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March 24th deadline for new DoD awards program

There have been several changes to the DOD awards programs. This past year, Defense Media Agency was directed to consolidated the three awards programs into one. A joint working group was formed to determine new categories and program criteria. This attachment is the final outcome of those efforts.

This year the Marine Corps awards will be […]


Fla Golf Tourney set for April 28

Golfers enjoy the sunshine and camaraderie while supporting the Florida Chapter’s Golf Tournament. Next one to be held is April 28 with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at the Sherman Hills Golf Club, near Brooksville, Fla.

The 2017 golf tournament of the USMCCCA Foundation (Florida Chapter) will be held Friday, April 28 with a 12:30 […]


The Snuffies Return to The World – The Wrap

Dale Dye returns from Vietnam.

By Dale Dye

It’s time to sober up and evaluate this thing. Back here in The World there’s a little elbow room, a little space that’s not filled with specters of an old and controversial war. There’s been a day or two to fight through the roiling brain mists that engulfed […]


Day Four: Snuffys’ Return to Vietnam

Dale Dye and Mike Stokey at RVN cemetery. Photo by John Riedy

by Dale Dye

Day Four of The Great Ghost Chase gives me a case of the staggering willies even before the bus rolls out of Danang headed north on Vietnamese Highway 1. Our course runs through the once-infamous Hai Van […]


CCs head back to Vietnam

1st Division ISO Snuffies:(l-r) Eric Grimm, Richard Lavers, Robert Bayer, Michael Stokey, Frank Wiley, Dale Dye. (Or as Julia Dye knows them, Rafter Man, Rick, Ding, The ARVN, Lurch, and Daddy D.A.). Not shown is Steve Berntson. Photo by John Riedy.

(Ed. Note:  Dale Dye and other CC “Snuffys” returned to Vietnam this week.  This […]


Paxton on AllMarineRadio

Jack Paxton, Executive Director speaks with Mike McNamara on his podcast show.

If you read the January Leatherneck (and you should have) there was a piece on AllMarineRadio which was fascinating.  You watch/listen on your computer/iPad/i/phone/tablet, et al.  I contacted Mike McNamara thinking he would be an interesting addition to our San Diego conference as […]


McEwen Hospitalized in Bangkok; Flown Home

CC Bob McEwen on his way home

Thanks to CC Cid Atwood we learned that globetrotting Bob McEwen was hospitalized in Bangkok and had to be flown home in an aerial ambulance.  We checked in with Bob’s daughter Megan Britt, and received the following info:

Hi Jack – Against my wishes, Dad […]


CC Dan Bisher (l), President of the Hillsdale County, MI Veterans Hall of Fame presented a Hall of Fame challenge coin to World War II P-38 pilot Monty Powers during a recent ceremony. (photo by Corey Murray, courtesy of the Hillsdale Daily News)


I MEF hosts Communications Summit

Fred Garcia, Capt. Skye Martin and CC president Keith Oliver were among 75 presenters and attendees and I MEF’s second annual public affairs summit at Camp Pendleton January 25-26. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Keith assured USMCCCA Executive Director Paxton that he did not represent the association in sweatshirt and blue jeans when he gave his formal […]


Catching up with Jack

Pat and Jack Paxton, Fred and Donna Lash.

On The Road:  Past USMCCCA President and current Conference Emcee Fred Lash (standing) and wife, Donna (r), were lunch guests of National USMCCCA Executive Director Jack Paxton (2nd from l) and his wife, Pat on Sunday in the Villages, FL.  Fred and Donna, Springfield, VA were on […]


A haircut and a new member

Newest member, Ray Adams (standing) and Keith Oliver , National President.

HOMETOWN BARBER IS NEWEST MEMBER — Ray Adams, a combat correspondent at Camp Lejeune and on Okinawa in the late 1980s, retired from the Corps after a successful line recruiter tour in 1998.

Now, he cuts hair in national president Keith Oliver‘s hometown of Eustis, […]


Col. Annita Best Retires

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Annita Best, and her family at her retirement ceremony, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 30, 2016.

Colonel Annita Best, left, assistant deputy public affairs, Marine Corps Installations East, stands at the position of attention during her retirement ceremony, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 30, 2016. Best retired after 30 years of honorable […]