Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208

Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208 The June 2021 meeting date is TBD. We will hold our Officer Installation at this time. Please check your email, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FRAbranch208, and our website https://fra208.com for up the latest information.

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.

Operating as usual

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
03/20/2021

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

For #WomensHistoryMonth we recognize FRA's Assistant Director of Veterans Programs: Noelle Freeland-Huffer. A #Navy veteran that served from 2011-2018 as a Master-at-Arms. During her time in service, she served at Naval Station Rota, Spain as a base police officer, field training officer, and duty armorer. Following #Spain, she was stationed at Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 4 (VQ-4) on Naval Air station Patuxent River, MD, working in the field of force protection/anti-terrorism. She holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from UMGC and is currently working on her master’s in interdisciplinary management. She is FRA's first #female Assistant Director Veterans Programs since the 90's. Thank you for your service!

#usnavy #veterans #womenhistorymonth2021 #military #veteran #science #criminaljustice

20 March 2003-Operation Iraqi Freedom begins.
03/20/2021

20 March 2003-Operation Iraqi Freedom begins.

20 March 2003-Operation Iraqi Freedom begins

On this day in 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) began with the launching of approximately 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles at 5:34 a.m. The missiles, which were launched from six U.S. Navy ships, were aimed at three designated military targets around Baghdad, Iraq, in an attempt to kill or maim Saddam Hussein. U.S. Air Force F117 stealth fighters were also involved in the opening strike. Marines from I MEF crossed the Kuwait border into southern Iraq in the first push to Baghdad. A firefight between American and Iraqi ground forces occurred when a patrol of light armored vehicles from the 1st Marine Division encountered two Iraqi armored personnel carriers. The Marines destroyed the enemy and moved forward quickly, capturing key facilities in Rumelia, Iraq’s southern oil fields. Marines saved all but nine of nearly 500 oil wells from sabotage before continuing toward the Iraqi capital.


📸: Marine M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks with Company C, 1st Tank Battalion, line up and prepare to meet the enemy near Safwan Hill, Iraq, during the opening moves of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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03/20/2021

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03/19/2021

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Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
03/18/2021
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

https://news.usni.org/2021/03/16/luria-navy-should-not-decommission-ships-early-in-favor-of-new-construction?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2003.17.21&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Decommissioning ships that have viable service life at a faster rate than industry can build new ones is not how the #Navy should grow the fleet, the vice chairwoman of the House Armed Services Committee said Monday.

Speaking at a Hudson Institute online forum, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said “the math doesn’t work” for the Navy to potentially decommission any ships early.

#fra #navylife #history #navyhistory #veterans #servicemembers #military #wednesday

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
03/17/2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
02/28/2021
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Mellor joined the #Navy in 1943 as Fire Controlman was attached to the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Hopewell (DD 681). His #ship was hit by enemy fire and lost 17 #Sailors during the war.

"In combat, you will realize how important it is to respect your leaders," said Mellor. "You become extremely close…even closer than my friends I grew up with."
https://www.radio.com/connectingvets/news/world-war-ii-navy-vet-celebrates-100th-birthday

#military #veterans #usnavy #usnavysailor #history #militaryhistory #fb #saturday #weekend #news #headlines #milestones #birthday #happybirthday

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
02/25/2021
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

As parts of #Texas continue to recover from severe cold and deadly winter storms, a small group of #veterans from #northernVirginia will be delivering needed items to impacted areas this week after raising donations and making the 1,500-mile drive to the state themselves.

#military #fra #tx #wednesday #fb

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
02/23/2021
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

“We are not doing as well reaching rural veterans as we would like to,” Stone said. “This is tough, herculean effort.”

Several lawmakers expressed frustration Friday about the limited supply of vaccines and how far the VA still must go to immunize its patients. Wasserman Schultz encouraged the department to “think creatively” to reach as many veterans in America as possible, despite many not being enrolled in VA health care.

#military #veterans #vaccines #news #covid #virus

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
02/23/2021
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

#WWII Veteran Theodore Eiben turns 102-years-old and the Village made sure to honor him on his special day with a drive-by celebration.

I do appreciate it. I’m looking forward to the next time around. You take care of yourself and be good to yourself. You gotta do that.

https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/port-byron-wwii-veteran-turns-102-years-old/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign&utm_term&utm_content&fbclid=IwAR0NgDqNFPEt8QJmg4v86b4wVK14tHLXSqF_-OYJCgrCIjS-97NGgg0Z-80

#military #veteran #birthday #monday

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
01/13/2021

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/coronavirus/
Keep your current #mentalhealth appointments. VA offers both video and phone telemental health options that do not require you to go to your closest facility in-person. Learn ways to connect with VA providers using telehealth options

#military #veterans #servicemembers #fra #coronavirus

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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.”