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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
Bob Bowen
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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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)

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)

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Ginny, wife of Jim Kyser passes

Virginia “Ginny” Kyser of Springfield, VA, passed away gently on January 30, 2017 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Virginia Lee Detweiler in 1936 in Reading and spent her formative years in Easton. A devoted “Red Rover” and member of the Eastern Star, she graduated from Easton High School in 1954 and worked at the very first Crayola factory.She met the love of her life on a blind date in 1955 and shortly found herself engaged to that Marine Sergeant; Jim Kyser, marrying him in 1957.
 
She traveled the world with him, raised two children and later the family settled in Virginia. She and her love Jim traveled the world together on many adventures, but always followed their feet “home” where, to her final days, she was surrounded by her loving family and a vast network of amazing friends.
 
She left a smile on every person she ever met and was the personification of “an angel on earth.” She was preceded in death by her husband MGySgt Jim Kyser, USMC (Ret.) and is survived by her daughter, her son, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral Services will be held at 0930, Friday February 3rd at the Quantico Marine Chapel, in Virginia followed by internment at the Quantico National Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at goo.gl/bwo6ED.
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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 presentation the first day of the conclave.)

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 presentation the first day of the conclave.)

New York University’s Fred Garcia chats with I MEF deputy PAO Maj. Staci Reidinger following the final session of the MEF’s second annual Communications Summit.

New York University’s Fred Garcia chats with I MEF deputy PAO Maj. Staci Reidinger following the final session of the MEF’s second annual Communications Summit.

CAMP PENDLETON — With sought-after strategy comms expert Helio “Fred” Garcia among the speakers, the First Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office convened its second annual Communications Summit at Camp Pendleton earlier this week.

MEF PAO Lt. Col. Chris Perrine credited his deputy, Maj. Staci Reidinger, with pushing the concept – a robust blend of academic and real world thought and discussion which included a variety of southern California military public affairs practitioners as well as Combat Camera representatives.

The inclusion of ComCam was no accident, according to Reidinger, who noted the MEF’s day-to-day teamwork approach with their imagery-gathering counterparts.  A highlight of the sessions was HQMC’s Maj. Sean Hays’ briefing on the merger of the two occupational fields.

In addition to a lively pitch from Marine Corps social media guru, Sgt. Julia Dagostino and a strategic planning class offered by Reidinger and MEF PAO operations head, Capt. Rachel Nolan, the group also heard from CC national president Keith Oliver, who was invited to speak on PA and ComCam’s historical perspectives on behalf of the USMCCCA.

“If Norm Hatch’s and Bob Jordan’s and Dale Dye’s ears were itching, “ Keith said, “it’s because I used their names and war stories as examples in trying to explain ComCam’s and public affairs’ contributions during wars and crises over the past seven or eight decades.”

Oliver also freely cited current and deceased USMCCCA members  Jack Lewis and Jack Paxton(Korea);  Russ Thurman, Steve Stibbens and William Perkins (Vietnam); John East (Grenada);  Eric Dent and Keith Milks (Afghanistan);  Joe Sanders and Brett Beard (Iraq); and Neil Gillespie and Jerry O’Leary (WWII).

“We received pledges of CC annual conference attendance and support from the Camp Pendleton-based shops,” Keith said, as well as from “Capt. Skye Martin’s Marines at 12th Marine Corps District and lst Lt.  Karen Holliday’s at Twentynine Palms.”

EDITOR’S NOTES:
2nd Lt. Holli Richmond coordinated the event and it was she who first made the call to CCHQ inviting association participation. 

The USMCCCA Annual Conference & Training Symposium is set for August 21-24 2017 at the Crowne Plaza San Diego, Click here for room reservation.  Marine Commandant, Gen. Robert Neller, has been invited to address the association as Awards Banquet speaker on Thursday night.

Navy Senior Chief Laura Penuelas of 3rd Fleet, Twentynine Palms deputy PAO Lauren Kurkimilis and I MEF’s Sgt. Paris Caper took advantage of the opportunity to “talk shop” at the MEF-hosted public affairs summit.

Navy Senior Chief Laura Penuelas of 3rd Fleet, Twentynine Palms deputy PAO Lauren Kurkimilis and I MEF’s Sgt. Paris Caper took advantage of the opportunity to “talk shop” at the MEF-hosted public affairs summit.

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Catching up with Jack

Pat and Jack Paxton, Fred and Donna Lash.

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 the way to visit friends in Florida.

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A haircut and a new member

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

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, Fla.

Ray well remembers working with PANCOs Ken Boss and Chuck Betz when he was enlisting Marines out of RS Manchester, N.H.; and he served with the likes of Norm Garrett, Marty Hopper, Gary Mosley and Norm Garrett during his public affairs tours.

He was the DPA for Best Feature Article in 1986.

As soon as he finished his haircut, Keith got  Ray to cough up $35 and sign on the dotted line January 19, making the Manchester native one of the first new members of 2017.  Welcome aboard!

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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.

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 and faithful service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Judith L. Harte)

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 and faithful service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Judith L. Harte)

Please join me in congratulating CC Col. Annita Lane Best on her retirement this week following 30 years of service. Elsewhere on FB news pages her ceremony at Camp Lejeune is pictured. Anita is a long-time member and strong supporter of the USMCCCA. We wish her well in retirement.

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God speed John Glenn

Col. John Glenn

America has lost one of its true heroes from a bygone era when space exploration was still considered a modern miracle. John Glenn passed December 8 at age 95. He was a highly decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot from World War Two and the Korean War and the first American to orbit the earth at a time when the Russians had already put Sputnik into orbit and we needed to save face.

I met John Glenn when he was running for president in the Democrat Party primary of 1984 on Tybee Island, Georgia near Savannah. He posed with a beauty queen because it was expected and Glenn, always duty bound, did what was necessary to show the world he was both dedicated, sincere and predictable. Someone who could and should be counted on to do the task at hand.

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A Tribute to Chuck Beveridge…

Chuck Beveridge

Chuck Beveridge

Chuck Beveridge, ‘laissez les bons temps rouler!’

One of my personal heros, Chuck Beveridge, passed away just a day before the 241st birthday of his beloved Marine Corps last November  at age 90.
At the time I met Chuck, Mike LaBonne, Sally Pritchett, Bill Rowe, Charley Rowe, Angie Peraza, Angel Arroyo, Daryl Bennett, Mike Waters, Mike Rosas and a host of other Jarheads were running the nationwide Toys For Tots campaign from the 4th Marine Division/Wing Headquarters office in the 9th Ward of the Crescent City. We were located right next to one of those levies that gave way during Katrina.

The city was dirty, violent, wildly adventurous, filled with tourist traps and local joints known only to Gods and Cajuns. Chuck fit right in.

He was a living legend to us youngsters back then since most of us never knew an Iwo Jima “graduate” and, while he was all that, Chuck was also self-effacing, gregarious, creative as hell, a businessman with a great sense of humor and his own man living by his own rules.
What did we know about the Old Corps? As it turned out, nothing. Chuck broke the mold of the by-the-book Marines running our lives back then. He wasn’t a ‘Nam vet and he wasn’t some pompous ass flaunting heroics of a bygone era, though he certainly could have been had he chosen that route. After all, we were impressionable kids without knowledge of the hell he went through on Iwo and other island hoping campaigns in the Pacific Theater.

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Memorial for Bob Long set

Bob Long

Bob Long

Update: A Memorial to be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11 am.

A journalist, filmmaker, broadcasting executive and Combat Correspondent in the Marine Corps, Bob had a fascinating career developing motion picture scripts and serving in news rooms on the east and west coasts. He served as KNBC Vice President and News Director from 2003 to 2009 when he retired and accepted the teaching post in Istanbul. He had previously served at NBC as Vice President for News and Operations at the network’s owned station in Washington, DC (1999 to 2003). His prior television news experience included news gathering, production and management jobs at the CBS owned station in Los Angeles (1968-1975), UPN Television in Los Angeles (1991-1994), Disney Television in Los Angeles (1994-1997) and a first tour at the NBC Los Angeles flagship as managing editor before going to Washington as Vice President for News.

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Happy 241st Marines! OORAH!

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Chuck Beveridge, former USMCCCA art director dies

Chuck Beveridge at Iwo Jima. (Courtesy of Hoover Public Library)

Chuck Beveridge at Iwo Jima. (Courtesy of Hoover Public Library)

Update:  Charles W. “Chuck” Beveridge(1925 – 2016)
Charles W. “Chuck” Beveridge, retired creative director and artist and recipient of the Purple Heart after being wounded on Iwo Jima in World War II, died Wednesday. He was 90.

Beveridge joined the Marines at 17 with permission from his parents and fought in some of the Pacific Theater’s most significant battles from January 1944 through October of 1945. He fought with the Fourth Marine Division on Roi Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, where he watched the flag raised on Mount Suribachi from a hospital ship after being wounded.

He recovered from the wound he received during the amphibious landing and rejoined the battle for Iwo Jima. Beveridge, who never graduated high school, began his highly successful career as an artist at Leatherneck magazine, where he worked two stints, 1946-1948 and then 1952-1955.

A talented artist with a brilliant creative mind, he worked for many advertising agencies around the country and founded his own studios in New Orleans and Florida. He retired from Birmingham Magazine and continued to work freelance well into his 80s.

He was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hoover. He is survived by his loving wife Mary, three daughters, Harriett (Coby) Bethke, of Silver Springs, MD; Judi (Paul) Sherman, Lewis, DE; Linda (Daniel) Bailey, Birmingham, AL, nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Family requests that donations be made to the Howlin’ Mad Smith Detachment of the Marine Corps League, 1515 Bent River Circle, Birmingham., AL 35216. Donations also can be made at the funeral home.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ridout’s Valley Chapel in Homewood with visitation at 10 a.m. The family invites friends, after the service, for a reception at Valley Chapel’s Edgewood Parlor.

Funeral Home
Ridout’s Valley Chapel
1800 Oxmoor Road Homewood, AL 35209
(205) 879-3401
Published in The Birmingham News on Nov. 6, 2016

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Commandant of the Marine Corps Names Dickey Chapelle “Honorary Marine”

Dickey Chapelle to receive Honorary Marine status.

Dickey Chapelle to receive Honorary Marine status.

CCHQ was notified October 4 that the Commandant of the Marine Corps has approved Dickey Chapelle for Honorary Marine status. As most know, Dickey was killed November 4, 1965 while with “her Marines” on Operation Black Ferret near Chu Lai in Vietnam. At our request, retired BGen. Tom Draude, a former Director of Information, initiated the formal request to HQMC. In his letter, written in June 2015, he pointed out the following:

For the record, Ms. Chapelle was killed November 4, 1965 by fragments of a booby-trapped mortar shell while covering Marine action during Operation Black Ferret with the 7th Marine Regiment near ChuLai, Republic of Vietnam. Following her death, Lt. Gen. Lewis Walt and other officials from the III MAF honored her by placing a plaque near the spot where she was killed. As a matter of information, this plaque no longer exists in that area. She was returned to the United States accompanied by an honor guard of six Marines, proof of the regard in which she was held by all.
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