Veterans Seeking Employment Contact:

Robert Singer (and Detachment Member)

Veteran's Employment Specialist

Virginia Workforce Center

Virginia Employment Commission

10304 Spotsylvania Ave, Suite 100

Fredericksburg, VA 22408

540-322-5776

robert.singer@vec.virginia.gov

John "Jack" Maas                     John "Jack" Maas, Col

new 2d Lt USMCR and            USMC Retired

Naval Aviator 1942



Detachment Marine of the year

2020:Sheri Moore

2019: George Firehammer

2018: Phil Short

2017: Dave Glasgow

2016: Bob Singer

2015: Jim Smith

2014: "Doc" Rephanshek

               



Natalie Maas

Detachment Installation Ceremony 2011


MCL Uniform Requirements:

The only required uniform item is the MCL Cover with emblem.  No attachments such as pins, miniature medals, etc are authorized on the cover.


The Detachment has created a red short and long sleeve shirt identifying the wearer as a Detachment Member. Shirts are available from the "Ships Store" open at Detachment Meetings. Other items are baseball caps, red windbreaker jacket, challenge coins, detachment decals, etc.


Membership approved a policy that states  when participating as a Detachment member in a public event that BOTH the cover and Detachment shirt be worn with appropriate trousers and shoes.


​Detachment policy is that store items items purchased by members are paid for when received by the member. 




Detachment Meetings  are held at the Moose Family Center 1655

11917 Cherry Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407  at 10 am

​3d Saturday of the month

                                              

           Meeting Dates for 2021:

Apr 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18

ALL DATES AND LOCATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON COVID RESTRICTIONS

Normal Meeting Date is 3d Saturday of Month @ 1000


                                      Pre-Meeting Breakfast starts at 0900 and are noted by * (Subject to Change!)

Cost $8 per person (Canceled until further notice)


e-Mail: JackMaasDetachment@gmail.com

Web Page:  JackMaasDet1379.org

Mailing Address: Jack Maas Detachment 1379

PO Box 7515

Fredericksburg, VA 22404-7515


Annual Dues:  $35.00

Web Page Updated:  3/22/2021


JOINING JACK MAAS DETACHMENT 1379

To join the detachment, all that is needed is your DD 214 and the annual dues of $35.  Your DD 214 will be reviewed and returned to you; we do not make a copy or retain a copy for our records.


​Just come to one of our meetings and we will begin the process.  We will be glad to have you as a member.


Jack Maas Detachment is the fastest growing unit the the Dept of VA!

Jack Maas Detachment Officers 2020 - 2021


Commandant: Scott Pipenhagen

Sr. Vice:  George Firehammer

Jr. Vice:  Bruce Mogenson

Judge Advocate: Jim Smith

Adjutant:  Steve Hansen

Paymaster: Sheri Moore

Sgt at Arms: Bob Singer

Quartermaster: Arin Nunes

Chaplain: Scott Pipenhagen

Public Affairs: Bill Anderson




Charitable Actions

The Detachment has a primary goal of providing of assistance to Marines and veterans of other services who are in need.  This assistance is provided from fund drives conducted by the Detachment. 


​Financial  support for the Detachment's charities are the "Rose Fund" drives held on/near Memorial Day and Veteran's Day each year.


​The Detachment is able to provide veterans with immediate financial help up to $500 based on a demonstrated need.  This policy is chaired by the Sr. Vice Commandant George Firehammer.















Local Young Marine Detachment

Lance Cpl Caleb Powers

Visit their Facebook Page at facebook.com/pages/LCpl-Caleb-Powers-Young Marines/141359516078. Contact:  Kirk Ross at kirkross3030@gmail.com


​Jack Maas Detachment 1379
Marine Corps League
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407




John Hopkins

Provided the vision and legwork to establish the Detachment


​Do you know the actual founding date for the US Marine Corps?  It might surprise        you!


​Historically, the Marine Corps dates back to the founding of the ​Continental Marines  in Tun Tavern on that date.


​However,​ the founding of the United States Marine Corps dates to the Navy Act of 1798. Our Corps uses the historical  date 0f Nov 10, 1775




THE DETACHMENT NEWSLETTER, "SEMPER CERTIOR" IS AVAILABLE TO INTERESTED PARTIES AND DESCRIBES THE ACTIVITIES OF THE DETACHMENT.   PROSPECIVE MEMBERS MAY REQUEST A COPY OF THE CURRENT NEWSLETTER BY EMAIL TO:   jackmaasdetachment@gmail.com.  The newsletter will be sent to you by email; please provide a valid email address


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Roy Elrod Semper Fi Lunch Group


 Resumption of this lunch group meeting was re-started with the Feb 2021 luncheon at the Great American Buffet located in Central Park from 1100 to 1300 on the 1st Tues of the month.

On display at the May Detachment meeting, was a US Flag that was rescued from the Pentagon following the 9-11 attack.  The flag is in pretty good shape except for stains.  By member decision, this flag will be on display along with our regular detachment flags (US and MCL).


​Notice:


The Jack Maas Detachment 1379 is part of the Marine Corps League and is a 501(c)(4) tax exempt organization.  The Detachment can not and may not endorse or support candidates for any elected office, local, state, or national.  Individual members of the Detachment or the League may support a candidate of their choice but may not do so while citing membership in the League or by wearing any article of clothing that reflects membership in the League.


Official MCL policy in this area may be seen in the National By Laws and Admin Procedures.


/s/J Judge Advocate

Jack Maas Detachment 1379

Our 1st Commandant Joe Bongiovi



Detachment Challenge Coins available at meetings for $10 each.  See Quartermaster to purchase.


The Detachment is greatful to Marine Craig Ford for the design and initial funding for this project.



Some Books to ConsiderT

From the Webmasters Personal Library and Worth Reading:


"US Marines in the Civil War - Harper's Ferry to 1st Manassas" by Bruce "Doc" Norton

JUST RELEASED!


"Walk in My Combat Boots" by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann, 1st Sgt, USA (Ret)


"Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage, and Sacrifice 1963 to 1977" Allen B. Clark


"Uncommon Valor" by Martha Maccallum. The story of a Marine uncle; a casualty at Iwo Jima


"You Are Worth It" by Kyle Carpenter, Cpl USMC (RET) Medal of Honor recipient.


"Into the Fire" by Dakota Meyer, Sgt, USMC, Medal of Honor Recipient.


"Shadow of the Sword" by Jeremiah Workman, SSgt, USMC (ret), nominated for the Medal of Honor which was reduced to a Navy Cross


"Outpost" by Jake Tapper.  Events leading up to attack on an Army outpost by the Taliban and the awarding of 2 Medals of Honor for action in a single combat event.

There is currently is a movie depicting this event and has been released DVD. One of the recipients of the Medal of Honor, SSGT Clint Romesha has also a book out on this action entitled "Red Platoon".


"A Quiet Cadence" by Mark Treanor, a novel of Vietnam.  Treanor, a Naval Academy Graduate and a Marine Rifle Plt Commander in RVN.


"Call Sign Chaos" by James Mattis, General (Ret) USMC. Nothing more needs to be said about Gen Mattis!



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Congressman Rob Whitman, Member House Armed Services Committee speaks to the Detachment.

​​MARCH 2021 MEETING NOTES:

A Detachment hybrid meeting was held on Sat, 3/20/21 at the American Legion Post 55, Fredericksburg, VA.  Meetings in person resumed in Feb 2021.


Present were 21 members in person and 3 via Zoom. Members approved the minutes of the Feb 21 meeting and Paymaster Report for Feb 21. Paymaster Report was  noted as subject to audit. 


Normal Detachment business was also conducted along with presentation of Life Member Documents and Membership Cards to Tiffany Zapata and Associate Member Life John Kearney. 


Other Detachment Business: Plans in process for celebrating 10th detachment anniversary; Dept of VA Convention Apr 30 to May 1 in Richmond; Membership in detachment is 2d largest in VA (James Slay Det in Richmond is #1); Nominations for elected office held


Tentatively, April Detachment Meeting is scheduled for Sat, 4/17, at the Moose Family Center (our usual venue). Legion Post 55.






Jack Maas Detachment Commandants

                  2020 -  Scott Pipenhagen

                  2018 - 2020 Dave Glasgow

                  2016 - 2018 Phil Short

                  2014 - 2016  Marv Pixton

                  2013 - 2014:  Bill Zlater

                  2011 - 2013: Joe Bongiovi

Welcome to the Jack Maas Detachment 1379


​The Jack Maas Detachment 1379 was formed in June 2011 and chartered by the Marine Corps League on July  23, 2011.  The Detachment meets on the 3d Saturday of the month at the Moose Family Center 1655, 11917 Cherry Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 starting at 1000.  On indicated months, the Detachment has a no-host pre-meeting breakfast starting at 0900. The Detachment wishes to express its gratitude to the Moose Family Center for providing the meeting location and their very generous financial support.


​The Detachment is named after the late John  (Jack) B. Maas Jr., Colonel, US Marine Corps (Ret), a World War II and Korean War ace.  The Detachment is also extremely grateful to the Maas family  for their permission to name the Detachment after Colonel Maas and for their very generous financial support.



John (Jack) B. Maas Jr, Colonel, USMC


Colonel Maas entered the Marine Corps through the V-5 Program and attended flight school at NAS Pensacola.  Designated Naval Aviator 11015 and commissioned a 2d Lieutenant USMCR on 9 Jan 1942. He was credited with 4 aerial victories with VMF 112 at Guadalcanal and with 1.5 at Okinawa in 1945.  Several command and staff assignments occurred during and following WW II and Kora.  Colonel Maas retired on 28 June 1968 at Norfolk, VA


Colonel Maas' personal decorations include 3 awards of the DFC, a Bronze Star with combat V, and 8 single mission awards of the Air Medal.


Post retirement, Colonel Maas managed Shannon Airport in Fredricksburg, VA from 1968 to 1977 and served as Executive Director of the Marine Corps Aviation Association from 1977 to 1987.


Colonel Maas died on 7 Aug 2005 and is buried at Quantico National Cemetery.  At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife Natalie and four children.  Natalie Maas died in 2012 and lies at rest next to her husband.

IN MEMORIAM:  FINAL MEMBER ROLL CALL 

DON SHIFFERT, MSGT, Oct 2020

TED HARTUNG, LCPL, AUG 2020

BILL WOOLF, SGT, MAY 2019

MARV PIXTON, COL JAN 2018

TONY ARBISI, CAPT JUNE 2015

BOB LYMAN, MAJOR MAY 2015

​LOU ORLANDO, CAPT, SEPT 2011

jack Maas Detachment 1379.

Membership (Feb 2021)

Annual Members: 48 (46.6%)

Life Members : 49 (47.6%)

​Honorary/Active Duty 6 (5.8%)

​TOTAL MEMBERSHIP: 103