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9/11 Anniversary and Afghanistan withdrawal

Due to Veterans from all eras reacting to the events in Afghanistan, such as withdrawal and take over by the Taliban, VA is working quickly to share VA resources, call center information, peer support, and other community services. 

Afghanistan Letter from CMC SMMC.


WASHINGTON DC 20350-3000
18 August 2021
As each of us tries to comprehend  the speed and scope of events in Afghanistan this week, some may 
be struggling with a simple question:  "Was it all worth it?"  We see videos and photos, we read 
stories that bring back memories for some of us, and it becomes intensely personal.  We value human 
life and we want to believe that what Marines have done in Afghanistan made a difference.  While 
Sergeant  Major Black and I don't presume to speak for you or your family, we would like to offer 
our thoughts so you know where your senior leaders stand.
We both believe -  without question -  that your service was meaningful,  powerful, and important.  
You answered the call to serve, proudly carrying the torch of so many generations of Marines before 
you.  You put the good of others before yourself.  You fought to defend your country, your family, 
your friends, and your neighbors.  You fought to prevent terror from returning to our shores.  You 
fought for the liberty of young Afghan girls, women, boys, and  men who want the same individual  
freedoms we enjoy as Americans.  You fought for the Marine to your left and the Marine to your 
right.  You never let them down.  You never, ever gave up.
You lived with purpose, with intention.  Whether you realize it or not, you set an example for 
subsequent generations of Marines -  and Americans -  by living our core values of Honor, Courage, 
and Commitment.  Was it worth it?  Yes.  Does it still hurt?  Yes.
Since 2001, Marines have served honorably and courageously to bring peace to the people of 
Afghanistan.  You should take pride in your service -  it gives meaning to the sacrifice of all 
Marines who served, including those whose sacrifice was ultimate.
Over the coming days and weeks, we encourage you to connect with your fellow Marines and their 
families -  particularly those you served  with overseas.  This is a time to come together and give 
further meaning to our motto, Semper Fidelis.  Let us remain faithful to our fellow Marines, 
faithful to our Marine families, and faithful to the memories of all who have sacrificed.
We are intensely proud to serve alongside you as your Commandant  and Sergeant  Major.
 Semper Fidelis,
David H. Berger General,
U.S. Marine Corps
Commandant  of the Marine Corps
Troy E. Black
SgtMaj, U.S. Marine Corps
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps




Department Spring Meeting 

Date -October 1st and 2nd

Location –

Crowne Plaza Suffern - Mahwah

3 Executive Blvd

Suffern, New York 10901


Uniform of the Day:

Marine Corps League cover is the only required uniform item for the membership.

Department Staff: Red Polo, Black Trousers, Black Shoes, Marine Corps League Cover






Upcoming Events:


• 24-26 February 2022: National Midwinter Conference - Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA

• 23-25 February 2023: National Midwinter Conference - Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA



Great-grandson of last living WWII Medal of Honor recipient
completes Marine boot camp


Courtesy of CBS News via Frank Mathers, Mideast Adjutant


The Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, SC graduation is quite an achievement for young Marines who have conquered boot camp — but this year's graduation is truly one for the ages.


Three hundred fifty young men and women are on the final leg of a life-changing journey through Marine boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. It's been 13 grueling, sometimes brutal, weeks. And for the first time since COVID-19 hit, all family members are allowed to attend the proud moment.


In attendance for graduation is legendary Marine Hershel "Woody" Williams. At 97, he is the last living Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Among the new Marines passing in review is his great-grandson, Cedar Ross.

"The only advice I think I gave him was to do the very best that he could and then to do a little more," Williams said. Ross was about halfway through boot camp when his drill instructor realized he was the direct descendant of a Marine legend.


"The chief drill instructor told me, 'Ross, you're going to have big shoes to fill,'" Ross told CBS News. "I said, 'Yes, sir. Thankfully, I wear size 15.'"

A Family/Survivor Reference Guide for When A Veteran Dies


Paul Sutton, Chairperson of the National Legislative Affairs Committee has provided a Reference Guide for when A Veteran Dies.

Click Here to download the "A Family Survivor Reference Guide for When A Veteran Dies (03-28-2021)" document




Meeting Locations Needed

The Department of New York is seeking locations for our Mid-Winter and Spring Meetings. Any Detachment or Area wishing to be the host for one of these meeting, please contact the Adjutant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for what is required to submit a bid.


Fall Department Meeting


The Department of New York will be holding it's Fall Meeting on 01-02 October 2021 at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah, located at Three Executive Boulevard, Suffern, NY 10901.


The room rate is $115.00 a night. You can book your reservation by calling the hotel at 845-357-4800, and use the group code of "MCL" You can also book your reservation online using this link: Once on this page loads, select 1 October 2021 and then click search. The room options, and group rate will be applied. To get the group rate, all reservations MUST be made on or before 10 September 2021.


The agenda will be release at a later date.

National MCL Foundation Vacancies



To: National Board of Trustees,
Department Commandants

Subject: MCL Foundation, Vacancies


BOT’s, please make sure your Department Commandants get this information to all their Detachments. We are currently looking to fill 3 vacancies on the foundation.

We need members with business knowledge. If interested please send a resume to the National Commandant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to the foundation president, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The foundation president and his board will review each of them and the National BOT’s will vote on each.


Thank You.

Semper Fi.
Dennis Tobin
National Commandant

National Convention Delegate Registration Online


We presently have 89 detachment’s registered for delegates at National Convention. Detachments can register and pay for delegates here:



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