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  • 26 Sep 2018 10:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEW ORLEANS -- Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony held at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans, Sept. 8, 2018. Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian who served as the commander of MARFORRES and MARFORNORTH from 2015-2018 relinquished command to Maj. Gen. Burke W. Whitman.

    As the commander of MARFORRES he is responsible for controlling the assignment of forces to augment, reinforce, and support the active component with trained units and individual Marines as a sustainable and ready operational reserve for employment across the full spectrum of crisis and global engagement.

    As a component of U.S. Northern Command, the MARFORNORTH commander executes antiterrorism program and force protection responsibilities, advises on proper employment of Marine Corps forces, coordinates with and supports Marine Corps forces when attached to USNORTHCOM to conduct homeland defense operations and provides defense support to civil authorities. 

    While addressing the crowd, McMillian expressed gratitude for all of the support he has received throughout his career and conveyed that he has total trust and confidence in the work that Whitman will accomplish.

    “I have worked with Maj. Gen. Whitman for some time now and know that he is the right man for the job,” McMillian stated. “The close to 40,000 troops of Marine Forces Reserve are in good hands.” 

    Whitman, who previously served as the commanding general for 4th Marine Division, a ground combat force comprising 17,000 Marines and Sailors, stated to those in attendance that he will strive to continue to do great things for the command.

    “If there is one thing I will work to do, it is to keep things rolling smoothly just as they have been,” Whitman said. “There is a lot of work to be done and with my time as commander, I am going to work to accomplish as much as I can.” 

    As the ceremony drew to a close, McMillian took time to address the Marines and Sailors and thank them for how much they do for the command.

    “Without these Marines and Sailors you see here today, and those stationed all over the world, the mission would not be accomplished,” McMillian said. “It is because of you all that we have success and I know you will continue to work hard for Maj. Gen. Whitman.”

    McMillian is retiring from the Marine Corps with close to 40 years of service. He commissioned in 1980 via the Platoon Leaders Class program. As a naval aviator, he will continue to fly after the Marine Corps as a pilot for Delta Airlines. 

    With new leadership stepping in, the Marines and Sailors of MARFORRES and MARFORNORTH will continue to uphold Lt. Gen. McMillian’s standard of being “Ready to Fight Tonight.”

  • 26 Aug 2018 6:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Through a partnered effort to offer learners the opportunity to discover new insights into the most significant event of the 20th century, The National WWII Museum and Arizona State University now offer an online World War II Studies master’s degree program. Consisting of 30 hours of coursework taught by the world’s top WWII scholars, this program is designed to meet the educational and professional needs of various types of students, from history and social studies teachers seeking a master’s degree to specialists seeking career advancement or degree credentials. Through in-depth discussions on the war’s military campaigns, its impact on civilians, and much more, the program’s classes will further enrich your understanding on World War II, all accessible from the comfort and convenience of your own home.






  • 26 Aug 2018 5:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "It's been 75 years since the first women Marines were stationed at Camp
    Pendleton and the milestone is being celebrated with gatherings and the
    publication of a commemorative magazine with historical photos and stories."
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-woman-mar
    ine-magazine-20180814-story.html

  • 26 Jul 2018 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    On 14 July the Memorial for those that lost their lives in the tragic accident of Yanky 72  was dedicated. The Officers & Board of Directors wishes to thank everyone who

    donated money for the building of the Memorial. Due to your efforts we actuallyexceeded our goal of $15,000!! Outstanding Marines & thank you! 
    No one needs an invitation you are invited to attend the ceremony. To review the ceremony click here

  • 18 Jul 2018 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    On 18 July the MCRA presented the Maj Keith Wells, Navigation Award to 2Lt. Collin P. Logan. 2Lt Logan is a former enlisted Marine and is from Bartlesville, OK. He is an 0402, logistics officer. He and his wife Jeahn report to logistics school on Camp Johnson, MCB Camp Lejeune 14 August. Following completion of Logistic school he will report to 3D MARDIV on 20 November. He is the son of Daniel and Toni Hogan, Bartlesville, OK. Collin is shown with the National President, Paul K. Hopper, Col USMC (Ret)

  • 08 May 2018 8:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    For their efforts, MWSS-473 received the Marine Corps Logistics Organization/Team of the Year (large unit) Award at the Marine Corps Association and Foundation’s 14th annual Ground Logistics Awards dinner at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, March 22, 2018. To read the full article click here.

  • 21 Mar 2018 7:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

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    The Marine Corps Reserve Association and the Marine Corps University are in the stages of creating the MOU. The current plan is to keep this at the Major and above level, which will make it available to the Command and Staff College and the Marine Corps War College. It is felt, that since all services send reserve officers to the university. The current plan is to focus upon Joint Forces reserve topics. The final MOU is making it's way through the staffing process at MCU & MCRA. As soon as it is finalized we will make a more formal announcement. We plan to start this for academic year 2018/19. The name of the award has yet to be named, if you have an idea of who this should be named after, send the name with justification to USMCRA@USMCRA.ORG. 

  • 21 Mar 2018 7:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The VA is reaching out to all VSOs to collaborate more closely in reducing veterans homelessness, as this is an important national priority. Specific goals include:

    • Expanding awareness of VA programs for homeless Veterans
    • Improving access to employment opportunities for job-ready Veterans who are exiting homelessness
    • Increasing the supply of affordable housing for homeless Veterans
    • Increasing transportation options
    • Providing move-in essential items from Veterans who moving into permanent housing
    As the partnership matures we will further engage the membership. Standby!
  • 21 Mar 2018 7:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It Your MCRA has been working with the Defense Health Agency to enhance the benefits of active duty and reserve personnel. This is a thank you letter from VADM Bonno, Director, Defense Health Agency.


  • 21 Mar 2018 9:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wanted to let everyone know that there were 46 essays submitted for our contest. Thank you to those that took the time to write on how MFR can be ready tonight! All 46 are being reviewed by the MCA Editorial Staff and the Commander, MFR is reading them!

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