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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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
Ken Hopper Bob Donaghue
President Executive Director
On 17 November, the MCRA presented the Maj Frank Tejada Congressional Leadership award to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, from the state of South Carolina. He has served in the United States Senate since 2002 and one of the strongest supporters/defenders of the military.
The ceremony was held in the Russell Building in DC and attended by senior Marine Forces Reserve leadership, a large number members of the Officers and Board of Directors as well as members from other Veteran Services Organizations.
The President of the MCRA, Ken Hopper introduced the presenter of the award LtGen Rex McMillian, Commanding General of Marine Forces Reserve. For the full story click here.
The MCRA is pleased to inform you that this years winner of the Maj Frank Tejada Congressional Leadership award is Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, from the state of South Carolina. He has served in the United States Senate since 2002 and one of the strongest supporters/defenders of the military.
Before being elected to Congress, the Senator served in the US House of Representatives and compiled a distinguished record in the United States Air Force, serving six-and-a-half years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer. From 1984-1988, he was assigned overseas and served at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany. Upon leaving active duty Air Force in 1989, Graham joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he served until 1995. During the first Gulf War in the early 90's, Graham was called to active duty and served state-side at McEntire Air National Guard Base as Staff Judge Advocate where he prepared members for deployment to the Gulf region. In 1995, Graham joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves. During American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Graham put his experience in military law to use pulling numerous short-term Reserve duties in both countries over congressional breaks and holidays. Graham retired from the Air Force Reserves in June 2015 having served his country in uniform for 33 years. He retired at the rank of Colonel.
The Senator currently serves on the Senate Appropriations, the Armed Services, the Budget, and the Judiciary Committees.
Shown with the Officers and Board of Directors is the CG MFR, Lt.Gen. Rex McMillian and the SgtMaj MFR, Sgt. Maj. Patrick L. Kimble.
The three days spent in Nashville, TN was nothing short of fantastic. The festivities began Thursdaymorning with a tour of OPERATION STANDDOWN - where vets receive resume preparation training, job training and when needed, a home. Following the visit, the Association paid a visit to the Midshipmen of Vanderbilt University. Fantastic visit!! These students are dedicated and motivated. Nashville President Randy Harris, Executive Director Bob Donaghue and National President Ken Hopper were able to provide some leadership training and mentorship to these young Americans. That evening the Executive Director and the National President hosted a reception attended by many from the Nashville area and members of the Marine Corps League. Fridaymorning we attended a breakfast hosted by OPERATION STANDDOWN. That afternoon we attended the ESGR luncheon where companies from across the great state of Tennessee were honored for their dedication in supporting members of the Guard and Reserve. It was a highlight to have the CG, MFR as the guest speaker. His remarks brought credit to those present, the state of Tennessee, and to all those that have served in the Guard and Reserve. Following the luncheon, we were privileged to have front row seats to witness the power of the Marine Corps - the MAGTF DEMONSTRATION.Saturday had multiple highlights. During the business meeting the CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS for the upcoming year was agreed upon; we elected new Officers and members of the Board of Directors; and were fortunate to have the CG and SgtMaj, MFR provide a brief on the status of the Marine Corps Reserve. It was clear following the briefing where MFR would like the power of the MCRA to assist. Click here for full report.
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