Jack Paxton
John Kloczkowski
Manny Pacheco
Sally Pritchett
Walt Ford
Tom Kerr
Art Detman

Bronze
$50-$99


Dedicated Members

The 2014-15 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:

Walt Ford
Sally Pritchett
Don Haley
Chuck Tyler
Rodney Ayers
HLM Capt Steve Illes
Eddie Kafafian
Cynthia Graham LaJeunesse
Dan Bisher
Joseph Galloway
Kevin Doll
Michael Furgal
Malcom Barr
Don Parzanese
Theresa Sousa
Anita Best
Gene Smith

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Dedication

New USMCCCA logo on gear, ready for orders

Don't wait! Get your new logo gear now. Currently, there is a $25 discount if you order $75 or more at the USMCCCA GEAR STORE. Click on the photo, the links below or the button on the right sidebar.

Don’t wait! Get your new logo gear now. Currently, there is a $25 discount if you order $75 or more at the USMCCCA GEAR STORE. Click on the photo, the links below or the button on the right sidebar.

Jack Paxton models a shirt featuring the new logo.

Jack Paxton models a shirt featuring the new logo.

A number of years ago we developed a USMCCCA Store jointly with Queensboro Shirt Company of Wilmington, NC.  Basically, we were looking for quality clothing that would identify wearers as members of the USMCCCA.  We developed what some might call a “sport” logo with the letters USMCCCA on the flag over the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.  Because folks would ask us what the USMCCCA stood for we have decided to try to duplicate our official logo.

Queensboro designers worked with us for a basic design and we then sent it to our USMCCCA and Foundation Board members for comment.  And, we received some:  Too large… the Cs are not large enough… can we change the colors?  We listened.

These logos are available for Caps only.

These logos are available for Caps only.

On April 9 we journeyed to Queensboro’s factory in Wilmington and approved what we think is a very nice looking logo for shirts and a distinctive cap logo for both CCs and Combat Camera Marines.  When you click on USMCCCA GEAR to the right side of our website sidebar  and click on  an item for sale that new logo will open showing how it looks with the color selected.  Please note that the lettering surrounding the shirt and cap logos can change depending on basic color selected.

We also have worked out an arrangement with Queensboro that will enable us to tell you when certain items will go on sale. (Currently, Take $25 off your order of $75 or more! Enter Coupon Code SF5415 in the Shopping Cart to Save!)

Lastly, the price shown includes a 20% markup that goes into our USMCCCA general fund and hopefully will help us keep conference prices from climbing  – IF you shop with us!

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Dedicated Member Campaign Kicks Off

Past recipients of scholarships and DPA awards.

Past recipients of scholarships and DPA awards.

The annual Dedicated Member campaign kicked off April 1.  A mailing to all members went out that date encouraging support for the various programs we offer including scholarships for members, dependents and active duty Marines; funding for the Distinguished Performance Awards (DPA) program, and our annual contribution to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund.

While funding for the latter organization is usually made possible through the Foundation’s Florida Chapter Golf Tournament, outside competition from other tournaments can affect revenues.  As Foundation President Bill Hauptfleisch said in the most recent USMCCCA Journal “…the Foundation exists as the “rainmaker” for the Association.  It must make money so that we can remain afloat financially.”

Members should consider what we do for our active duty Marines.  Our first place awards payout in the DPA program has been increased from $75 to $100.  We offer two scholarships each year at $3,000 each.  Our paid staff, Executive Director and Webmaster, do not receive annual salary increases as most organizations offer.  As Bill has said, “We are a lean, mean machine and totally dependent on the largesse of our great and dedicated members.”

When you receive your mailing, please consider all of the above and, if you are able, help support our fine organization as we approach our 75th year.

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News program interview CCs

Floyd Hunter, Dale Cook and Ken Goulardt gathered for lunch on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima to share their memories of the war with reporter Wayne Freedman, ABC7 News in the San Francisco area. To view the interview please go to the <a href=

ABC7News website here.” class /> Floyd Hunter, Dale Cook and Ken Goulardt gathered for lunch on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima to share their memories of the war with reporter Wayne Freedman, ABC7 News in the San Francisco area. To view the interview please go to the ABC7News website here.

 

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Looking for Vietnam Vet Sternberg

New member Mike Harmon (gmharmon@gmail) seeking info on former combat correspondent Staff Sergeant (or Sgt.) Sternberg who was last known to be in Vietnam  probably with 1st Marine Division at Chu Lai in mid-1966.

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DMA seeks Audio Visual Production Specialist

Defense Media Activity AFTRS (AFN-PAC) is looking for an Audio Visual Production Specialist, GS-1071-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1354546-MP), opens on Monday, March 23, 2015 to Monday, April 6, 2015. 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/PrintPreview/398442100

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Marketing Communications Director needed

Marketing Communications Director: The Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC) has an opening for a Marketing and Communication Director to be based in Towanda, PA. Will be responsible for developing marketing and public relations programs, electronic and print communications and promotional projects. Minimum three years’ experience in marketing or communications field preferred with B.A. or B.S, in Marketing, Communication or related field. Project management and proficiency in print, social media and broadcast are required. The BCRAC is dedicated to the promotion of arts and culture in the region.  Possible fulltime position available immediately.

BCRAC is dedicated to the promotion of arts and culture in the region.  Both positions available immediately. Send letter of interest, resume and references by mail or e-mail by March 23 to: Bradford County Regional Arts Council, 601 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or info@bcrac.org.

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1st Quarter Newsletter should have arrived

1st Quarter Newsletter

The first issue of 2015 “Now Hear This” the official USMCCCA newsletter, should have arrived in your mailbox. If you DID NOT receive it, then you need to make sure CCHQ has your correct mailing address. You can MAKE SURE you get future newsletters by using the membership update form here.
If you are a registered member of this site, you can download the newsletter by clicking on the image to the right. (you will need the site password) Hint: the (lowercase) last name of the creator of “… Demons”

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2015 Conference Hotel Reservations Aug. 17-20

Lobby of the Doubletree by Hilton at New Bern

It’s not too soon to make your hotel reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton at New Bern, NC for our 2015 annual conference August 16-20. If you follow the link below it will take you to our Hilton page where all you have to do is decide on the number of beds you need and the dates needed.

Hotel Reservations for the CCs, rate is $90

The conference registration fee is $80 which includes all three meal events: Monday’s Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.; the Wednesday Distinguished Performance Awards Reception and Banquet beginning at 6 p.m. and the Annual Business Meeting Breakfast on Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, August 18 we will bus to Camp Lejeune for a demonstration and luncheon with active duty CCs and Combat Camera Marines. There is only ONE 37 passenger bus available to us for this event. You are encouraged to register ASAP so as to get a seat on this bus.

Complete registration can be made using this website or you may register by emailing CCHQ at usmccca@cfl.rr.com or calling 352.748.4698.

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Marine Band and Jim Lehrer Salute End of World War II

Photo MSgt. Kristin duBois, Marine Band Public Affairs.

Story by Don Knight

Nearly seventy years ago World War Two finally came to end. On Sept.2, 1945. The Japanese military delegation came aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo bay and signed the surrender documents.

Bells rang, whistles blew and bars nationwide filled up with celebrants. San Francisco was off limits for the Marines. Troop ships heading east on the Pacific Ocean were re-routed to Seattle and other ports. Ship captains got the word: “There is a big celebration going on, don’t bring any more Marines through the Golden Gate. Go somewhere else.”

And so this year the United States Marine Band, known as “The President’s Own” began another busy season, on tour, to mark the end of America’s four-year conflict. It began with the concert in one of the finest music venues in the country, the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, MD, Monday evening February 23.

The concert also marked another historic event: the raising of the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, where Marines fought one of the costliest battles of the Pacific campaign.

Band Conductor Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig was the first to note that seventy years ago on this date Joe Rosenthal snapped his immortal photograph of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag during the early days of the battle.

On hand was former Marine Jim Lehrer, who was awarded the USMCCCA’S Denig Memorial Distinguished Service Award in 2007.  Lehrer, was on-stage as the guest narrator during several band renditions during the concert. He was introduced to the audience as a journalist, author, former anchor of the PBS News Hour, and Presidential Debate Moderator Extraordinaire.

The concert lasted two hours. At the ending the vast confines of the Music Hall echoed with shouts of OORAH!, not all from the many former Marines in the audience.

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Recruiting Command Awards Top Marketing Marine to Lodder

Sgt. Reece E. Lodder, Marketing and Public Affairs Marine, Recruiting Station Seattle, received the award of fiscal year 2014 MPA of the Year from Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting command, during a ceremony here. Lodder was also awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal for his efforts. MPAs serve as force multipliers to the Marine Corps’ advertising programs within the Recruiting Command, and assist in generating leads for the recruiters. Pictured from left to right are Sgt. Maj. Samuel Heyward Jr., Sergeant Major, MCRC, Sergeant Reece E. Lodder and Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis

Sgt. Reece E. Lodder, Marketing and Public Affairs Marine, Recruiting Station Seattle, received the award of fiscal year 2014 MPA of the Year from Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting command, during a ceremony here. Lodder was also awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal for his efforts. MPAs serve as force multipliers to the Marine Corps’ advertising programs within the Recruiting Command, and assist in generating leads for the recruiters. Pictured from left to right are Sgt. Maj. Samuel Heyward Jr., Sergeant Major, MCRC, Sergeant Reece E. Lodder and Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis

Story by Cpl. Francisco Martinez
Marine Corps Recruiting Command
QUANTICO, Va. – The commanding general of Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) honored the fiscal year 2014 Marketing and Public Affairs (MPA) Marine of the Year here, Jan. 29, for consistently going above the call of duty and displaying exceptional work ethic in all of his responsibilities.

Sergeant Reece E. Lodder, MPA of Recruiting Station Seattle, was recognized as the nation’s MPA of the Year and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal.

“I am truly honored to receive the award,” said Lodder. “There was a lot of hard work, time and effort put into it, but it really is a reflection of family, friends, and all the people who have supported me throughout this time.”

While dedication to service and commitment to excellence are ideals all Marines live by, Lodder’s performance over the past year surpassed that of his peers, the 47 other MPAs throughout the nation.

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New Bern Conference Info

 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, New Bern, NC Riverfront

For those of you who have been requesting a return to the East Coast for your annual conference, request no more.  Just join us August 16-20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in New Bern, NC.

The spacious riverfront hotel will be the site of most all activities, including the annual Distinguished Performance Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening, August 19.

In making the official announcement President Manny Pacheco stressed that this conference would follow the schedule used at our Oceanside confab last year.  “We are hoping to get as many of our officers and directors in Sunday so that we can get board meetings pretty much out of the way on Monday.

“Our Welcome Reception will be held Monday evening.  On Tuesday we will lay on a bus for a trip to Camp Lejeune where we will see a demonstration, similar to that at Camp Pendleton last year.  We also plan to invite as many active duty CCs and Combat Camera Marines to lunch at one of the dining halls.  Time permitting we will bus tour the base.”

Pacheco is working with Marine Corps Communications Division at HQMC to secure a briefing officer for Wednesday to give us an “up close and personal” on the state of the Corps as well as our occupational fields.

On Thursday morning the Annual Business Meeting will follow the breakfast buffet.

“We have set the registration fee at $80 per person for the New Bern event,” Pacheco said.  “This will include all three meal events as well as the bus fare to Camp Lejeune. 

” As we did last year, active duty Marine winners of this past year’s competition will be our guests at the DPA Banquet.  All other Marines attending will be charged $25.  As to wearing apparel, members and guests should be in appropriate civilian attire (suits, coat and tie, etc.)  Marines attending will be in Service Alpha (greens).

Those attending are requested to bring with them items that can be used in the annual conference auction that traditionally takes place following the DPA Banquet in the hospitality suite.

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Journal Readers Take Note

Due to a corruption of our USMCCCA Mailing List many of you will not have received your 2014 USMCCCA Journals.  We finally found and fixed the problem and yours will arrive via first class mail shortly.  

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