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The 2014-15 Dedicated Member Campaign has begun. This year you can designate where your contribution goes. Your name and dedication will also appear in the Annual Conference Journal at the end of the year:

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Torres: Bob passes after long illness

Bob Torres

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.

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Photos from the Conference

Longtime CC Tom Peters from the LA Chapter at the USMCCCA conference held in Oceanside, CA Sept 8-11, 2014

For more photos, please visit our Facebook  Album

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Social Media Notes for download

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.

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Conference schedule

Location:

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
Communications, HQMC
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
Hall TBA
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,
Emcee
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
announced.

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BGen Bierman guest of honor at banquet

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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Executive editor wanted for quarterly magazine

Sherry L. Suhosky has listed an RFP for an executive editor for the quarterly magazine, The Professional Pet Sitter as part of he National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS)

NAPPS requests a response to this request for proposal by September 12, 2014.  Please reply electronically to Sherry L. Suhosky at SkiSpeak@gmail.com with a summary you propose to meet our needs.
Additional information required includes:
•    Editor resume
•    A brief list of similar referenced clients.
•    Samples of similar project work.
•    Cost for editorial services per issue.

For the full listing click here.

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Don Knight celebrates 90

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)

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)

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Uncle honored by Denig Memorial

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.

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Updated Membership roster just in time for the conference.

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.

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Capt. Greg Wolf was welcomed into the Defense Information School’s Public Affairs Leadership Department recently, having completed the school’s Instructor Training Course. A UNC-Chapel Hill grad and Raleigh native, Wolf worked as a civilian journalist in Wilmington, North Carolina and Texas before joining the Corps. The Operation Iraqi Freedom vet was most recently posted as a spokesman at Headquarters Marine Corps. Pictured with the skipper are his new boss, Army Maj. Stephen Short, and department head CC Keith Oliver. (Shane Keller photo).

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DMA job opportunities

Defense Media Activity, (Synchronization Center), is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-13. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1168046-B) opens on Thursday, August 7, 2014, and closes on Monday, August 18, 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/377699500

Defense Media Activity, DINFOS, is looking for an Instructional Systems Specialist, GS-1750-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1178696-B) opens on Monday, August 11, 2014, and closes on Monday, August 25, 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/378025800

Defense Media Activity, Production Component, is looking for a Visual Information Specialist, GS-1084-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1190215-B) opens on Thursday, August 14, 2014, and closes on Wednesday, August 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/378370000

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2014 Scholarship awards announced

Sarah Pacheco

Aidan Kelly

The USMCCCA Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the names of our 2014 scholarship recipients.  Joint winners of the Gladys McPartland Scholarship fund for general studies for 2014 were Sarah Pacheco, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Manny Pacheco and a student at Virginia Tech,  and Aidan Kelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Oliver, an entering student at CalPoly in California .

As each was vying for the general studies scholarship of $3,000, the committee decided to award each of the recipients $1500.  There was no winner chosen for the Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Memorial Scholarship for communications studies.

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