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  • 1. MAG-49 Det C Newsletter Nov 2009 Vol 2 __________________________________________________________________________________ Summer Training is a Huge Success By LtCol R.J. Braatz Hello Mag 49 Det C families. Your Marines have had a busy summer; The tempo continued through the fall with the start of the government’s fiscal year. Some highlights from the summer were: a superb month long deployment to Camp Pendleton, CA and a high tempo training deployment to Hurlburt, FL. Hurlburt Airfield, Ft Walton Beach, FL During the training deployment to Marines from MAG-49 Det C traveled to Hurlburt Field, FL in order to Hurlburt, MAG-49 Det C supported and conduct Close Air Support and Assault Support to the Marines and integrated with Special Operations Airmen of the Special Ops Command. Forces, conducting Close Air Support, Night Helicopter inserts and operations with AC-130 gunships. Many Marines got to ride in the AC-130s and fire the 105mm Howitzer at targets from the gunship to the ground. The fall started with this unit standing a Commanding Generals Inspection. This is a very detailed inspection in which higher headquarters ensures all facets of the squadron are operating in accordance with USMC orders and directives. We had not stood one in five years and it took many weeks to prepare. In short, the Marines did an outstanding job. Your Marines continue to impress me with their professionalism and motivation. In the upcoming months we have some big events to include: the Marine Corps Ball, new hangar move and the MAG-49 Det C Christmas Party. I hope to see and meet all of you at the ball and/or the Christmas Party. Included in this newsletter is information regarding both events and they will prove to be very fun. In the near future I plan to have a town hall meeting which will give you, the families of MAG 49 Det C, the opportunity to meet me and my wife Juli, SgtMaj Esparza and his wife, Holly, and to ask me and SgtMaj Esparza questions on any appropriate Subject. This event will be passed via the Family Readiness call tree and will be conducted in our new hangar after the Holidays. Thank you for your continued support and have a fun and safe Holiday Season!
  • 2. MAG-49 Det C NEWSLETTER SgtMaj’s Words of Wisdom By SgtMaj J. Esparza Marines, Family and Friends, Summer has ended. The children are back at school, football season is back, and (finally?!?) the temperature has cooled off. Since returning from Mojave Viper, our Marines deployed to Hurlburt AFB in Ft Walton, Florida. Once again, the Marines did an outstanding job supporting day and night operations, and managed to have a little bit of fun too. Your Marine has ensured that we are not only ready to fight—but operating efficiently—as evidenced in our successful Commanding General’s Inspection. Next up is our Marine Corps Birthday Ball on 14 November at Antoine’s Restaurant, and then a Holiday Season that will include a lot of effort as we support the annual Toys for Tots Program. The Commanding Officer and I look forward to seeing all of you at the Ball. Summer Highlights 2009 SSgt Hansberry, LCpl Borst, Cpl Deluane and Cheers! Sgt Simmons – Dominate the NOMAD Golf Classic in September Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal chatting it Hurlbert Field offered great training as well as great up with the NOMADS. liberty. The Marines were able to enjoy sunny Ft Walton Beach, during their time off. 2
  • 3. MAG-49 Det C NEWSLETTER Safety and Standardization By Maj J.D. Osborne Greetings from the DSS, The Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest times of the year to be on the road. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 91 percent of long-distance holiday travel (defined as travel to and from a destination 50 miles or more away) is by car. During the six-day Thanksgiving travel period, long-distance trips increase by half. Throughout this holiday season, motor vehicle safety is impacted by last minute shoppers, social visits and unpredictable weather conditions. Therefore, please put some forethought into your plans prior to departure. Before You Hit The Road: 1. Ensure the car is well-equipped for travel. Check the tire tread, battery, antifreeze, windows and brakes. Also check the spare and the operation of the jack and lug wrench. 2. Bring your cell phone. 3. Avoid driving during late night hours. There is an increased incidence of drunk driving late at night. 4. Keep a safety kit in the vehicle. The kit should include a flashlight and extra batteries, jumper cables, first aid kit, water, non-perishable food items and flares or other warning devices. Also, include an ice scraper, small shovel and a bag of sand or kitty litter in case you get stuck in the snow. Enjoy the holidays. We all deserve some time off… ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PROMOTIONS FOR OCT & NOV 09 DECORATIONS • Maj “Stiff” Cox • SSgt Hansberry…NMCAM • CWO2 Watson • Sgt Carter…NMCAM • SSgt Blatt • Sgt Dowell…NMCAM • Sgt Bounds • Sgt Slater • Sgt Smith • Sgt Steele • Sgt Wilson • Cpl Cashmore • Cpl Garcia PME Grads • Cpl JimenezChicas GySgt Plunk, SNCOA Advanced Course • Cpl Johnson Sgt Dubose, SNCOA Sergeants’ Course • LCpl McCarthy • LCpl Varnando 3
  • 4. MAG-49 Det C NEWSLETTER Family Readiness Officer Face in the Crowd By Maj J.D. Osborne Good Day to all. I am the new Family Readiness Officer for MAG-49 Det C. For those of you who just joined the unit, Welcome Aboard. To be blunt, New Orleans is like no other place in the Marine Corps. It isn’t your normal duty station. Now, I didn’t say it was worse, just Sgt Angillo Mentor different. Fortunately, the Family Readiness Team in NOLA has numerous assets to help What is it that you do here? everyone adjust to life in the Big Easy. Please “I am the Aviation Supply Chief” refer to the previous page for helpful websites and What is the best part about your job? phone numbers. “The working environment” As for the future of the Family Readiness Where are you from? Program, my position as the FRO is only “Long Island, New York” temporary, as HQMC has mandated all FRO Where did you go to school? positions will be held by civilians. LTCol Braatz “Hempstead High School” has reviewed some resume’s and is in the process What interested you in joining the Marine Corps? of hiring a full-time civilian to head up the Family “I needed a sense of direction and a Readiness program. new purpose” In the meantime, If you are interested in a The #1 luxury item you cannot live without when particular topic and would like to see it featured in deployed. our Newsletter, please call or email the Family “Car” Readiness Officer at jeffrey.d.osborne@usmc.mil. What do you like best about HMLA 773 I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the Det A? Marine Corps Ball. “The people” What is your favorite movie? “Paid in Full” What is your favorite sports team? Upcoming Holidays “New England Patriots” What advice do you have for young marines in the squadron? Veteran’s Day 1630, 10 NOV 09 “Don’t sell yourself short and always think 0730, 13 NOV 09 outside the box” Thanksgiving 1630, 25 NOV 09 0730, 30 NOV 09 Christmas 1630, 23 DEC 09 0730, 28 DEC 09 Volunteers Needed Upcoming Events Nov 8 New Orleans Saints Game Nov 30 New Orleans Saints Game Dec 19 New Orleans Saints Game Marine Corps Birthday Ball 1800, 14 NOV 09 @ Antoine’s Restaurant FAMILY DAY 1200, 06 DEC 09 4
  • 5. MAG-49 Det C NEWSLETTER Family Readiness Advisor Family Readiness Officer Face in HELPFUL WEBSITES the Crowd By Andrea Powers By Maj J.D. Osborne Check out the Navy New Orleans website at MAG 49 Det C Families, all. I am the new Family Good Day to www.cnic.navy.mil/. You can find general Readiness Officer for MAG-49 Det C. For those information about the services provided by the base Hi, Iof you who just joined the unit, Welcome Aboard. am Andrea Powers your new Family Readiness as well as news, important phone numbers, and links. AdvisorTo be blunt, Newto introduce myself. I place and I wanted Orleans is like no other don’t know about Marine Corps. It isn’tfor summer to duty in the you but I wasn’t ready your normal end, NAS JRB Belle Chasse’s website as well as the units so hard to believe it Iisdidn’t say it and time to start station. Now, already fall was worse, just can be accessed through the same site. Following the thinking about the school year the all those Readiness different. Fortunately, and Family upcoming tabs Angillo Mentor Sgt on the right, LINKS…Tenant Commands… holidays. in NOLA has numerous assets to help Team MAG 49 Det C. will enable you view the units everyone adjust to life in the Big Easy. Please website, it that youunder construction. The Belle What is which is do here? The Family Readiness Programfor in place websiteskeep refer to the previous page is helpful to help and Chasse “I am the Aviation Supply Chief” for the New site features specific information you informed with updates that come directly from the phone numbers. Orleans community, about your job? What is the best part including news, links, family command As regarding for the futurehurricaneFamily Readiness of the preparedness, support “TheMWR. environment” and working evacuation, and my position events. Please check your other family as the FRO is only Where are you from? Program, email for upcoming HQMC has on the Marine Corps temporary, as information mandated all FRO The DOD Island, New York” “Long sponsored lifelines website at Ball positions will be held by civilians. LTColfor the and other squadron events. Also look Braatz Where did you go to school? www.lifelines200.org provides a wide range of MWR newsletter with upcoming base events. process “Hempstead High School” information about the military and military lifestyle has reviewed some resume’s and is in the What interested you in joining the Marine Corps? for active duty personnel and dependents. Lifelines of hiring a full-time civilian to head up the Family I would like to take a quick moment to thank all of our Readiness program. discusses financial, legal, and medical and a as well “I needed a sense of direction matters Family Readiness Assistants and Morale Volunteers new purpose” as education opportunities for military members and In the meantime, If you are interested in a for all of their topic and would like to see it featured in particular hard work throughout the summer and dependents. It item you helpful advice on military The #1 luxury also offers cannot live without when look our Newsletter, please calleveryone this fall and forward to working with or email the Family deployed. life, pay, and housing . There are even special Holiday season.Officer at jeffrey.d.osborne@usmc.mil. Readiness We couldn’t get the job done without sections“Car” for military newcomer, retirees, and those in you. I’m are always lookingto seeingvolunteers to help We looking forward for new everyone at the transitionsyou like best about HMLA 773 sector. What do from the military to the civilian with Marine Corps Ball. our Family Readiness Program. If you are Det A? interested in becoming a volunteer please contact your “The people” The TriCare website at www.tricareonline.com Family Readiness Assistant. cover medical favorite movie? health information. What is your benefits an general Best of “Paid allows you to make routine primary care all, it in Full” Please feel free to contact me with any of your What is your favorite sports team? appointments online. You can access DEERS through questions or concerns. Hope to see all of you at the “New England Patriots” the TriCare page when you want to update your Birthday Ball in November. records advice do you have forenrollment eligibility What with the defense young marines in the squadron? reporting system. Sincerely, “Don’t sell yourself short and always think Andrea outside the box” Military OneSource is provided by the DOD at no cost to all active duty service members and members of the National Guard Reserve and their families. www.militaryonesource.com or 1-800-342-9647. HELPFUL NUMBERS Family Services 504-678-2647 The Marine Corps site at www.usmc.mil features a Education Office 504-678-3799 Exchange NAS 504-678-3580 running list of the “Top Fifteen MCNews Stories.” Military Police 504-678-3462 Units, HQ MC, recruiting, career, news, and family Naval Hospital 504-678-3660 are covered. The site also covers the Marine Corps Navy/USMC Relief 504-678-3210 Pass and ID Office 504-678-3462 World Wide Locator and links to several private Tri Care Appts 504-678-4555 military locator services as well. 5
  • 6. 234th USMC Birthday Ball Saturday, 14 November 2009 1800-2300 Antoine’s Restaurant 713 Rue Saint Louis www.antoines.com HOTEL The Inn on Bourbon www.innonbourbon.com (504) 524-7611 Starting @ $129 per night Parking (for hotel guests): $14 MENU Boiled Shrimp Aux Remoulde Crabmeat Ravigote Oyster Rockefeller Chicken Rochambeau Filet de Truite Amandine Cold, Sliced Chateaubriand Toasted French Bread TABLE SET Rocks Glass HMLA-773 Beads NOMAD Bottle Opener / Coin GUEST OF HONOR 1st Lieutenant Bill Ryan USMCR Viet Nam, Silver Star & 3-time Purple Heart Recipient PHOTOGRAPHER Stacey Mahan (Multiple packages available) MUSIC NOLA Media CHILD CARE Brighter Horizons Child Care Center 110 Barriere Rd (4 miles north of NAS JRB) (1600, Sat—1000, Sun) LIBERTY/DRILL INFO AM formation on Saturday; PM formation on Sunday TICKET INFO Pvt-Sgt: $30 SSgt-GySgt: $40 MSgt/SgtMaj-CWO/Capt: $45 Maj-LtCol: $50 ***Cash, Money Order, Cashier Checks only*** Tickets on sale 1 Oct-2 Nov (see SSgt Ortega, “S4” 678-3617)
  • 7. The Marines of MAG-49 Det C will be collecting Toys from the following locations: 15 Nov 2009 1800-2100 Sears of Oakwood Mall 27 Nov 2009 0800-1400 Walgreens@ Lapalco and Barateria 06 Dec 2009 TBD Awesome Ladies Mentoring 10 Dec 2009 1830-2100 A Storage Inn 18 Dec 2009 0900-1700 A Storage Inn 22 Dec 2009 TBD Lincoln Elementary Company Phone Address Academy Sports (504) 263-6000 50 Westside Shopping Center, Gretna, LA 70053 Harry's ACE Hardware (504) 896-1520 4817 General Meyer Ave, New Orleans, LA 70131 Harry's ACE Hardware (504) 896-1520 4817 General Meyer Ave, New Orleans, LA 70131 Hooters (504) 393-7177 Kmart (504) 392-6970 2701 Belle Chasse Hwy, Gretna, LA 70056 Kmart (504) 392-6970 2701 Belle Chasse Hwy, Gretna, LA 70056 Toys"R"Us (504) 347-8432 4800 Lapalco Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072 Walgreens (504) 340-2211 1891 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072 Walgreens (504) 340-6337 4600 Westbank Expwy, Marrero, LA 70072 Walgreens (504) 341-0005 2570 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072 Walgreens (504) 348-1026 818 Westbank Expwy, Westwego, LA 70094 Walgreens (504) 361-0281 4550 General Meyer Ave, New Orleans, LA 70131 Walgreens (504) 362-7780 1544 Manhattan Blvd, Harvey, LA 70058 Walgreens (504) 366-1535 678 Terry Pkwy, Terrytown, LA 70056 Walgreens (504) 367-9461 1556 Lapalco Blvd, Harvey, LA 70058 Walgreens (504) 376-2349 89 Westbank Expwy, Gretna, LA 70053 Walgreens (504) 393-4941 457 Lapalco Blvd, Gretna, LA 70056 Walgreens (504) 433-3297 4110 General DeGaulle, New Orleans, LA 70131 Walgreens (504) 433-9956 Walgreens (504) 828-5071