Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208

Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208 No meeting until after COVID-19 all clear.
The Fleet Reserve Association is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress, the Association’s membership is comprised of current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. FRA was chartered as the Fleet Reserve Association in 1924 and, after more than 80 years, FRA remains dedicated to its primary mission of serving the interests of current and former enlisted Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel. In addition to its legislative advocacy efforts, FRA assists its members with career problems by maintaining close liaison with the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and other government agencies. FRA continues to educate members of Congress, many of whom have little or no military experience, on the challenges facing career personnel. FRA presents a strong, unified voice to ensure that enlisted issues are heard by Congress and urges support for legislation to increase pay and benefits.

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
06/01/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Defense Secretary Mark Esper officiated as the retired aviator and public affairs officer’s family, the chief of naval operations and the Marine Corps commandant looked on.
Braithwaite most recently served as the U.S. ambassador to Norway.

“I am incredibly humbled to stand before you, the greatest #Navy and #MarineCorps in the world, to accept this responsibility,” Braithwaite said in a message to the #fleet. “I look forward to the days ahead to do all I can on your behalf, ensuring that you have the opportunity to thrive and succeed in your service to Our Nation.” Navy Times

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2020/05/29/77th-secretary-of-the-navy-sworn-in-friday/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2006.01.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Here are some ground rules for this weekend:1. Don't wish me a Happy Memorial Day. There is nothing happy about brave me...
05/23/2020

Here are some ground rules for this weekend:
1. Don't wish me a Happy Memorial Day. There is nothing happy about brave men and women dying.

2. It's not a holiday. It's a remembrance.

3. If you want to know the true meaning, visit Arlington or your local VA, not Disneyland.

4. Don't tell me how great any one political power is. Tell me about Chesty Puller, George Patton, John Basilone, Dakota Meyer, Kyle Carpenter, Mitchell Paige, Ira Hayes, Chris Kyle and any other heroes too numerous to name. Attend a Bell Ceremony and shed some tears.

5. Don't tell me I don't know what I am talking about. I have carried the burden all too many times for my warriors who now stand their post for God.

6. Say a prayer... and then another.

7. Remember the Fallen for all the good they did while they were here.

8. Reach out and let a Vet know you're there, we're losing too many in "peace".

Here are some ground rules for this weekend:
1. Don't wish me a Happy Memorial Day. There is nothing happy about brave men and women dying.

2. It's not a holiday. It's a remembrance.

3. If you want to know the true meaning, visit Arlington or your local VA, not Disneyland.

4. Don't tell me how great any one political power is. Tell me about Chesty Puller, George Patton, John Basilone, Mitchell Paige, Ira Hayes, Chris Kyle and any other heroes too numerous to name. Attend a Bell Ceremony and shed some tears.

5. Don't tell me I don't know what I am talking about. I have carried the burden all too many times for my warriors who now stand their post for God.

6. Say a prayer... and then another.

7. Remember the Fallen for all the good they did while they were here.

8. Reach out and let a Vet know you're there, we're losing too many in "peace".

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
05/07/2020

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of #PearlHarbor Survivor Thomas Berg. Tom joined the #Navy at 18 & was assigned to the USS Tennessee during the Pearl Harbor attack. Fair winds & following seas, shipmate. (Via: The Leader-twitter)

https://www.ptleader.com/stories/thomas-berg,69116

05/04/2020

The members of Fleet Reserve Association, Camp Lejeune Branch 208 would like to wish Shipmate Erickson a Happy Birthday!

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
05/04/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On any given day, the U.S. aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman can be found off the Atlantic coast of the United States, probably somewhere between #Virginia and #Florida. Its crew would love to come home to their families. But they can’t. They’re just too valuable right now.

That’s because the Truman is a “clean” ship, free from the coronavirus thanks to a longer-than-expected deployment at sea that started in November. The deployment has kept its battle-ready 4,500 crew out of reach of a pandemic that is wreaking havoc elsewhere in the U.S. Navy.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-warship-exclus/exclusive-too-risky-to-come-home-crew-of-clean-u-s-warship-in-coronavirus-limbo-idUSKBN22D53A?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2005.04.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/20/2020

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

“Since its founding, the United States’ armed forces have contained a significant number of immigrants and first-generation Americans, children of foreign-born parents. Although these new #Americans have fought courageously for their adopted homeland, they have often been treated
as outsiders, scapegoats and security threats. How much has the immigrant military experience changed over the past 230 years? Five active duty #sailors agreed to share their experiences of what it is like to be an immigrant or first-generation sailor today.” Read this and more by clicking link below:

https://www.fra.org/FRA/Web/FRA_Docs/FRAToday/2020/APRIL2020-PDF-IMMIGRANT.pdf

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/18/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Among the thousands of #troops nervous with anticipation about the battle to come were four #Marines from H Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment––Jim Young, Sid Phillips, Roy Gerlach, and Art Pendleton––dressed in their steel helmets and green cotton-twill uniform (the Marines’ familiar, mottled-green camouflage uniforms had not yet been issued). This is their story:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/marine-veterans-tell-what-it-was-light-fight-guadalcanal-141867

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/17/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

The move comes after a report in the American Prospect that the insurance and banking firm was taking #veterans’ and #military family members’ stimulus checks — some totaling $3,000 or more — to settle existing account balances and debts. Company officials initially defended the move as permissible under federal rules. Military Times

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2020/04/16/usaa-will-stop-seizing-troops-coronavirus-stimulus-checks-after-public-outcry/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2004.17.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/15/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Some commissary users who can't get to the store due to the coronavirus pandemic might have another option for buying their groceries: volunteer shoppers.

A new program in effect at seven commissary locations lets commissary users pay by phone while a designated volunteer does their shopping, the commissary announced today. The program is managed by the installation in partnership with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) and will only be available while the installations are at a Health Protection Condition C or D status, due to rules governing by-phone credit card transactions, commissary officials said. Military.com

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/04/14/volunteer-shoppers-can-help-some-commissary-users-get-groceries.html

15 April 1963- Operation Shufly#OTD in 1962, Operation Shufly begins. Marine Corps operational involvement in the Vietna...
04/15/2020

15 April 1963- Operation Shufly

#OTD in 1962, Operation Shufly begins. Marine Corps operational involvement in the Vietnam War began when HMM-362 with its Sikorsky UH-34s arrived at Soc Trang in the Delta south of Saigon.

15 April 1962- Operation Shufly

#OTD in 1962, Operation Shufly begins. Marine Corps operational involvement in the Vietnam War began when HMM-362 with its Sikorsky UH-34s arrived at Soc Trang in the Delta south of Saigon.

The Marine Task Unit 79.3.5, code-named SHUFLY was the first Marine Task Unit to provide air support during the Vietnam War. The tasking represented the first large unit commitment of a Marine unit to Vietnam during the anti-communist struggle in Southeast Asia.

Find out more about Operation Shufly in our Vietnam Gallery: www.virtualusmcmuseum.com/Vietnam_1.asp

IMAGE 1: Operation Shufly, 1962.

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#USMCMuseum #military #Marines #USMC #SemperFi #Vietnam

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/15/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

More than one million #veterans will soon be receiving instructions from Veterans Affairs officials on how to check if they are eligible for thousands of dollars in medical cost reimbursements as part of a court decision last fall. Military Times

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/04/13/millions-of-veterans-to-get-letters-this-week-on-potential-reimbursements-for-medical-costs/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2004.14.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/15/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

As fallout continues from the outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt -- with nearly 600 infected and one crew member dead -- the U.S. Coast Guard appears to have had a close call, but that's all, with the virus on the Honolulu-based cutter Midgett.

A crew member aboard the 418-foot cutter, which has a crew of about 150, went to the ship's corpsman (a medical provider ) on March 24 "with symptoms of mild headache and congestion " shortly before the ship left port on a patrol the same day, the Coast Guard said.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/04/14/early-action-helps-coast-guard-keep-virus-bay.html/amp?__twitter_impression=true

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/14/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Remote mental health care use among #Veterans Affairs patients jumped dramatically last month as normal medical care appointments were disrupted and veterans forced into self-isolation because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Military Times

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2020/04/13/veterans-remote-mental-health-appointments-skyrocket-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2004.14.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/13/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

The Navy Criminal Investigative is seeing an uptick in reports from #sailors and #Marines who have been duped in a card-cracking scam on social media — in some cases after being promised money as a gesture of gratitude for their military service.

Admiral Karl Schultz
04/09/2020

Admiral Karl Schultz

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Admiral James Steele Gracey, U.S. Coast Guard (retired), 17th Commandant of the Coast Guard, who passed away on Sunday, 05 April 2020, in Falls Church, VA, at the age of 92. Fair winds and following seas...Read more: https://bit.ly/39VbBIz

Historical bio: https://bit.ly/2RmaJXe

04/08/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

“We understand the impact this pandemic is having on our country, and especially our military community and their families, many of whom also are working on the front lines of the crisis. Returning premiums provides timely help for our members,” said USAA President and CEO Wayne Peacock. “USAA has been facilitating the financial security of military members for nearly 100 years, and this is another way we can serve them well." USAA

https://communities.usaa.com/t5/Press-Releases/USAA-to-Return-520-Million-to-Members/ba-p/228150?sf120455318=1

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/08/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Sarkis Tatigian, who began his #Navy career at the age of 19 during WWII and didn’t end it until he passed away earlier this week, was one of those extraordinary few: his 78-year career sets the record for the longest serving civil servant in Defense Department history, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. Task & Purpose

https://taskandpurpose.com/.amp/unsung-heroes/navy-veteran-sarkis-tatigian-career?__twitter_impression=true

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/07/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Tricare users who typically face copays for off-base doctor visits and tests will not owe anything out of pocket for the appointment if they are receiving a coronavirus test, but those required to head off-base for prescriptions must pay any related costs themselves, Military.com has learned. Military.com

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/04/07/tricare-must-waive-coronavirus-test-visit-copays-not-base-pharmacy-fees.html

Camp Lejeune
04/07/2020

Camp Lejeune

At the direction of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, individuals on Department of Defense installations are now required to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers. Accordingly, MCIEAST will implement the use of cloth face coverings across all of our installations to the maximum extent possible and highly encourage your support in this effort. Much like the rest of the nation, supplies of masks are limited and we have to use what is available to us.

For those in uniform, face coverings should be:
- Conservative in appearance,
- Not offensive
- Fit snugly but comfortable
- Must be from nose to chin
- No full face coverings
- Be secured with ties or ear loops

Neck gaitors are also approved and masks preferably will have multiple layers of fabric if material is cloth and allow for breathing without restriction. Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html for helpful information on how to make your own face coverings at home.

PLEASE NOTE: When conducting business with Installation departments that provide services that require close contact with patrons we strongly encourage customers to wear face coverings. These may include, but are not limited to PMO, Contractor Vetting Office, Mess halls, Commissary, Child Development Centers, administrative centers, ID Card Centers, barber shops and post offices. Your efforts to comply with the Secretary's directive are greatly appreciated.

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
04/05/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

A 104-year-old World War II #veteran living in Oregon has recovered from the novel coronavirus, making him what is believed to be the nation's oldest survivor of the pandemic.

Family of William "Bill" Lapschies told OPB that he came down with symptoms of the virus on March 5 and was isolated in his room. On March 11, a test came back positive for COVID-19. Luckily, his doctors said he only had a mild case of #coronavirus and did not develop respiratory symptoms that might have required the use of a ventilator. The Hill

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/491133-wwii-veteran-recovers-from-coronavirus-in-time-to-celebrate-104-birthday?amp&__twitter_impression=true

National Museum of the Marine Corps
04/03/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

1 April 1945 – Battle of Okinawa 75th Anniversary⁠

#OTD in 1945, the land invasion of the Battle of Okinawa – codenamed Operation Iceberg – began. It would be the largest amphibious landing of the Pacific War. Three Marine divisions, four Army divisions, and the U.S. Navy would fight on land, air, and sea for 82 days to secure the island.⁠

Over the next few weeks check back for more posts in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, including highlights from our collection. ⁠

IMAGE 1: Marines of the 2d Battalion, 22d Regiment, land at Green Beach One. Defense Dept Photo (Marine Corps).⁠
IMAGE 2: Marine hurdle a stone wall as they drive across Okinawa. Defense Dept Photo (Marine Corps). ⁠
IMAGE 3: Marines wade through surf over coral reef to Okinawa beach. Defense Dept Photo (Marine Corps).⁠

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#USMCMuseum #military #Marines #USMC #SemperFi #Okinawa75 #WWII #history #anniversary

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Camp LeJeune Branch 208 was established in 1954 to assist active, reserve, retired and veterans of the Sea Services in and around Onslow County. Besides keeping our members informed of important legislative issues, we also assist our members with veteran issues and benefits.

Branch 208 sponsors area students in the Americanism Essay Contest held annually, provides an annual scholarship award to children or grandchildren of members, and sponsors a local little league ball team.

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The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress. Although the association was originally named for the Navy’s Fleet Reserve program, membership in FRA is open to all current and former sailors, marines, and Coast Guard personnel. The only requirement to join FRA is to have served as an enlisted member in the USN, USMC, or USCG for at least one day. The Association was founded by Navy Chief Yeoman George L. Carlin, and chartered in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. FRA was born out of the need for an organization to protect the pay and benefits of enlisted Sea Service members and their families on Capitol Hill. FRA also assists its members with career problems by maintaining close liaison with the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and other government agencies. In 1998, FRA was the first organization to actively seek repeal of the Military Retirement Reform Act (REDUX) and was successful in urging members of Congress to introduce and/or sponsor legislation to change the law. As a result, REDUX is no longer mandatory, and a bonus was enacted for personnel who accept it. In 2000, the Association led a successful campaign to authorize pay hikes for mid-career enlisted personnel that resulted in pay increases for E-5, E-6 and E-7 personnel on July 1, 2001. And more recently, the Association was instrumental in payday lending reform, Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for career personnel and their families, and absentee voting reform. Other major legislative accomplishments include the establishment of the CHAMPUS Health Program and Military Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP). FRA is a member of the Veterans Day National Committee (VDNC) and is represented on the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS) National Advisory Committee (NAC). It is also a charter member and leading organization in The Military Coalition (TMC), a group of 33 military and veterans’ organizations which represent five and one half million uniformed services active duty, retired, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans, their families and survivors. TMC works collectively on legislation to enhance the quality of life for military personnel. FRA staff members present legislative seminars to inform Sea Service personnel about actions on Capitol Hill, and the importance of participating in the legislative process to protect their pay and benefits. The Association annually recognizes members of Congress with its prestigious “Pinnacle Award” in recognition of outstanding support for uniformed services’ personnel. FRA also hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Caucus Breakfast on Capitol Hill each year. FRA is a major sponsor of the annual programs recognizing the Navy Sailors and Recruiters of the Year (SOY and ROY), the Marine Corps Recruiters and Drill Instructors of the Year, and the Coast Guard Enlisted Persons of Year (EPOY) and Recruiters of the Year. FRA also sponsors congressional receptions honoring the SOYs, EPOYs and ROYs, and presents the FRA “Gung Ho Award” to one member of each USMC Staff NCO Academy graduating class in Quantico, Va. The Association also sponsors patriotism essay awards and scholarship awards totaling more than $100,000 annually under the auspices of the recently established FRA Education Foundation. FRA is accredited with the Board of Correction for Naval Records, the Physical Evaluation Board, the Physical Review Council, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit FRA on Facebook, follow FRA on Twitter, and share your opinions with FRA through quarterly surveys.
The Captain John Odber Ride for the Fallen is our way of remembering the sacrifices of Maryland Veterans who gave their lives for our country and our freedom. We recognize five Maryland Veterans that have made the ultimate sacrifice. On June 1, 2019, we will host our fifth annual ride with the goal of raising $10,000 or more to support Veteran Charities in Maryland. The Captain John Odber Ride for the Fallen is an IRS 501(c)(19) Veterans Non-Profit LLC dedicated to recognizing Veterans contributions to our nation and continuing our service to fellow Veterans. I would request that you make a donation and forward to businesses that would consider making a corporate donation. Attached below is our giving letter and donations can be made via the link provided. Thanks for your support!
2019 Calendar “Fix-It” The December FRAtoday will mail out in a polybag containing a sheet of paper that has a Fix-It strip included. Just fold and tear off the new January 13th through January 19th week along the perforation and affix it over the top of the incorrect dates and you can “Fix-It.”