John “Jack” K. Baird
John “Jack” K. Baird, 80, of Des Moines, Iowa passed away on Friday, October 3, 2014. Jack was born April 6, 1934 in Peoria, Illinois to Thornton and Gladys Baird. Jack forged his parents’ signature at the young age of fifteen and enlisted in the Marines.
He is a veteran of the Korean War, served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and served multiple deployments to the Philippines, Okinawa and Thailand. With a career spanning twenty two years, Jack served in Japan, Taiwan and several stateside assignments with his family accompanying him. During his Vietnam tours he was a Combat Correspondent with the Pacific Stars & Stripes Newspaper and also had a number of his war pictures featured in Life Magazine. Click here to read more ›
Reinhild “Jacki” Huneycutt and USMCCCA Life Member LtCol. Neil Murphy are shown following Murphy’s recent retirement ceremonies. Anita Best, not shown, also attended.
FORT MEADE, Md. — Marine Corps martial arts instructor Sgt. Brandon M. Owen, left, presents a black-belt certificate to Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dunn at the Defense Information School Oct. 9, 2014. The Guns, a Sacramento, California, native and instructor in the school’s Public Affairs Leadership Department, completed a six-week Marine Corps martial arts black-belt syllabus Sept. 18, 2014, under Owen’s instruction. Owen serves as an instructor in the school’s Visual Communications Department. He hails from Fresno, California. (Photo by ace Air Force combat shooter Rick Corral)
Defense Media Activity (Production Component) is looking for a Director, Navy Production Directorate, GS-1001-14. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1216278-B) opens on Friday, October 10, 2014, and closes on Monday, October 27, 2014. This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/383545400.
Dale Cook laughs with a Marine from 1st ANGLICO, Camp Pendleton during the Annual USMCCCA conference held in Oceanside, CA Sept 8-11, 2014
Did you miss the Annual Conference this year? Want to see who was there and what they did? Then check out the gallery here.
Former president George W. Bush and John Raughter.
Former Marine Sgt. John Raughter, who has been running with some pretty well-known company in recent years, hit the pages of American Legion (the magazine he once edited), with a story on Defense Information School’s 50th Anniversary. The University of Houston alum has a Master’s in Journalism from Mizzou and continues to serve his uniformed brothers and sisters from his perch in Indianapolis as media manager for the Legion’s national commander. Here is his story: http://www.legion.org/magazine/224625/strength-through-truth
In March, Laurence C. Windsor, Jr stepped down as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for New York South.
His citation reads: for outstanding meritorious service as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for southern New York, frorn November 2005 through March 201 4. Mr. Windsor’s devoted advocacy for the military was key to the exceptional support the southern New York community provided the Army. His inspirational attitude and leadership have left a lasting, favorable impression on the military community in southern New York. Mr. Windsor’s actions on behalf of the Secretary of the Army and the Soldiers and Families of the United States Army are greatly appreciated and are a great credit to him, the State of New York and the United States Army.
A bevy of Leatherneck purveyors of knowledge completed the Defense Information School’s Instructor Training Course last month. Pictured are (front row from left) Gunnery Sgt. Chance Haworth (graduation guest speaker) and Sgt. Marcin Platek. Back row: (l-r) Sgt. Tyler Main, Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dunn and Army Sgt. lst Class Bruce Cobbeldick – a former Marine who served in the public affairs shops at both Camp Lejeune and Okinawa. (Photo by Master Sgt. Chyrece Cambell, USAF)
Photo by Rich Freeland
Leatherneck editor Mary Reinwald, successor to USMCCCA supporter Walt Ford, made her first appearance at Defense Information School last month. The Penn State alum addressed the graduating Public Affairs Qualification Course, giving a shout-out on behalf of the CCs and encouraging her audience to take full advantage of membership and participation in professional organizations like ours and the Marine Corps Association. Mary was thanked by DINFOS Commandant, Army Col. Jeremy Martin.
Defense Media Activity (Production Component/Navy Production Directorate) is looking for an Illustrator, GS-1020-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1216756-B) opens on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, and closes on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382497300
Pentagon Force Protection Agency Job Vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/381752800
Job Title: Supv Communications & Protocol Spec
Department: Department of Defense
Hiring Organization: Pentagon Force Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:PFP-14-1211259-B
- As a Supv Communications & Protocol Spec you will be responsible for the following duties:
- Serve as the agency’s principal advisor on all matters dealing with the agency’s communications strategy which includes establishing, advising,planning and managing internal interchanges of communication
- Manage the agency’s Corporate Communication Office, assign work to subordinate employees, and supervise employee performance
- Administer the development, promulgation, implementation, and maintenance of PFPA-wide policy and procedures regarding internal and external communications
- Oversee the finalization and approval of speeches, remarks, talking points, statements and other related documents for the PFPA Director and Senior Staff
- Manage the policies, development and execution of the agency’s three websites (internet, intranet, and extranet) with respect to disseminating information within PFPA and the local law enforcement organizations, security agencies, Military Departments and the general public
- Manage the agency’s internal and external communications programs to include all feedback mechanisms (Comment Cards, Suggestion Program, Director’s Advisory Group) the quarterly magazine, three agency websites, along with agency social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) photography, and videography
- Manage the Director’s correspondence, Headquarters’ messages and weekly Director’s Corner column to the workforce
- Oversee the agency’s protocol program, to include all official visits, distinguished visitors, ceremonies, and other special events
- Oversee the agency’s Privacy program and coordinate responses to Congressional and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiries
- Coordinate public affairs responses during real-time emergencies or disaster simulations
- Establish communication goals, conduct analyses of assigned programs, and manage multiple special projects required by PFPA Chief of Staff
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.