Detachment Marine of the year

2017: Dave Glasgow

2016: Bob Singer

2015: Jim Smith

2014: "Doc" Rephanshek


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. 

"Ships Store" is managed by Kevin Maas, Quartermaster. Kevin can be contacted at

Natalie Maas

Detachment Installation Ceremony 2011

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.

As a commemortive partner with the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War Committee, the Detachment is planning a ceremony on Nov 10, 2018 at the Fredericksburg Baptist Church from 1100 to 1400.  Although in the early stages, LtGen Ron Christmas (USMC Ret) and a Navy Cross recipient for Hue City in 1968, has agreed to be the MC.  Arrangements are being made to have the Quantico Marine Band, or at least some members, also participate, and invites will be extended to all veteran organizations in the area.  Stay tuned for updates and further details..

​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

​Commemoration of 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War

​At the March Detachment Meeting over 20 members were presented a pin in recognition of their service in the US Armed Forces during the Vietnam War (1 Nov 55 to 15 May 75)

To receive the service pin, actual in-country time is not required - merely service in the military during the stated period.

​Additionally, the Detachment has applied for and been accepted as a Commemorative Partner to see that all eligible veterans receive thanks and a pin for service.

Jack Maas Detachment Commandants

                     2018 - Dave Glasgow

                     2016 - 2018 Phil Short

                     2014 - 2016  Marv Pixton

                     2013 - 2014:  Bill Zlater

                     2011 - 2013: Joe Bongiovi

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.

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


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, Chapter 1, Sect 110.

/s/J Judge Advocate

Jack Maas Detachment 1379

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

John Hopkins

Provided the vision and legwork to establish the Detachment

​To Join the Jack Maas Detachment 1379 of the Marine Corps League:

Come to the Detachment Meeting at 10AM and bring your DD 214 and $35.00.

​The DD 214 determines your eligibility - the Detachment merely reviews the document and returns it to you.  WE DO NOT MAKE A COPY OR RETAIN YOUR COPY!

​Our Detachment is one of the fastest growing in the League AND MOST IMPORTANT, we are in compliance with all rules and regulations of the Marine Corps League, the IRS, and the Commonwealth of VA!

Roy Elrod Semper Fi Lunch Group

Earlier this year, the lunch group lost its venue and has been searching for a new location.  After several attempts, at other sites, we have found that the Fredericksburg Baptist Church on Caroline Street may be our solution.  The next meeting  will be at this location on TUESDAY, JUNE 5, from 1100 to 1300.  Lunch will be served and a speaker has been lined up.  The group name has also been changed - Roy Elrod, a retired Marine,from WW2, recently passed and the group decided to  honor him with the above name change.  Roy received a Silver Star for actions on Tarawa and was severely wounded on Saipan in 1944.

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).

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

new 2d Lt USMCR and            USMC Retired

Naval Aviator 1942

Local Young Marine Detachment

Lance Cpl Caleb Powers

Visit their Facebook Page at Marines/141359516078. Contact:  Kirk Ross at

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

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

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 an immediate $500 based on a demonstrated need.  This policy is chaired by the Sr. Vice Commandant George Firehammer.

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 2018:   Jun 16, *Jul 21, Aug 18, *Sep 15, Oct 20, *Nov 17, Dec 15

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

Cost $7 per person


Web Page:

Mailing Address: Jack Maas Detachment 1379

PO Box 7515

Fredericksburg, VA 22404-7515

Annual Dues:  $35.00

Webmaster:  Jim Smith

Web Page Updated:  5/19/2018

Our 1st Commandant Joe Bongiovi

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



May 19:  Installation of Officers

May 26  (SAT):  Members of the Detachment will participate with the VFW in laying of wreaths on graves of all veterans at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

June 1 and 2 - Fund Drive (Rose Fund)  This supports our charitable activity

Detachment Awards Ceremony 2017

​Dave Glasgow - Marine of the Year

Ralph Wilcox - Distinguished Citizen Award (A WW II vet with 1st MarDiv and combat on Guadalcanal, Peliliu, and Okinawa AND our oldest vet!)

Kevin Maas - Distinguished Service Award as Quartermaster and son of Col Jack Maas

Tiffany Zapata - Distinguished Service Award as our past Paymaster

Jim Smith - Distinguished Service Award as Detachment Judge Advocate

Stan Kennedy - Distinguished Service Award as past adult leader of Young Marines

​Joe Bongiovi, Bill Zlater, Marv Pixton - Detachment Elected Office Award for service as past Detachment Commandant

"Doc"Norton - Elected Officer Award for service as past Jr. Vice Commandant

Nelson Zapata - Life Membership Certificate and Membership Medal

Christ Bennett and George Firehammer - MCL Hospital Volunteer Patch and MCL Volunteer Ribbon for extensive service at Mary Washington Hospital