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Renewal Time

A Time for Renewal

A Shared message from the 2nd Vice President

By Tracy Crow

WMA 2nd Vice President

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Tracy Crow WMA 2nd Vice President 2016-2018

As a writer, I have a tendency toward viewing life as a series of unfolding metaphors. Nothing happens by coincidence, and the magic and beauty of synchronicity leave me breathless at least once a day. Most of these synchronistic moments surface from the natural world, so it’s little wonder the indigenous ones turned toward nature for answers.

Autumn, for example, reminds us of the impermanence of the world. Autumn signals a letting go, a shedding of what will no longer serve us in the coming days. Transformation calls for change—sometimes an inward, reflective look at the parts of ourselves that no longer suit who we have become, or who we wish or need to become.

I’m not sure how conscious I was of autumn on a cool, recent Friday evening as I sat outside on my back porch under the harvest moon, the last harvest moon by the way until 2024, and answered a slew of emails related to WMA business. But for some reason, I did become conscious of the rising cicada song all around me.

I set down my smartphone to listen and marvel at the synchronicity of the metaphor. You see, cicadas never sing alone. Cicadas sing in harmony with one another. Cicadas represent teamwork. Cicadas represent patience. Cicadas are the only insect in the insect kingdom that choose their exact moment of birth. Cicadas willingly live underground, attuned to the internal pressures from the outside world, adapting until they sense the perfect synchronistic conditions for their birth—one that will usher forth a renewal for coming generations

And just like that the future of WMA became clear to me. We have been working underground, so to speak, for generations, supporting one another, waiting on the perfect moment for a birth that will provide a renewal for generations. From the outside, we’re sensing pressures to adapt, to become something other than what we are.

But a cicada doesn’t try to become a grasshopper.

The cicada merely waits for the perfect moment of birth to become a useful cicada—a teamplayer in the harmonic song that leads to the renewal of another generation.

I believe WMA’s perfect moment of birth/renewal is now. As the Corps seeks ways to effectively integrate women in new roles our Corps needs us now more than ever. Our young active duty women need us now more than ever. Our youngest women veterans who struggle with reintegration after experiencing combat or other traumas need us now more than ever.

And as your new 2VP, I look forward to working harmonically with you in ways that will honor the wisdom we collectively bring forth in this new era, and the uplifting we will be called upon to offer in the years ahead.

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Tracy can be reached at 2VP@womenmarines.org

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Portland 2016

Women Marines Association

Bridge to the Future

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The 29th Biennial Women Marines Association (WMA) Convention and Professional Development Conference was held in Portland, OR. The theme, Bridge to the Future, highlighted the host city of Portland, Or., and the great strides women have made in the Corps in the past and our movement forward as doors continue to open. Marines past and present were in attendance and enjoyed the camaraderie that has always been shared. Keynote speakers were General Robert Neller, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, and Brigadier General Helen Pratt Commanding General, FHG, Marine Forces Reserves in New Orleans, Louisiana and current president of the Marine Corps University.

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Brigidier General Helen Pratt and Cpl Slater -Marine of the Year

The Conference started off with the “Rose Bowl” as the kick off to the next 4 days. It was a time to meet, mingle and enjoy before the business of WMA began. General Helen Pratt was the guest speaker at the Opening Banquet and talked about the changes that have occurred but spoke of the importance of such organizations as WMA for all women to know our past as we step forward into the future. We ended with a motivating speech by General Neller that focused on where we are headed and the legacy and the contributions of female Marines to the Corps from all generations. Both were gracious to speak to the Marines in attendance and pose for pictures. We were also honored to have Brigadier General Lori Reynolds and Carol Mutter (LtGen Ret) in attendance Continue Reading »

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Betty Moseley Brown 2016 Dickey Chapelle Award Winner

Betty Moseley Brown

Betty Moseley Brown WMA National President

Betty Moseley Brown WMA National President

2016 Dickey Chapelle Award Recipient.  This award honors the memory of Dickey Chapelle, an American foreign correspondence who was killed while on assignment in a Marine sector during the Vietnam War.  This award is presented annually to a woman deserving the recognition by reason of having made significant contributions in the interest of Marines or the United States Marine Corps.

Betty Moseley Brown is the current president of the Women Marines Association and the Assistant Director at the Center for Women Veterans. Continue Reading »

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First Women Marines

First Women Marines

By Ansley Wegner

Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History, 2007

Camp Lejeune prides itself as the home of the Montford Point Marines, the Corps’ first black enlistees, and the first large unit of female Marines, known as the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. The first female Marines, 305 in number, enlisted in 1918, when the Navy Secretary allowed women to enroll for clerical duty (they were discharged in 1919). The Army, Navy, and Coast Guard all accepted female recruits in the early years of World War II, but the Marine Corps was reluctant to do so. However, faced with significant losses in the Guadalcanal offensive in the summer of 1942, Marine Corps senior officers realized it was necessary in order to free up as many male Marines as possible for combat.

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The Struggle, The Journey

The Struggle, The Journey

Finding a Balance

By: Ann Bernard

Like many women, my struggles with my weight and self-image issues began at a young age. I was nine years old when I first started to diet and exercise. It didn’t take long before I had developed an eating disorder and found myself undereating and over exercising (running and aerobics). Then at age 16, I decided I was going to be a Marine. I knew to be a Marine and to earn the respect of my male counterparts, I would need to be both physically and mentally strong—that’s what brought me to step into the local gym and got me started with lifting weights. I quickly realized I might never be a size two, but I did have a natural ability to put on muscles and get stronger.

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The Women Marines Association 2016- 2018 Board

We are pleased to announce the new Board of Directors for the Women Marines Association (WMA). This is such a rich pool of talent that WMA will be reaching new levels in the next two years.

These officers will be install in July in Portland, OR., at the Installation Banquet surrounded with family, friends, WMA Members and The Loyal Escorts of the Green Garter.

The convention starts on 21 July 2016. We are delighted to have General Helen Pratt as our opening banquet speaker and honored guest and will end on 25 July with CMC General Robert Neller and Mrs Neller and SMMC SgtMajor Ronald Green  attending the closing banquet.

More details can be found on the WMA convention page.

Portland Area Active Duty Marines see MARADMIN 290/16

 

PRESIDENT – BETTY MOSELEY BROWN

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MCRD WRBN 1943-1946 – ‘Serving the Nation and Making a Difference’

MCRD WRBN 1943-1946

‘Serving the Nation and Making a Difference’

BY: Carl Frederick Huenefeld II

Colonel, USMC (Ret)

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The big stories of the clash of nations and ideologies are the province of real historians.  This however, is a small story about a little piece of how that all came to be at one small base, and of the almost 700 women who served there as Marines between 1943 and 1946 and set a standard for the Marine Corps of today.   This story is specific to a place, the Marine Corps Base, Naval Operating Base, San Diego California – now the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

In 1916 Congress appropriated funds to purchase land for a new base for the United States Marine Corps in San Diego.  It was the first purpose-built base for Marines on the West Coast, a launching pad for expeditionary forces and a home base where they trained.  Construction of the new facilities began in 1919 and by the mid-1920s a small base had risen from the tidelands in the area called Dutch Flats. Continue Reading »