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Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas, left and Manny Pacheco, right, present Sgt. Reece Lodder with multiple awards during the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association awards banquet at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in New Bern, North Carolina, Aug. 19, 2015. The USMCCCA hosted the banquet to honor distinguished guests and award winners in the combat correspondents community. Thomas is the commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. Lodder is a mass communications specialist with USMC Recruiting Station Seattle. Pacheco is the president of the USMCCCA.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Jason Jimenez

2nd MAW CG is guest of honor at USMCCCA awards banquet

21 Aug 2015 | Lance Cpl. Jason Jimenez Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

The U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association hosted an awards banquet to honor distinguished guests and award winners in the combat correspondents community at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in New Bern, North Carolina, Aug. 19.

The guest of honor was Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas, the commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. Thomas recognized the association president, along with other distinguished members and award winners for their accomplishments.

“It is a privilege to be here with so many distinguished writers, photographers, artists, and present day public affairs and combat camera Marines,” said Thomas. “You are the ones responsible for making sure the world knows what our Marines are doing.”

Thomas relayed to the crowd the importance of combat correspondents, now known as communication specialists, and the impact they have on the past, present and future of the Marine Corps.

According to Thomas, the role of public affairs is important because it tells the story of the Marine Corps.

Guests at the awards banquet included veterans from various past wars; ranging between World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Also honored at the banquet was the late Dickey Chapelle. This year marked the 50th anniversary of her death while out in the field covering Marines. Chapelle was awarded the Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Distinguished Service Memorial Award, posthumously, accepted by Betsy Meyer and Rob Meyer, Chapelle’s niece and nephew.

History shows that Chapelle’s fellow Marines loved her because she dug her own foxholes and struggled alongside of them.

Addressing all combat correspondents, Thomas expressed his appreciation for their work and efforts.

“We are very proud of you all and what you bring,” said Thomas. “You are all an important part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.”


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