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General Dunford has released a new plan which details his vision for the Corps, emphasizing a realignment of troops to meet demands in the Pacific and Africa, better coordination with Special Operations units, and new psychological testing to assess resiliency in recruits.
The planning guidance “will set the conditions to fight and win against future enemies.” He has outlined broad changes, including a new plan that will provide each four-star geographic combatant commander with a “properly tailored and effective Marine component. This is the link to review & download the document, click here.
The General's office released a Twitter statement: "Marines: my planning guidance is out. Read it, discuss it, & offer feedback to your leaders." You can provide feed on this link.
DoD released its 2013 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths for U.S. service members. For Reserves, the rate per 100,00 was 23.4%. For the full story click here.
We would like to thank our co-sponsors, the Marine Corps League & the Reserve Officers Association & all the attendees for making this such a successful event.
The Wounded Warrior Regiment was stood up in April 2007 as the Recovery Care program for the Marine Corps. Over the last seven years, the Regiment has grown and refined the non-medical recovery care of our wounded, ill, and injured Marines and their family members. To commemorate the 7th anniversary, the Wounded Warrior Regiment Headquarters building was rededicated to Lance Cpl. Christopher Adlesperger. The Headquarters building was originally dedicated November 10, 2011 on the anniversary of Lance Cpl. Adlesberger's actions for which he was awarded the Navy Cross.
To truly bring his legacy to life, a professional painting of Lance Corporal Adlesperger was commissioned and placed in the entryway of the Headquarters building. This painting will serve as a reminder to all who pass through the Wounded Warrior Regiment of the successes that have resulted from the inspiration of Lance Cpl. Adlesberger's actions and those of his brother and sister Marines. “This re-dedication is a celebration of Christopher’s great, meaningful life… it is also a re-introduction of this brave and selfless Marine not only to his Regiment, but to the many Marines and visitors who enter our headquarters every day” remarked Col. Willard A. Buhl, Wounded Warrior Regiment Commanding Officer.
The rededication and honoring of Lance Cpl. Adlesperger on the seventh anniversary of the formation of the Wounded Warrior Regiment will be a continuing inspiration for all those who serve our wounded, ill, and injured Marines.
For more information about the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment visit www.woundedwarriorregiment.org, contact our Sergeant Merlin German Wounded Warrior Call Center at 1-877-487-6299, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wwr.usmc.
The U.S. Department of Labor has just published their 2013 report "Employment Situation on Veterans-2013". The bottom line is that the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001, a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans has edged down to 9.0 percent in 2013. The jobless rate for all veterans also edged down to 6.6 percent. While this is an improvement these numbers are still too high. To read the full report, click here.
The MCRA continues to present the "1stLt Keith Wells" award at each TBS graduation class for excellence in Land Navigation. This award is named after 1stLt. Keith Wells who was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the assault on Mt. Suribachi. Part of his citation reads: "by his leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, 1st Lt Wells contributed materially to the destruction of at least twenty-five Japanese emplacements."
The most recent recipient is 2nd Lt. Matthew G. Guthrie, "F" Company. Matthew is from San Antonio, TX and is a Staff Judge Advocate. He will begin his MOS school this month. During their six months of training, Matthew received 1700 hours of instruction on “the basics”: which included classroom instruction, physical fitness events, land navigation, field exercises, MOUT, and MCMAP training. Throughout the training the instructors focused on five horizontal themes:
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