01 Nov 2014 • CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES
17 Dec 2014 6:00 PM • MCB Quantico
11 Feb 2015 6:00 PM • MCB Quantico
25 Mar 2015 6:00 PM • MCB Quantico
Maj Keith Wells AWARD
Since 1992 the MCRA, in coordination with The Basic School has been recognizing an officer from each class that excells in Land Navigtion.
Major Keith Wells, USMCR, is a NAVY CROSS receipent. To read the citation click here. In September, the award was presented to 2Lt. Greg Pack. Greg is from Manhasset, NY. He is a graduate of Plattsburgh Univesity and with his wife Alyna live in Woobridge, VA while he attends Infantry Officers Course.
On November 3, the MCRA presented the Maj Keith Wells award to 2Lt. Kyle Jackson, from Milford, NH. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida. He resides in Woodbridge, VA with his wife Shani. He is currently awaiting to start Infantry Officers Course in January 2015.
Congratulations to these outstanding Marines!
In cooperation with Marine Forces Reserve, click on the magazine and view the latest CONTINENTAL MARINES MAGAZINE news about our Reserve Marines.
NEW MCRA COINS
We now have MCRA COINS! The cost of each is $10.00 and this includes shipping. Send a message to USMCRA1926@GMAIL.COM if you wish to purchase a coin. If you desire more than one the price will decrease.
In 1947 Marine Corps Reservist, Major Bill Hendricks living in Los Angeles, CA saw a need and began a movement that is now recognized around the United States. The first of 5,000 toys collected that year was a handmade doll. In 1948 the United States Marine Corps adopted the Toys for Tots program and expands it into a nationwide community action project as the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program. Marines at each Reserve Center throughout the nation conduct toy collection and distribution campaigns in the communities surrounding the center.
Since 1947 the program has continued to expand. Today the program has corporate sponsorships such as ToyRUs - BabiesRUs - Walt Disney - Delta Air Lines - UPS.
To make a donation or to locate a drop off location click here.
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS!
7-Eleven, Inc has begun enlisting U.S. military veterans for Operation: Take Command, the company's first franchise giveaway contest. The winner will receive a waiver of the franchise fee, values at up to $190,000, to franchise any of 7-Eleven's convenience stores available in the continental U.S. at the contest's culmination. Interested veterans who are first-time 7-Eleven franchise applicants, can enter online at www.VeteransFranchiseGiveaway.com
through 25Jan15. For full details click here.
The House Armed Services Committee’s refusal to accept two cost-saving proposals affecting military benefits could ultimately cost the department $16 billion to $18 billion over the next five years, several sources tracking the annual defense authorization bill said this week.
After making significant progress on the bill, negotiations on the Pentagon policy measure ground to a halt this week as leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees reached an impasse over differences in the two chambers’ versions on cost-saving Pentagon proposals to increase some TRICARE pharmacy co-pays and reduce the basic housing allowance for military personnel.
The House-passed bill (HR 4435) would deny the Pentagon those requests, while the Senate Armed Services Committee reluctantly accepted the proposals because of the promised cost savings in their version of the measure (S 2410).
The money saved is sizable, even in the Defense Department’s expansive budget. To put it in perspective, $18 billion could buy the Navy one nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and two Aegis-class destroyers, with money to spare. For full story click here.
Anytime one gets to speak with a group of Marines, it is a good day! The MCRA had a great day on 28 June, when MCRA Board Members SgtMaj Joe Staudt, Sgt Dan Connally and Deputy Director Tom Green, had the honor of speaking at the Reserve Sergeant’s, Career and Advanced Courses, about the benefits of joining their professional Association.
(L-R) Sgt Dan Connally, GySgt Timothy Wenrich, SSgt Brian Nelson, Sgt Michael Mroz, SgtMaj Joe Staut
Shortly thereafter, everyone was in attendance for the graduation ceremony during which time the honor graduate from each class was presented with the Sergeant Major Allan Kellogg Award in the form of a sword. Although MCRA has been presenting swords for three years, this is the first year with an official name attached to it, thanks to Medal of Honor Recipient SgtMaj Allan Kellogg’s willingness to have it named in his honor.
In addition to the swords being presented, the Gung-Ho recipient in each class was presented with a K-Bar.
Sgt Dan Connally, Sgt Benjamin Bosse, GySgt Brian Keith, SSgt David Ayalagonzalez, SgtMaj Joe Staudt