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Jack Paxton
Executive Director, USMCCCA
110 Fox Court,
Wildwood, FL 34785
+1 352-748-4698

EMAIL: usmccca@cfl.rr.com
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$1,000-$4,999
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Mike Arnold
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Jack Paxton
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Sally Pritchett
Walt Ford
Tom Kerr
Art Detman
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Dedicated Members

The 2014-15 Dedicated Member Campaign has begun. This year you can designate where your contribution goes. Your name and dedication will also appear in the Annual Conference Journal at the end of the year:

Walt Ford
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Dan Bisher
Joseph Galloway
Kevin Doll
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Malcom Barr
Don Parzanese
Theresa Sousa
Anita Best
Gene Smith
George Christman Jr.
Joe Skymba
Mike Arnold
Dub Allen
Bill Hauptfleisch
Don O'Neal
Jenny Holbert
Roland Jarrell Jr.
Virginia Kyser
John Dodd
Manny Pacheco
Frank Burke

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Two Combat Camera Marines die in Nepal crash

Cpl. Sara A. Medina, Combat Camera.

Cpl. Sara A. Medina, Combat Camera.

Friends,

I have waited until today for official word and notification to families out of respect for my brother and sister. We are still down range as I write this.

On May 12 a UH-1Y helicopter from HMLA 469 carrying two of my hard charging COMCAM Marines crashed high in a mountainous area in Nepal. All souls on board were lost; six Marines and two Nepali soldiers. They were on a mission to help save lives and reduce suffering after a second massive earthquake hit the country.

Our entire team was charging as hard as we could to help to provide imagery support for this operation. Medina and Hug took to the air to get to a remote village where supplies were desperately needed and civilians were severely injured and had to be MEDEVAC’d. These two Marines were doing exactly what they joined the Marine Corps to do- Help others! Through their imagery they were showing the world what was happening here and what the Nepali people were going through.

Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, Combat Camera.

Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, Combat Camera.

This has been one of the toughest times in my career. I love my Marines and I love Combat Camera. I am truly heart broken but I praise the Lord that we have officially recovered our fallen and by his grace we are able to return them to their families. My prayers and my heart are with Hug and Medina’s families as well as our entire COMCAM family. We have lost an amazing sister and brother.

Tonight I ask that you take a minute to truly remember and pray for all of those that are standing watch and all of those that came before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice. My heart is so heavy but my faith is strong in Christ. I know these two young Marines are in a better place.

Cpl Medina, LCpl Hug throughout your service you have answered the call. You have tirelessly stood the watch when no one else would. When the time came, you packed your gear and headed for far off lands so that our country could sleep safely and enjoy the freedoms we so dearly cherish.

Tonight we honor and thank you both. You have done more on your watch than any American could possibly ask or ever understand. The time to post has come, you stand relieved… We have the watch.
– CWO-3 Clint Runyon, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Combat Camera Officer in Charge,  Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan
(from Facebook post)

Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, Combat Videographer

Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, Combat Videographer

“Today we mourn the loss of two Marines in our Combat Camera community. Today we honor the sacrifice of Cpl. Sara Medina and Lance Cpl. Jacob Hug. Along with the two UH-1Y Huey pilots, two crew chiefs, and two Nepalese soldiers, they died serving their country, the people of Nepal, and doing what they signed up and love doing. I couldn’t be prouder of our Public Affairs/Combat Camera team here in Nepal.

You come into a humanitarian crisis not thinking something like this could happen. This one shook me hard and I thank God for his peace and strength though this time for myself and our team. Please pray for the families, friends, and our team as we grapple with this devastating loss. Thank you.”
– Gunnery Sgt. Jeremy M. Vought, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Public Affairs Chief, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan (from Facebook post)

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Dedicated Member Campaign at Halfway Point

The 2015 Dedicated Member campaign is at its half-way point and, as of this writing, 33 members have shown their support by contributing just over $4,000.  These members are shown in the lower left column of this page and, hopefully space will continue increase as the campaign winds down in late July.  Their names will also be included in the USMCCCA Journal later this year. 

The Dedicated Member campaign was the brain child of former Executive Director Don Gee who reasoned that not everyone would be capable of contributing at the Booster Club level yet wanted to be included as supporters of this organization.  He was right and the DM totals continue to increase each year.

“There is no question that we ask an awful lot of our members,” Foundation President Bill Hauptfleisch said recently.  “When you consider what this organization has been able to accomplish over the past 74 years you quickly come to the realization that we could not have lasted that long without the outright support of our membership.  Today we are able to make cash grants to each first place winner in the annual VIEC/DPA competition thanks to the largesse of our member/sponsors.  We also have dedicated $6,000 to our two annual scholarships. 

“Without the continued help of the Florida Chapter’s Foundation Golf Tournament, the Dedicated Member and Booster Club campaigns and our Journal advertisers, we simply could not do what we do,” Hauptfleisch said.

If you have not yet filled out your remittance envelope for the Dedicated Member Campaign, please do so ASAP and mail it to CCHQ, 110 Fox Court, Wildwood, FL 34785.  If you would rather contribute using a credit card either indicate the information on your remittance envelope or call CCHQ.  You may also use the button below.


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Jobs offered

AFRTS (AFNE) is looking for a Broadcast Standards Manager, GS-1001-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement  DMA- 15-1398789-B  opens Monday, May 4, 2015 and closes  Monday, May 18, 2015. This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/402907000

Defense Media Activity (Production Component/Air Force Production) is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1391044-B) opens on Wednesday, May 06, 2015, and closes on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/403167100.

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Foundation’s Florida Chapter Golf Tournament Nets $4k

Jack Paxton as auctioneer at the 11th annual Foundation (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament at Sanctuary Ridge, Clermont, FL.

Jack Paxton as auctioneer at the 11th annual Foundation (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament at Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club, Davenport, Fl.

Sanctuary Ridge, Clermont, FL

In spite of a change of golf courses, an increase in fees and a diminished field of golfers, the 11th annual Foundation (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament on May 1 can be considered a success.

Florida Chapter President and Tournament Director Red Carpenter reported that,” in spite of a lot of setbacks, we still managed to raise approximately $4,000 for the Foundation.”  He indicated that the money will go to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, CA and to the Foundation scholarship funds.

Carpenter said the tournament had to be moved from its previous site at Ridgewood Lakes to the Sanctuary Ridge GC in Clermont due to contractual difficulties.  “That move probably cost us a dozen or so golfers that would have normally signed on.  Also, when we have a May tournament we also have to consider that many ‘snowbirds’ have already headed north.

“Considering the fact that we are the smallest existing chapter in the Association our small group of workers do a herculean job in running the tournament.  Gene Smith, Tournament Director of the Champions Tour, comes through every year with loads of golf gear that enables us to make a profit from our auction.  We also could not do it without the help of Allen Moore, Hank Ehlbeck, Jack Paxton and our wives.

“I would also be remiss if I did not thank Col. Mary Reinwald, Editor, Leatherneck Magazine for her great assistance each year and to Heineken USA for the product we are able to offer our golfers at no cost.”

The Champs: The first place team (l-r) are Lee Wilmot, Patrick Carpenter, his Dad Red, Bobby Murphy and Chris Woodford. Red presented the trophies and was not a team member.

The Runners-up: Second place (l-r) Mike Harris, Shane Willis, Red, and his son-in-law, Marc Barry.

The Third Place Team (l-r) Jim Paxton, Dusty Rhodes, Randy Blanchard and Bobby Jones, all from the Groves Retirement Community. This is the sixth straight year that Jim Paxton’s team has finished in the top three.

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New USMCCCA logo on gear, ready for orders

Don't wait! Get your new logo gear now. Currently, there is a $25 discount if you order $75 or more at the USMCCCA GEAR STORE. Click on the photo, the links below or the button on the right sidebar.

Don’t wait! Get your new logo gear now. Currently, there is a $25 discount if you order $75 or more at the USMCCCA GEAR STORE. Click on the photo, the links below or the button on the right sidebar.

Jack Paxton models a shirt featuring the new logo.

Jack Paxton models a shirt featuring the new logo.

A number of years ago we developed a USMCCCA Store jointly with Queensboro Shirt Company of Wilmington, NC.  Basically, we were looking for quality clothing that would identify wearers as members of the USMCCCA.  We developed what some might call a “sport” logo with the letters USMCCCA on the flag over the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.  Because folks would ask us what the USMCCCA stood for we have decided to try to duplicate our official logo.

Queensboro designers worked with us for a basic design and we then sent it to our USMCCCA and Foundation Board members for comment.  And, we received some:  Too large… the Cs are not large enough… can we change the colors?  We listened.

New Cap Logos

These logos are for CAPS ONLY.

On April 9 we journeyed to Queensboro’s factory in Wilmington and approved what we think is a very nice looking logo for shirts and a distinctive cap logo for both CCs and Combat Camera Marines.  When you click on USMCCCA GEAR to the right side of our website sidebar  and click on  an item for sale that new logo will open showing how it looks with the color selected.  Please note that the lettering surrounding the shirt and cap logos can change depending on basic color selected.

We also have worked out an arrangement with Queensboro that will enable us to tell you when certain items will go on sale. (Currently, Take 20% Off – No Minimum! Enter Coupon Code SF5429 In The Shopping Cart To Save!)

Lastly, the price shown includes a 20% markup that goes into our USMCCCA general fund and hopefully will help us keep conference prices from climbing  – IF you shop with us!

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Dedicated Member Campaign Kicks Off

Past recipients of scholarships and DPA awards.

Past recipients of scholarships and DPA awards.

The annual Dedicated Member campaign kicked off April 1.  A mailing to all members went out that date encouraging support for the various programs we offer including scholarships for members, dependents and active duty Marines; funding for the Distinguished Performance Awards (DPA) program, and our annual contribution to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund.

While funding for the latter organization is usually made possible through the Foundation’s Florida Chapter Golf Tournament, outside competition from other tournaments can affect revenues.  As Foundation President Bill Hauptfleisch said in the most recent USMCCCA Journal “…the Foundation exists as the “rainmaker” for the Association.  It must make money so that we can remain afloat financially.”

Members should consider what we do for our active duty Marines.  Our first place awards payout in the DPA program has been increased from $75 to $100.  We offer two scholarships each year at $3,000 each.  Our paid staff, Executive Director and Webmaster, do not receive annual salary increases as most organizations offer.  As Bill has said, “We are a lean, mean machine and totally dependent on the largesse of our great and dedicated members.”

When you receive your mailing, please consider all of the above and, if you are able, help support our fine organization as we approach our 75th year.

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News program interview CCs

Floyd Hunter, Dale Cook and Ken Goulardt gathered for lunch on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima to share their memories of the war with reporter Wayne Freedman, ABC7 News in the San Francisco area. To view the interview please go to the <a href=

ABC7News website here.” class /> Floyd Hunter, Dale Cook and Ken Goulardt gathered for lunch on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima to share their memories of the war with reporter Wayne Freedman, ABC7 News in the San Francisco area. To view the interview please go to the ABC7News website here.

 

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Looking for Vietnam Vet Sternberg

New member Mike Harmon (gmharmon@gmail) seeking info on former combat correspondent Staff Sergeant (or Sgt.) Sternberg who was last known to be in Vietnam  probably with 1st Marine Division at Chu Lai in mid-1966.

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DMA seeks Audio Visual Production Specialist

Defense Media Activity AFTRS (AFN-PAC) is looking for an Audio Visual Production Specialist, GS-1071-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1354546-MP), opens on Monday, March 23, 2015 to Monday, April 6, 2015. This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/398442100

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Marketing Communications Director needed

Marketing Communications Director: The Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC) has an opening for a Marketing and Communication Director to be based in Towanda, PA. Will be responsible for developing marketing and public relations programs, electronic and print communications and promotional projects. Minimum three years’ experience in marketing or communications field preferred with B.A. or B.S, in Marketing, Communication or related field. Project management and proficiency in print, social media and broadcast are required. The BCRAC is dedicated to the promotion of arts and culture in the region.  Possible fulltime position available immediately.

BCRAC is dedicated to the promotion of arts and culture in the region.  Both positions available immediately. Send letter of interest, resume and references by mail or e-mail by March 23 to: Bradford County Regional Arts Council, 601 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or info@bcrac.org.

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1st Quarter Newsletter should have arrived

1st Quarter Newsletter

The first issue of 2015 “Now Hear This” the official USMCCCA newsletter, should have arrived in your mailbox. If you DID NOT receive it, then you need to make sure CCHQ has your correct mailing address. You can MAKE SURE you get future newsletters by using the membership update form here.
If you are a registered member of this site, you can download the newsletter by clicking on the image to the right. (you will need the site password) Hint: the (lowercase) last name of the creator of “… Demons”

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2015 Conference Hotel Reservations Aug. 17-20

Lobby of the Doubletree by Hilton at New Bern

It’s not too soon to make your hotel reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton at New Bern, NC for our 2015 annual conference August 16-20. If you follow the link below it will take you to our Hilton page where all you have to do is decide on the number of beds you need and the dates needed.

Hotel Reservations for the CCs, rate is $90

The conference registration fee is $80 which includes all three meal events: Monday’s Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.; the Wednesday Distinguished Performance Awards Reception and Banquet beginning at 6 p.m. and the Annual Business Meeting Breakfast on Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, August 18 we will bus to Camp Lejeune for a demonstration and luncheon with active duty CCs and Combat Camera Marines. There is only ONE 37 passenger bus available to us for this event. You are encouraged to register ASAP so as to get a seat on this bus.

Complete registration can be made using this website or you may register by emailing CCHQ at usmccca@cfl.rr.com or calling 352.748.4698.

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