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Our National Chaplain, Mawk Arnold dies

Mawk Arnold will be sorely missed.

Mawk Arnold will be sorely missed.

It is with great sadness that CCHQ announces the passing of National USMCCCA Chaplain and retired Maj. Mordacai “Mawk” Arnold early evening, January 15, 2018.
National President Keith Oliver received a call from Mawk’s wife, Alice, that she was visiting with Mawk who was convalescing following a very recent stroke when he suddenly died of an apparent heart attack. Mawk was in his early 90s and had been in relatively poor health these past few weeks.
No further details are available at this time.

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Mawk Arnold (left) with Jason Fudge at the 2016 Awards Banquet.

Mawk Arnold (left) with Jason Fudge at the 2016 Awards Banquet.

USMCCCA National Chaplain Mordecai “Mawk” Arnold has suffered a stroke and is now in rehab. CCHQ spoke with his wife, Alice and she indicated the stroke affected his right side. While there is no paralysis, he cannot walk. His speech, while halting, is not slurred. Alice indicated the stroke occurred while Mawk was in the hospital for another situation. Obviously, prayers are needed. CCHQ will continue updates as we get them.

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2018: a year for increasing membership

Former Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jason Fischer, a newly-promoted Navy lieutenant commander has renewed his membership in the USMCCCA.

Former Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jason Fischer, a newly-promoted Navy lieutenant commander has renewed his membership in the USMCCCA.

President’s Notes

A recent spate of new and renewed memberships is helping your Association vault into the 2018 with high expectations for roster gains and robust registration for our gathering in New Bern this summer.

Former Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jason Fischer, a newly-promoted Navy lieutenant commander, has re-upped within the past two weeks; as has affiliate member Dan Heath (retired Navy senior chief and chaplain of South Carolina’s Iron Mike Chapter in the mid-1980s; and Master Sgt. Jeremy Vought, our annual awards liaison (and a multiple DPA winner himself).

Retired mustang Capt. Ron Tucker, President and CEO of the prestigious Beaufort International Film Festival and Beaufort Film Society.

Retired mustang Capt. Ron Tucker, President and CEO of the prestigious Beaufort International Film Festival and Beaufort Film Society.

Also coming back aboard is retired mustang Capt. Ron Tucker, President and CEO of the prestigious Beaufort International Film Festival and Beaufort Film Society.  Many Marines know Ron from the Desert Storm veteran’s 20 year run heading the two South Carolina Lowcountry companies he founded:   Sandbar Productions and Good-to-Go Video.

Ron’s wife, Rebecca, has served alongside in leadership, management, marketing and production roles just as she does in the couple’s current endeavors.

                   CHECKING IN WITH …

Caught up by phone with Dub Allen over the holidays.  Retired to Arkansas, he and wife Jessa checked a big one off the bucket list last year by flying to the Netherlands where they boarded a cruise ship to visit Normandy and Belleau Wood.

The Vietnam veteran and broadcaster worked in the L.A. office among other assignments during a colorful career, including liaison duties with the late 1970s NBC hit, “Baa Baa Black Sheep.”

The storyline was loosely based on the exploits of famed Marine aviator Pappy Boyington and starred Robert Conrad, who was a special guest at our 2007 conference in the City of Angels.

A footnote to Dub’s historic battlefield excursion in France:  He reports that Chicago Airport TSA confiscated the small sampling of earth he’d bottled from Omaha Beach and Belleau Wood.

“It still contained enough explosive residue to trip the security alarm,” he said. “They cleared me for the flight home, but they would not return those few ounces of sacred ground.”

“TSA said the only place that dirt was going was to hazmat,” he reported.

Pat Gibbons checked in.

Pat Gibbons checked in.

Pat Gibbons checked in during a Christmastime trip to Florida where, years ago, then-Staff Sgt. Gibbons captured wife Cricket while attending UF on the MECEP program.

These days, the Desert Storm Marine and PAO to Commandant Gen. Jim Jones, is serving at the University of Notre Dame as Executive Director of Academic Communications.

When our fellow CC was hired last year, University Provost Thomas Burrish called Gibbons “the overwhelming choice of the search committee,” bringing to bear “wide-ranging strategic and tactical experience in higher education, government and the non-profit sector.”

Pat’s previous civilian gigs have included stops at Johns Hopkins, North Carolina’s Research Triangle and the State of Arizona.

                  INTERIM VICE-PRESIDENT

Per the Association by-laws, the national board and officers unanimously approved my nomination of member Shawn Rhodes to serve as Interim Vice-President until the annual election is held in conjunction with the 2018 USMCCCA Professional Training Symposium in New Bern, North Carolina August 20-23.

The change became effective on New Year’s Day.

Shawn succeeds former Vice President Kate Stark, who has stepped down in order to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest while she executes increased communications and graphics responsibilities in her contract services role as USMCCCA webmaster.

Kudos to Kate for her continuing, incredible energy and commitment in all manner of assignments. And welcome aboard to Shawn who will help us seize and maintain momentum in this important year of growth for the USMCCCA.

By way of background, Shawn is a former Marine public affairs sergeant, oft-deployed (including combat operations in Iraq), who owns and operates a business consulting firm in Tampa, Florida. 

The author, columnist and speaker is a graduate of Western Carolina University (Suma Cum Laude).  Shawn and his wife, Elyse, expect their first child in the spring. 

NOTE:  CCs interested in running for national office are encouraged to contact Nominations Chair Mike Frank not later than May 15, 2018.

Semper Fidelis!
Keith Oliver, National President

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Leatherneck hits century mark

INK-STAINED COLONELS WALT FORD, Bill White and Mary Reinwald have each had a turn editing the Marines' Leatherneck magazine in recent years.

INK-STAINED COLONELS WALT FORD, Bill White and Mary Reinwald have each had a turn editing the Marines’ Leatherneck magazine in recent years.

ARTIST NICOLE'S HAMILTON cover painting graced he 100th Anniversary edition of Leatherneck last month.

ARTIST NICOLE’S HAMILTON cover painting graced he 100th Anniversary edition of Leatherneck last month.

 President’s Notes

In case you missed it, ye olde Leatherneck, the unrivaled “Magazine of the Marines,” turned 100 last month.

Easily the USMCCCA’s longest-running partner in the ink-and-paper biz (and now wowing readers on the web, as well), Leatherneck has featured the bylines, photo credits and manual arts contributions of many an Association member.

And up into the 1970s, our favorite mag included active duty CCs on the fulltime, editorial staff.

The commemorative issue, fronted by Nicole Hamilton’s classic artwork, made special note of such luminaries as Tom Bartlett, Steve Stibbens, Bob Bowen, Ron Keene, Jack Lewis, Bob Jordan, Herb Richardson, Randy Gaddo and Keith Milks.

Special shout-out to our Association’s webmaster Kate Stark, who brought Leatherneck to the next level in graphics and design in the 1990s – and to our how-does-he-find-the-time CC Executive Director Jack Paxton for his continued feature article and book review submissions.

Congratulations to current editor Mary Reinwald and her illustrious keepers of the flame; and a tip o’ the skimmer to those many CCs who filled Leatherneck’s pages throughout WWII, Korea and Vietnam – right up ‘til today.

Got a Leatherneck yarn or photo to share?  Maybe a memory of your first Marine Corps product making Leatherneck’s pages?  Chat it up on the USMCCCA Facebook page or, better, send it to your professional association’s headquarters via www.usmccca.org.

Semper Fidelis,

Keith

 

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CC Spotlight: Gunnery Sgt. Robert D. Brown

Practicing what he preaches, 11th MEU Communications Strategy and Operations Chief, Gunnery Sgt. Robert D. Brown, snagged a Marine Corps Association calendar shot with this image from the unit’s last deployment.  The photo also appeared in the September issue of the Naval Institute Proceedings.

Practicing what he preaches, 11th MEU Communications Strategy and Operations Chief, Gunnery Sgt. Robert D. Brown, snagged a Marine Corps Association calendar shot with this image from the unit’s last deployment. The photo also appeared in the September issue of the Naval Institute Proceedings.

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Dale Dye to Receive Inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award

Dale Dye will be presented the inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. The festival dates are February 21-25, 2018 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 25th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

Dale Dye will be presented the inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. The festival dates are February 21-25, 2018 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 25th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

The Beaufort Film Society is pleased to announce that Dale Dye will be presented the inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. The festival dates are February 21-25, 2018 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 25th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

“If you look at his body of work in the film industry over the past three decades, read the stories from the directors he has worked with like Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone, you’ll see why we’re so very honored to present the first Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award to Hollywood Legend Dale Dye,” stated Beaufort Film Society President Ron Tucker.

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CC Spotlight: Sgt Levi Shultz

Sgt. Levi Shultz, presently pulling duty at Recruiting Station Des Moines, Iowa, made the Marine Corps Association 2018 calendar with his photo of cold weather training.

Sgt. Levi Shultz, presently pulling duty at Recruiting Station Des Moines, Iowa, made the Marine Corps Association 2018 calendar with his photo of cold weather training.

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Shawn Rhodes is back aboard

Shawn Rhodes

Shawn Rhodes

Tampa, Florida CC, former Sgt. Shawn Rhodes, rejoined his former Devil Dog colleagues in the USMCCCA this fall.

An international expert in creating high-performing organizations, Shawn is a Tampa-based TEDx speaker whose work studying organizations in more than two dozen countries has been highlighted in TIME, CNN, NBC and INC. The former Camp Lejeune-based combat correspondent deployed to Iraq during the war’s kickoff in 2003.

More recently, the Western Carolina University alum authored “Pivot Point: Turn On A Dime Without Sacrificing Results.”

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Progress for Rosenthal Chapter on naming ship

Progress continues on our effort to honor Joe Rosenthal with a Navy ship. While Joe earned the Pulitzer Prize and many other awards during his long career, newer generations of San Franciscans and Americans deserve to know the name of the creator of the most significant photograph ever taken. While some of us may have faded over the decades, Joe’s photo shines just a brightly as it did 72 years ago!
 
Our current efforts fall into three categories:
 
1. Outreach and signature collection during Veterans Day Weekend, when numerous public events take place, more than we can hope to attend. But we will represent the USS Joe wherever we can in the Bay Area, and this year, in Philadelphia.
 
2. Increased contact with the Press. Joe’s birthday, Fleet Week, and now Veterans Day, all provide opportunities for the Press to run the story. Last week I was interviewed for  www.ConnectingVeterans.com and their show on CBS radio. 
 
I am now contacting organizations and websites serving the photography community. While we think of Joe in the context of history, he was, after all, a successful photojournalist for most of his life, and his name is up there with the other photography greats. In addition to his Pulitzer Prize, Joe was a longtime President of the San Francisco Press Club, a member of the USMC Combat Correspondents Association, is in the International Photography Hall of Fame, and Time Magazine ranked his Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima among the 100 greatest photos ever taken (Personally, I would say it’s in the top five.). Our outreach to date has been largely aimed at the veterans community; we are now connecting with a new audience. 

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Birthday breakfast for some CCs

Three key members of the USMCCCA Combat Correspondents Association living in the Orlando, FL area celebrated the 242nd Birthday of the Marine Corps attending an SOS Breakfast sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter, 1st Marine Division Association. From left: Keith Oliver, National President, Bob Jordan, and Jack Paxton, National Executive Director. The guest speaker was retired BrigGen. Tom Draude, who, prior to his Marine retirement several years ago was Director of Information. In addition to one of the best speeches any of us had heard, his parting words to me:

Three key members of the USMCCCA Combat Correspondents Association living in the Orlando, FL area celebrated the 242nd Birthday of the Marine Corps attending an SOS Breakfast sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter, 1st Marine Division Association. From left: Keith Oliver, National President, Bob Jordan, and Jack Paxton, National Executive Director. The guest speaker was retired BrigGen. Tom Draude, who, prior to his Marine retirement several years ago was Director of Information. In addition to one of the best speeches any of us had heard, his parting words to me: “Take care of those Marine Combat Correspondents!” A great leader of Marines!

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McMeen appointed DMA liaison

Chad McMeen availed himself of OJT opportunities in Quantico and elsewhere when he executed a lateral move from admin to public affairs in the mid-1990s.

Chad McMeen availed himself of OJT opportunities in Quantico and elsewhere when he executed a lateral move from admin to public affairs in the mid-1990s.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen was appointed Defense Media Activity (DMA) Liaison last week by National President Keith Oliver.

“The Master Guns is in a perfect spot to help us track and recognize the magnificent day to day work done by our storytelling warriors,” said Oliver.

“Not only does DMA execute the newest version of the DoD-level media awards,” he said, “the organization is where Stars and Stripes, the Defense Information School and the American Forces Network are nested. And some of the Corps’ top young talent regularly pulls duty at DMA proper.”

McMeen has always been “a hard charger with a youthful Marine’s energy and creative mindset,” Keith said. “And he keeps it that way. We’re mighty glad to have him working with us in this new capacity.”

Currently serving as the Director of Marines Production, formerly a field grade officer billet, McMeen is dual-hatted as the Senior Enlisted Leader on the headquarters’ joint service production floor.

McMeen is a native of Salem, Ilinois and enlisted in September 1992. He made a lateral move into public affairs in 1994 while assigned to the Marine Air staff at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington. He notched distinguished graduate honors at DINFOS’ Basic Journalism Course and went almost immediately to Recruiting Station Dallas as the Marketing and Public Affairs Representative.

A Meritorious Service Medal recipient, he served two tours in Iraq while assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and was later a lead public affairs planner with Marine Forces Central Command, Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa, deploying numerous times to countries in those three regions.

Earlier assignments include the Motion Picture Liaison Office in Los Angeles and MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina where McMeen also served as a volunteer crew member on the Station’s C-12 aircraft.

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Happy Birthday Marines!

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