Our Squadron is for all Marines who are or were part of Marine Air Command and Control. The name honors a small team of Marines who created an all weather bombing system in 1949 at Point Magu, California that evolved to become the Air Support Radar Team (ASRT). The equipment was sent to the Korean War as part of the 1st MAW, 1st MTACS. The radio call sign was Devastate Charlie. We are part of the Marine Corps Aviation Association. Click on the MCAA logo below for more information or to join. If you want to post stories or photos send them to craighullinger@gmail.com Semper Fi

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Marine Air Group Reunion

The Marine Air Groups of the United States Marine Corps will hold a reunion at Branson, Mo October 17-20, 2012.  


Robert Miller <mbobsue13@aol.com


"James M. Jordan" <james.m.jordan@hughes.net

if you would like to attend.

Semper Fi

Memorial Day

Remembering our Fallen Veterans

Semper Fi

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Leatherneck and Gazette

The June editions of Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck are awaiting your critical scrutiny and enjoyment now. Read both magazines in their digitally augmented, Online editions Today!
Access could not be easier or more convenient. Use your member login at www.marinecorpsgazette.com to get current on the key issues that matter to Marines today and login to www.leatherneckmagazine.com to delve into the epic past and continuing saga of our Corps today.
Leatherneck continues to put the spotlight on Marines – In every clime and place in this June issue:
  • The magazine leads off with a look at effective Marine Corps transition programs that help Marines gain acceptance at competitive colleges and universities and finishes with a feature on "Jarhead Red" a surprisingly good red wine made by Marines for Marines and other discerning connoisseurs.
  • Marine Corps history takes center stage with an article examining the challenges of medical care at the Frozen Chosin during the Korean War, along with a look at what happened to the recon Marines inserted on Hill 488 (Howard's Hill) during Operation Kansas in the Chu Lai province of Vietnam in 1966 along with an account of revisiting the battlefield in 2011, forty-five years later.
  • Looking at Marines with stories,Leatherneck features a Marine staff sergeant selected to attend the French Foreign Legion's famed Jungle School in French Guiana and follows up with a fascinating piece about a World War-II Marine who fought the Japanese and the elements on New Britain, Peleliu and Okinawa, earning a coveted Bronze Star Medal for his brave service on Okinawa.
Marine Corps Gazette continues topical, professional discussions on a range of vital issues including effective use of manpower and the reserves, counterinsurgency and amphib ops, as well as training and leadership. Several of the commentary articles deal with must-read, controversial "hot button" issues which should spark heated, additional discussions in future editions. We hope you will weigh in with your views!
  • A trio of well-argued articles explores utilizing civilian skills sets of our talented Reserve members, looks at options for augmentation of regular infantry battalions by Reserve units and another advocates developing counterinsurgency experts through innovative instructional strategies and materials.
  • A provocative article on effective leadership rails against, all too common, blind dogmatism and promotes humility in leaders while a pair of articles takes diametrically opposite views on the subject of the usefulness of the Foreign Area Officers program. An article on officer PME looks at going beyond the published guidance and current requirements.
  • "Hot Button" issues include a piece arguing that the Corps has not gone far enough in creating an acceptable environment for openly gay Marines after the repeal of "Don't Ask-Don't Tell" and another article poses American cultural rationale to argue against incorporating women in Marine combat arms units.    
We encourage you to visit both magazines' dynamic web sites. Both present features of value and enjoyment to Marines of every era. Check out our complete archives to read every magazine edition ever published, follow the latest, breaking media stories about Marines on Corps Daily News, view video interviews with famous Marines, leaders and historians and weigh in with your opinion in the ongoing, and often spirited discussions at our blogs. Light off your foray by clicking the links: www.marinecorpsgazette.comand www.leatherneckmagazine.com
Regards and Semper Fidelis to all of our members from YOUR Professional Association,
Col Walt Ford, USMC (Ret)                                              
Marine Corps Association
Publisher & Editor, Leatherneck

Col John Keenan, USMC (Ret)Marine Corps AssociationEditor, Marine Corps Gazette

Thursday, May 17, 2012

'kamikaze' drone

Marine Corps pursues 'kamikaze' drone

NORFOLK, Va. (MarineCorpsTimes.com) - The Marine Corps is taking steps to procure its first "kamikaze" drone in an effort to provide small units the ability to quickly strike soft targets such as IED emplacement teams.

The Switchblade, produced by California-based AeroVironment, can be guided into a target and explode on impact, almost like a hand grenade, said company spokesman Steven Gitlin.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Vietnam - The End of the War

A book written by George J. Veith's "Black April" is summarized in the Wall Street Journal. Some quotes below:

"the root cause of South Vietnam's defeat was the slashing of assistance by the U.S. Congress in 1974, when military aid was nearly halved. As the North Vietnamese onslaught began in March 1975, South Vietnam's shortages of aircraft fuel and spare parts prevented the military from flying troops in to fortify a vulnerable 900-mile western flank." 
"More than 100,000 South Vietnamese who had sided with the United States perished in the final battles, were executed immediately thereafter or died from maltreatment in massive "re-education" camps. Half a million more South Vietnamese died while attempting to flee communist oppression by boat."


It is hard for a Vietnam Vet to not feel contempt for Congress when after supporting Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos for many years, they pulled the plug, condemning millions to die.

My Thoughts on the War on the blog below: