March 17, 2016

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!

With March being Women's History Month, we'd like to take this opportunity to look at the first woman to enlist in the Marine Corps in 1918 -- Opha Mae Johnson Learn more in our first article.

2016 Registration for Team Marine Parents is now open!  Become a member of the team today!  

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! 

Be sure to get your FREE 2016 Marine Parents Calendar. See our articles below to learn about the history of the Marine Corps, and learn about our great Marine Parents volunteers.

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

Semper Fi Marine Families!
Opha Mae Johnson: First Female Marine

The Marine Corps, more so than any other branch of America's military, values and embraces its history. Beginning in boot camp, every Marine is educated on the Corps' proud and storied past as they learn what it means to be part of such a prestigious organization. In the spirit of the value the Marine Corps places on its history, we wanted to give you, Marine families and supporters, an opportunity to embrace and learn about this part of Marine Corps legacy as well.  

With March being Women's History Month, we'd like to take this opportunity to look at the first woman to enlist in the Marine Corps in 1918 -- Opha Mae Johnson.

Opha Mae Johnson (née Jacob) was born in Kokomo, Indiana in 1889. She graduated from the  Shorthand & Typewriting department of Wood's Commercial College in 1895. In 1898, Opha Mae Jacob married Victor Johnson, who was the Musical Director of the Lafayette Square Opera House in Washington, D.C. at the time. Prior to serving in the Marine Corps, Opha Mae Johnson was in the Civil Service, working for the Interstate Commerce Commission.

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*Image info: Opha Mae Johnson. (released)

Marine Corps Motto & Slogans

The Marine Corps has a long and lustrous history dating back to November 10, 1775.

Over the years Marines have  picked up nicknames like "Devil Dog" and "Leatherneck" and  have adopted phrases "Semper Fidelis," "the Few, the Proud," and "Esprit de Corps."

From the Marines' Hymn to the famous Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem, there is much to learn about the terminology of the Corps.

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*Image info: First Lieutenant Charles Rumsey Broom wears the high "leatherneck" collar in a photo circa 1817.
(USMC image)
2016 TMP Registration is Now Open

2016 Registration for Team Marine Parents is now open! Raising awareness and funds for a grassroots organization starts on a grassroots level; it starts with YOU. If you enjoy running or competing in athletic events, encouraging communities to engage in troop support activities, and raising money for a good cause, then TMP is a great fit for you.

Also, if you are planning on running the 41st Marine Corps Marathon, consider running with TMP. We only have 40 charity partner bibs remaining, so instead of waiting on the lottery, join the team and get your bib today!

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What's After Boot: USMC Land Navigation

Land navigation consists of being able to use skills that can help one traverse through unfamiliar terrain by foot or in a vehicle. To be successful at land navigation, one must be able to shoot an azimuth (the angle between the north vector and the perpendicular projection of the star down onto the horizon, usually measured in degrees), read maps, and use a compass, among numerous other navigational skills.

*Image info:  Marines navigate through a woodland environment during a land navigation course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C. Every Marine is taught the fundamentals of land navigation, becoming inherently proficient in finding directions, map reading, and course plotting. 
(USMC photo by Cpl. Tyler A. Andersen)
WST Spotlight: Depression & Post-Traumatic Stress

Depression and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) are two maladies that many veterans struggle with. It can difficult to differentiate which condition a person is struggling from, as both share many of the same symptoms. To make matters worse, depression and PTS often coincide with one another, as those with PTS are three to five times (on average) to suffer from depression as well. 

In an attempt to combat depressions and PTS, the Department of Veterans Affairs has recommended that veterans who may be struggling with one, or both, of these seek assistance from a licensed medical professional to accurately diagnose which affliction (or both) an individual is struggling with. The DVA's website then offers a number of treatment options and ideas to help individuals who are struggling with depression or PTS.

One of the ways in which the DVA provides assistance is by offering access to its "Mood Coach" app. This app teaches people what Behavioral Action is and how to practice it and it's designed to help boost a person's mood by getting them to engage in positive activities (a list of which is provided on the website).

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What's After Boot and Recruit Parents Spanish Pages

Marine Parents is pleased to announce that we now have a number of pages on our "Recruit Parents" and "What's After Boot" websites that have been translated into Spanish for the benefit of Marine family members who speak Spanish as their primary language.

For each page that is translated to Spanish, Marine Parents  Español Facebook Group Guide Aurora Ayun does the initial translation. The page is then sent to Marine Parents  Español Facebook Company Leader Edinora Dawkins to be reviewed for spelling and grammar. The page is then sent to Marine Parents Facebook Groups Manager Teresita Reynolds for a final read-through before sending it to our MarineParents' intern, Doug, who then puts the page on the appropriate website. 

We'd like to thank these ladies for allowing us to provide information and "a place to connect & share" to Spanish-speaking families. Their hard work is greatly appreciated!

Click here to visit's Spanish pages...

*Image info: Translators Edinora Dawkins (left) and Aurora Ayun (far right).

TMP Spotlight: Linda Beduhn

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.. 

This week's TMP featured participant is proud Marine Mom from Duluth. Minnesota--Lisa Beduhn.

While Lisa can’t run any more due to knee issues, she has learned to race-walk and participates in numerous events throughout the year.

When Lisa first learned about TMP, she knew it was for her and that she wanted to give back through her race-walking, especially given that she had raised funds and awareness for the American Diabetes Association in the past. 

With the support of her family and friends, Lisa joined Team Marine Parents and will be  race-
walking the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth, MN this summer in support of TMP.

Lisa is still working toward reaching her $1,000 fundraising goal, and we know with your support and generous donations, we know she can reach that goal in no time. Thanks for being a part of the team, Lisa, we appreciate your support!

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Marine Corps News: Iwo Jima Monument at Parris Island Refurbished

This Monday, March 14, 2016, saw the unveiling of the refurbished Iwo Jima Monument at MCRD Parris Island during a ceremony on the  Peatross Parade Deck.

The monument is one of three one-third-sized models of the monument, which commemorates the raising of the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

The  monument at Parris Island was dedicated in 1952, and this refurbishment will extend its  life by at least 20 years. The renovations cost more than $450,000 and took 2,500 hours man-hours of work. 

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*Image info: The Iwo Jima Monument at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., is unveiled after months of extensive renovations, during a ceremony on the Peatross Parade Deck, on March 14, 2016. (USMC photo by Michael Kaneshige)

This Week in Marine Corps History: First Female Marine Officers Arrive at Mt. Holyoke College

Seventy-three years ago this week, on March 13, 1943,
the first group of 71 female Marine officer candidates arrived at U.S. Midshipmen School (Women's Reserve) at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The Navy's readiness to share it's training facilities allowed the group of women to begin their training just one month after the Marine Corps Womens Reserve was created. 

After graduation, the women were assigned to be either staff or line officers. Staff officers had jobs similar to civilian jobs, but in a military setting. Line officers, on the other hand, lived on military stations and were charged with being responsible for the activities and training of enlisted personnel.

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*Image info: (USMC photo/released)
This Week in Marine Corps History: First Female Marine Officer Reports for Duty in Vietnam

Forty-nine years ago this week, on March 17, 1967, the first female Marine to report for duty in Vietnam, Master Sergeant Barbara J. Dulinsky, began her 18 hour flight  to Bien Hoa, approximately 30 miles north of Saigon. Dulinsky and the other female Marines that followed were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. 

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*Image info:  Barbara J. Dulinsky (USMC photo)
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