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$1,000-$4,999
Keith Oliver
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$100--$999
Don Coleman
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Bob McEwen
Mike Arnold
Walt Ford
Cochise Cash

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$50-$99
Joe Skymba
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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
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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
Cochise Cash
IMO of Jack Lewis and Don O’Neal
Cynthia LaJeunesse

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Summary of 2016 USMCCCA Annual Business Meeting

Jack Paxton, Executive Director gives his report to the 2016 old board members during the 2016 National Conference and Training Symposium in Fredericksburg, Virg.

Jack Paxton, Executive Director gives his report to the 2015 old board members during the 2016 National Conference and Training Symposium in Fredericksburg, Virg.

(Note:  The following is an executive summary of the USMCCCA Annual Business Meeting held in Fredericksburg, VA during our National Conference and Training Symposium.  It carries all actions taken by the Old and Foundation Board Meetings.  For copies of those, please contact the Executive Director at usmccca@cfl.rr.com.)

2016 Annual Business Meeting
August 26, 2016

President Manny Pacheco called the 2016 USMCCCA Annual Business Meeting to order at 8:26 a.m. A quorum was present.

Reports

Secretary:  Secretary Chris Whiting was asked to read the minutes.  Bob Mergle made a motion to accept the minutes as published in the Now Hear This newsletter.  Seconded and passed. Treasurer:  In the absence of Treasurer Rick Lavers, Executive Director Jack Paxton told the members that the Association has $69,604.82 in three DCs and the checking account.  He said we are in good shape.

Executive Director:  Paxton started his report, saying that the conference was a success.  He said we had 58 registered for the banquet, and we actually fed 91.  He said we made Paxton expressed appreciation for Dave and Diane Biesel for the new history book.  He asked people to read it and give him any changes by November 1.  The book will be published in January.  Paxton told the members that the Now Hear This quarterly newsletter is no more.  He said he had been complaining that it was worthless because he had been pulling old news back off the web site to put in it.  He said we will now place our emphasis on the web site and our Facebook page.  He added that those who cannot access news via computer can get a hard copy, upon request. He said that Keith Oliver and Sally Pritchett were the first to pledge their contributions to the Foundation, spreading out payments over the year.  Paxton said it is an easy way to give and you can set it up through your bank.  He said four or five oral histories were done during the conference.  He will ask the History Division for copies.

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Bob Long dies

Bob Long

Bob Long

CCHQ was told Monday evening that Bob Long, longtime CC and former President of the USMCCCA Chapter in Los Angeles, had died. Bob was also the retired news director at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. He was employed by the Voice of America in the Washington, DC area. As we get more information we will post it here.

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A tribute to the “Patagonian duck shoot”

Sergeant Major Robert E. Cleary, 10th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps and Sgt. Gary Bégin, JPAO, New Orleans, May 1984. (Photo by Staff Sgt Angel Arroyo)

Sergeant Major Robert E. Cleary, 10th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps and Sgt. Gary Bégin, JPAO, New Orleans, May 1984. (Photo by Staff Sgt Angel Arroyo)

There I was with Colonel Jack Lewis, former Hollywood stunt man, Marine Corps veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was friends with John Wayne, Robert Stack (The Untouchables) and Ed McMahon (Johnny’s sidekick), founder of Gun World, Horse & Horseman and Bow & Arrow magazines. He was a large man who chain-smoked Sherman’s Cigarillos and demanded everyone around him get off their butts and accomplish the mission. He had no time for slackers, although if you ever got in trouble he always had your back. Colonel Jack admits to raising a fair amount of heck back in the day at his mansion in San Clemente (California) not far from Nixon’s Western White House.

Jack sometimes referred to “my professional drinking days” when he told stories of his heroic exploits in those Hollywood hills and as a Marine on R&R. He loved to tell the story of being hired to drive a motorcycle off a pier when stationed in Hawaii for the movie Mister Roberts. “My CO made me donate my entire pay of $100 to the Navy Relief Society,” mused Jack, puffing away and about to light his next Cigarillo with the last vestiges of the one he was still smoking.

His first novel was Tell It To The Marines (1966) and even though he was a millionaire, drove an old beat up El Camino. He bought us a case of beer after a fellow sergeant changed the oil for him. He once rented an entire house in 29 Palms (California) complete with huge swimming pool so his public affairs unit (that was me and 10 other guys) could get evenings out of the 120 degree Mojave Desert heat. We also needed a photo lab and so we rigged up a hallway in the house so we could “soup” film, make prints of “hometown heroes” and mail them out to newspapers across the nation for the glorification of their young Marine so far away.

Twentynine Palms, just east of Joshua Tree, is one of the largest live-fire training bases in the world and few Americans ever heard of it. Attack jets would drop live ordinance (real bombs) on the Chocolate Mountains as grunts climbed the vegetation-less steep collection of loose dirt and rocks towards the summit. Before the assault, machine gun, mortar, artillery and tank rounds pounded the hills. The only thing missing was Naval bombardment. We were too far inland for any of that. Back to Jack.

You could surmise by the titles of his magazines that Jack loved hunting. He went on big game safaris in Africa and duck shoots in Patagonia (South America). In short, back in the day Jack Lewis was considered a true man’s man. Both tough and gentle, creative and by the book. So much deeper than the stereotypical jarhead officer.

One thing I learned from watching Colonel Jack in action was how a man could manage to maintain his convictions, support or attack the status quo depending on his mission requirements and still come out smelling like a rose. Because no matter what the brass thought about his abilities to cater to their vanities, he knew his men would follow him through fire and suffer great privation without complaint to accomplish the mission. Working for Jack was like working for your big brother, dad and uncle at the same time.

One will demand you do your job, another will help you do your job and the third will hand you a beer and watch you do what ya gotta do. If I could council those going into the military I would say that type of life is an anomaly and not indicative of your life to come. In the case of Jack Lewis, I think of a man of true grit with a lust for life.

“He went to Patagonia just to shoot ducks,” I used to think to myself in awe. Well why the heck not? We should all be so lucky one day.

— Gary Bégin (Former Staff Sgt. – USMC photojournalist 1978 – 1984 – and life member of the USMCCCA.) He is currently the managing editor for NCW Media in Wenatchee, Washington and can be reached at Gary@NCWMedia.net.

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DMA seeks Supervisory Audiovisual Production Specialist

Defense Media Activity (AFRTS), is looking for a Supervisory Audiovisual Production Specialist, GS-1071-13. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-16-1774137-B), opens on Friday, August 12, 2016 and closes on Sunday, August 28, 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/447601200.

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2016 Conference Schedule

USMCCCA CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Monday:

  Registration: Lobby 3                                                               0800-1200
Assn. (old) Board Meeting: Patrick Henry                       1300
Foundation Board Meeting: Patrick Henry                     1500
Welcome Reception:       Palm Room                                  1800-2000
Hospitality Suite:              Room 365                                     2015-2400

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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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