Career Marines talk life as a dual-serving couple

Military Families Magazine BY: Bianca Strzalkowski The Vanscoyk family in Yuma, Arizona. All photos by Kayla Mattox Photography. Family first, mission always. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Charles Vanscoyk and his wife, Staff Sgt. Alexandra Vanscoyk, are both aviation supply specialists who recently returned to the fleet after completing tours on recruiting duty. The transition has been…

Greetings and Salutations

FROM THE WMA NATIONAL PRESIDENT May 2020 Marines, As we continue to deal with the CDC guidelines of social distancing during the COVID pandemic, I hope that you are all finding ways to reach out to your families as well as your fellow Marine Sisters.  Be assured that WMA National continues to act on your…

The WMA MRE Challenge

Recently in one of our groups the Women Marines Association held a MRE “Chopped” Challenge and we had a clear winner! Mary S. of West Virginia sent in her entry and walked away with a WMA gift pack. Mary described her meal this way. I used the roast beef and vegetables MRE. The peanut butter,…

From One Duty to Another

National Nurse Week 2020 They served their Country as Marines and now they continue that service as Nurses on the frontlines. Long before you entered nursingThe Lord had played His part,Planting seeds of love and kindnessIn the portals of your heart.For it’s clear that you’ve been giftedWith a sympathetic ear,And blessed from the beginningWith a…

WMA TX-7 Takes the Lead

By Heather J. Broderson Filling a need at Camp Hope I spent some time today shopping for and delivering to the nearly 60 residents at Camp Hope. They are all combat veterans in interim housing, dealing with PTSD related issues. The TX7 Chapter of the Women Marines Association had provided a full BBQ meal and…

WMA 2020 Convention Cancellation

CANCELLATION of the 2020 WMA Convention and Professional Development Symposium After due consideration of the current pandemic situation, the decision has been made to CANCEL the 2020 WMA Convention and Professional Development Symposium scheduled 3 – 7 September 2020 IN OMAHA NEBRASKA. This decision is based on the COVID-19 pandemic due to concerns for the…

Tabitha Bartley Marine Veteran

Former Marine Public Affairs Sergeant Gives Back to Community After EAS6th Marine Corps DistrictStory by Sgt. Joseph JacobFriday, March 27, 2020 “Don’t you mean that you did those things for the Marines, like as a civilian, not as a Marine? Do they even allow women in the Marines?” A look of puzzlement usually accompanied these…

Faces of MCIPAC – Sgt Vanessa Ramirez

We sat down with Sgt. Vanessa Ramirez, a 1371 combat engineer. Ramirez graduated from the rigorous Infantry Training Battalion and earned the Military Occupational Specialty of 0351 (Infantry Assaultman). Ramirez currently works as the range control Platoon Sergeant with Marine Corps Installations Pacific and hails from Fairfield, CA. (U.S. Marine Corps motion imagery by Cpl.…

Marine Corps Cpl. Shannon Lilly

First female artillery chief and the first female artillery chief to fire an M777 howitzer. Marine Corps Cpl. Shannon Lilly, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, talks about her work as an artillery chief during a live-fire range near Setermoen, Norway, March 4, 2020. Lilly is the first female artillery…