Manny Pacheco, president, USMCCCA
A heartfelt greeting and special thanks to all my fellow CCs for entrusting me with the stewardship of our organization. I am humbled by the outpouring of support.
Let me begin by thanking our outgoing President Bill Hauptfleisch for his hard work and dedication over the past two years. Let me also express my thanks to the many folks who work behind the scenes (board members, our executive director, our web master and others) to ensure we continue to march. Our organization is at a crossroads and it will take some patience and perseverance to ensure that we take the right approach so that both our Association and our Foundation remain strong, ready and relevant, not only to us CCs of yesterday but also to the warrior story tellers of today and tomorrow.
Over the course of the next year I want to dedicate myself to finding creative and innovative ways of not just increasing our membership, but just as important (if not more so) to figure out ways to get the more than 400 members on our roles to play a more active role in their organization. The first step of that endeavor is to ask each of you to pledge to do one thing this year, not for me, not for the CCs, but for your fellow Marines and for our Corps.
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Newly elected USMCCCA president, Manny Pacheco (left) laughs at a story Jack Paxton tells to Walt Ford.
Ninety-six members, their guests and active duty Marine CCs and Combat Camera Marines heard one of the best tributes to our occupational fields ever given by a serving flag officer when Brig. Gen. James W. “Chip” Bierman addressed our annual banquet on Wednesday evening, September 10.
Brig. Gen. James W. “Chip” Bierman addressed our annual awards banquet, Sept. 10.
While giving an overview of our present-day Corps, Bierman, CG, MCRD, San Diego and Western Recruiting Region, then laced his 30 minute address with personal comments about combat correspondents and combat camera Marines who had been attached to his units during combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. As one veteran member said: “it certainly is the first time that a guest of honor has spoken to us, about us. It was just an outstanding presentation!”
The banquet, held at the Pacific Views Events Center aboard Camp Pendleton, was the highlight of our 2014 Annual Conference which began Monday, September 8 and concluded with the election of new officers on September 11.
On Tuesday, Col. Sean Gibson, Deputy Director, Marine Corps Communications, at HQMC, gave an “up close and personal” look at the new public affairs and combat camera structure. The fact that he took time out of his busy schedule of visits to west coast Marine Corps units to speak to us was a good indicator of the “new look” of our active duty leadership at the Pentagon now being headed by Col. Dave Lapan.
Sgt. Prince, 1st ANGLICO, explains new equipment to our avid group.
On Wednesday morning, through the cooperation of the I MEF Public Affairs office, members and guests were treated to a highly interesting tour and presentation by members of the 1st ANGLICO staff. Following that we hosted approximately 15 I MEF and Combat Camera staff members at a luncheon at an area dining hall. For many of us this was the first time back at a “chow hall” in many years. BTW, the food was great!
At our annual business meeting breakfast on Thursday morning, long-time member, Manny Pacheco was elected to a two-year term as USMCCCA President and Bill Hauptfleisch, immediate past president, moved over to become president of the USMCCCA Foundation, relieving Don O’Neil. O’Neil, ever the workhorse, volunteered to become Foundation Treasurer relieving Carol Rees who stepped down to continue her education.
Association officers re-elected were Kate Stark, VP, Chris Whiting, Secretary and Rick Lavers, Treasurer. Three new board members were seated: Bob Mergle, Cal Openshaw, and Bob Long. Each will serve a two-year term. They join incumbent board members Jerry Gutierrez and Tom Kerr who finish their terms in 2015.
Consolidated minutes of both the “old,” Foundation and Business Meeting will be compiled in coming weeks and published in the 4th quarter “Now Hear This” and on the website, www.usmccca.org.
WEB MANAGERS NOTE: Apologies to those still waiting… A photo gallery of the conference will be coming but I am traveling and attending a two-week training course until Sept. 26.
In my rare spare moments, I am editing, culling and captioning some 495 images from the conference…so just stand by. I will get them up as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience. — Kate Stark
Robert Daniel “Bob” Torres, the long-time Public Affairs Officer for NAS Corpus Christi, passed away Wednesday evening after a long illness.
Bob had gone out on extended medical leave in February and, as his condition worsened, left Federal civilian service in June.
Bob served in the US Marine Corps from 1972 to 1993, spending most of his career in public affairs and retiring with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
He was editor of the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi “Wingspan” in 2002-2003 and became the Air Station’s Public Affairs Officer in 2004.
There will be a Rosary at 7 pm Monday, Sept. 15, at Maxwell P. Dunn Funeral Home, 1222 Morgan Ave., Corpus Christi.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am Tuesday, Sept. 16, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2233 Waldron Road, followed by a reception.
Burial will be at 1 pm at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, 9974 IH 37 Access Road, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410.
The family has requested that flowers or donations in lieu of flowers be sent to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2233 Waldron Road, Corpus Christi, Texas 78418.
Longtime CC Tom Peters from the LA Chapter at the USMCCCA conference held in Oceanside, CA Sept 8-11, 2014
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For those that attended Kate Stark’s “Social Media for Dummies…and CCs who fondly remember the IBM Selectric II, the Leica with 36 exposures and pay phones” presentation. Here is the handout with links to how to videos for the social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Holiday Inn Oceanside
1401 Carmelo Drive
Oceanside, California 92054
Monday: September 8
1600 Old Board Meeting – Bill Hauptfleisch
1800 Welcome Reception
2000-2400 Hospitality Suite open
Tuesday: September 9:
0830-0930 State of USMC Public Affairs and Where This Association
Fits In – Col. Shawn Gibson, Deputy Director, Office of Marine Corps
0930-1015 The Marine Corps of Today – Fred Lash
1030-1200 Social Media For Dummies – Kate Stark
Afternoon and evening open
1900-2400 Hospitality suite open
Wednesday: September 10
0830-1130: Tour & Demo at Camp Pendleton
1130-1300: Luncheon with Active Duty CCs & ComCam Marines at Dining
1300-1630 Spouse Afternoon Out – via hired bus
1400-1500 Foundation Board Meeting – Don O’Neal
1530-1630 Rehearsal if necessary – Fred Lash, Emcee
1730 Bus departs for Pacific View Center, Camp Pendleton
1800-1845 Reception, Pacific View Center
1900-2100 Distinguished Performance Awards Banquet – Fred Lash,
2145-2400 Hospitality suite open
Thursday: September 11
0730-1000 Annual Business Meeting & Election of Officers Breakfast*
1000 Conference adjourns
* Note Because the Business Meeting agenda will no doubt be full the
New Board Meeting will be scheduled electronically at a date to be
Brigadier General James W. Bierman, Jr.
CCHQ announces that Brigadier General James W. Bierman, Jr. Commanding General, Western Recruiting Region & Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA will be the guest of honor at the Distinguished Performance Awards Banquet, Wednesday evening, September 10 at the Pacific Views Center, Camp Pendleton.
Brigadier General James W. Bierman, Jr. was born in Camp Lejeune, and attended the Virginia Military Institute. Upon completion of The Basic School and Infantry Officer’s Course in 1988, he reported to the 2d Marine Division and was assigned as a Rifle Platoon Commander in Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) 4-88. While in this billet he participated in contingency operations in the Persian Gulf.
In December 1988, Brigadier General Bierman was assigned to 2d Battalion, 8th Marines. While with 2/8 he served as an Anti-Armor Platoon Commander, Adjutant, and Commanding Officer of Headquarters and Service Company. In 1991 he deployed to the Mediterranean with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and participated in operations in Northern Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort.
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Two-year-old grandson Reese Black-Knight being held for candle blow-out by USMCCCA member and grandfather Don Knight. at a surprise party in June. Knight was celebrating his 90th birthday at his daughter’s home in Silver Spring, MD. (Photo by Phil Black-Knight)
Brick surrounding the Brigadier General Robert L. Denig monument.
Brigadier General Robert L. Denig monument dedicated by the USMCCCA on Nov. 17, 2012.
Theo Servetas writes:
It was on my return the other day from the 4th Division reunion at Charleston, SC, when I was finally able to stop at the Denig Memorial. It was a busy week getting my Son settled in at UNC Chapel Hill on the way down, and capped off with a visit to Norm Hatch in Alexandria on my way home. Being stuck in traffic on I-95 north in the Quantico vicinity was the signal for me to stop, even if it was almost 6:00 pm. Thank goodness the Museum grounds were still open.
I am very pleased with the memorial overall. And for the fact that my Uncle’s name was placed so prominently in front of General Denig’s image. Since my Uncle opted to be cremated, he has no grave marker. Perhaps there is a tribute to him at an art museum somewhere in Greece, I doubt that there is any memorial with Theo Hios’ name elsewhere in the United States. This means a lot to me.
If you’ve been waiting for an updated membership directory, this is YOUR lucky day. If you are a registered member of this site, you can download here. Any information that is incorrect, please use this form to let Jack Paxton know to update the roster.
If you get a password request, use the lowercase last name of the general that founded Public Affairs. If you cannot pass the quiz, then email Kate and she will send it to you.