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  • 12 Jul 2014 5:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    On 17 June, the MCRA held it's 18th annual Congressional Reception.  The event was a tremendous success with over 70 attendees.  At this years event LtGen. Waldhauser USMC, presented the Frank Tejeda award to Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT).  The Frank Tejeda award is presented to a member of the U.S. Congress who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to a strong national defense, leadership, self-sacrifice, and service to one's country so exemplified by Frank Tejeda.  We were honored to have a number of Congressman and Senators represented at this year's event to include previous winner Senator John McCain.
    To see the full gallery of pictures of this year's event click here.

    We would like to thank our co-sponsors, the Marine Corps League & the Reserve Officers Association & all the attendees for making this such a successful event.

  • 04 Apr 2014 8:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (April 03, 2014) – The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment rededicated its Headquarters building today in memory of Lance Corporal Christopher S. Adlesperger among his family, friends, and fellow Marines.  Lance Cpl. Adlesperger, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, paid the ultimate sacrifice to his Nation while serving as a rifleman with Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, First Marine Division, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  Today’s rededication ceremony pays honor to not only Lance Cpl. Adlesperger, but to his gold star family and the Marines who served with him.

    The Wounded Warrior Regiment was stood up in April 2007 as the Recovery Care program for the Marine Corps.  Over the last seven years, the Regiment has grown and refined the non-medical recovery care of our wounded, ill, and injured Marines and their family members.  To commemorate the 7th anniversary, the Wounded Warrior Regiment Headquarters building was rededicated to Lance Cpl. Christopher Adlesperger.  The Headquarters building was originally dedicated November 10, 2011 on the anniversary of Lance Cpl. Adlesberger's actions for which he was awarded the Navy Cross. 

    To truly bring his legacy to life, a professional painting of Lance Corporal Adlesperger was commissioned and placed in the entryway of the Headquarters building.  This painting will serve as a reminder to all who pass through the Wounded Warrior Regiment of the successes that have resulted from the inspiration of Lance Cpl. Adlesberger's actions and those of his brother and sister Marines.  “This re-dedication is a celebration of Christopher’s great, meaningful life… it is also a re-introduction of this brave and selfless Marine not only to his Regiment, but to the many Marines and visitors who enter our headquarters every day” remarked Col. Willard A. Buhl, Wounded Warrior Regiment Commanding Officer.

    The rededication and honoring of Lance Cpl. Adlesperger on the seventh anniversary of the formation of the Wounded Warrior Regiment will be a continuing inspiration for all those who serve our wounded, ill, and injured Marines. 

    For more information about the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment visit www.woundedwarriorregiment.org, contact our Sergeant Merlin German Wounded Warrior Call Center at 1-877-487-6299, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wwr.usmc.

  • 23 Mar 2014 8:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Labor has just published their 2013 report "Employment Situation on Veterans-2013". The bottom line is that the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001, a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans has edged down to 9.0 percent in 2013. The jobless rate for all veterans also edged down to 6.6 percent. While this is an improvement these numbers are still too high. To read the full report, click here.

  • 18 Mar 2014 8:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MCRA continues to present the "1stLt Keith Wells" award at each TBS graduation class for excellence in Land Navigation. This award is named after 1stLt. Keith Wells who was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the assault on Mt. Suribachi.  Part of his citation reads: "by his leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, 1st Lt Wells contributed materially to the destruction of at least twenty-five Japanese emplacements."

    The most recent recipient is 2nd Lt. Matthew G. Guthrie, "F" Company.  Matthew is from San Antonio, TX and is a Staff Judge Advocate.  He will begin his MOS school this month. During their six months of training, Matthew received 1700 hours of instruction on “the basics”: which included classroom instruction, physical fitness events, land navigation, field exercises, MOUT, and MCMAP training. Throughout the training the instructors focused on five horizontal themes:

    1. Marine officers must be of exemplary character and integrity
    2. An officer is devoted to leading Marines 24/7
    3. Able to decide, communicate, and act in the fog of war
    4. A warfighter who embraces our Corps warrior ethos
    5. You are mentally strong and physically tough

    Congratulations Matthew!

  • 06 Mar 2014 7:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    On 26 Feb, National President, Ken Hopper and Deputy Executive Director Tom Green presented the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment Commanding Officer a check for $10,500. These were the funds raised at the 2013 MCRA Golf Tournament. If you were unable to contribute or play last year don't worry, this years event will be held on 1 Aug 2014 at the FT. BELVOIR Golf Course. We sold out last years tournament! Our goal is to have enough players to sell out both courses, that means we need to have 164 players sign up. We will be posting sign up links within the month. Sign up, play some golf and support those that have given so much to the defense of this country!
  • 28 Feb 2014 7:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto Rico – Since there is only one Marine Corps unit located on the island of Puerto Rico, the Marines of Det. 1 Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group don’t get the chance to interact with other Marines often. But this weekend that changed. The Reserve Marines of LS Co. held their first combined drill weekend at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, Jan. 24 - 25, 2014. The LS Co. Marines located at Hunter Army Airfield base in Savannah, Ga., traveled to Puerto Rico to work with their counterparts in Det. 1, LS Co. stationed at Fort Buchanan. To integrate the 55 Savannah Marines and the 60 Puerto Rican Marines, they were mixed and split between two groups to enhance unit cohesion. One of the two groups started their drill weekend with the opportunity to relax and socialize during a tour of the Castillo de San Cristobal, a Spanish fort in San Juan. “It’s always great to have the opportunity to take off the uniform and get to know your fellow Marines on a more personal level,” said Lance Cpl. Allan-Michael Nelson, a LS specialist. “It promotes better morale and breaks up the monotony.”

    Several Marines, including Sgt. Jesus Aviles, the senior enlisted advisor for Det. 1, felt it was at this point junior Marines could really get to know their leaders as people, not just a rank.During the tour, Marines from both locations were interacting like they had known each other much longer than since one training event in Savannah last year. Although the Marines have different backgrounds, some preferring Spanish over English, the Marines were joking, discussing the landscape and taking group pictures in front of the coastline. “It gives everyone a chance to see each other outside the work environment when they are having fun and being relaxed,” said Sgt. Darrell Haight, a motor transport heavy equipment operator. While half the Marines enjoyed the first day touring the fort and surrounding city, the others were receiving valuable Military Occupational Specialty training as they got to know each other. “Marines are getting valuable hands on training similar to conditions in an actual deployment,” said Aviles. Marines received training on packing and securing pallets of supplies, loading and unloading pallets with the use of a forklift, how to find the center mass of vehicles and how to properly pack parachutes.

    “It’s a good time to see how they work down here,” said Nelson. “We can take something from them and they can take something from us.” Having the whole unit together is very important, said Sgt. Elvin Riverarodriquez, the platoon sergeant of Det. 1. The training allowed the Marines to start building relationships on a personal level so when they deploy together, they can perform better. “Right now we’re not two different units,” said Aviles. “We’re just one unit.” By making the unit one, this drill weekend had major benefits according to Haight and Aviles. “I think it’s huge because it creates better relations amongst both units,” said Haight. “We have more resources now, an insight to different cultures and lifestyles; and better camaraderie with fellow Marines is huge for mission accomplishment.” While the Savannah Marines gained valuable training by experiencing a new environment, according to Sgt. Dana Kent, the platoon sergeant of LS Co., Riverarodriguez said the Marines of Puerto Rico gained an insight to different leadership styles from a similar unit. Both platoon sergeants from Savannah and Puerto Rico agreed the drill was significant in bringing the unit together and building stronger morale and unit cohesion. “It’s been a great time,” said Nelson. “I hope we get to have more of these in the future.”
  • 29 Jan 2014 12:01 PM | Anonymous
    The MCRA continues to present the "1stLt Keith Wells" award at each TBS graduation class. This award is named after Keith Wells who was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the assault on Mt. Suribachi. Part of his citation reads: "by his leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, 1st Lt Wells contributed materially to the destruction of at least twenty-five Japanese emplacements."

    On 29 Jan, National President Ken Hopper presented the first award of 2014 to "E Company 5-13” to 2Lt. Robert Simpson,Jr. Bob was raised in Concord, NC, graduated from the US Naval Academy and majored in Physics. He will begin Infantry Officer School in March. During their six months of training, which began on 9 July 2013, they received 1700 hours of instruction on “the basics”: which included classroom instruction, physical fitness events, land navigation, field exercises, MOUT, and MCMAP training.

    The five horizontal themes stressed throughout TBS are:
    Marine officers must be of exemplary character and integrity
    An officer is devoted to leading Marines 24/7
    Able to decide, communicate, and act in the fog of war
    A warfighter who embraces our Corps warrior ethos
    You are mentally strong and physically tough
    Congratulations Bob!
  • 25 Jan 2014 12:06 PM | Anonymous
    A BCD panel was convened on Maj Brezler last week in New Orleans and they have recommended to discharge the Major from the Marine Corps with an "honorable discharge." Yet this still may not be the end of the story. There are now politicians involved and they are saying this outcome is not good enough. The Major was deployed to Afghanistan, and got into trouble for using unsecured email to send his former commanding officer classified information alerting him to a corrupt Afghan cop, Sarwar Jan, who had gained access to a Marine base. Less than a month later, a teenage boy kept on the base by Jan grabbed a gun and killed three Marines and seriously wounded a fourth.Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Rep. Pete King (R-NY) and FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano have urged the Marine Corps to clear the record of the Major. Brezler was deployed to Now Zad, Afghanistan, in 2009 as a reservist with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines. He was in the U.S. in 2012 when he got an email from his former commanding officer, Capt. Andy Terrell, telling him Sarwar Jan, a corrupt Afghan cop with Taliban ties, had gained access to a Marine base in Afghanistan. Fromhis personal Yahoo email account, Maj Brezler sent Capt Terrell a classified briefing document about Sarwar Jan, hoping it would help run him off the premises. Nearly three weeks after Brezler sent the warning, a 15-year-old boy kept on the base by Jan grabbed an AK-47 and murdered three Marines and seriously wounded a fourth. Brezler soon reported his indiscretion to his superiors, and military investigators opened a probe with his cooperation.
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