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December 2015 Reflections

MCTOG-Logo_SmallSize Editor’s Note:

 

In the past, it has been difficult to keep the family of our Marines connected with and informed about various events and activities. Many commands often failed to provide assistance and support to the families of our Marines when needed due to a lack of inclusion. As a result, the Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP) was created. The program provides resources for Marines and their families.

 

The MCTOG Reflections is a newsletter used to keep family and friends informed on what’s going on at MCTOG. The newsletter represents one of the resources that comprise the MCTOG UPFRP.

Over the past few months, the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG) held several events in recognition of Marines retiring, leaving, getting promoted and for just doing great things.

What follows is a short summary of the various events that have taken place.

Retirements
The Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG) held a retirement ceremony for Master Sergeant David Mansfield.

Presiding over the ceremony was Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, who recounted many of the events that took place during Master Sergeant Mansfield’s career. During the retirement ceremony, Master Sergeant Mansfield was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for his hard work and diligence.

The Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) is a military award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service. The medal was designed as a third meritorious award to provide appropriate recognition for non-combat achievement or service comparable to that of the Bronze Star Medal for combat achievement or service.

Congratulations Master Sergeant Mansfield! We wish you the best in your future endeavors. Godspeed and Semper Fidelis!

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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, and Master Gunnery Sergeant Stephen Lowe, MCTOG Senior Enlisted Advisor, present Master Sergeant David Mansfield with the Meritorious Service Medal. Master Sergeant Mansfield offers a few parting comments, thanking the Marines of MCTOG and his family for their support during his time at MCTOG.
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GySgt John DeMaria presents Master Sergeant Mansfield with his going away gift. GySgt John DeMaria presents Master Sergeant Mansfield with a shadow box.
Hails
Hails are the traditional way of welcoming new members to the organization. During the hails, leaders in the organization will introduce new members to existing members of the organization in an open forum. Hails also serve as a great ice breaker as new members have the opportunity to meet some of the key personnel within the organization this way. MCTOG welcomed several Marines and civilians to its family.

 

Welcome Aboard Marines!

Welcome aboard! We look forward to integrating you into what we do to prepare Marines for combat. Semper Fidelis!
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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, opens up with a general statement for Marines joining MCTOG. Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, hails Cpl Jessica Wilbourn.
Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, hails Cpl Robert Oudone. Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, hails SSgt Beth Pye.
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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, hails SSgt Michael McCabe. Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, hails MSgt Juan Morales.
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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, hails SSgt Jacob Sherrock. Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, hails LtCol David O’brien.
Farewells
Farewells are the traditional way of saying goodbye to current members of the organization. During the farewells, leaders in the organization will say a few words about members who are leaving the organization.

Farewells also serve as an opportunity for members to highlight aspects of the organization’s operations that worked well and to also point out areas the member leaving wish they could have had more of an impact. Since there are few opportunities to provide feedback to the majority of an organization’s members, the farewell turns out to be not only an opportunity to say goodbye but also an opportunity to answer the question “What can we improve to have a better impact?” MCTOG farewelled several Marines.

 

Farewell and Godspeed Marines!

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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, opens up with a general statement for Marines leaving MCTOG. Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, farewells MSgt Henry Rimkus.
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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, farewells SSgt Richard Pinner. Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, farewells MSgt Martin Rodriguez.
Awards
The Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG) was recognized for its efforts during this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Read more about this event here.
MCTOG held an awards ceremony to recognize the hard work and diligence of several Marines. These Marines received awards which included:

·         (3) Letters of Appreciation

·         (4) Certificates of Commendation

·         (10) Good Conduct Medals

·         (3) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

·         (4) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

·         (3) Meritorious Service Medal

·         (1) Joint Service Commendation Medal

The Good Conduct Medal is one of the oldest military awards of the United States Armed Forces. The U.S. Navy’s variant of the Good Conduct Medal was established in 1869 and the Marine Corps version in 1896. The medal is awarded to any active-duty enlisted member of the United States military who completes three consecutive years of “honorable and faithful service.” Such service implies that a standard enlistment was completed without any non-judicial punishment, disciplinary infractions, or court martial offenses.

The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal is given for meritorious service or achievement in a combat or non-combat situation based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature, and shall be of such merit as to warrant more tangible recognition than is possible by a fitness report or performance evaluation, but which does not warrant a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal or higher.

The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal is given to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps (including foreign military personnel), distinguishes himself/herself in a manner above that normally expected and sufficient to distinguish the individual above those performing similar services.

The Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) is a military award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service. The medal was designed as a third meritorious award to provide appropriate recognition for non-combat achievement or service comparable to that of the Bronze Star Medal for combat achievement or service.

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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, and Lieutenant Colonel John Lewis, MCTOG Executive Officer, present SSgt Richard Pinner with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. SSgt Richard Pinner offers a few parting comments, thanking the Marines of MCTOG for their support during his time at MCTOG.
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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, and Lieutenant Colonel John Lewis, MCTOG Executive Officer, present MSgt Martin Rodriguez with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. MSgt Martin Rodriguez offers a few parting comments, thanking the Marines of MCTOG for their support during his time at MCTOG.
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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, and Master Gunnery Sergeant Stephen Lowe, MCTOG Senior Enlisted Advisor, present Sgt Christopher Mendoza with a Certificate of Commendation. Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, and Master Gunnery Sergeant Stephen Lowe, MCTOG Senior Enlisted Advisor, present SSgt Robert Wold with a Certificate of Commendation.
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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, and Master Gunnery Sergeant Stephen Lowe, MCTOG Senior Enlisted Advisor, present SSgt Christopher Villagracia with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, and Master Gunnery Sergeant Stephen Lowe, MCTOG Senior Enlisted Advisor, present GySgt Richard Jibson with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Promotions
MCTOG held several promotions over the last few months. The following Marines were all promoted to the next rank respectively and are taking on greater responsibilities commensurate with their grade and duties:

·         LtCol Ernest Govea

·         LtCol Michael Ogden

·         CWO5 Calvin Boutte

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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, and Lieutenant Colonel John Lewis, MCTOG Executive Officer, promote LtCol Ernest Govea. The newly promoted LtCol Ernest Govea possess for a picture with his family.
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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, and Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Wittnam, MCTOG Instructor Group – Officer in Charge, promote LtCol Michael Ogden. The newly promoted LtCol Michael Ogden possess for a picture with his family.
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Lieutenant Colonel John Lewis, MCTOG Executive Officer, and Master Gunnery Sergeant Stephen Lowe, MCTOG Senior Enlisted Advisor, promote CWO5 Calvin Boutte. CWO5 Calvin Boutte offers a few comments, thanking the Marines of MCTOG for their continued support as he serves as the Administrative Officer.
Tactical Commanders Course
MCTOG serves as the GCE proponent for the Tactical MAGTF Commander’s Course held in Yuma, AZ every year. This is the second iteration of this program that focuses on providing the most current situational awareness as well as the doctrinal attributes of the tactics, techniques and procedures of the service with regards to the ACE/LCE/GCE. This three-day program is focused on Battalion and Regimental Commander’s from across the service.
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Cpl Jones speaks to Battalion and Regimental Commander’s on the tactics, techniques and procedures of the AAV C7/P7 platform. SSgt Bousanet speaks to Battalion and Regimental Commander’s on the tactics, techniques and procedures of the LAVC2 platform.
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LtCol Savage speaks to Battalion and Regimental Commander’s on the Capability Set (CAPSET) utilized by the GCE. MSgt Taylor speaks to Battalion and Regimental Commander’s on a standardized layout of staff members within the AAV C7/P7.
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Photos taken of the static display set up and hosted by MAWTS-1, and assembled by MCTOG. The GCE came together to show the common C2 platforms utilized by ground units in combat.
Tactical MAGTF Integration Course
MCTOG held a graduation for the class of Tactical MAGTF Integration Course (TMIC) 2-15. The guest of honor for this TMIC graduation was Major General Brian D. Beaudreault, Commanding General, 2d Marine Division.
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Major General Brian D. Beaudreault, 2d Marine Division Commander, speaks to the graduating class of TMIC 3-15.
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From Left to Right: Major General Brian D. Beaudreault (2d Marine Division Commander), Major Anthony Sama (Operations and Tactics – Officer Honor Graduate), Captain Richard Vaynshteyn (Intelligence and Tactics – Chief Honor Graduate), Gunnery Sergeant Ryan Bonham (Intelligence and Tactics – Chief Honor Graduate), Colonel Craig Wonson (Commanding Officer, MCTOG). The Graduation class of TMIC 3-15
VIP Visitors
MCTOG had an important visit from Major General John Love, Director, Operations Division for Plans, Policies & Operations (PP&O).
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Colonel Craig Wonson, MCTOG Commanding Officer, and Lieutenant Colonel John Lewis, MCTOG Executive Officer, greet Major General John Love, Director, Operations Division for Plans, Policies & Operations (PP&O).
Family Events
MCTOG held a family movie night in August at the local drive-in movie theatre. Families enjoyed a viewing of Mission Impossible Rogue Nation and Terminator Genisys.

This year, MCTOG held its annual Marine Corps Ball at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. This year’s choice of location was made to provide better support and a much more enjoyable atmosphere for families and their children.

MCTOG held its annual MCTOG holiday party with a variety of food (pot luck), entertainment, kid friendly activities, and a visit from Santa.

Upcoming Events
Check our eMarine (http://www.emarine.org/) page or our Facebook page for upcoming events.
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