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District Update | October 13, 2020
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Congressman Paul Cook Receives Award from the Marine Corps Reserve Association
The Marine Corps Reserve Association presented Congressman Paul Cook with the Association’s highest honor, the “Non-Sibi, Sed Patriae” (Not for Self, But for Country). In the 60 years the award has been presented, only a handful of people have received it.
Congressman Cook, a Lifetime Member of the Marine Corps Reserve Association, began his service to our country in 1966, swearing allegiance to “defend this country against all enemies” and becoming a Second Lieutenant of the United States Marine Corps. For his service in Vietnam, Cook received two Purple Hearts, Combat Action Ribbons, and a Bronze Star with a "V" for gallantry. He served in the Marine Corps for 26 years, retiring as a Colonel in 1992.
Congressman Cook said, “I want to thank Colonel Hopper and the Marine Corps Reserve Association for honoring me with this important award. I’m deeply humbled by this occasion, and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to have had the opportunity to continue serving our military during my time in Congress. For 244 years, the Marines have been protecting America at home and abroad. I know that 244 years from now, the Marines will still be making a difference in the world.”
In presenting the award to Cook, Colonel Ken Hopper (Ret.), National President of the Marine Corps Reserve Association, said, “The criteria for this award is simple; an individual must show a consistent devotion to the interests of the National Defense, the Marine Corps, and the Marine Corps Reserve. Only those military and civilian leaders who have demonstrated these qualities will receive this award. Paul has given 54 years to public service, with 34 of those years at the federal level. It is my distinct honor and privilege to present the Non-Sibi, Sed Patriae award to Marine Corps Reserve Association Lifetime Member, Congressman Paul Cook."
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March 29–31, 2019 Winder, GA
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Operation Purple Healing Adventures welcomes wounded, ill, injured, medically separated, or medically retired military families to take part in uniquely designed resiliency building activities that help each family member’s growth after a service member’s injury.
PARMA, Mich. (WILX) -- The remains of a World War II pilot were buried in Oct, 76 years after his plane went down during a battle in the Solomon Islands.
Elwood Bailey were buried next to his parents at Chapel Cemetery in Parma in Jackson County. He was a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserves when he was reported missing in action while fighting Japanese forces over Guadalcanal in 1942.
The federal government says a resident of the Solomon Islands turned over human remains and other evidence in 2015. Analysis confirmed Bailey’s identity. He was 22 years old when he died. Wayne Tompkins says his uncle’s dog tags were identified, as well as the number on his aircraft.
ATTENTION ALL VETERANS
You are invited to attend the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Open House for our "Veterans Career and Outreach Day 2018".
Explore career opportunities and see how you can make science better for our changing world.
Save the Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10am – 12pm
Location: USGS National Headquarters
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA 20192
Eventbrite Link -- U.S. Geological Survey Veterans Career & Outreach Day 2018
Maj. Gen. Burke W. Whitman, left, incoming commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North receives the MARFORRES colors from Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian, outgoing commander of MARFORRES and MARFORNORTH during the change of command ceremony Sept. 8, 2018, at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans. McMillian served as the commander from 2015-2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tessa D. Watts)
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The total earnings for the third quarter came to $ 919.88 This is in contrast with $ 704.20 received during the corresponding quarter of 2017, an increase of $ 215.68. A buyout of WGL Holdings early in the quarter resulted in a capital gain of $ 4,013.06. The proceeds of the buyout were used to buy 3M Corporation shares. 3M has a history of over 60 years of annual increased dividends.
The market value of the Trust on the end of the day on 30 September, 2018 was $ 113,424.20 compared with $ 105,253.71 at the end of 30 September, 2017, an increase of $ 8,170.79.
There have been no donations to the Trust and no new life memberships dues added to the Trust assets during the third quarter. The market value of the Trust assets has fluctuated somewhat during the quarter due to the uncertainty regarding the free trade/tarriff issue; however, the overall performance of the mix of assets in the Trust has resulted in a gain of $ 7,209.75 during the quarter. One dividend increase was announced during the third quarter, and at least one holding has announced a dividend increase during the fourth quarter. This will boost the regular dividend earnings by the Trust by a small amount for the fourth quarter.
The Trust earnings projected to be paid to the Association in 2018 will be more than $3,940.00. The figure is expected to increase slightly if any other companies announce dividend increases. Since the philosophy used in selecting investments has been to buy shares in corporations with strong balance sheets and long histories of annual inceases in dividends, the membership can expect increased earnings paid to the Association in the years to come.
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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.”
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.
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