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  • 08 Jan 2017 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    To our members, supporters and friends. As we near the end of 2016, and look forward to entering 2017, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to making this year such a success.

    The Association enjoyed significant gains in many areas this year, such as increased membership numbers; improved fundraising while reducing expenses; improved member communications though social media; and most importantly an improved relationship with MARFORRES.  We continued our support to the Semper Fi Fund; the Reserve Enlisted PME School; The Basic School; presenting the Congressional Leadership Award named after Lifetime member Frank Tejeda to Senator Lindsey Graham; honoring Marine Corps JROTC High Schools with the MCRA Outstanding JROTC award. We held a high quality and productive Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN.  We also continue helping Toys for Tots accomplish their much needed mission.

    We could not have accomplished so much without your continued support and wish to thank you. No matter what our personal political opinions are, we can all look forward to coming together as a group and a nation, and focusing on the things mean the most to us; our Corps and our Country.

    Please accept our sincerest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Semper Fidelis,

    Ken Hopper                 Bob Donaghue     

     President                 Executive Director


  • 23 Dec 2016 8:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On 17 November, the MCRA presented the Maj Frank Tejada Congressional Leadership award to 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.  

    The ceremony was held in the Russell Building in DC and attended by senior Marine Forces Reserve leadership, a large number members of the Officers and Board of Directors as well as members from other Veteran Services Organizations.

    The President of the MCRA, Ken Hopper introduced the presenter of the award LtGen Rex McMillian, Commanding General of Marine Forces Reserve. For the full story click here.

  • 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.
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