PRESIDENT'S SIT-REP (2021)

by Jerry Johs, President

 

2021.  Nothing like a "controversial" virus to reshape our lives from day to day and change our collective sense of the present and the future.  My first "sit-rep" was well over a year ago (see below).  But over the many months since then, I see no reason to adjust what I conveyed to you back then.  As simple as that.

 

Based on Covid protocols, we had to vacate the office at Camp Pendleton.  June Cormier and Dennis Coady were forced by dictates to work from home.  They have been superb in meeting the challenge and we should all be enormously grateful to them.  If not for Dennis and June, FMDA would have become a shell.

 

Thanks to them, FMDA remains alive and with a heartbeat that depends on us to keep beating.  The only way to keep FMDA alive is to recruit new members who are young and willing to recruit those with whom they served.  At this point, I'm saying the same things I said in my 2020 Sit-Rep.  Our priorities are the same.  

by Jerry Johs, Acting President

 

2020.  What better year to see clearly, to think clearly, to plan clearly, and to forge ahead to strengthen and invigorate FMDA?  I mean, 2020 is a number, a symbol, we can rally around in behalf of our key priorities to grow, to become younger as an Association, and to ensure that we get aligned with post-Vietnam Marines.

 

But we can't grow the Association (in terms of new members) if we don't become "younger" in our ranks.  And we can't become younger if we don't grow by bringing in new waves of post-Vietnam Marines.  The nature of the challenge is about as clear as clear can be.  Our mission is to meet the challenge.  To succeed. 

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As Marines, we are trained to succeed and we are dedicated to achieve success in each mission our unit is assigned.  "Doing our best" is laughed at.  The one and only standard of success as a Marine is success.  As FMDA members, we need to embrace that standard, meet our challenge, and just do what Marines do.

 

How soon (and how well) FMDA members meet this challenge will dictate how soon (and how well) our Association is able to renew and re-energize itself.  I have no doubt that we can achieve this mission.  I have no doubt that you and I will achieve this mission.  And so, lock and load, Marines.  Our mission is clear. 

FIRST MARINE DIVISION

ASSOCIATION

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