Recognizing Marine Wives’ hard work
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Story by Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza
Saturday, June 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO – Jamie Weathers, a music teacher with Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Ariz., and a Marshall, Okla., native, received the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award at the 8th Annual Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation Black Tie Gala at the Westgate Hotel, San Diego, June 1.
The award is to recognize an outstanding spouse who has supported their husband’s military career, explained Glenn Ferguson, founder of the award and a Harvey, Ill., native.
“The husbands get medals and awards for their accomplishments, but what does the wife get?” said Ferguson. “The spouse is a big reason why a Marine can do what he needs to do.”
Weathers is the third recipient of the award, but does not see it as an individual accomplishment.
“There are so many wonderful military spouses out there,” said Weathers. “I would love to share it will all of the other military spouses.”
Her husband of 19 years could not be more proud and is grateful for all her support.
“She has always held the fort down, and through everything, she has kept a smile on her face,” said Lt. Col. Brent Weathers, the operations officer with Marine Aircraft Group 13, and a Marshall, Okla., native.
In addition to recognizing military spouses, the award encourages them to become a bigger part of their community. “It promotes volunteerism and how important it is to get involved with the military community,” said Lt. Col. Weathers.
Weathers volunteers at different outlets throughout her community, including the Navy Marine Corps society, the Yuma Officers’ Wives’ Club, with her unit family readiness officer and her church, explained Sasha Lightfoot, last year’s Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award recipient, during her speech before she presented the award to Weathers.
Marine Wife Recognition Award goes to Sasha Lightfoot
Rex McCoy discussed his time as a gunner on ship during the Vietnam War. He showed guests the type of US Marine Corps aircraft that saved his life and the lives of his comrades. The video is an excerpt of his talk. Scroll down for the full photo gallery. Save the date for the next Picnic with a Pilot on Saturday, August 17, 2013 with SgtMaj Mike Zacker (Retired) at 11 a.m.
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum launched its first “Picnic With A Pilot” series June 8, 2013 during Open Cockpit Days. The first amazing pilot featured in the series was Distinguished Flying Cross, CWO-3 Dan King. He has an amazing story – with 1600 combat flying hours, 825 combat missions and was shot down three times!
Name: Dannie C. King
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 3
Time in Service: March 1968 to April 1972
[Enlisted E-5, then became a Warrant Officer in February 1969]
Served in Vietnam with the 240th Assault Helicopter Company 1969 – 1970
King flew a number of aircraft during his time in Vietnam, including the OH-13, Huey UH-1 D/H Slicks and UH-1 B/C armed gun ships. He has 700 training hours and general flying assignments; and 1,600 Combat Flying Hours
His military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal – 33 Awards, Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Battle Stars, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm Device [Individual] and a Vietnamese Civil Action Medal [Individual].
Saturday – June 8th at 11 a.m.
Saturday – July 20th at 11 a.m.
Saturday – August 17th with SgtMaj Mike Zacker (Retired) at 11 a.m.
The “PICNIC WITH A PILOT” presentations held are during open cockpit days. The presentation lasts 30 – 45 minutes with a 15 minute Q&A period. Pilots are asked to discuss anything memorable from their career.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Blue Star Museum Program?
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.
Which museums are participating?
More than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are participating in Blue Star Museums. These include children’s museums, fine art museums, history and science museums, and nature centers.
Who is eligible for free museum admission through Blue Star Museums?
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.
How many military personnel and/or family members are allowed in for free per visit?
The military ID holder plus up to five family members. The military ID holder can either be active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program.
How do you define a family member?
A family member of active duty military may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.
What if my spouse is deployed? Can my family and I still participate?
Yes, spouses of deployed military are eligible for Blue Star Museums. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.
What if my spouse is not deployed, but cannot come to the museum with the family. Can my family and I still participate?
Yes, your family can still participate, as the active duty member does not have to be present to use the program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.
How many military personnel and/or family members are allowed in for free per visit?
The military ID holder plus up to five family members.
What if my child is under the age of 10 and doesn’t yet have a military ID?
Children under the age of 10 without military ID are welcome to attend with their parents who either hold a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID Card.
Does the Blue Star Museums program include admission for veterans and retirees? For unmarried partners? For parents with a child currently serving on active duty, or for those who have lost a child on active duty?
Admission for these individuals is not included in the scope of this program, unless they are the bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.
Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to families with a member serving during this time of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, especially focusing on the approximately 1 million children who have had at least one parent deployed. This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.
Will I receive free entry to special, fee-based exhibits?
Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly.
Is there a limit on the number of Blue Star Museums I can visit this summer?
No, there is no limit on the number of participating museums that eligible parties can visit.
If a museum already offers free admission, can it still participate in Blue Star Museums?
Museums with free admission are also welcome to join the Blue Star Museums list on the NEA website.
How can museums join the Blue Star Museums program?
Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.
Who are the national partners on Blue Star Museums?
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. To learn more about Blue Star Families, please visit BlueStarFam.org. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.
We are still working toward our fundraising goals to help us continue operating under austere budgets, but our team is growing and we are looking forward to an excellent 2013.
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Our Board of Directors has been busy working to find grants that are available in the San Diego area to help fund our operating costs while the Department of Defense continues to see cuts for museums across the country. The Board has already gotten positive feedback on our first attempt at the San Diego Arts and Culture Organizational Support Program grant. A special thanks to Pat Labauch, John Ferguson, Fred Allega, Jay Bibler, MajGen (Ret.) Bob Butcher for spending extra hours on this grant, that we hope will be a source of revenue for years to come.
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Legendary film and stage actor Tyrone Power was widely known as a “matinee idol” during a career that spanned more than 25 years. He starred in numerous films including The Long Grey Line, The Mark Of Zorro, The Sun Also Rises and A Yank In The RAF. Power’s performance as an accused murderer in the motion picture, Witness for the Prosecution,is considered by many cinema historians to be his finest.
Most people are familiar with Tyrone Power the movie star, but did you know that he was also an accomplished pilot? Power learned to fly in 1938 during the filming of the classic western Jesse James. He was also a Marine Corps aviator and served our country during and after World War II. Indeed, flying was a major part of Power’s life.
Power, like many of his Hollywood contemporaries, was caught up in the post Pearl Harbor patriotic fever sweeping the nation by early 1942. When the call to arms came, he promptly enlisted in the Marine Corps. Power’s initial goal was to become a Marine Corps glider pilot. However, because of his age (28 at the time) and lack of a college education, he did not qualify for the Naval aviator training program as a cadet. As such, Power enlisted as a private and attended boot camp at MCRD San Diego.
After completing boot camp, Power went through Officer Candidate at Quantico, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in June 1943. Because he was a seasoned pilot already, Power was assigned to an accelerated flight training program at MCAS Corpus Christi, Texas and trained as a multiengine transport pilot. He earned his Naval Aviator wings and was promoted to First Lieutenant April 1944.
After some additional training at the Flight Instructor Instrument School, Power was assigned to VMR-352 (“Raiders”), based at Cherry Point, North Carolina. In this assignment, Lieutenant Power flew the Curtiss R5C-Commando. He remained with VMR-352 from October 1944 until mid-January 1945.
In January 1945, Lieutenant Power was assigned to VMR-353, and was shipped out to combat zones in the Pacific. The VMR-353 squadron was briefly based at Kwajalein before moving on to Saipan in March 1945. Power flew numerous missions while assigned to VMR-353. He took part in the air supply and evacuation of wounded Marines from Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and did see some combat, especially on Okinawa. Power remained with VMR-353 until hostilities with Japan ended in September 1945.
Lieutenant Power was ordered off deployment in late November 1945, and returned stateside. He was released from active duty by the Marine Corps in January 1946. Power returned to his film career and made 22 more movies after World War II ended.
Power’s personal decorations for his service during World War II include the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars and the World War II Victory Medal.
Although he was released from active duty and resumed his film career, Tyrone Power remained in the Marine Corps Reserve. He was promoted to Captain in May 1951. However, he was not called back to active service during the Korean War. Power remained in the Marine Corps Reserve until his death in November 1958. At the time of his passing, Tyrone Power was a Major. He was buried with full military honors, including a full Marine Corps honor guard from MCAS El Toro.
 At the request of 20th Century Fox, Power was allowed to finish production on the film Crash Dive before reporting for active duty. This movie was fairly typical of early World War II films that were generally geared to promoting support for the war effort on the home front.
 The R5C Commando is more commonly known as the Curtiss-Wright C-46. This aircraft was used extensively in the Pacific Theatre by both Naval and Marine Corps squadrons. It was also used, to a much lesser extent, by US Army Air Forces is final days of the war in Europe.