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Dedicated Members

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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Pride in a Black Tee Shirt

By Don Knight, to read story click on image above.

There is one way to get seats at the weekly Sunset Parade at Arlington’s US Marine Corps War Memorial:

Be a Marine Combat Correspondent, have your World War II dog tag and be ready to quote the rifle number you toted across the Pacific.  Life Member Don Knight relates his recent visit.

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DMA opportunities

Defense Media Activity, (Armed Forces Radio and Television Services), is looking for a Supervisory Telecommunications Specialist GS-0391-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1159801-B) opens on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 and closes on Monday, July 28, 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/374940400

Defense Media Activity, (DINFOS), is looking for an Instructional Systems Specialist, GS-1750-12 in the Distance Education Office.  The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1159656-B) opened on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 and closes on Tuesday, July 29, 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/374985700

Defense Media Activity, (Defense Visual Information/ Defense Imagery Management Operations Center), is looking for SIX (6) Visual Information Combat Camera Plans Specialists, GS-0301-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1164591-B) opens on Friday, July 11, 2014 and closes on Monday, July 28, 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/375248800

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Absentee Ballots Mailed

Official absentee ballots were mailed June 23 to all members.

Two persons are running for the office of Association President.  You must choose one person and mail your ballot back in the enclosed envelope by August 15 in order for it to be an official vote.

If you are attending the Oceanside Conference in September you may bring your ballot to the official business meeting and cast your vote there.  You can only vote once, either by sending the ballot to CCHQ by mail or by voting at the conference.  There will be a supply of ballots available at Oceanside.

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Veteran DINFOS instructor Staff Sgt. Brian Tuthill stopped in from leave to welcome Staff Sgt. Michael Cifuentes to the faculty ranks yesterday. Cifuentes, a Princeton, N.J. native, graduated from the schoolhouse's Instructor Training Course and joins the Broadcast and Maintenance Department, teaching video skills in the Basic Combat Correspondents Course. Michael is reporting in from the Camp Pendleton-based lst Marine Division,  where he said he worked with

Veteran DINFOS instructor Staff Sgt. Brian Tuthill stopped in from leave to welcome Staff Sgt. Michael Cifuentes to the faculty ranks yesterday. Cifuentes, a Princeton, N.J. native, graduated from the schoolhouse’s Instructor Training Course and joins the Broadcast and Maintenance Department, teaching video skills in the Basic Combat Correspondents Course. Michael is reporting in from the Camp Pendleton-based lst Marine Division, where he said he worked with “some of the most dedicated and proficient combat correspondents on the planet.” (Shane Keller photo)

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DMA seeks Supervisory Visual Information

Defense Media Activity, (Production/Navy Production Directorate), is lookingfor a Supervisory Visual Information Specialist, GS-1084-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1152050-B) opens on Thursday, June 26, 2014 and closes on Monday, July 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/373959500

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Dinfos article in Army Times

Col Martin - Army Magazine July 2014.pdf

Click on image for full article

The author, Col. Jeremy M. Martin, commandant of the U.S. Defense Information School, has been a particularly robust supporter of the USMCCCA, including its Executive Director.  He has also pointed out on more than one occasion that CC John Dodd is “the workhorse of the Public Affairs Course for International Students.”

Noting that Dodd is the 2013 Public Affairs Leadership Department Instructor of the Year, the DINFOS Commandant has called him “an absolute beacon for this special student population … a perfect example of what honor and a solid work ethic are all about.”

Article was initially published in the July 2014 issue of ARMY Magazine.

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Pat Coulter making great progress

Pat Coulter

The Executive Director has received a very “good news” update regarding our Life Member and “Emcee Extraordinaire” Pat Coulter. In a telephone conversation Thursday with Jerie, she said he was napping at the time but that, while the road was very long, Pat was coming along beautifully. “He drives himself to speech therapy and is participating in Mass each week. He is walking six miles a day and, while his balance isn’t what it used to be, he is making great progress.”

Jerie said that his impatience in being able to speak clearly is what bothers him the most. When asked about the driving, Jerie indicated he had to re-take his driving test, both written and driving, but had no problems. “He does tire easily and does take an afternoon nap. When told our conference will be in Oceanside in September, Jerie said they definitely would try to make the Wednesday evening awards banquet.

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2nd quarter newsletter in the mail

2nd Quarter Newsletter

The second issue of 2014 “Now Hear This” the official USMCCCA newsletter, should be arriving in your mailbox soon. If you DO NOT receive it, then you need to make sure CCHQ has your correct mailing address. You can MAKE SURE you get future newsletters by using the membership update form here.
If you are a registered member of this site, you can download the newsletter by clicking on the image to the right.

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Audiovisual production specialist wanted

Defense Media Activity, (Production Support), is looking for a Audiovisual Production Specialist, GS-1071-11.  The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-14-1130958-B) opens on Wednesday, June 18,  2014 and closes on Monday, July 07, 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/PrintPreview/373147100

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Tuthill earns highest GPA

Staff Sgt. Brian Tuthill

Staff Sgt. Brian Tuthill

Hard-charging CC, Staff Sgt. Brian Tuthill, an instructor in DINFOS’ Public Affairs Department, earned the highest grade point average of Career Course Class 4-14 at the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy Quantico, Va.

The Santee, Calif. native graduated on June 11 and was also placed on the Enlisted Professional Military Education Director’s Honor Roll

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Congrats to 2014 Thomas Jefferson Winners

Thomas Jefferson Broadcast Media Winners

Video News Report
Cpl. Marcin Platek, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, La.
Kotzebue Discount Shamen

Video Series
Lance Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz, Defense Media Activity – Marine Corps Production, Ft. Meade, MD.
With The Gear:

New and Traditional Media Winners

Civilian Enterprise News Production
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The Globe

Outstanding Flagship Website
Defense Media Activity – Marine Corps Production, Ft. Meade, MD
Marines.mil

Feature Photo
Sgt. Dengrier M. Baez, Marine Barracks, Washington D.C.
Sgt. Chesty XIII

 

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Running All The Way:  A Marine, A Runner, a Journey Through Life by Lawrence Dickerson

By Lawrence Dickerson

Running All The Way:  A Marine, A Runner, a Journey Through Life
By Lawrence Dickerson
Currently $14.48 on Amazon.com

Korea-era CC and longtime member, Larry Dickerson, has recently published “Running All The Way,” a great read about growing up in West Virginia pre-WWII, going into the Corps, then taking up the sport of running as a mid-life crisis-preventer.  He has run in all 50 states and is a proud finisher in a Boston Marathon.

The book describes his growing up in West Virginia, serving in the U. S. Marine Corps, graduating from Northwestern University and working 40 years in corporate management, all the while running. Throughout a life at full throttle, Larry, now in his 80’s, has run. He has run to and from school, on football and track teams, on obstacle courses and the deck of an aircraft carrier. He has run for pleasure, thoughtfully, while making decisions, and for the last 35 years, fiercely, to compete in age group competition. He has run more than 1,300 races and won his age group more often than not. Dickerson’s memoir is a series of vignettes extracted from a vibrant life that parallels the growth of a country from the great depression through World War II and the Korean, Vietnam and Cold Wars. He vividly describes combat in Korea and discusses life struggles and perspectives as well as running tips and the physical and mental benefits of exercise. In retirement, as a means to stay fit and mentally “with it,” Larry set a bucket list goal to run a road or track race in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. He recounts, along with other life highlights, successful completion of that goal in Anchorage, Alaska at age 82. Dickerson’s book entertains and extends a challenge to “just do it.”

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