October 1, 2015

Thank you for joining us for this issue of Marine Parents News. If this is your first time receiving the newsletter, welcome aboard, we're excited for you to be here!  

General Robert Neller, who became the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps last week, has released his first statement as Commandant. Learn more in our first article. 

To see what else is new with the organization or to learn more about the Marine Corps, check out the rest of our articles. We hope you enjoy!

Thank you for joining us and especially for your continued support of our brave men and women in uniform.

Semper Fi Marine Families!
Commandant Neller Releases First Statement to Corps

Last Thursday, September 24, saw General Robert Neller take over as Commandant of the Marine Corps from General Joseph Dunford.

After taking office, Neller released his first official statement, in which he thanked General Dunford, outlined his vision for the future of the Corps, discussed the strengths of the Corps, and discussed what Marines and their leaders should expect from one another, among other topics.

Click here to learn more...

*Image info: General Commandant Robert Neller, 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps.     (USMC photo)
Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Roberto Clemente

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 - October 15 and in recognition, we'd like to take this opportunity to highlight one of the most famous Hispanic Marines to have served in the Marine Corps--Roberto Clemente.

Clemente was born in Puerto Rico in 1934 and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball in 1954. Typically, during the off-season Clemente would return to Puerto Rico to play "winter ball", but in the winter of 1958-59, he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and spent his six-month active duty commitment at Parris Island, South Carolina, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and in Washington, D.C. The intense physical training that winter helped Clemente add 10 lbs of muscle and rid him of longtime back pain.

Clemente served in the Corps as a Private First Class until 1964 and was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. 

During his time in the Major Leagues, Clemente was a 14-time All-Star, won 12 Gold Gloves (an award given to the best defensive player in the league at each position), won four National League batting titles, was the National League MVP in 1966, was the World Series MVP in 1971, and led the Pirates to two World Series titles (in 1960 and 1971). Additionally, Clemente became just the 11th player in Major League history to record at least 3,000 hits, a milestone that less than 30 players have ever reached.

Following his untimely death in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, the Baseball Writers Association of America held a meeting in which they voted to waive the traditional five-year waiting period and elected Clemente to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1973.
*Image info: Roberto Clemente. (USMC photo)
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Since 2004, October has been recognized as "National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Sponsored by  the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), National Cyber Security Awareness Month encourages vigilance and protection by all computer users.

With cyber attacks being a constant and growing threat, we would like to take a moment to encourage those with a loved one in the military to follow operational security (OPSEC). You may not know it, but you play a crucial role in ensuring your loved one’s safety just by what you know of the military's day-to-day operations. You can protect your loved ones by protecting the information that you know. 

As the name suggests, OPSEC protects U.S. military operations — planned, in progress, and completed. Success depends on secrecy and surprise to allow the military can accomplish the mission at hand more quickly and with less risk to American personnel. Enemies of freedom want this information, and they are not just after the military member to get it, they are also after family members and loved ones.

Click here to learn more...

Marine Corps News: Corps May Expand Training Mission in Ukraine

Marine Corps leaders have recently announced that they are considering expanding Corps' mission in Ukraine by training local troops who could be tasked with taking on Russian-backed separatists.

The decision would follow a July 25 announcement by the State Department that the U.S. military would begin training traditional troops in the country, having previously only authorized to train Ukrainian national guardsmen.

Click here to learn more...

*Image info:  Members of 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines train a group of Ukrainian naval infantrymen during Exercise Sea Breeze in 2011. (USMC photo by Cpl. Tyler J. Hlavac)
This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Secure Peleliu
Seventy-one years ago this week, on September 27, 1944, US Marines secured and raised the American flag over the island of Peleliu. Despite Marines securing the island, pockets of Japanese soldiers held out and continued to fight against American forces until April of 1947, nearly two years after the war ended.

*Image info: Marines wait in their foxholes as artillery shells are launched at a Japanese held cave in the nearby hill. (USMC photo)
This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Assist China in Surrender of Japan
Seventy years ago this week, on September 30, 1945, U.S. Marines under the command of Major General Keller E. Rockey began landing in Northern China to assist the Chinese government accept the surrender of Japanese forces and repatriate Japanese soldiers and civilians. 

Click here to

*Image info: Major General Keller E. Rockey. (USMC photo)
This Week in Marine Corps History: Gilda Jackson Becomes First African-American Female Marine Colonel
Eighteen years ago this week, on October 1, 1997, Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, of Columbus, Ohio, became the first African-American female Marine to achieve the rank of Colonel during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Prior to her promotion, Jackson served as the Special Projects Officer of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Click here to

*Image info: Colonel Gilda A. Jackson. (USMC photo)
Operation Prayers and Letters
Operation: Prayers & Letters™ (Operation PAL), one of the outreach programs of MarineParents.com, provides support to wounded, ill, and injured troops through prayers and letters written by individuals in communities throughout the United States.

Since 2006, Operation: PAL supporters have sent cards and letters to more than 150 recovering warriors. With the Operation: PAL program winding down, we made it our goal to cross the 100,000 cards and letters sent threshold by today, October 1. 

Thanks to your amazing support of these brave men and women, we're happy to announce that we've surpassed our goal and reached a total of 100,798 cards and letters sent!

These cards and letters may not seem like much to those of us on the outside looking in, but the recovering warriors who receive them, as well as those who are involved in their respective recovery processes, such as family members, volunteers, and medical professionals, will attest to the impact these cards and letters can have. 

Thank you for helping us show these men and women that we still support them, that we haven't forgotten them, and that their sacrifices are appreciated. 

To learn more about Operation: Prayers and Letters, please click here...
Are You From South Carolina?
For more than 12 years we've been supporting poolee, recruit, and Marine parents and family members. Now we've added Official MarineParents.com Groups on Facebook for parents and family members of Marines, recruits, and poolees. We invite you to come on in and join us in a Place to Connect and Share with other Marine Parents and family members.
Join this Official MarineParents.com Facebook group to connect with other Marine Families in South Carolina by  clicking here...

To see a full list of our Facebook state groups, please  click here..
Meet the Team: Michael Holland
Team Marine Parents™ (TMP) is a group of individuals, generally parents, family, and friends of Marines, who participate in athletic events nationwide to support our troops. The mission is to raise funds and awareness of the organization's outreach programs.  Currently, there are over 50 members of Team Marine Parents™ around the country.

This week's TMP featured partic ipant is a Marine Parents supporter who serves as the  Director of Special Projects for a unique Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) company made up almost entirely of veterans who are dedicated to bettering the world in which we were graced to serve and be a part of -- Michael Holland.

Michael has previously volunteered in several airlift support humanitarian missions and knows well the personal rewards of such service and is relishing the opportunity to help others once again.

This will be Michael's first marathon, and he is looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to help my fellow servicemen and women in the process. He has chosen to raise funds for the Care Package Project.

So far, Michael has raised $450 of his $500 goal, and with your generous support he can reach his goal in no time!

Thanks for being a part of the team, Michael, and good luck later this month!

To learn more about Michael, or to contribute to his campaign, please click here...
Connect & Share: