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.
Provided the vision and legwork to establish the Detachment
John "Jack" Maas John "Jack" Maas, Col
new 2d Lt USMCR and USMC Retired
Naval Aviator 1942
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 email@example.com
2018 - Dave Glasgow
2016 - 2018 Phil Short
2014 - 2016 Marv Pixton
2013 - 2014: Bill Zlater
2011 - 2013: Joe Bongiovi
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.
Roy Elrod Semper Fi Lunch Group
Earlier this year, the lunch group lost its venue and has moved to the Great American Buffet in Central Park. Lunch starts at 1100 and normally there is a guest speaker. The name of the group has changed to the Roy Elrod Semper Fi Lunch Group. Roy was a a retired Marine (LtCol) who participated in the invasion of Tarawa and seriously wounded on Saipan that ended his active service in WW 2. . Roy received a Silver Star for actions on Tarawa.
Our 1st Commandant Joe Bongiovi
11917 Cherry Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407 at 10 am
3d Saturday of the month
Meeting Dates 2019: 20, Aug 17, Sept 21, Oct 19, *Nov 16, Dec 21
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 9/21. 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: 7/31/2019
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
Detachment Installation Ceremony 2011
Jack Maas Detachment Officers 2019 - 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Detachment Awards Ceremony 2017
Phil Short - Marine of the Year
Dave Glasgow, Ron Eaton, Jim Smith presented bronze recruiting medals
John and Nancy Kearney presented with Distinguished Service Awards
John Kearney presented with a Certificate of Appreciation
Bob Guest, Moose Lodge Family Center, presented with a check for $500 in appreciation of the Family Center's support over the years.
UPCOMING DETACHMENT EVENTS 2019:
Detachment Awards Ceremony at the August Detachment Meeting Aug 17
Detachment Family Picnic Sept 17
Detachment Support to the Modern Day Marine Exhibition Sept 17 - 19. (MCL National has asked this Detachment to staff the MCL National Booth at this event.)
Congressman Rob Whitman, Member House Armed Services Committee speaks to 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
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).
Some Books to ConsiderT
From the Webmasters Personal Library and Worth Reading:
"We Were Going to Die There With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan" by Roy Elrod, LtCol, USMC (Ret)
"Two Flags Over Iwo Jima" by Eric Hammel (Solving the Mystery of the Marine Corps Proudest Moment)
"Sacred Duty - A Soldiers Tour at Arlington National Cemetery" by Senator Tom Cotton (Senator Cotton served a tour at Arlington as a Member of the 3d US Infantry)
"To the Walls of Derne - William Eaton, the Tripoli Coup, and the End of the 1st Barbary War" by Chip Reid
"Sea Stories - My Life in Special Operations" by William McRaven, Admiral, USN (Ret) (Navy Seal and 4 Star Admiral)
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.
Robert Singer (and Detachment Member)
Veteran's Employment Specialist
Virginia Employment Commission
10304 Spotsylvania Ave, Suite 100
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
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.
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.
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 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!