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:  , *Mar 17, Apr 21, *May 19, 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:  3/5/2018

John Hopkins

Provided the vision and legwork to establish the Detachment

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.

Jack Maas Detachment Commandants

                     2016 - 2017 Phil Short

                     2014 - 2016  Marv Pixton

                     2013 - 2014:  Bill Zlater

                     2011 - 2013: Joe Bongiovi

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

new 2d Lt USMCR and            USMC Retired

Naval Aviator 1942

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.

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.

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

Our 1st Commandant Joe Bongiovi

Detachment Marine of the year

2017: Dave Glasgow

2016: Bob Singer

2015: Jim Smith

2014: "Doc" Rephanshek


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



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

Natalie Maas

Detachment Installation Ceremony 2011

Local Young Marine Detachment

Lance Cpl Caleb Powers

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


​March 2018:  Nominations for office (Commandant, Sr and Jr Vice Commandants, Judge Advocate  reported to membership

April 2018:  Election of  Officers

May 2018:  Installation of Officers

May 2018:  Memorial Day Weekend - Fund Drive (Rose Fund)  This supports our charitable activity

​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!

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

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

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

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 and  "Gun Raffle" held in late Summer/early Fall.

​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.