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Jack Paxton
John Kloczkowski
Manny Pacheco
Sally Pritchett
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Dale Baird
Bob McEwen
Chris Whiting
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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:

Walt Ford
Sally Pritchett
Don Haley
Chuck Tyler
Rodney Ayers
HLM Capt Steve Illes
Eddie Kafafian
Cynthia Graham LaJeunesse
Dan Bisher
Joseph Galloway
Kevin Doll
Michael Furgal
Malcom Barr
Don Parzanese
Theresa Sousa
Anita Best
Gene Smith
George Christman Jr.
Joe Skymba
Mike Arnold
Dub Allen
Bill Hauptfleisch
Don O'Neal
Jenny Holbert
Roland Jarrell Jr.
Virginia Kyser
John Dodd
Manny Pacheco
Frank Burke
George Hijar
Don Colemam
William Diefenbach
"Mawk" Arnold
Dale Baird
Bob McEwen
Tom Kerr
Neil Gillespie
Charles “Chip” Jones

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Longtime CC Mike Pitts passes

Mike Pitts, left, Dale Dye and Don Gee share a laugh at the hospitality suite during the 2010 annual conference in Reno. Mike passed away in his sleep on Tuesday.

Mike Pitts, left, Dale Dye and Don Gee share a laugh at the hospitality suite during the 2010 annual conference in Reno. Mike passed away in his sleep on Tuesday.

There will be a wake for Michael Pitts Sunday from 1800-2000, Aug. 2, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Services in Fredericksburg, Virg.

Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service
1621 Jefferson Davis Hwy,
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone:(540) 373-5842

The funeral service will be Monday 11 a.m., Aug. 3 at St. Patrick Catholic Church (in the Lake of the Woods area).

St. Patrick Catholic Church
9149 Elys Ford Road,
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Burial will be at 1 pm at the Quantico National Cemetery.

Quantico National Cemetery
18424 Joplin Rd.
Triangle, VA 22172

 

Here is a link to write in the Guest Book

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From Fred Pitts:
 It is with a heavy heart that I tell my friends that my twin brother, Mike, passed away in his sleep Tuesday at his home in Virginia. Mike was a retired Marine who served his country honorably for twenty years, and during that time he did two tours in Viet Nam, where he was awarded a Purple Heart, and received a battlefield commission to Captain. He had been ill for the past week but doctors were unsure of the cause. Mike joins his wife Sarah in heaven.

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Membership directory has been removed.

From the Executive Director:  Due to recent activities, we are removing the USMCCCA  Membership Roster and access to it via our website.  Both President Manny Pacheco and I feel this is necessary in light of recent activities, both nationally and on our Facebook pages.  In the latter situation there were implications that  individuals might have been granted permission to use member’s names for mass emailings; several of which could be considered political in nature.

I would remind all members that we, as a non-profit organization, are apolitical and, for those who do not understand that word, it simply means that we cannot take a stand for any person, party or legislative act, regardless of how the person, party or the act might benefit us.  To do so would endanger our standing with the IRS and jeopardize the good work our Foundation does.  It should also be pointed out that the only person authorized to speak for this organization is its President and, in some cases and when authorized, myself.

Anyone wishing to contact one or more of or members, please  send an email to request@usmccca.org. Your request will vetted and forwarded to ensure privacy for our members. (You will find the link in the left sidebar).

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2015 Conference Schedule

(last updated 7/17/2015)

Sunday – August 16
Early bird arrival – No scheduled activities

Monday – August 17
1030:  Registration begins
1400:  Old Board Meeting, USMCCCA
1600:  Board Meeting, USMCCCA Foundation
1800:  Welcome Reception
2000:  Hospitality Suite Open

Tuesday – August 18
0830:  Bus ride to Camp Lejeune
1000:  Op Brief, MEU, Amphib Demo
1130:   Adopt a Marine For Lunch
1300:  Visit Beirut Memorial, return to hotel
1900:  Hospitality Suite Open

Wednesday – August 19
0830:  Welcome:  President Manny Pacheco
History Update Proposal & 2016 Plans
Dave Biesel, St. Johann Press
Jack Paxton, Exec. Dir.
1000:  State of the Corps:
Col. Sean Gibson, Public Affairs
Mr. Chris Cox, Combat Camera
Lt. Col. Brian Thompson, Combat Camera
1300:  Annual Business Meeting
1430:  Afternoon open
1800:  Pre-DPA Banquet Reception
1845:  DPA Banquet:  Keith Oliver, Emcee
2200:  Hospitality Suite Open

Thursday – August 20
0800:  Sayanora Breakfast:
Address:  Joe Galloway
New Board Meeting
1000:  Conference Adjourns

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Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas named GOH for New Bern Conference

Guest of Honor, Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas

Guest of Honor,
Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas

Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas, CG 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, will represent the Commandant of the Marine Corps as guest of honor at our Distinguished Performance Awards Banquet, August 19 in New Bern, N.C.

With that locked in, President Manny Pacheco announced this week that plans for our 74th anniversary conference are fairly complete.  “I think everything is falling into place nicely,” Pacheco said.  “We have a couple of loose ends but, overall, we will have a great week.”

Pacheco thanked newly-promoted (and CC Life member) Col. Riccoh Player, PAO, MarForCom, Norfolk, and PA Director, Nat Fahy at Camp Lejeune, for helping assure that active duty Marines are aware of the conference and the DPA awards banquet.

Members are reminded that the guaranteed room rate of $90 ended July 17.  CCHQ is working with the Hilton to get an extension but, if you are reading this and have not attempted a reservation, we encourage you to try it quickly!  If you have to cancel your room registration for any reason be advised that the hotel requires cancellation within 72 hours of your arrival.

As announced many weeks ago, due to the lack of bus transportation in the New Bern area, we are limited to one 37 passenger bus for the trip to Camp Lejeune on Tuesday, August 18.  In all of our announcements we stressed the fact that the first 37 to register would take priority on this bus.  This does not mean that you will necessarily be excluded from the trip.  Some will cancel at the last minute.  Also, there will be member-owned vehicles that will be able to carry any overflow.  

Dress for the DPA banquet Wednesday evening will be service “alpha” for Marines, appropriate business attire (coat and tie) for men and appropriate cocktail attire for ladies.

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Looking for Beirut Barracks image

We are working on the Final Phase galleries, which includes an exhibit about Beirut. One of the design elements in the exhibit will be a wall-sized image of the barracks rubble.

Do you have a negative or slide that we could scan for this purpose? We can scan the film, or give you the specs if you’d prefer to scan the image yourself. If so, please contact me at charles.grow@usmc.mil.

Many thanks,

SF

Charlie Grow
Deputy Director
National Museum of the Marine Corps

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MOH award donated to Smithsonian

Frank Lee sent a link to this article about Marilane Perkins Jacobson, mother of MOH recipient and combat photographer, Cpl. William Thomas Perkins Jr. His posthumously awarded Medal of Honor will go to Washington, D.C., to document his role in the Vietnam War. Photo by Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader

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Col (ret) Brian Salas, left and MGySgt John Cordero, right, assist pinning-on rank during Col Ricoh Player's Promotion Ceremony, 08 July 2015 aboard MARFORCOM HQ, Norfolk, VA.

Col (ret) Brian Salas, left and MGySgt John Cordero, right, assist pinning-on rank during Col Ricoh Player’s Promotion Ceremony, 08 July 2015 aboard MARFORCOM HQ, Norfolk, VA.

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Deadline looms for Conference hotel reservations

Conference Registration: $80.
Hotel Reservation: $90 per room.
Nearest Airport: Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern (airport code: EWN).
If you are coming to New Bern next month you need to immediately make your hotel reservation (easy on this site) and also register with CCHQ (also easy here).  Our hotel contract guarantees the room rate of $90 only until July 27.  After our allotted room block is filled the rate goes up.  Do it now!
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Board Votes Posthumous 2015 Denig Award to Dickey Chapelle

"Dickey" Chapelle, 1959

“Dickey” Chapelle, 1959

The USMC Combat Correspondents Association Board of Directors have unanimously voted to posthumously present the 2015 Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Sr. Distinguished Service Award  to the late Georgette Louise “Dickey” Chapelle on this, the 50th anniversary year of her death, near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam November 4. 1965 during the combat operation “Black Ferret.”

In making the announcement President Manny Pacheco called attention to the fact that in addition to this being the 50th anniversary year of her death (Nov. 4, 1965), it corrects what should have been corrected many years ago. “It had always been thought that this organization had honored Dickey in the late 1960s but in checking all known records, there is nothing in existence proving any award was made.  In voting her the Denig award we have corrected that situation.”

For those members either did not know or were too young to have remembered her, Dickey Chapelle was a war correspondent who covered Marine action during the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima in World War II.   She later became very well known for her interviews in 1958 with President Fidel Castro of Cuba and for her coverage in Hungary of the freedom fighters where she was captured for nearly a month and thought to be a spy.

In the early 1960s Dickey would travel very early to Vietnam covering our advisory activities.  She would return again several times before her death.  At a plaque dedication near ChuLai and the site of her death, III MAF Commanding General Lewis Walt would remember something Dickey had said to him months before:

“When I die, I want it to be on patrol with the United States Marines.” She’d gotten her wish.

Dickey and the love affair she had with “her Marines” were well known in the ranks.  On learning of her death, then-Commandant, General Wallace M. Greene Jr., issued the following statement (in part):

“… She was not only a skilled, dedicated newspaperwoman, but she was an exemplary patriot whose great love for her country was an inspiration to all who knew her and worked with her.  It has been said by her media colleagues that she died with the men she loved. It must also be said that affection, admiration and respect was mutual. She was one of us, and we will miss her.”

We who knew her would quickly agree that, had she been eligible in 1942, she would have been one of the first to answer General Denig’s call for combat correspondents.  She embodied all of the great traits found in our early CCs and combat camera Marines. One of our Life Members who was professionally associated with her during several Vietnam campaigns said it best:

“Anyone who has ever known the waspish little foreign correspondent/writer/photographer, even casually, knew what she was doing in Vietnam. She belonged there – she was a Marine, as much so as any who ever took the oath of enlistment.

For more information on Dickey Chapelle’s life, please see  The 10th Annual McCarthy Lecture Series – Heather M. Stur, Ph.D. – “‘What’s a Woman Doing Here?’ Dickey Chapelle, War Correspondent”

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DMA Jobs available

Defense Media Activity (DINFOS) is looking for a Training Instructor, GS-1712-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA- 15-1433117-B) opens on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 and closes on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 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/407347600.

Defense Media Activity (JOC) is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-13. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1435416-B) opens on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 and closes on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 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/407327800

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Congratulations to all 2015 VIEC Winners (DPA/Merit)

Note: The Thomas Jefferson Awards award, 1st, 2rd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention. USMCCCA only recognizes the top three places. Click on the (YouTube) links to see the winning work of photo, multimedia, broadcasting and audio categories:

Here is the list of  the  2015 Visual Information and Excellence  in Communication (VIEC) Award Winners as published in the MARADMIN:

Print Categories:

Cat. A– Civilian Enterprise News Publication
1st | MCB Camp Lejeune
2nd | MCLB Albany

Cat. B – Funded News Publication
1st | Marine Barracks Washington

Cat. D – Outstanding Flagship Product
1st | Defense Media Activity

Cat. E – Outstanding Flagship Website
1st | Defense Media Activity

 Cat. F – Website/Blog
1st | MARFORPAC
2nd | AFN Iwakuni

 Cat. G – Outstanding Digital Presence
1st | 31st | Marine Expeditionary Unit
2nd | AFN Iwakuni
HM | Camp Pendleton

Cat. H – Outstanding Communication Campaign
1st | Marine Corps Installations Command

Cat. I – News Article
1st | Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie, II MEF
2nd | Cpl. Tiffany Edwards, MARFORRES
HM | Sgt. Timothy T. Parish, MCAS Cherry Point and 2nd | MAW
HM | Sgt. Lisette Leyva, Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication

Cat. J – Feature Article
1st | Sgt. Reece Lodder, 12th Marine Corps District
2nd | Cpl. Ian Leones, MARFORRES
HM | Sgt. Austin Hazard, 22nd MEU
HM | Cpl. Eric T. Keenan, Defense Media Activity

Cat. K – Commentary
1st | Cpl. Eric T. Keenan, Defense Media Activity
2nd | Sgt. Justin M. Boling, Defense Media Activity
HM | Cpl. Lena Wakayama, MCIPAC

Cat. L – Series
1st | Sgt. Chelsea Anderson, Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication

Cat. M – Photojournalism
1st | Sgt. Reece Lodder, 12th Marine Corps District
2nd | Sgt. Austin Hazard, 22nd MEU
HM | Lance Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez, MCB Camp Pendleton
HM | Cpl. Matthew Bragg, MARFORPAC

Cat. N – News Photo
1st | Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer, MCB Camp Pendleton
2nd | Lance Cpl. J. R. Heins, MCAS Cherry Point and 2nd MAW
HM | Lance Cpl. Dalton Precht, II MEF

Cat. O – Feature Photo
1st | Cpl. Alex W. Mitchell, II MEF
2nd | Sgt. Sarah Dietz, MARFORPAC
HM | Sgt. Reece Lodder, 12th Marine Corps District

 Cat. P – Outstanding New Journalist
1st | Cpl. Eric T. Keenan, Defense Media Activity

 Broadcast Categories:

Cat. A – Audio Entertainment Program
1st | Cpl. Guadalupe Campos, AFN Iwakuni
2nd | Sgt. Jonathon House, AFN Iwakuni
HM | Cpl. Hannah Koscheski, AFN Iwakuni

Cat. B – Audio Spot Production
1st | Cpl. Guadalupe Campos, AFN Iwakuni
2nd | Sgt. Jonathon House, AFN Iwakuni

Cat. C – Audio News Report
1st | Sgt. Jonathon House, AFN Iwakuni
2nd | Sgt. Anthony Rayis, AFN Iwakuni
HM | Lance Cpl. Anthony Mesa, AFN Iwakuni

Cat. D – Audio Feature Report
1st | Sgt. Jonathon House, AFN Iwakuni
2nd | Cpl. Guadalupe Campos, AFN Iwakuni
HM | Sgt. Anthony Rayis, AFN Iwakuni

Cat. E – Audio Series
1st | Sgt. Anthony Rayis, AFN Iwakuni
2nd | Sgt. Joshua DeFour, AFN Iwakuni

Cat. F – Audio Newscast
1st | AFN Iwakuni

Cat. G – Audio Information Program
1st | AFN Iwakuni

Cat. H – Video Information Program
1st | Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication

Cat. I – Video Spot Production
1st | Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz, Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication
2nd | Sgt. Joshua DeFour, AFN Iwakuni
HM | Sgt. Jonathon House, AFN Iwakuni

Cat. J – Video News Report
1st | Sgt. Anthony Rayis, AFN Iwakuni
2nd | Sgt. Joshua DeFour, AFN Iwakuni
HM | Sgt. Ally Beiswanger, Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication

Cat. K – Video Feature Report
1st | Sgt. Jonathon House, AFN Iwakuni
2nd | Cpl. Eric T. Keenan, Defense Media Activity
HM | Cpl. Fareeza Ali, Defense Media Activity
HM | Cpl. Brytani Musick, MARFORRES

Cat. L – Video Series
1st | Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz, Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication
2nd | Sgt. Joshua DeFour, AFN Iwakuni
HM | Cpl. August Light, 31st MEU
HM | Sgt. Anthony Rayis, AFN Iwakuni

Cat. M – Local Video Newscast
1st | AFN Iwakuni

Cat. N – Outstanding Flagship Video Program
1st | Office Of U.S. Marine Corps Communication

Cat. O – Outstanding New Broadcaster
1st | Cpl. Matthew Callahan, MCIPAC
2nd | Sgt. Ally Beiswanger, Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication
HM | Cpl. Lena Wakayama, MCIPAC

Cat. P – Broadcaster of The Year
1st | Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz, Office Of U.S. Marine Corps Communication
2nd | Sgt. Joshua DeFour, AFN Iwakuni

USMCCCA Categories

Cat C: Picture Story
 1st | Sgt Reece Lodder, 12th MCD
2nd | Lance Cpl Colby J. Cooper, MCIPAC Consolidated ComCam
HM | Sgt. Austin Hazard, 22nd MEU

Cat D: Multimedia Feature
1st | Sgt. Michael Walters, Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication
2nd | Sgt. Matthew Callahan, MCIPAC
HM | Cpl James Smith, II MEF

Cat E: Portrait Personality
1st | Sgt Reece Lodder, 12th MCD
2nd | Sgt. Henry Antenor, MCIPAC

Cat: F Illustrative Photography
HM | Sgt. Henry Antenor, MCIPAC

Cat G: Pictorial
1st | Sgt. Reece Lodder, 12th MCD
2nd | Sgt. Valerie C. Eppler, MCB Camp Pendleton
HM | Lance Cpl. Hernan Vidana, MCIPAC Consolidated ComCam

Cat H: Multimedia Story
1st | Lance Cpl Isaac Ibarra, III MEF
2nd | Cpl. Abbey Perria, 31st MEU
HM | Cpl. Justin Updegraff, II MEF

Cat I: Photographer of The Year
1st | Sgt. Matthew Callahan, MCIPAC
2nd | Sgt. Austin Hazard, 22nd MEU

Cat N: Sports Photo
1st | Sgt. Austin Hazard, 22nd MEU
2nd | Sgt. Bryan Nygaard, RS Baltimore
HM | Sgt Daniel Wetzel, Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication

Combat Camera 

Charles M. Grow /Unit of the Year – Marine Corps Installations Pacific
Cpl Perkins Award – Sgt Christopher Q. Stone

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