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LtGen Mills testimony before Defense Subcommittee: FY16 Budget

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  • 28 Jun 2015 8:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MajGen Mark Brilakis has been nominated for promotion and for assignment as deputy commandant for Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs. MajGen Brilakis, a 34-year Marine, currently serves as Commanding General, Recruiting Command, MCB Quantico, VA.

    If confirmed, Brilakis will fill a post that has been vacant since late September when then-LtGen Robert Milstead, former deputy commandant for M&RA, retired. The department has been led in the interim by Sheryl Murray, a senior executive service official who serves as assistant deputy commandant for M&RA.

  • 28 Jun 2015 8:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On 29April - Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, Commander Marine Forces Reserve, delivered opening remarks at the hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2016 funding request and budget justification for the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  

    The priorities the General laid out some specific priorities to Congress, "We must remain manned, trained, and equipped to ensure we maintain the ability to seamlessly integrate with and support the Active Component." 


    MARFORRES is planning on making revisions to the Force Generation Model to ensure units and personnel are ready to augment and reinforce a MAGTF. LtGen Mills stressed to Congress that Marines and Marine civilians are the foundation of all that MARFORRES accomplishes and their support to reserve specific programs remains crucial in recruiting and retaining Reservist.  

    EQUIPMENT: When it came to equipment, the number one procurement priority is the KC-130J Super Hercules and the second priority is the RQ-21A Blackjack Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System or STUAS.  

    TRAINING: Emphasis will be placed on the Integrated Training Exercise Program, which enables improved readiness, more efficient total Force Integration, and faster activation response times at the battalion and squadron level.

    FACILITIES: The focus of effort will be the Marine Corps' Reserve Military Construction Program which will focus on new footprint and recapitalization of aging facilities. To read his full testimony which will set the course of our Reserves click here

  • 31 May 2015 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For the second consecutive year, longtime staff sergeants across the Marine Corps will face involuntary separation from the service.

    Officials with Manpower and Reserve Affairs announced the return of the Staff Sergeant Retention Board in Marine administrative message 264/15 on Thursday. Scheduled to begin work after the fiscal 2015 gunnery sergeant selection board wraps up its business in late June, the group is charged with whittling down the numbers of staff sergeants in uniform.

    As with last year, staff sergeants with between 15 and 18 years of service who've been passed over for promotion at least twice are on the chopping block. During the board's first audit of veteran staff sergeants, 233 of the 798 reviewed were cut from the service.

    The number of staff sergeants who will go before the retention board will depend on how many E-6s are selected for promotion to gunnery sergeant, said Yvonne Carlock, a spokeswoman for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. And because the number of Marines up for review will determine how long the retention board meets, there is no fixed date for it to adjourn, she added.

    Prior to 2013, staff sergeants could remain in uniform until retiring after 20 years of service. But with the drawdown in full effect, the onus is on longtime noncommissioned officers to move up or head out.

    Officials said incentives to exit the Corps, like the temporary early retirement authority, have failed to thin out the ranks of staff sergeants. Known as TERA, the voluntary separation program does not offer the same range of benefits as a 20-year retirement, but still leaves a departing Marine with a pension.

    All staff sergeants up for forced retirement also qualify for TERA.

    The gunnery sergeant selection board convened in late April. It is expected to wrap up in June, tapping about 1,900 staff sergeants for promotion.

  • 05 Apr 2015 8:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    “My mission as the 4th Marine Division’s SgtMaj is to keep a pulse on the unit and keep the commander advised of any issues that I become aware of, and provide guidance to the other senior enlisted leaders within the division, both active and reserve,” said Fliegel.

    Fliegel is a combat engineer who served in the Persian Gulf War, the liberation of Panama in Operation Promote Liberty and completed four tours in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. This is the first time Fliegel has led Marines in the Reserve component, but he is pleased with current training schedules and requirements.

    “There is no need for changes when there’s nothing broken here,” said Fliegel. “The ground combat element is my comfort zone, I served with the 2nd & 1st MarDiv for a combination of well over 20 years of my career and the ground combat element individual training standards and mission essential tasks will remain the same for now.”

    Fliegel brings almost 30 years of experience to the 4th MarDiv. He remembers the day he decided to enlist in 1986 when recruiters visited his high school in Northfield, Minnesota.  “When I was a senior in high school, they announced over the speakers that the armed forces were in the guidance counselor’s office and all seniors would be excused from class,” said Fliegel. “The only reason I went down there was to get out of a history test that morning and the only reason I talked to the Marine recruiter was because he was giving away some cheap pocket stuff. For a couple pens, pencils and a keychain I heard his spiel and three days later I was at the MEPS raising my hand saying I would, and that’s coming up on 28 years ago and I don’t regret any of it.”

    Fliegel said if there was one thing that he could express to the Marines currently under his charge, it would be to thank them.  “I want to thank everyone for their service,” “It’s no secret at this time in our nation’s history that everyone currently wearing the uniform has either enlisted or re-enlisted in a time of war and that speaks volumes about their moral fiber, character and backbone.”

  • 28 Mar 2015 7:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, the Department of Defense released the Quarterly Suicide Report (QSR) for the third quarter of calendar year 2014.

    The QSR is intended to communicate the department's suicide data on a routine basis. The report summarizes suicide counts for all services and components during the months of July through September of 2014. There were 56 suicides among service members in the active component, 20 suicides among service members in the reserves, and 26 suicides among service members in the National Guard.

    The report also includes the annual suicide counts for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The QSR is available here. Additional information is available on the Defense Suicide Prevention Office website at

    Service members and their families who need support can reach out to the Military Crisis Line, which offers free and confidential support for those in crisis. The Military Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified responders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, many who have served in the military themselves. Support is available through the crisis line phone number, online chat, and text-messaging services for all service members (active, National Guard and reserves) and veterans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by visiting the Military Crisis Line website at; Online Chat at:; sending a text to: 838255 or calling toll free at: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1.

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  • 06 Jan 2015 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    2015 Hiring/Recruitment Opportunities for Vetted Employers on MCB Camp Pendleton Mini Career Fairs- held during the Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS).

    January 22, 2015             Transition Resource Fair (Veteran                                                         Service Organizations and support                                                       resources only)

    February 12, 2015           HR Corner- Professional Résumé Review

    February 26, 2015           U.S. Chamber of Commerce-Hiring Our                                                 Heroes-Military Spouse Hiring Event

    March 26, 2015               Marine & Family Programs-Career &                                                     Education Expo

    April 30, 2015                  HR Corner- Professional Résumé Review

    May 28, 2015                   Law Enforcement & Public Safety Hiring Event

    July 15, 2015                   Hiring Heroes Career Fair- (Wounded, Ill &                                            Injured, Transitioning, and Family Members)

    August 13, 2015               HR Corner- Professional Résumé Review

    September 16-17, 2015     Camp Pendleton Jobs Summit (2 days) –                                               Hiring Our Heroes

    October 8-9, 2015              Military Women in Transition Career                                                     Symposium & Resource Fair

    November 10, 2015           HR Corner- Professional Résumé Review &                                             LinkedIn Seminar

  • 06 Dec 2014 7:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Over the next 30 years, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are likely to remain volatile areas, with high potential for tension and some violent conflict, reports United Kingdom Rear Admiral John Kingwell, Director, Concepts and Doctrine.

  • 11 Oct 2014 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), during a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, October 11, 2014, in San Francisco, California.

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Mrs. Lynne Pace, wife of retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is serving as the ship's sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life."

     "This ship, forged in America, with components and systems manufactured all across America, shall remind us of the long and historic links between our communities and our Navy and Marine Corps," Secretary Mabus said. "Having a ship named America, sailing the world's oceans, always present in defense of our freedoms and ready to respond is yet another extension of our American spirit."

    USS America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship, LHA 6 is optimized for aviation, and will be capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Lightning II. The ship is equipped with a fuel efficient hybrid electric propulsion system, the same built for USS Makin Island (LHD 8), which is an energy initiative designed to give the ship the benefit of increased range, endurance and time on station enhancing USS America's combat capability. It also provides greater flexibility with regards to scheduling refueling and reduced maintenance costs.

    LHA 6 provides a flexible, multi-mission platform with capabilities that span the range of military operations -- from forward deployed crisis response to forcible entry operations. The ship also provides forward presence and power projection as an integral part of joint, interagency and multinational maritime expeditionary forces.

    USS America will operate for sustained periods in transit to, and operations in, an amphibious objective area to include: embarking, transporting, controlling, inserting, sustaining and extracting elements of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and supporting forces by helicopters and tilt rotors supported by F-35Bs.

    The ship includes additional aviation spaces and will have an increased aviation capacity: enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity. USS America, as well as the second ship of the class, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7), will not include a well deck.

    Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr. of Billerica, Mass., is the ship's commanding officer and will lead a crew of 1,200 sailors and nearly 1,900 embarked Marines. The 44,971-ton ship is 844 feet in length, has an overall beam of 106 feet, and a navigational draft of 26 feet.

    Since the American Revolution, three U.S. Navy warships have sailed with the name America. The first America was originally a racing schooner launched in 1851 and taken into Confederate naval service in 1861 before being captured and taken into the U.S. Navy service in 1862. She served in the U.S. Navy until 1873 before returning to civilian life racing and cruising. In 1921 she was presented to the Navy for preservation as a relic and remained at the U.S. Naval Academy until being scrapped in 1945. The second America transported troops during World War I. The third ship to bear the name was a Kitty-Hawk class aircraft carrier that supported operations from the Vietnam War through Operation Desert Storm. USS America will be the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear this name.
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