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  • 25 Nov 2016 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MCRA is pleased to inform you that this years winner of the Maj Frank Tejada Congressional Leadership award is Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, from the state of South Carolina. He has served in the United States Senate since 2002 and one of the strongest supporters/defenders of the military.  

    Before being elected to Congress, the Senator served in the US House of Representatives and compiled a distinguished record in the United States Air Force, serving six-and-a-half years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer. From 1984-1988, he was assigned overseas and served at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany. Upon leaving active duty Air Force in 1989, Graham joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he served until 1995. During the first Gulf War in the early 90's, Graham was called to active duty and served state-side at McEntire Air National Guard Base as Staff Judge Advocate where he prepared members for deployment to the Gulf region. In 1995, Graham joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves. During American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Graham put his experience in military law to use pulling numerous short-term Reserve duties in both countries over congressional breaks and holidays. Graham retired from the Air Force Reserves in June 2015 having served his country in uniform for 33 years. He retired at the rank of Colonel.

    The Senator currently serves on the Senate Appropriations, the Armed Services, the Budget, and the Judiciary Committees.


  • 15 Nov 2016 10:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

     

    Shown with the Officers and Board of Directors is the CG MFR, Lt.Gen. Rex McMillian and the SgtMaj MFR, Sgt. Maj. Patrick L. Kimble.

    The three days spent in Nashville, TN was nothing short of fantastic.  The festivities began Thursdaymorning with a tour of OPERATION STANDDOWN - where vets receive resume preparation training, job training and when needed, a home.  Following the visit, the Association paid a visit to the Midshipmen of Vanderbilt University.  Fantastic visit!! These students are dedicated and motivated.  Nashville President Randy Harris, Executive Director Bob Donaghue and National President Ken Hopper were able to provide some leadership training and mentorship to these young Americans. That evening the Executive Director and the National President hosted a reception attended by many from the Nashville area and members of the Marine Corps League. Fridaymorning we attended a breakfast hosted by OPERATION STANDDOWN.  That afternoon we attended the ESGR luncheon where companies from across the great state of Tennessee were honored for their dedication in supporting members of the Guard and Reserve.  It was a highlight to have the CG, MFR as the guest speaker.  His remarks brought credit to those present, the state of Tennessee, and to all those that have served in the Guard and Reserve. Following the luncheon, we were privileged to have front row seats to witness the power of the Marine Corps - the MAGTF DEMONSTRATION.Saturday had multiple highlights. During the business meeting the CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS for the upcoming year was agreed upon; we elected new Officers and members of the Board of Directors; and were fortunate to have the CG and SgtMaj, MFR provide a brief on the status of the Marine Corps Reserve.  It was clear following the briefing where MFR would like the power of the MCRA to assist. Click here for full report.   

  • 12 Oct 2016 9:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    NEW ORLEANS - Gen. Glenn M. Walters, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, addresses the audience at the kick-off ceremony of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Centennial at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Aug. 26, 2016. Marine Forces Reserve will celebrate 100 years of service by running a series of events across the nation remembering the Marine Corps’ history, heritage, and esprit de corps, while also looking to the future. The campaign will also bring awareness to the continued contributions of the Reserve and their essential role in the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sara Graham) 

  • 29 Aug 2016 9:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina -- Montford Point, North Carolina. This was segregated training ground from 1942 to 1949 for the nation’s first African-American Marines. Now, a new memorial stands outside the gates of Camp Johnson to commemorate their historic achievements in the face of racial segregation. Click for full story.


  • 29 Aug 2016 9:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For the first time in 14 years, the military is rewriting its body composition standards and the methods used to determine whether troops are too fat to serve. Pentagon officials intend to publish a new policy later this year, a document expected to have sweeping effects on how the military defines and measures health and fitness. The review comes amid rising concern about obesity. Among civilians, it is shrinking the pool of qualified prospective recruits. And in the active-duty force, a rising number of overweight troops poses risks to readiness and health care costs." Full story click here

  • 09 Aug 2016 11:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The MCRA would like to congratulate 2Lt. Zack Polson as the latest recipient of 

    the Maj Keith Wells award for excellence in land navigation.  Zack is a member

     of "B" Company and graduated on 29 June.  He hails from Minnetonka, MN and 

    is a graduate of U. of Wisconsin-eau Claire majoring in Economics. He is an 

    0302 and begins his MOS training on 6 July. Here is MCRA National President 

    Ken Hopper, presenting the award. CONGRATS ZACK!


  • 08 May 2016 7:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

     

    On 16 April, the Marine Corps Reserve Association was honored to be invited to attend the promotion ceremony of Col. Brad James to Brigadier General, USMCR.  The ceremony took place in Marietta, GA with a large number of former Marine Corps Reserve General Officers in attendance; BGen Denny Shortal, the current Mayor of Dunwoody, GA; MajGen Larry Taylor; and LtGen Jack Bergman, former Commander, MFR.  Current MFR leadership in attendance included BGen Ray Descheneaux, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation; Col Kurt Stein who has been selected also for promotion to BGen; and Col Tim Adams, Deputy Commanding Officer, Marine Aircraft Group-49.


    The ceremony was presided by LtGen Rex McMillian, Commander, MFR.  BGen Brad James next duty assignment will be as Commanding General, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.  CONGRATULATIONS BGen James from all members of the MCRA!

     

  • 22 Apr 2016 9:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hector Cafferata, Medal of Honor recipient passes away at 86

    Hector Cafferata

    Hector Cafferata, who received the Medal of Honor after waging a lone battle – in ankle-deep snow and in his stocking feet – against enemy forces during the Korean War's storied Chosin Reservoir battle, died April 12 at a hospice Venice, Fla. He was 86.

    Mr. Cafferata, a burly 6-foot-2 semipro football player, joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1948. Activated for the Korean War in 1950, he was a private assigned to the 1st Marine Division. His unit was charged with protecting an escape route for other Marines in a mountainous region near the Chosin Reservoir in modern-day North Korea.  Click here for story.
  • 10 Oct 2015 8:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

     LtGen Rex McMillian assumed command of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North during a change of command ceremony held at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans, Louisiana, 12Sept2015.  LtGen Mills was quoted saying “I have served with [Lt. Gen.] McMillian before and I know he brings great knowledge and experience as a Marine,” said Mills. “I leave here very hopeful and very inspired.”

    Through his career, Mills comma
    nded the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines Regiment as well as the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which participated in Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo and combat operations in Iraq as part of Task Force Tarawa under his command. Shortly after assuming command as the 1st Marine Division commander, Mills was selected to command the I Marine Expeditionary Force, which deployed to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force. In 2010, he assumed command of the newly created ISAF Regional Command and was the first Marine Corps general to command NATO forces in combat. Upon promotion to Lieutenant General, he assumed the duties as the commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Virginia, and as Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, and Commander of Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command. “I have served with [Lt. Gen.] McMillian before and I know he brings great knowledge and experience as a Marine,” said Mills. “I leave here very hopeful and very inspired.”

    McMillian graduated from the Univ
    ersity of Southern California and was commissioned in 1980 via the Platoon Leaders Class program. A naval aviator by trade, he completed flight school in 1982 and has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours during his career in numerous platforms. Throughout his career, McMillian has commanded the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 134, served as deputy commander for Marine Aircraft Group 46, as well as deputy CG, of Marine Corps Forces Pacific. He also served as deputy CG for I Marine Expeditionary Force, and CG, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.

    In his first speech as the new Commander for MarForRes/MarForNorth during the ceremony, McMillian thanked the crowd for their presence, expressed his excitement and hopes for his new position, and addressed the Marines under his leadership. “I am very proud to be standing here as your CG" said McMillian. “I am looking forward to the next two years and to the opportunity to get to know all of you and to serve with you, Semper Fidelis.”

  • 07 Oct 2015 8:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Early in the morning on August 7, 2015, golfers and supporters gathered at the Ft. Belvoir golf course to participate in this year’s MCRA annual golf tournament in partnership with the Semper Fi Fund.

    The annual golf tournament has been a hallmark event for the MCRA for many years and has contributed significant donations, which have supported our nation’s wounded warriors.  This year, corporate sponsorship, participation, and donations were at an all time high!

    Additionally, the Marine Corps Reserve Association was proud to host the First Lady of the Marine Corps. 

    Photo: National President-Ken Hopper; Semper Fi Fund Coordinator-Susan Wortman; First Lady, Marine Corps-Ellyn Dunford; Executive Director-Robert Donaghue.

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