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  • Announcements


    Col Penny

    C-130 Changes

    By Col Penny, in Command Announcements,

    Attention All Hands,
     
    The past year or so we have sought to bring qualified pilots to the C-130 airframe to be made available for jump training and jump missions. This has been fraught with issues, which required change, including some we are making today.
     
    Effective immediately:
     
    The F-35 Detachment will assume full responsibility for the C-130 in addition to the F-35.  They will train on both aircraft, crew both aircraft, and any requests for C-130 participation will be addressed to them.
    -The requirements for the qualification will be eliminated. Instead, the C-130 SPP material will now be added in with the F-35 material, and all future pilots for this detachment will automatically receive both qualifications. Current pilots will be required to conduct 5 solo hours on the aircraft to complete their dual qualification. 
     
    If a request for a C-130 is made and 
    -no Green Knights sign up,
    -or no Green Knights are available the day of;
    than anyone holding a qualification from ACE may fly the aircraft in their place, regardless of the airframe(s) they have qualified on, active/reserve status, or current billeting. 
     
    Any questions may refer to their CoC.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO


    2ndLt Towers
    The S-1 Personnel Staff, Headquarters, and Command Staff of the 15th MEU Realism Unit would like to congratulate the following individuals for successfully meeting the requirements and approval for promotion. They are to be afforded the respect that accompanies their new rank, and will be expected to uphold their new responsibilities and higher standards as is appropriate. We wish them continued success in their e-Marine careers.
     
    Approved by the Command Staff, and effective 05NOV17
     
    Promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant (2ndLt)
    SNA Johansen, D.
     
    Promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt)
    SSgt Ziegler, J.
     
    Promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt)
    Sgt Milne, C.
    Sgt Sharon, B.
     
    Promoted to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt)
    Cpl Chan, C.
    Cpl Davis, S.
    Cpl Isaacs, N.
    Cpl Latham, T.
     
    Promoted to the rank of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class
    Imya, M.
     
    Promoted to the rank of Corporal (Cpl)
    LCpl Flavin, A.
    LCpl Matousek, M.
     
    Promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCpl)
    PFC Collins, M. B.
    PFC Echo, M.
    PFC Krima, I.
    PFC Medina, M.
    PFC Michaels, A.
    PFC Miller, J.
     
     
    Promoted to the rank of Hospitalman (HN)
    HA Jackson, N.
     
    Promoted to the rank of Private First Class (PFC)
    Pvt Banks, L.
    Pvt Betulia, N.
    Pvt Breach, D.
    Pvt Fraticelli, F.
    Pvt Greene, K.
    Pvt Harris, R.
    Pvt Hill, M.
    Pvt Lee, D. R.
    Pvt Padgett, C.
    Pvt Santos, D.
    Pvt Solberg, B. A.
    Pvt Wilson, M. C.
    Pvt Wright, G.
     
     
    Congratulations to all on behalf of S-1,
    S-1 Personnel Chief
    Sgt Towers

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    When the Cadet Corps was initially stood up two years ago it did not contain any policy for their on awards and decorations. It was something we felt could wait while they got themselves initially established. Given their relative stability, and decent success, we feel it is finally time to begin awarding them their own decorations.
     
    Below is the link to the Cadet Corps Awards and Decorations Policy. This will, later, be put into a nicer document, but this is good enough for now for initial information dissemination. These awards are based on the Young Marines Awards which can be found here for reference.
     
    Cadet Corps Awards and Decorations
     
    The Awards and Decorations staff will not be required to maintain the racks of the Cadets. Specific implementation is still in discussion, but this could be by an Awards and Decs Staff by the Cadets themselves, personal volunteer (in the same vein as the old fatigues blocks someone used to do), or by personal assembly of the Cadet themselves.
     
    These awards currently will NOT transfer to the Main Unit. There may, in the future, be some discussion about translation of some personal awards translating to Main Unit equivalents, but this will not be occurring for now. All service awards will be automatically awarded (as usual), and all personal awards will be approved by Command Staff.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    Section 10-7 of our Unit Policy deals with the punitive articles of our Unit. These are the various things you can be disciplined for here. We have made an adjustment to 10-7.7 False Statement. The current policy is as follows:
     
     
    Adding to this, we will be adding two sub-clauses:
     
     
    Stolen Valor has always been against our rules, and that goes without saying. However we felt the need to specifically state this in our policy.
    Catfishing has not been, though it goes against Common Sense of False Statement and simple courtesy.. and given the world we live it we feel it necessary to codify within our policies.
     
    Any requests for clarification should go through your Chain of Command.
     
    -col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    In Marine Corps Awards and Decorations there is a specific device attachment for the Expert Qualification Badge. When qualifying Expert multiple times in a row, you are awarded a clasp for your badge between the top clasp and the badge itself. We will now be implementing this.
     
    Qualifying for Expert will gain you the Expert Qualification Badge. Qualifying a second time in a row (years.. not attempts) will gain you a device just below the clasp that states '2nd Award'. A third qualification in a row will change that device to '3rd Award', and so on and so forth. If any year you do not qualify Expert, you start over. This means if you qualify Expert years one and two (and thus have the 2nd Award device), then year three score Sharpshooter, qualifying year four as Expert will gain you the normal Expert Qualification Badge again.
     
    This award is effectively immediately and will be retroactive. That means those of you who have already qualified multiple years in a row as Expert will start seeing these devices appear in your next A&D update.
     
    For reference, this is what the award will look similar to.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    We announced last month the promotions for Captain J. Murphy and Sergeant Major Hoagland to the positions of Company Commander and MEU Sergeant Major, respectively. As most of you may know, these positions also come with seats on the Unit Command Staff. As of today both of these gentlemen will be assuming their seats.
     
    Captain J. Murphy will be representing the Infantry Company, and will retain his seat so long as he holds his billet.
    Sergeant Major will be representing MEU HQ and the entirety of the Enlisted in the Unit, and will retain his seat so long as he is a member of this unit.
     
    Congratulations gentlemen. We welcome your insight and discussion as we continue to guide along the greatest realism unit around.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    2ndLt Towers
    The S-1 Personnel Staff, Headquarters, and Command Staff of the 15th MEU Realism Unit would like to congratulate the following individuals for successfully meeting the requirements and approval for promotion. They are to be afforded the respect that accompanies their new rank, and will be expected to uphold their new responsibilities and higher standards as is appropriate. We wish them continued success in their e-Marine careers.
     
    Approved by the Command Staff, and effective 15OCT17
     
    Promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant (1stLt)
    2ndLt Smyth
     
    Promoted to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt)
    Cpl Muir, M
    Cpl Riske, A
    Cpl Towers, J
     
    Promoted to the rank of Corporal (Cpl)
    LCpl Updegraff, G
    LCpl Young, W
     
    Promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCpl)
    PFC Blue, M
    PFC Palla, T
    PFC Wesker, L
     
    Promoted to the rank of Hospitalman (HN)
    HA Moore, E, C
     
    Promoted to the rank of Private First Class (PFC)
    Pvt Cook, A
    Pvt Hahs, T
    Pvt LaVigne, N
    Pvt Leon, A
    Pvt Nouse, J
    Pvt Rush, R
     
    Congratulations to all on behalf of S-1,
    S-1 Personnel Chief
    Cpl Towers

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    The past years we have proudly housed some of the most elite warriors of the Armaverse in our Force Reconnaissance Platoon. Their excellence has been marred, however, by the unit's failure to live up to them in flexibility, ability, understand.. and well just plain old ArmA. We are going to be taking steps to change this, starting... well a long time ago, but today is the most abrupt and aggressive of any effort.
     
    We will be stepping somewhat out of realism for the sake of gameplay/mindset for this. This may not sit well with some people. Let me preface this all by saying this change, while not exactly realistic, plays to the gameplay that is allowed (and sometimes forced) by ArmA. Force Reconnaissance and its intended missions do not work very well in the schemes of ArmA, nor in the way we have attempted to employ them (at least not well). Therefore, we will be changing the idea of these missions by changing Force Reconnaissance.
     
    Effective 17 October 17, the Force Reconnaissance Platoon is dissolved.
     
    In its place we will be activating, and attaching to the 15th MEU Realism Unit, Alpha Company, 1st Marine Raider Battalion (MARSOC).
     

     
    With this change, our new MARSOC section will be able to complete some of the same tasking such as:
     
    Direct action
    Special reconnaissance
    Information operations
    Security force assistance
    Preparation of the environment
    Counter-insurgency
    Maritime Interdiction Operations
     
    And many new mission possibilities such as:
     
    Counter-terrorism
    Foreign internal defense
    Unconventional warfare
    Special/Clandestine operations
    Counter-drug operations
     
    MARSOC structure will also be drastically changed. Instead of the platoon structure, they will be organized as follows:
     
    1st Marine Raider Regiment (1st MRR)
         1st Marine Raider Battalion (1st MRB)
              Marine Special Operations Company (MSOC) - Alpha
                   Marine Special Operations Team (MSOT) - One
     
    Tactical Element One
    Team Leader - MSgt
    Element Leader - SSgt
    Assistant Element Leader - Sgt
    RO/JTAC - Sgt
    SARC - HM2
    Critical Skills Operator - Cpl
    Critical Skills Operator - Cpl
     
    Tactical Element Two
    Team Chief - GySgt
    Element Leader - SSgt
    Assistant Element Leader - Sgt
    RO/JTAC - Sgt
    SARC - HM2
    Critical Skills Operator - Cpl
    Critical Skills Operator - Cpl
     
    This is a mix between our current organization and the real MSOT organization, and will allows us the flexibility called for in our operations.
     
    All current Force Reconnaissance Marines in our unit will be re-designated with the single MOS 0372 Critical Skills Operators, with the exception of Captain Roddy, whom will retain his rank as Captain and assume the Team Leader position, and hold the MOS of 0370 Special Operations Officer. All fully qualified members of the MSOT will be awarded the Marine Special Operator Insignia. This insignia will replace all current Active Duty and Reserve Force Reconnaissance Marines who are to be transitioned. All former Force Reconnaissance Marines, whether they are now in a new billet or Retired, will maintain the Combatant Diver Insignia and Navy and Marine Corps Parachutists Insignia, and the previous Force Reconnaissance MOS.
     

     
    Each Element SARC will hold the NEC 8403 Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Independent Duty Corpsman. They will continue to be authorized to wear two of the three badges: Combatant Diver Insignia, Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia, or Fleet Marine Force Enlisted Warfare Specialist Device.
     
    The callsign for the MSOT will be 'Roughneck'.
     
    Training and Selection for this new section will remain largely unchanged for now, though this may eventually happen.
     
    Operationally many of you may not see a change. But this will be a drastic move for our new MSOT Marines, and we hope a welcome one. Information about Selection is not being released yet, but it may be soon. Discussions about any possible Selection (and whether or not it will be approved this year) are still going on. That information will be released very soon, however.
     
    Welcome, MARSOC. Improve upon the tradition of our Force Reconnaissance Marines in the name of individuals such as First Sergeant Martinez, Major Rittenhouse, and Captain Roddy. Good luck.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO


    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    In the Fall of 2014 the US Marine Corps implemented a new ribbon for their instructors. We somehow missed this, and have been behind the ball on this. We are rectifying this, effective immediately:
     
    The Combat Instructor Ribbon will be awarded to all Instructors for School of Infantry, Basic Recon School, and Flight Instructor time. The time requirements will not differ from current. The Drill Instructor Ribbon will continue to be awarded to Recruit Instructors.  
    This change is not retroactive, as the amount of work involved would be prohibitive. If someone decides of their own accord to put in that work it may be reconsidered.
     
    Combat Instructor Ribbon

     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    As we have discussed before, just a few months ago our friend and comrade Adam Corium passed away. This was marked with a memorial service to him, as well as the sadness, condolences, and remembrance all his friends here hold.
     
    Today we memorialize our friend further: Effective 16 October 2017 the LHD USS Fallujah, when in operation, is renamed the USS Adam Corium. This is much like the USS Matthew Barton which memorializes our friend who also passed away some years ago.
     
    Rest in peace, Corium. You still live on here.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

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