Thank you for your continued membership and support of our chapter.  Below you will find the "scuttlebutt" on recent accomplishments, upcoming missions, and other valuable information.  We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.
NEXT CHAPTER MEETING: May 17, 2018 1130 Hrs
May 17, 2018
Chapter Meeting  |   1130 hours

Please make your reservations early by calling  
760 901 5494 
Speak slowly, loudly and clearly. 

Or email Jim Olson at 
Olsoncj5@aol.com to make  a reservation.
As usual, our meeting will take place at the Classic Club  in Palm Desert.

Our Chapter is honored to have as our guest speaker..
Commanding General MCAGCC Twentynine Palms

Members are encourged to invite guests to this special occassion.

Major General William Mullen III, 
Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

Major General Mullen was commissioned via the NROTC program at Marquette University in 1986 and assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines where he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander, and Battalion training officer from 1987 to 1990.

From 1990-1993 he served as a platoon commander, executive officer and Commanding Officer of the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company, deployed to Operation Desert Shield and participated in several counter-narcotics missions in support of Joint Task Force-6, also serving as Battalion training officer.

In 1993, he was transferred to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines (later converted to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines), as the Commanding Officer of Fox Company. He participated in Operation Sea Signal in 1994, and deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit from 1995 to 1996 as the small boat raid and cliff assault company commander. From 1996 to 1999 he served as the Inspector-Instructor for Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines and led a successful counter-narcotics mission in the Los Padres National Forest of California.

In 1999 he was selected to be the Marine Aide to the President, and served in that capacity until attending the School of Advanced Warfighting in 2001. After school, he reported to the Joint Operations Division of the Joint Staff, J-3 for duty in the PACOM and CENTCOM sections, and served as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Regional Operations until 2004.

In 2004 he reported to 2nd Marine Division for duty as the Division Plans Officer, and was chosen later that year to be the Operations Officer for Regimental Combat Team - 8, with whom he deployed to Fallujah, Iraq from 2005 to 2006. After returning, he assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines and returned to Fallujah in 2007. Following command he attended the Naval War College from 2008 to 2009, and subsequently commanded the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group from 2009 to 2012.

After selection to Brigadier General in 2012, he was assigned as the Commanding General, Education Command, and President, Marine Corps University. In 2013 he was assigned as the Director of Capabilities Development Directorate, Combat Development and Integration, then in 2015 he deployed and served as the Director of Operations and Target Engagement Authority in the Combined Joint Operations Center in Baghdad until June 2016. In July of 2016, he assumed command of Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and was promoted to Major General in July 2017.

Major General Mullen holds a BA and MA in Political Science from Marquette University, as well as an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of the Advanced Artillery Officer Course, School of Advanced Warfighting, Airborne, Ranger, Summer Mountain Leader and Royal Marine Arctic Warfare Survival courses. He also co-authored the book Fallujah Redux which came out in 2014. All proceeds for the book go to the Semper Fi Fund. He and his wife Vicki have three adult children.
We Can Always Use Some New Recruits...


Dick Partee and Hank Monahan will represent the Chapter at the annual JROTC awards ceremony on May 4 at Desert Hot Springs High School.
Partee and Monahan will present the Chapter's Semper Fi plaque award and a $100 Savings Bond to the outstanding cadet.
Our Chapter's support to the JROTC progam at DHS High spans 15 years during which the Chapter sponsored a variety of initiatives that enhanced the cadet training program.
Currently, there are 100 cadets in JROTC program almost equally divided between male and female students.

Over the years the JROTC Color Guard marched with our Chapter as the lead entry in the annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade.
Marines in Europe WW II
Did you know...
The Marines of World War II are best known for their island hopping campaign
in the Pacific at battles such as Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, but they also had a small presence in the war's other theaters. A Marine brigade occupied Iceland during the early stages of the war, and Marines later served as advisors and trainers during British and American amphibious operations in Africa and Europe. 

During the Normandy invasion, Marine sharpshooters us
ed  their rifles to detonate floating mines and clear the way for Navy ships. 
and a t least 50 members of the Corps also served as intelligence agents and saboteurs for the Office of Strategic Services. They included,  Colonel Peter J. Ortiz, who parachuted into Nazi-occupied France and was later twice awarded the Navy Cross for his efforts in aiding the Resistance. All told, roughly 6,000 Marines took part in the European and African Theaters in some capacity during the war.
Decoration Day or Memorial Day...

A day of remembance for those who lost their lives in 
the Civil War war began in the 1880s. The holiday was officially known as Decoration Day for more than a century, when it was changed to Memorial Day by federal law. Four years later, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 finally went into effect, moving Memorial Day from its traditional observance on May 30 (regardless of the day of the week), to a set day-the last Monday in May. The move has not been without controversy, though. Veterans groups, concerned that more Americans associate the holiday with first long weekend of the summer and not its intended purpose to honor the nation's war dead, continue to lobby for a return to the May 30 observances. For more than 20 years, their cause was championed by Hawaii's  Senator Danial Inouye,  Medal of Honor recipient and decorated World War II veteran-, who until his 2012 death reintroduced legislation in support of the change at the start of every Congressional term.


Wes Ahlgren | Michael Bales (in memorium) | Harry Covert | Joe Daily  
Dave Dangwillo | Dave Franklin |  Charlie Garbarini | BobFerris | Frank Gillette Charlie Hall |   Sam Huttenhower | Jim Irwin  Franz Jevene |  Howard Lehman 
Jimmy Martin |  Vince Mast  |  Gene McClendon |  Jack Mennis | George Moffatt Hank Monahan |  Gene Mooring | Mike Ostrom |  Marilyn Paige 
Richard Partee |  Henry Sanchez |  Sandy Sandoval | Ray Schum 
Bob Shepard |  Buddy Sklar |  George Stettler |   Dale Turner |  Quint Villanueva Mike Walker |  Michael Walker |  Myrl Wallace |  Linn Wiley 
Bill Ping (RIP) 1998-2002 | J oseph A. Daily 2002-2006 | James Sullivan (RIP) 2006-2009
Quint Villanueva 2009-2012 | Richard Partee 2012-2014 | George Stettler 2014-2016
We hope you find this newsletter of benefit.  We appreciate your continued membership and support of the chapter.  If you are interested in contributing to this newsletter with news or stories, or if interested in helping edit and produce the newsletter please email the editor.

Quint Villanueva, qlv@aol.com