Thursday, October 20, 2016

To my fellow Marine parents,

The 2016 Marine Corps birthday message was released this week. Follow the link in our  first  article to watch a video of this year's message.

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is just over a week away. Our second article explains how you can show your support for the team and this year's MCM runners in our second article.

T o learn more about the resources we have on our website, or to learn more about the Marine Corps, check out the rest of our articles. We hope you enjoy!  

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

God Bless and Semper Fi,
The 2016 Marine Corps Birthday Message

In 1921, the thirteenth Commandant of the Marine Corps, Major General John A. Lejeune, issued Marine Corps Order No. 47. This order summarized the history, mission, and traditions of the Marine Corps and was to be read to all Marine commands throughout the world each year on the 10th of November. It is now referred to as the "Marine Corps Birthday Message", and it is issued by the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

In this year's birthday message, Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller and Sergeant Major Ronald Green stresses the notion of the Marine Corps being a team and encourages Marines to watch out for each other, even after they leave active service.

*Image info: Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller, left, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green, right, deliver the 2016 Marine Corps birthday message. (Photo from Defense Video Imagery Distribution System/released).
Wish TMP Runners Luck!

The 2016 Marine Corps Marathon is just over a week away and this year's TMP participants need your support!

One way you can provide support is by wishing them luck on our official TMP Facebook page. By letting our TMP members know they're being cheered on by individuals around the country, you can help inspire and encourage them to persevere as they tackle "The People's Marathon."

After the Corps Focus: Housing - VA Home Loans

There are a number of different home loan options available to veterans through the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). The intent of the loans is to provide qualifying individuals with favorable terms through private lenders. The VA guarantees specific portions of the loan, which in turn allows a home-buyer to pay reduced rates.

Warrior Support Team Focus: Retreats

There are many organizations across the U.S. that offer retreats for veterans. Many of these retreats focus on healing the emotional wounds that occur during combat.

The Warrior Support Team has compiled a list of some of these organizations and we encourage our readers to read more about the services these organizations provide.

What's After Boot Focus: Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP)

While at School of Infantry (SOI), your Marine may receive sustainment or advanced training of Marine Corps Marital Arts. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is a combat-oriented martial arts program created by the Marine Corps. 

*Image info:  Lance Corporal  Bryan Polonia, class participant and a Stamford, Conn., native, executes a hip throw on Lance Corporal Zachary Acevedo, class participant and a Chicago native, during Marine Corps Martial Arts Program training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. 
(USMC photograph by Corporal Melissa Wenger).

Marine Corps History & News
This Week in Marine Corps History

This week in Marine Corps history,  Operation Maui peak ended nearly two weeks after it began 11 miles northwest of An Hoa, Vietnam and two almost simultaneous suicide-attacks against American and French forces took place in Beirut, Lebanon.

*Image info:  (Left) Elements of the 5th Marine Regiment stand by at the An Hoa Base waiting to board Sea Knight helicopters of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 [HMM-164]. (USMC photo/released)
(Right) The Marine barracks building in Beirut, Lebanon, prior to the bombing. (Photo Courtesy of II MEF/released)
Marine Corps News:
  • Approximately 4,000 Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit left San Diego last week for a seven month deployment to the western Pacific and the Middle East.

  • Marine and Norwegian officials have announced that Norway is considering a request to host a small rotation of Marines as American and Russian relations continue to deteriorate.  
*Image info: (Left)   Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit fly to their objective in an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced) on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 17. Marines with VMM-163 (Rein.) supplied four MV-22B Ospreys, two AH-1W Cobras, two UH-1Y Hueys and one CH-53E Super Stallion to support a simulated raid.  (USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson)
(Right)  Marines with 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion post security in Namsos, Norway, March 3, 2016, during Exercise Cold Response 16. The landing reinforced the unit’s capabilities of operating in winter terrain and cold-weather environments. During Cold Response, 13 NATO allies and partner nations and about 15,000 troops enhance their skill sets and strengthen their bonds.   (USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Brianna Gaudi).