Robert Singer (and Detachment Member)
Veteran's Employment Specialist
Virginia Employment Commission
10304 Spotsylvania Ave, Suite 100
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Some Books to ConsiderT
From the Webmasters Personal Library and Worth Reading:
"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.
"8 Seconds of Courage" by Flo Groberg, Capt (ret) USA, 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
"Countdown 1945" by Chris Wallace details events leading to the creation of the atom bomb, its use to end WW2, and Japanese surrender.
"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 will be released on DVD in mid August. 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!
Detachment Installation Ceremony 2011
2019: George Firehammer
2018: Phil Short
2017: Dave Glasgow
2016: Bob Singer
2015: Jim Smith
2014: "Doc" Rephanshek
Roy Elrod Semper Fi Lunch Group
Resumption of this lunch group meeting was re-started with the July 202 luncheon at the Great American Buffet located in Central Park from 1100 to 1300 on the 1st Tues of the month.
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!
Congressman Rob Whitman, Member House Armed Services Committee speaks to the Detachment.
2018 - Dave Glasgow
2016 - 2018 Phil Short
2014 - 2016 Marv Pixton
2013 - 2014: Bill Zlater
2011 - 2013: Joe Bongiovi
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
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).
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
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.
ELECTION OF DETACHMENT OFFICERS
The Detachment normally elects officers at the April Meeting. On April 1, 2020, MCL National has authorized an extension of current officers to April 2021 if approved by membership in a majority email vote. Membership approved and all officers were re-elected and assumed their posts following an on-line installation ceremony as prescribed by MCL National.
Provided the vision and legwork to establish the Detachment
Detachment Challenge Coins available at meetings for $10 each. See Quartermaster Joe Vera to purchase.
The Detachment is greatful to Marine Craig Ford for the design and initial funding for this project.
Jack Maas Detachment Officers 2019 - 2021
Commandant: Dave Glasgow
Sr. Vice: George Firehammer
Jr. Vice: Bruce Mogenson
Judge Advocate: Jim Smith
Adjutant: Steve Hansen
Paymaster: Sheri Moore
Sgt at Arms: Bob Singer
Quartermaster: Joe Vera
Chaplain: Scott Pipenhagen
Public Affairs: Bill Anderson
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 email@example.com
Jack Maas Detachment 1379.
Membership (July 2020)
Annual Members: 51 (53.7%)
Life Members : 44 (46.3%)
John "Jack" Maas John "Jack" Maas, Col
new 2d Lt USMCR and USMC Retired
Naval Aviator 1942
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.
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 Joe Vera, Quartermaster. Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
11917 Cherry Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407 at 10 am
3d Saturday of the month
Meeting Dates 2020: *Sept 19, Oct 17, *Nov 21, Dec 19
Pre-Meeting Breakfast starts at 0900 and are noted by * (Subject to Change!)
Cost $8 per person
NOTE: Normally a pre-meeting breakfast would be held on 9/19 Instead this will be the
date of the Detachment Family Picnic.
Web Page: JackMaasDet1379.org
Mailing Address: Jack Maas Detachment 1379
PO Box 7515
Fredericksburg, VA 22404-7515
Annual Dues: $35.00
Webmaster: Jim Smith
Web Page Updated: 9/5/2020
Detachment Meeting News
The second detachment meeting since resuming activites was on 8/15/2020 with 27 members attending. Highlights from the meeting are:
1. Minutes of the July 2020 meeting and Paymaster Report were approved. Paymaster Report is subject to audit.
2. The Special Election for Commandant will be held in September. Nomination of Scott Pippenhagen for this office was accepted; no other nominations were made.
3. The "grandfather" of our detachment and the man most responsible for establishing this chapter addressed membership present. John Hopkins gave an emotional message concerning his recent illness and hospitalization.
4. The detachment picnic will go as scheduled on Sept19 with COVID restrictions.
5. Detachment Awards presented:
Community Service Award
Distinguished Service Award
Bronze Recruiting Medal
Distinguished Service Award
Community Service Award
DETACHMENT MARINE OF THE YEAR
A special presentation was made to Young Marine Issac Jones who retired from the YM Program after 10 + years. The Detachment and the Detachment Auxiliary contributed to a cash award of $500 to Issac to continue his education.