2012 MCA&F Camp Lejeune Dinner
On the road in April, the Marine Corps Association & Foundation hosted the MCA&F Camp Lejeune Dinner at Marston Pavilion on Wednesday, 11 April 2012. Fortuitously timed, the event was held in conjunction with the Marine Corps League’s annual Marine South Expo event and both events drew a sizable crowd of Marines and friends of the Corps.
Before the professional dinner, MCA&F sent a staff contingent to Expo including Marketing Director, Rob Rubrecht, MCA&F Camp Lejeune Area Representative, SgtMaj Adam Terry, USMC (Ret) and Staff Photographer, Ron Lunn. They staffed a booth to perform Association outreach and recruit new members.
The dinner was well attended with over 375 eager guests present for camaraderie, social interaction, a yummy meal and to hear the guest speaker’s formal presentation. The guest of honor was LtGen John M. Paxton, Jr., USMC, Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force, who provided an overview of II MEF operations and challenges during his address.
Increasingly attended to maximum capacity, MCA&F professional dinners are an enjoyable way to stay connected with the issues affecting the Corps and provide a unique opportunity to hear the personal perspectives and insights of top Marine leaders.
A video of LtGen Paxton’s address at the dinner is coming soon.
Provided below are some pictures of the Expo and Dinner events:
(All photos shot by MCA&F Staff Photographer Ron Lunn)
MCA&F President, MajGen Ed Usher, USMC (Ret) with Expo Guests at start of event.
LtGen Ron Coleman, USMC (Ret) chatting with MajGen John Toolan before official Expo grand opening
Marine Band Quintet warms up the crowd at start of opening ceremony.
Opening Ceremony with LtGen Ron Coleman, MajGen John Toolan and Marine Corps League Official
Official Party at Expo Opening
At the MCA&F Expo Booth
MCA&F Marketing Director, Rob Rubrecht with booth visitor
SgtMaj Terry chats with visitors at the booth
Rob Rubrecht talking to visitors at the MCA&F booth
Marine Corps goes green with solar powered tentage
Marine “Chopper” on display
Purple Heart Chopper
Dinner Guests checking in at Event Registration
The guests gather…
SgtMaj Terry at the lectern at the start of the dinner
MCA&F President, MajGen Ed Usher, USMC (Ret) making administrative remarks
Color Guard in Action
Presenting the colors
LtGen Paxton’s Address
MajGen Ed Usher thanks LtGen Paxton for his guest speaker remarks
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Past MCAF Events
I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone at the association for sponsoring the Ground Awards Dinner on 3 June at the Crystal City Marriott. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and were tremendously pleased with the hospitality shown to us and the great accommodations. As well, I wanted to thank the association for the DVD of the event that was mailed to me. It is something that I will keep and treasure for the rest of my days. Again, thanks for everything.
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The MCA was instrumental in the establishment of our company reading program. They provided us a book grant that was the cornerstone of our NCO reading program. By focusing on warfighting ethos, small unit tactics, and combat leadership the reading program greatly contributed to the esprit de corps and combat proficiency of the company.
In addition to the book grant they provided our honor graduates with books and plaques to honor...
Marine Corps Association Foundation,
On behalf of the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your support. Your donation of Ipods demonstrates the spirit, patriotism, and commitment that have sustained our nation throughout its history. Your support is an unquestionable key to the success of our battalion.
Sir (John Keenan),
I would like to personally thank you and the Marine Corps Association for providing the detachments of Region 5, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group with books through the Marine Corps Association. Passed as a “Best Practice” during our Spring Conference, the detachments have been encouraged to build their professional reading libraries over the past six months. With each visit I realized the value added to each detachment and each Marine as we discussed “Brilliance...
Ladies and Gentlemen:
As a current Marine Option Senior in Naval ROTC at Iowa State University, I receuved an award as honor graduate this year.
I would like to sincerely express my gratitude for the recognition of my performance in the ROTC program. I cannot aptly convey the honor that comes with receiving this award from the Marine Corps Association, a superior professional organization.
I will surely work to continue my ambitious endeavor to develop myself as a Marine...
To the Marine Corps Association,
I would like to thank you for presenting me with the Marine Corps Association Award. I feel it is an honor to be the recipient of this award and I am grateful for the recognition of my efforts while at the Iowa State University Naval ROTC. I consider this award a source of pride and will continue to cherish it in the years to come.