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


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To send items for the website: USMCCCA Online


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Keith Oliver

Gene Smith
Mike Arnold
Ralph Austin
Don O'Neal
Don Coleman
Cochise Cash
Jack Paxton
John Kloczkowski
Manny Pacheco
Sally Pritchett
Walt Ford
Tom Kerr
Art Detman
George Chrisman Jr.
Clinton Firstbrook
Dale Baird
Bob McEwen
Chris Whiting
Don Parzanese


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
Sally Pritchett
Don Haley
Chuck Tyler
Rodney Ayers
HLM Capt Steve Illes
Eddie Kafafian
Cynthia Graham LaJeunesse
Dan Bisher
Joseph Galloway
Kevin Doll
Michael Furgal
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
George Hijar
Don Colemam
William Diefenbach
"Mawk" Arnold
Dale Baird
Bob McEwen
Tom Kerr
Neil Gillespie
Charles “Chip” Jones
Cochise Cash

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CC Gear Sale

Hey CCs and ComCam Marines:  The indications we got at our annual conference lead us to believe that you like the new logo shirts and the caps designed specifically for CCs and ComCam folks.  Here’s a chanced to purchase them at a sale price.  Go for it by clicking on USMCCCA Gear on the right sidebar of this page.

Get a jump on the savings with our Pre-Labor Day Sitewide Sale! All embroidered and printed apparel is marked down – with prices starting as low as $5.95. Shop today and save up to 81% compared to the competition.  As a bonus to you, our loyal Queensboro customer, we will toss in a FREE OGIO Big Dome Duffel on all embroidery orders of $150 or more!

Your chance to save up to 26% on Budget Totes is coming to an end.  They are just $1 each, plus shipping, when ordering 100 – only at Queensboro!


DMA Job opportunities

Defense Media Activity (DVI/DIMOC), is looking for a Supervisory Audiovisual Records Manager, GS-1001-14. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1481034-B) opens on Monday, August 17, 2015, and closes on Sunday, September 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:

Defense Media Activity (Production/DoD News), is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1481037-B) opens on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, and closes on Monday, August 31, 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:


Shoot and drop (photos) at the conference

Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the Conference this year and photograph/document the events. If you are attending, please take copious candids  of all events, hospitality suite, etc. Need photos for website and high res images suitable for a multi-page photo story in the Annual Journal. Caption info will get you a special place in the HUMVEE of after life.

I have set up a dropbox email to send photos from your mobile devices. If you have a lot of images, then contact for more info on transferring these via FTP.

Semper Fi,
Kate Stark


2015 Conference Schedule

(last updated 8/13/2015)

Sunday – August 16
Early bird arrival – No scheduled activities

Monday – August 17
0800: Work morning, assemblage of welcome bags – Gaston Room
1000:  Registration begins – Gaston Room
1400:  Old Board Meeting, USMCCCA – Executive Conference Room
1600:  Board Meeting, USMCCCA Foundation – Executive Conference Room
1800-2000:  Welcome Reception- Library/Morgan/Veranda Rooms
2000-2400:  Hospitality Suite Operational – Executive Conference Room

Tuesday – August 18
0800:   Assembly for the Camp Lejeune bus – Hotel Lobby
0830:  Bus ride to Camp Lejeune
1000:  Operational briefing, MEU; Amphib Demonstration
1130:   Adopt a Marine for Lunch:  Note, this function takes place at the Officers Club.  The buffet will cost approximately $11 each.
1300:  Visit Beirut Memorial, return to hotel
1900-2400:  Hospitality Suite Operational – Executive Conference Room

Wednesday – August 19
Bradham Room

0830:  Official Welcome: USMCCCA President Manny Pacheco; History update & Plans for 2016: Dave Biesel, St. Johann Press & Executive Director Jack Paxton
1000:  State of the Marine Corps: Col. Sean Gibson, Director, Office of Marine Corps Communication; Maj. Sean Hays, Combat Camera
1130-1300:  Lunch on your own
1300:  Annual Business Meeting – Bradham Room
1430:  Afternoon open
1800:  – Reception – Grand Ballroom
1845:  Distinguished Performance Awards Banquet, Keith Oliver, Emcee
2200:  (or immediately following banquet) Hospitality Suite Open

Thursday – August 20
0800:  Sayanora Breakfast – Lawson Room
0830:  Mr. Joe Galloway, War Correspondent & author:  We Were Soldiers…Once, And Young
0915: New Board Meeting
1000: Conference Adjourns


USMCCCA Conference Award Winners

If you are attending the USMCCCA VIEC/DPA Awards Banquet in New Bern August 19, you need to do the following:

1) If you are an award winner your dinner is free. If you are accepting for a winner, the cost is $25. You must notify Executive Director Jack Paxton ( if you are attending by NLT Wednesday, August 12. When paying, use the website: You do not have to have a PayPal account. Use the Pay by Credit Card drop down box. If you do not use the website for payment, call Jack at 352 748-4698 by August 12. If using a government card, please assure it is “turned on.”
2) If you are not an award winner but want to attend the banquet, the dinner fee is $40 for non-military and $25 for military in uniform. Again, notification must be made and the dinner payment made by Wednesday, August 12.
3) Award winners or those accepting awards are asked to be at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in New Bern by NLT 5 p.m. Wednesday August 19.
4) Banquet Attire: Civilians: Coat, tie for men; appropriate cocktail attire for women. Military: Service ALPHA.


Longtime CC Mike Pitts passes

Mike Pitts, left, Dale Dye and Don Gee share a laugh at the hospitality suite during the 2010 annual conference in Reno. Mike passed away in his sleep on Tuesday.

Mike Pitts, left, Dale Dye and Don Gee share a laugh at the hospitality suite during the 2010 annual conference in Reno. Mike passed away in his sleep on Tuesday.

There will be a wake for Michael Pitts Sunday from 1800-2000, Aug. 2, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Services in Fredericksburg, Virg.

Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service
1621 Jefferson Davis Hwy,
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone:(540) 373-5842

The funeral service will be Monday 11 a.m., Aug. 3 at St. Patrick Catholic Church (in the Lake of the Woods area).

St. Patrick Catholic Church
9149 Elys Ford Road,
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Burial will be at 1 pm at the Quantico National Cemetery.

Quantico National Cemetery
18424 Joplin Rd.
Triangle, VA 22172


Here is a link to write in the Guest Book


From Fred Pitts:
 It is with a heavy heart that I tell my friends that my twin brother, Mike, passed away in his sleep Tuesday at his home in Virginia. Mike was a retired Marine who served his country honorably for twenty years, and during that time he did two tours in Viet Nam, where he was awarded a Purple Heart, and received a battlefield commission to Captain. He had been ill for the past week but doctors were unsure of the cause. Mike joins his wife Sarah in heaven.


Membership directory has been removed.

From the Executive Director:  Due to recent activities, we are removing the USMCCCA  Membership Roster and access to it via our website.  Both President Manny Pacheco and I feel this is necessary in light of recent activities, both nationally and on our Facebook pages.  In the latter situation there were implications that  individuals might have been granted permission to use member’s names for mass emailings; several of which could be considered political in nature.

I would remind all members that we, as a non-profit organization, are apolitical and, for those who do not understand that word, it simply means that we cannot take a stand for any person, party or legislative act, regardless of how the person, party or the act might benefit us.  To do so would endanger our standing with the IRS and jeopardize the good work our Foundation does.  It should also be pointed out that the only person authorized to speak for this organization is its President and, in some cases and when authorized, myself.

Anyone wishing to contact one or more of or members, please  send an email to Your request will vetted and forwarded to ensure privacy for our members. (You will find the link in the left sidebar).


Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas named GOH for New Bern Conference

Guest of Honor, Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas

Guest of Honor,
Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas

Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas, CG 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, will represent the Commandant of the Marine Corps as guest of honor at our Distinguished Performance Awards Banquet, August 19 in New Bern, N.C.

With that locked in, President Manny Pacheco announced this week that plans for our 74th anniversary conference are fairly complete.  “I think everything is falling into place nicely,” Pacheco said.  “We have a couple of loose ends but, overall, we will have a great week.”

Pacheco thanked newly-promoted (and CC Life member) Col. Riccoh Player, PAO, MarForCom, Norfolk, and PA Director, Nat Fahy at Camp Lejeune, for helping assure that active duty Marines are aware of the conference and the DPA awards banquet.

Members are reminded that the guaranteed room rate of $90 ended July 17.  CCHQ is working with the Hilton to get an extension but, if you are reading this and have not attempted a reservation, we encourage you to try it quickly!  If you have to cancel your room registration for any reason be advised that the hotel requires cancellation within 72 hours of your arrival.

As announced many weeks ago, due to the lack of bus transportation in the New Bern area, we are limited to one 37 passenger bus for the trip to Camp Lejeune on Tuesday, August 18.  In all of our announcements we stressed the fact that the first 37 to register would take priority on this bus.  This does not mean that you will necessarily be excluded from the trip.  Some will cancel at the last minute.  Also, there will be member-owned vehicles that will be able to carry any overflow.  

Dress for the DPA banquet Wednesday evening will be service “alpha” for Marines, appropriate business attire (coat and tie) for men and appropriate cocktail attire for ladies.


Looking for Beirut Barracks image

We are working on the Final Phase galleries, which includes an exhibit about Beirut. One of the design elements in the exhibit will be a wall-sized image of the barracks rubble.

Do you have a negative or slide that we could scan for this purpose? We can scan the film, or give you the specs if you’d prefer to scan the image yourself. If so, please contact me at

Many thanks,


Charlie Grow
Deputy Director
National Museum of the Marine Corps


MOH award donated to Smithsonian

Frank Lee sent a link to this article about Marilane Perkins Jacobson, mother of MOH recipient and combat photographer, Cpl. William Thomas Perkins Jr. His posthumously awarded Medal of Honor will go to Washington, D.C., to document his role in the Vietnam War. Photo by Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader


Col (ret) Brian Salas, left and MGySgt John Cordero, right, assist pinning-on rank during Col Ricoh Player's Promotion Ceremony, 08 July 2015 aboard MARFORCOM HQ, Norfolk, VA.

Col (ret) Brian Salas, left and MGySgt John Cordero, right, assist pinning-on rank during Col Ricoh Player’s Promotion Ceremony, 08 July 2015 aboard MARFORCOM HQ, Norfolk, VA.