February 19, 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!

2016 Registration for Team Marine Parents is now open! Learn how YOU can join the team in our first article.

February is African-American History Month in the United States, and we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a momentous occasion in the history of the Marine Corps--the awarding of the first Medal of Honor to an African-American Marine. Learn more in our second 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! 

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!
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 have 50 charity partner bibs and you can purchase one now instead of waiting on the lottery!

Click here to learn more about Team Marine Parents....
PFC. James Anderson Jr.

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 February being African-American History Month, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a momentous occasion in the history of the Marine Corps--the awarding of the first Medal of Honor to an African-American Marine, Private First Class (PFC) James Anderson Jr.

PFC Anderson was born in 1947 in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from high school, PFC Anderson spent a year and a half at a Los Angeles-area junior college before enlisting in the Marines in early 1966.

After completing recruit training at MCRD San Diego, PFC Anderson was assigned to Camp Pendleton for further training before arriving in Viet Nam in December of 1966 to serve as a rifleman with the 2nd Platoon, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.

Click here to learn more....

*Image info:  PFC James Anderson Jr. (USMC photo)
Warrior Support Team™: A Message from Sergeant Major Brookshire

The following was written by Sergeant Major Matthew B. Brookshire in response to veteran suicide:

To all the Marines and Sailors of 2/7 (OEF, 2008),

March-December 2008. What do these dates mean to you? To me, these were some of the best and worst days of my life. The best in the fact that I had the honor to be the Sergeant Major of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines and got to serve alongside all of you. The worst in the fact that, while deployed, we lost 20 of our brothers (including our 1 terp) and had over 150 of you wounded. No matter what I do from this point on, my time with 2/7 will be the highlight of my Marine Corps career. I am proud, as each of you should be, of all the battalion accomplished while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The entire battalion fought with such honor and courage each and every day. All of you have my upmost respect and admiration, and I will forever consider each of you my brothers. Thank you for all you did and continue to do for our Country and Corps.

Click here to read more....

*Image info: S gt. Maj. Matthew B. Brookshire, Combat Center Sergeant Major, sits with his wife, Tracie, before his retirement ceremony begins at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field Aug. 19, 2013. (U.S. government photo by Cpl. William Jackson)
Stages of Your Marine's Career: We're Here Every Step of the Way.

The mission of MarineParents.com is to provide support, information, and services to recruit and Marine family members and troops over the course of the life-cycle of your recruit or Marine's career in the Corps.

This sentiment is reflected in our Marine Corps Career icon to the right. From the time your future-Marine is a poolee, through boot camp, the school of infantry and military occupational schooling, permanent duty stations and deployments, and then after your Marine's time in the Corps or if he or she is recovering from wounds or injuries sustained while serving, we have information for every step of the journey.

Whether you're brand new to life with a loved one in the Corps or you're an old hat, we strive to provide the most relevant, up-to-date information to help you know what to expect as your Marine navigates his or her career in the Marine Corps. Below you'll find information on each of our outreach services for each stage of the Marine Corps career and how we support you and your Marine. Our staff and volunteers look forward to knowing you and taking this journey with you!.

Click here to learn more....
Volunteer Spotlight: Johnny Hunt

Here at Marine Parents, nothing we do would be possible without our amazing volunteers across the country. Our volunteers truly are the backbone of our organization, and we'd like to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of one individual in particular. 

This week's featured volunteer is a proud Marine father from Texas--Johnny Hunt.

Johnny began volunteering for Marine Parents on March 10, 2015, as a Platoon Parent for 3rd Battalion, Kilo Company, San Diego. From the get-go, Johnny displayed a willingness to do whatever he could to help other members in the group. He was the first volunteer who successfully organized the 54-Hour Crucible Prayer Chain and, since then, has trained several other volunteers to do the same.

Click here to

*Image info: Johnny Hunt (bottom right) with his family.

Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Walk/Run

On May 6, 2006, Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps of Jamestown, Missouri made the ultimate sacrifice for his country while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. To honor Leon, his family (longtime Marine Parents pack day volunteers), along with the Moniteau County C-1, Jamestown-area high school FFA, set up a scholarship fund in his name in late 2006. Since its foundation, the fund has awarded $1,000 scholarships to more than 30 Jamestown high school graduates.

Money for the scholarship fund is raised through an annual 5 mile walk/run/ride held in early May. First held in 2009, 2016 marks the event's seventh anniversary. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 am in Jamestown, Missouri.

Click here to learn more...

*Image info: Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps 

TMP Featured Participant: Holly Greenup

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 Holly Greenup.

Holly is the Marketing and Projects Manager for MarineParents.com, Inc. She joined Marine Parents in May of 2013 as a graphic design intern. Now, Holly manages current projects, website updates and content, newsletter articles, and keeps her team and their projects organized. She also does graphics and photography; working on web banners and print publications for the corporate office, as well as making clothing designs and marketing graphics for the EGA Shop.

This is Holly's first year as a TMP member, and she is one of your TMP leaders! She hopes to participate in several local Missouri races this year.

Holly is still working on reaching her fundraising goal of $500, and we know that with your support and generosity, she can reach her goal in no time!

Thanks for being a part of the team, Holly, and thank you for all you do for Marine Parents!

Click here to learn more...
Marine Corps News: Marines to March in Honor of Helicopter Crash Victims

Last March, seven Special Operations Marines and  four Louisiana National Guardsmen lost their lives when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the Florida coast southwest of Eglin Air Force Base. 

To honor the memories of those who died in the crash, a group of fellow MARSOC Marines has planned a memorial march next month. Each Marine will carry a 45-pound rucksack on their back as they march approximately 770 miles from the shore in Navarre, Florida, near the crash site, to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, home of MARSOC's headquarters.

The event is called the Marine Raider Memorial March and will begin on March 11, one year and one day after the crash. At least 14  Special Operations Marines and veterans will be involved in the march and along the way they will raise money for the Brothers in Arms Foundation.

Click here to learn more....

*Image info: The s even Marines killed during the crash. Top, from left: Staff Sgt. Trevor Blaylock, Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn and Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif. Bottom, from left: Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp, Master Sgt. Thomas A. Saunders, Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol and Capt. Stanford H. Shaw III. 
(USMC photos)
Marine Corps News: Marine Who Led Mt. Suribachi Charge Dies at 94

Last Thursday, February 11, First Lieutenant John Wells, the Marine who led the charge up Mt. Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima, died in Colorado.

While Wells did not make it to the top of the mountain himself (he was shot several times by Japanese troops during the charge), his leadership resulted in the first American flag being placed atop the mountain on February 21, 1945. 

During his time serving in the Corps during World War II, Wells was awarded  the Navy Cross, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. According to Wells' Navy Cross citation, “By his courageous leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, First Lieutenant Wells contributed materially to the destruction of at least twenty-five Japanese emplacements, and his unwavering devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”  Wells was 94. 

Click here to learn more....

*Image info: This iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal depicts five Marines and a Navy Corpsman raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
(National Archives and Records Administration photo/released).
Marine Corps News: Corps May Allow Women to "Bulk-Up" as New Combat Roles Open

With the Pentagon trying to figure out how to successfully integrate women into all combat-related jobs, the Marine Corps is considering increasing how heavy it allows women to be so that they are able to "bulk up" in the gym to carry heavy loads more easily.

Commandant General Robert Neller told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month that female Marines have been telling him that they're lifting weights to increase their strength. In the process however, some have surpassed the service's maximum weight-limit.

"Being big, strong, having a certain body mass, gives you an advantage," Neller said. "One of the things I've heard as I've gone around and talked to female Marines is, 'Hey, I'm out working out. I'm lifting weights. I'm getting bigger. And now I'm outside the height-and-weight standards. Are you going to change the height-and-weight standards?'"

In a brief interview following his meeting with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Neller told reporters that he has called for a review of male and female standards to be completed by July 1 and will assess a variety of criteria, including the service's height-and-weight standards and how Marines will be scored on two fitness tests. According to Neller, it's "important" to make sure that fit Marine's are not penalized.

Click here to learn more....

*Image info: Lance Corporal Katelyn M. Hunter conducts pullups during an initial assessment at Camp Foster on Dec. 12. (USMC photo by Kasey Peacock)
Marine Corps News: Former Sergeant Major of Marine Corps to Serve as Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago

Last Friday, February 12, 2016, the Senate confirmed the appointment of former Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, John L. Estrada, as the Ambassador to the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Estrada was initially nominated by President Barack Obama in July of 2013 to replace Beatrice Welters, who resigned as Ambassador in October of 2012.

Estrada, who is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 after 34 years of active duty. From June of 2003 until his retirement in April of 2007, Estrada served as Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. 

Click here to learn more....

*Image info: John L. Estrada (USMC photo).
Marine Corps News: House Bill Seeking to End Downsizing of Army, Marine Corps Introduced

Last Thursday, February 11, 2016,  Representatives Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) introduced a bill that would end troop cuts to the Army and Marine Corps. 

The bill was introduced just two days after the current administration released its 2017 budget request, which included downsizing the Army to 450,000 troops and the Marine Corps to 182,000 troops by the end of 2018. 

"It is clear from all the testimony we've received and from the information we've received from the Army that this could break the Army,"  said Turner, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on land and air forces, when asked by reporters. 

"...[T]his could significantly hamper the next president of the United States in their opportunities and capabilities for our military to protect the country," he said. 

Click here to learn more....

*Image info: Rep. Chris Gibson (left) and Rep. Mike Turner (right).
Marine Corps News: 4,500 Marines, Sailors Deploy to Middle East, Asia

Last Friday, February 12, 2016, approximately 4,500 Marines and Sailors left San Diego heading  to the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. aboard three combat ships that constitute the USS Boxer Group. 

The service members are are assigned to the 13th Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. The force includes ground combat troops, helicopter squadrons, and assault aircraft teams.

The deployment comes in the midst of rising tensions across the globe, particularly in the Middle East, and calls by the Pentagon for more troops in Iraq.

“There’s always that potential when we deploy our sailors and Marines to these dangerous areas that they will have to engage, that they will have to interact,” said Navy spokeswoman Dawn Stankus. “The main reason for the sailors and Marines to be there is to provide that forward presence and that deterrent, so that in case something would occur we can respond in a timely manner.”

Click here to learn more....

*Image info: A U.S. Marine conducts a deck shoot during a Sustainment Exercise aboard the USS Boxer. (USMC photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus) 
This Week in Marine Corps History: USS Maine Explodes

One hundred and seventeen years ago this week, on February 15, 1898, 28 Marines and 232 sailors were killed when the U.S. battleship Maine exploded under suspicious circumstances in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Despite the fact that no definitive evidence of the Spanish being involved in the explosion, "Remember The Maine" became a rallying cry and less than three months later, the United States and Spain were at war. 

Click here to learn more....

*Image info: The USS Maine prior to its explosion (released).
This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Deckhouse VI

Forty-eight years ago this week, on February 17, 1967, the first full day of "Operation Deckhouse VI" took place near the city of Quang Ngai, Vietnam. Over the course of the operation, which lasted until March 3, t he Special Landing Force (BLT Y4 and HMM-363) killed 280 enemy combatants.

Click here to learn more....

*Image info:  Marines move through elephant grass in Vietnam 
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Don Barr).

100% of the proceeds from the EGA Shop benefit the
outreach programs and services of MarineParents.com, Inc.
Connect & Share: