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  • 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.
  • 11 Oct 2014 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year the MCRPB solicits issues for consideration as issues from the field are vital to the success of the board and will help shape the Marine Corps Reserve for the future. This year the MCRA established a committee to solicit input from the membership for the MCRPB.

    The three issues submitted for consideration by the board were:

    1. Reserve Warrant Officer Basic Course

    2. Use of 12304 (b) activation authority

    3. Use of the RSUs at Pendleton and Lejeune

    Select each issue for a full briefing.

    Each year the MCRPB solicits issues for consideration as issues from the field are vital to the success of the board and will help shape the Marine Corps Reserve for the future. This year the MCRA established a committee to solicit input from the membership for the MCRPB.

    The three issues submitted for consideration by the board were:

    1. Reserve Warrant Officer Basic Course

    2. Use of 12304 (b) activation authority

    3. Use of the RSUs at Pendleton and Lejeune

    Select each issue for a full briefing.

     
  • 23 Sep 2014 7:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    DoD Anonounces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2014, Through August 2014
     

    The Department of Defense announced today recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal 2014.

    Active Component.

    Recruiting. All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2014. Each service also exceeded DoD's quality benchmarks for new recruits:

    Army 57,101 accessions, with a goal of 57,000; 100.2 percent.
    Navy 33,765 accessions, with a goal of 33,740; 100 percent.
    Marine Corps 26,018 accessions, with a goal of 26,000; 100.1%
    Air Force 24,070 accessions, with a goal of 24,068; 100 percent.

      Retention. All four services met ther retention goals for fiscal 2014.

    Reserve Component

    Recruiting. Four of the six reserve components met or exceeded their fiscal 2014 numerical accession goals. All six reserve components also met or exceeded the DoD quality benchmarks.

    Army National Guard 47,062 accessions, with a goal of 47,900; 98.3 percent.
    Army Reserve 26,815 accessions, with a goal of 29,313; 91.5 percent.
    Navy Reserve 3,987 accessions, with a goal of 3,853; 103 percent.
    Marine Corps Reserve 8,333 accessions, with a goal of 8,333; 100.0 percent.
    Air National Guard 10,011 accessions, with a goal of 9,154 ; 109.4 percent.
    Air Force Reserve 6,952 accessions, with a goal of 4,875; 142.6 percent.

    Attrition All reserve components have met their attrition goals or were within the allowed variance. Current trends are expected to continue. (This indicator lags due to data availability.)

  • 14 Sep 2014 7:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Marine Corps Junior ROTC AWARDEES

    Since 1982 the MCRA, in coordination with HQMC, has been honoring outstanding Marine Corps Junior ROTC units across America.  The purpose of the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program is "to prepare high school students for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens." The Marine Corps Junior ROTC program produces successful students and productive adults, while fostering a more constructive and disciplined learning environment.  We are proud to announce the 2014 OUTSTANDING Marine Junior ROTC units:

    REGION 1: FERN CREEK TRADITIONAL HS - LOUISVILLE, KY
                    Senior Marine - LtCol Angel

    REGION 2: NORTH FORSYTH HS - CUMMING, GA
                    Senior Marine - Maj Kelly

    REGION 3: TOPEKA HS - TOPEKA, KS
                    Senior Marine - CWO3 Kelley

    REGION 4: CASA GRANDE UNION HS - CASA GRANDE, AZ
                    Senior Marine - LtCol Blaydes

    REGION 5: CATHOLIC HS - LITTLE ROCK, AR
                    Senior Marine - SgtMaj Jernigan

    REGION 6: NATION FORD HS - FT. MILL, SC
                    Senior Marine - Col Mulcahy

    Congratulations to these outstanding units! If you live close to one of these units go by & congratulate them.  Just as important - congratulate these Senior Marines, without their leadership and guidance none of this would be possible!
     
  • 20 Aug 2014 8:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEW ORLEANS --

    Marine administrative message 409/14 announces the fiscal year 2014 Selected Marine Corps Reserve Enlisted Retention Survey. This survey allows Reserve Marines the opportunity to communicate to senior leaders their views regarding their experience and possible future service in the Marine Corps Reserve. The SMCR has provided more than twelve years of sustained operational support to the total force in Iraq, Afghanistan and areas around the globe. This survey will provide valuable feedback to senior leaders regarding the key factors that influence Reserve component Marines' career decisions.

    Target demographics for the survey are SMCR first-term enlisted Marines from lance corporal to sergeant. Marines taking the survey on a computer without Common Access Card capability should select the non-CAC login when prompted to begin the survey.

    All SMCR Marines ranked lance corporal to sergeant are encouraged to complete the survey no later than Dec. 31, 2014. Maximum participation in the survey will ensure that senior leaders are provided the best possible information on what factors and incentives most influence continuation and retention behavior. Survey results will directly influence resource allocation, therefore increasing overall unit readiness.

    For more information, visit the Manpower and Reserve Affairs web site and search for the FY14 Drilling Reserve Retention Survey.

  • 20 Aug 2014 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    New Orleans, La. --

    Marine Administrative Message 328/14 announced the acceptance of applications for the Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board during calendar year 2014 through 2016.

    The MCRPB was established to make recommendations to the Secretary of the Navy on matters that affect the readiness, mobilization, and deployment capability of the Marine Corps Reserve. Membership of the MCRPB is appointed to provide a broad representation of the Marine Corps ready reserve and regular forces.

    The MCRPB is required by law to meet annually in Washington, DC, for one week, and at various other locations for shorter periods of time. The board consists of 18 members: 14 officers and four enlisted.

    The chairman of the MCRPB requests that commanders consider qualified officers in the grades of chief warrant officer, major, lieutenant colonel, or colonel.

    Marines serving in Reserve units or as IMAs are requested to forward applications endorsed by their command/organization to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Reserve Affairs) no later than September 1, 2014. Marines in the IRR can submit their application directly to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

    For additional information, to include the military resume format, see MARADMIN 328/14.

  • 20 Aug 2014 8:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The planting of cherry blossom trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the people of the United States from the people of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry blossom tree, or "sakura," is a prized flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages, according to the National Park Service. For Lt. Col. Eric Terashima, the assistant chief of staff for operations and future operations with Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, the cherry blossom symbolizes his family’s legacy in America – a legacy of endurance, forgiveness and pride.

    In early 2013, Terashima visited the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia, with his father. When leaving the museum, Terashima talked with his father about donating a cherry blossom tree to the museum to honor the Marine Corps’ history with the Japanese people.

    After talking the idea over with the museum’s president, Terashima decided that he wanted to line the driveway leading to the parking lot with cherry blossom trees from October to December that same year. His reason for donating the trees leads back to his family’s history while living in America and Japan.

    “The same civil liberties have been given to us as just about everyone over the past 70 years: military desegregation, equal opportunity for education and jobs, and the ability to buy land,” said Terashima. “I wanted to give back to the Marine Corps and the United States that signifies something bigger than myself.”

    Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II, Terashima’s family, the Shimonishi family at the time, was forced from their home in southern California and moved into camps during the internment of Japanese-Americans. Along with the Shimonishi family, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were moved to these camps.

    Terashima’s grandmother, Mili Shimonishi, who is now 101 years old, endured the camps for several years after Pearl Harbor, while also caring for her four children. After being released from the camps, the Shimonishi family traveled back to Japan and settled onto a small farm and began work. After years of hard work on the farm, Shimonishi found a job working on what now is Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan.

    While working at the base, Shimonishi was surrounded by American people and culture. In 1958, while Shimonishi was watching the American movie, “The White Cliffs of Dover”, she remembered why she loved America in the first place. With her love of the United States driving her thoughts, she packed up her four children and moved back to southern California.

    Throughout the years, the Shimonishi and Terashima family have endured many obstacles to get to where they are today.

    “Just the fact that we went from being poor farmers in Japan to me being commissioned and promoted to lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps, shows how strong my grandmother is,” said Terashima. “The Marine Corps has given me a lot and sometimes you just have to give back and show your appreciation.”

  • 05 Aug 2014 8:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The last piece of a 16-month investigation against the Marine Corps’ top officer, Commandant Gen. James F. Amos, has come to close with the general cleared of wrongdoing.

    The Defense Department Inspector General did not substantiate allegations that Amos  inserted himself illegally into the military justice system to ensure tough punishments against Marine scout snipers who were depicted in a video urinating on dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, a Pentagon official told The Washington Post on Monday. The news was first reported by Marine Corps Times over the weekend, citing an anonymous Defense Department official. The investigation is said to have ended July 24. 

    The case began when Maj. James Weirick, a Marine attorney then serving at Quantico, Va., filed a complaint with the Pentagon IG in March 2013 alleging that the cases for against the snipers was tainted because Amos and other members of his staff had inappropriately got involved. Weirick focused on the Commandant’s decision to remove the three-star general assigned to oversee the cases, Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, after learning that he intended to impose administrative nonjudicial punishment on some of the Marines, rather than move forward with a court-martial. Doing so, Weirick argued, amounted to unlawful command influence, in which a senior officer seeks to pressure a junior commander for a certain outcome in a case.

    Waldhauser said in a sworn statement in July 2013 for one of the cases that Amos told him he wanted the Marines “crushed,” and stripped Waldhauser of his control over the cases shortly after disagreeing with how the three-star general was handling them. Waldhauser acknowledging that was highly unusual
    undefined active-duty generals rarely speak out against their service chief.


    The Commandant had denied Waldhauser’s version of events in an interview with NPR in February, effectively pitting a three-star general’s comments, against a four-star’s.

    Some critics of the Commandant’s are have called for him to release the IG investigation report. Retired Marine staff judge advocate Lee Thweatt, for example, called for Amos to release the results in an essay on the website change.org on Sunday, saying doing so would explain how the IG’s office came its “astonishing conclusions.”

    The law does not require that. It is standing policy for the IG to release the results of investigations that substantiate misconduct. When an investigation does not, however, they are typically withheld due to privacy concerns.

    Indeed, Marine Corps officials declined to confirm Monday the conclusion of the investigation, releasing only a one-sentence statement when asked if Amos’ office would release the results of the investigation.

    “We do not have the necessary release authority to provide details, or confirmation of status, associated with the subject of your query on behalf of the Marine Corps or our Commandant,” said the statement, released by Maj. John Caldwell, a Marine Corps spokesman.

  • 12 Jul 2014 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) released the following statement applauding the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for upholding a district court’s ruling that $1.75 billion of Iranian money should be distributed to the families of the victims of the 1983 bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon:

     “I applaud the appeals court for upholding this ruling in favor of the families whose loved ones were tragically killed as a result of an act of violent terrorism in which the government of Iran played a vital role,” said Congressman Jones.  “While no amount of money will ease the pain caused by the loss these individuals have suffered, this ruling is a small token of justice and reiterates the fact that acts of violence against American service members cannot be executed without consequences.” 

    The money in question is currently being held in an account in New York.  Congressman Jones has long advocated for justice for the families of the victims and has supported bipartisan legislation to that end.

  • 10 Jun 2014 8:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BELIZE CITY undefined Marine combat engineers are teaming with airmen and members of the Belize Defence Force to build schoolhouses and hospital buildings during Exercise New Horizons.  Members of Marine Wing Support Squadron 472, a Massachusetts-based reserve unit, completed construction of a two-room schoolhouse addition here, one of Central America’s largest cities. Now they’re working on another addition at a nearby five-room schoolhouse, including a kitchen and bathroom.

    Brig. Gen. David Jones, commander of the Belize Defence Force, said his engineers learn a lot from working with American combat engineers. His soldiers, however, may be called on not only to build new infrastructure, but also to destroy infrastructure that’s being used illegally. That can include busting up a runway that traffickers are using to move illicit drugs by air, he said.  In turn, the Marines are learning new techniques from the Belizeans, said Staff Sgt. Matthew Houle, the New Horizons site foreman. For example, they taught the Marines a new way to finish interior and exterior walls called parging. 

    “It’s a concrete mix they put on the outside of the buildings here undefined similar to what we do with stucco,” Houle said. “It gives them a nice smooth finish.”

    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Patrick Robb, the New Horizons site officer-in-charge, said in addition to the new techniques they’ve picked up, it has been good for the Marines to observe the resourcefulness of the local troops. Instead of receiving materials like ready-mix concrete, they’ll mix what they need with what’s found at the site. Houle said he has seen them weld scrap metal into just about anything they need.

    Maj. Shaun Thomson, the New Horizons civil affairs officer, with 1st Civil Affairs Group out of Camp Pendleton, California, has been coordinating the delivery of donated materials to fill the schoolhouses once the combat engineers have completed them. Non-governmental organizations in the local area are donating chairs and desks to fill the schoolhouses so they can be used immediately. 

    Since arriving in April, the Marines have been working nearly non-stop to complete their work. School has been in session while they’ve been doing the construction, and the Marines sometimes stop what they are doing to play sports with the kids on their break, Robb said. They’ve also interacted with many other Belizeans, who flock to the schools on weekends because they serve as community centers for the locals, he said. 

    Air Force Col. Daniel Pepper, the New Horizons commander, said the exercise has been a great opportunity for the Marine Corps and Air Force to work jointly, instead of only coming together when a crisis occurs or in response to hostilities around the globe.

    “We don’t often get to do this in a permissive environment,” Pepper said. “We’ve been in combat since 2001, so it’s great to have the ability to work in a permissive environment with different techniques.” New Horizons has brought together a variety of military occupational specialties, Pepper said. But throughout the exercise he has seen the troops work together to get the job done, regardless of their MOS. “The leadership that I’ve seen in the field amongst all our services has really been excellent,” he said. 

    Working jointly has been an important experience, Robb said. Just as the Belizeans do things differently from Marines, so does the Air Force, he said. With the likelihood of future operations being joint, it’s important that they speak each other’s lingo, he added.

    It’s also good to utilize reservists for these types of missions, Thomson said, giving them a chance to get away from their base and out into the world.

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