Marine Corps Reserve Association
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  • 17 Feb 2018 9:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    The Association was recently contacted by Col Jim Hendrickson, USAFR (Ret). He is an advocate for the military and veteran students in higher education.While everyone can enthusiastically agree that transfer credits from military training and prior college continue to be a drain on financial resources and lost time there has still not been a comprehensive process created to address this issue.  Credit transfer is still left to the gaining school and the individual student to resolve.  His non-profit will give military students the leverage and tools that are critical to positively impact the interaction and ensure previously earned credits are fully awarded. If you have taken college courses & never finished that degree or if you have attended military education & not received college credit I recommended you contact OPERATION GRADUATE to help you get that college degree.

  • 22 Jan 2018 8:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    It is with great pleasure that the MCRA would like to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 Marine Corps JROTC awards.

    Region I:  Dallastown HighSchool, Dallastown, PA; Senior Marine - LtCol Innerst

    Region II: Nation Ford HighSchool,Ft. Mill, SC; Senior Marine - Col Mulcany

    Region III: Daniel Boone HighSchool, Gray, TN; Senior Marine - Maj Sassis

    Region IV: Selma High School, Selma, CA; Senior Marine - 1stSgt Romero

    Region V: Energized for-STEM Academy, Houston, TX; Senior Marine - 1stSgt Bland

  • 24 Nov 2017 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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  • 19 Nov 2017 7:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (Left to right) Chief Warrent Officer 5 Edward Brantley, the aide de camp of 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, Brig. Gen. Bradley James, commanding general of 4th MAW, MARFORRES, Sgt. Maj. Rodney Lane, sergeant major of 4th MAW, MARFORRES, and Master Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Pritchett, command master chief of 4th MAW, MARFORRES, bow their heads during a moment of silence at a memorial for the 16 fallen service members who died in a C-130 crash on July 10, 2017, in Moorhead, Miss., Oct. 19, 2017. 4th MAW leaders and Moorhead residents attended the event to pay tribute to not only those that died, but to also celebrate the 200th birthday of the state of Mississippi. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Dallas Johnson)

    CWO-5 Edward Brantly, Aid de camp of 4th MAW, BGen Bradley S. James, Commanding General 4th MAW, SgtMaj Rodney Lane, SgtMaj 4th MAW and Master Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Pritchett Command Master Chief 4th MAW bow their heads during a moment of silence at the memorial service for the 16 fallen service members who died in a C-130 crash on 27 July 2017 at Moorhead, MS. The service was held 19 Oct 2017. To read full article click here.
  • 03 Nov 2017 10:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MCRA held it's 2017 Annual Conference in New Orleans on 8-9 September. It was a tremendous event. Your Association began to return back to the days gone by. Thursday began with a trip to the WW II museum. A fascinating place if you have been unable to attend in person. That evening a reception was held in the Association's reception room. Many of the great leaders of the Association and Marine Corps Reserve were in attendance. Some of those that attended included Major Generals Al Harvey and Larry Taylor.

    Friday morning we received a valuable/informative Ethics brief from MajGen Kevin Kuklok USMCR (Ret), click here to review his brief. We visited the New Orleans Maritime Military Academy, founded by the former Commander, MFR LtGen David Mize. The highlight of Friday was a personal brief on the status of the Marine Corps Reserve by the Commander, LtGen Rex McMillian; Commanding General 4th MARDIV, MajGen Burke Whitman; and 4th FORCES HEADQUARTERS GROUP, BGen Michael Fahey. Friday afternoon the Association sponsored a PME event for the Marines. The topic of discussion was "The Creation of MFR." This event was attended by over 400 active duty & reserve personnel. A very lively discussion was lead by MajGens James Livingston, Larry Taylor, and Al Harvey.

    Saturday was full. We received a brief from JT Allen on "Operation Graduate"; a legislative update from Col Frank Wickersham; and a communication update from our Director of Communications Dean Castaldo. We then got down to business by electing new officers. Those elected include: VP, MEMBERSHIP - Tom Hazlett, MSgt USMC (Ret); Secretary - Sander Snowden, LtCol USMCR; reelected as STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE - Charlie Allen, LtCol, USMCR (Ret); SPECIAL ADVISORS: Dave Leighton, USMCR (Ret), Donnie Boyer, SgtMaj USMCR (Ret), and Joe Staudt, SgtMaj USMCR (Ret). In addition to these officers the President appointed special advisors, Legislative Affairs - Frank Wickersham, Col USMCR (Ret); 6th District - Adam Love, Maj USMC (Ret); 8th District - Bill Lednicky, Capt USMCR (Ret); Michael Elenitsky, CWO5 USMCR (Ret). The purpose of these Regional Advisors will be to serve as a conduit to those members and Reserve units within their respective Districts. There were a number of new initiatives passed by the board and a budget of $48,850 was also approved.

    A full report on the meeting will be mailed out to membership.

  • 03 Nov 2017 9:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    NEW ORLEANS - Sgt. Juvante Butler, an administrative specialist with 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, was presented the New Orleans Mayor’s Community Service Award at the World War II Museum in New Orleans, May 20, 2017. The Mayor’s Community Service Award is given to one member of each military branch for their exceptional volunteer service. Each year, service members are nominated to receive the award for their hard work within the New Orleans community. Butler was selected to represent the Marine Corps for his outstanding involvement and mentorship within The Knights of Pythagoras, where he serves as an adviser.  “I was shocked, it was an emotional moment,” he said. “I went against a lot of other great Marines and knowing that I actually won, was very touching.”
  • 03 Nov 2017 9:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On 7 April at MFR HQ, New Orleans, Maj. Gen. Burke W. Whitman (left),assumed command of the largest Marine Corps Division, the 4th Marine Division, from Brig. Gen. Paul K. Lebidine (right). Maj. Gen. Whitman is shown below accepting the colors from Brig. Gen Lebidine during the change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by PFC Niles Lee)

  • 23 Apr 2017 8:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PHOENIX --

    On a sunny December afternoon in Tempe, Arizona, Gabriel R. McInnis, a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve, thought he was on a routine drive to serve on a funeral honors detail.

    While passing through a residential area on Dec. 27, 2016, he heard a woman scream.

    “I was approaching a light, when I heard some screaming and yelling,” said McInnis, an engineer equipment mechanic with Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group. Full Story click here.

  • 08 Apr 2017 9:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

    Marine Corps Reserve Col. Michael S. Martin has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Martin is currently serving as the deputy chief of staff for plans and the Marine detachment commanding officer, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, Norfolk, Virginia.

    For complete list click here.

  • 08 Jan 2017 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    To our members, supporters and friends. As we near the end of 2016, and look forward to entering 2017, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to making this year such a success.

    The Association enjoyed significant gains in many areas this year, such as increased membership numbers; improved fundraising while reducing expenses; improved member communications though social media; and most importantly an improved relationship with MARFORRES.  We continued our support to the Semper Fi Fund; the Reserve Enlisted PME School; The Basic School; presenting the Congressional Leadership Award named after Lifetime member Frank Tejeda to Senator Lindsey Graham; honoring Marine Corps JROTC High Schools with the MCRA Outstanding JROTC award. We held a high quality and productive Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN.  We also continue helping Toys for Tots accomplish their much needed mission.

    We could not have accomplished so much without your continued support and wish to thank you. No matter what our personal political opinions are, we can all look forward to coming together as a group and a nation, and focusing on the things mean the most to us; our Corps and our Country.

    Please accept our sincerest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Semper Fidelis,

    Ken Hopper                 Bob Donaghue     

     President                 Executive Director

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Marine Corps Reserve Association
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