Sunday, September 15, 2013

Warning Order - AT Right After Labor Day 2014 in Florida


We are looking to hold our first formation rightafter Labor Day, which is 1 Sep next year. Naturally, by then we'll have settled on a base like, Tyndall AFB, Pensacola NAS, Destin Army Rec Area, Panama City NSA, Whiting Field NAS, or perhaps a combination of these. 

That can all be worked out later. If someone has a suggestion we're open. I've stayed at all of these bases and can say we wouldn't go wrong at anyone of them. 

We did figure out that we're better off moving the drill to weekdays opposed to the weekend. Places and restaurants are less crowded as you can imagine. 

The Redneck Riviera as this area is also known is extremely popular. Some of these bases offer cottages right on the water but to rent one we would really need a very firm commitment. If we get the assurance we'll take a hard look at a beach house.

Semper Fi,

Bob Dart



Warning Order - Drill Weekend May / June 2014

We will still have Phase I of the 17th annual Alternate Drill Weekend at the very end of May or the first of June in 2014.  
This will be a weekend and I'll send out the specifics later. 

Share this with your fellow MWCS-48/MWCTS-407 buddies.

Semper Fi,

Bob Dart




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

MWCS at Norfolk and Little Creek, Virginia September 2013



MWCS-48 Det Zulu
Craig Hullinger, Dennis Herring, Bob Dart, Eric Bennet


Aircraft Carrier at the Norfolk Navy Base. There were three big carriers and an Amphibious Carrier, also known as BGB (Big Grey Boat).




BGB Battleship Wisconsin. Dennis is from Wisconsin and his CheeseHead grew when he saw the BGB




Clear blue sky, pleasant temperatures and fellow Marines. What could be a better weekend than that which we just spent in the Norfolk area of Virginia. The seafood was the freshest since it was just pulled out of the water at our feet since we ate on the water's edge each night. The Chesapeake Bay provides an endless bounty of some of the best seafood in the world. 

Since this was our first Alternate Drill Weekend away from Ft. McCoy and some hadn't experienced what the Tidewater region has to offer we played the tourists. History just abounds here from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and right up to our present engagements Norfolk has always been at the forefront. At Ft. Story we saw where, during the war of Independence, the French Navy attacked the British as they sailed into the Chesapeake and just down the beach a short distance we saw the mighty USS Wisconsin battleship. And, of course, we saw much of the powerful US Navy fleet tied up at the Norfolk Navy Base including several aircraft carriers and submarines. During the evening after dinner we sat outside with a drink and enjoyed the sea breeze at the Navy Lodge and told lies.

As this was such a huge enjoyment we agreed that it was a "must do" event for next year.  Though we loved the Tidewater we thought it would be great to venture to another region that this great country has to offer.  You can image the discussion that this generated as selecting such a wondrous place is difficult to say the least.   But, we began to narrow our focus to the panhandle area of Florida.  We did have some criteria such as on-the-water, less expensive airfare (or not too far driving), military lodging and, if possible, sunny (though most of us avoid the rays so we wear hats and shirts).  But, you get the idea.  This is a great area as it mixes the sun, water, a concentration of military facilities, and is a foodies delight.

There are, of course, some logistics yet to work out such as a specific date and location.  Like this year we are looking to hold our first formation right after Labor Day, which is 1 Sep next year.  Naturally, by then we'll have settled on a base like, Tyndall AFB, Pensacola NAS, Destin Army Rec Area, Panama City NSA, Whiting Field NAS, or perhaps a combination of these.  That can all be worked out later.  If someone has a suggestion we're open.  I've stayed at all of these bases and can say we wouldn't go wrong at anyone of them.  We did figure out that we're better off moving the drill to weekdays opposed to the weekend.  Places and restaurants are less crowded as you can imagine.  The Redneck Riviera as this area is also known is extremely popular.  Some of these bases offer cottages right on the water but to rent one we would really need a very firm commitment.  If we get the assurance we'll take a hard look at a beach house.

If you haven't been to an Alternate Drill Weekend in the past it's hard to describe since so much of it is intangibles.  Just think of all the good times you had during your career and the great Marines you buddied with and roll all that into a couple of days and you will start to see what I'm talking about.  It doesn't matter one iota if it happens that you don't know one of the guys since we're all cut from exactly the same cloth.  We were or are still Marines and we all served in MWCS-48.  You can't have a better combination than that.  I'll put it in writing that you'll come away looking forward to the next drill weekend.

Think on it and let me know.  Oh, by the way we will still have Phase I of the 17th annual Alternate Drill Weekend at the very end of May or the first of June in 2014.  This will be a weekend and I'll send out the specifics later.  Share this with your fellow MWCS-48/MWCTS-407 buddies.

Semper Fi,

Bob Dart

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

CWO-4 Edward Putzke (ret)

CWO-4 Edward Putzke (ret), a long-time warrior of MWCS-48 passed away on Monday, 22 July.  Ed who was 66-years-old served our Corps for 27 years.  He is survived by his wife Joan and five children.  They have six grandchildren with another due very soon.  Services will be held at 1100 on Friday at the Sommerfeld Chapel in New Buffalo, Michigan.  

Semper Fi,

Bob Dart

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Edward J. Putzke


Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 
NEW BUFFALO — Edward J. Putzke, 66, of New Buffalo, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, at St. Anthony Hospital in Michigan City.

Ed was born on November 18, 1946, in Michigan City, to Edwin and Lorna (Abel) Putzke. He lived in new Buffalo most of his life. Ed attended Iowa State University where he met his bride Joan Marie Boyd. On March 29, 1969, they were married.

Ed served his country for 27 years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves serving in numerous engineering units. He also held several national offices in MCROA. His career as a civil engineer included building custom homes to water treatment plants to large bridges.

He was an avid bicyclist and completed several long distance charity rides. He loved to read and play games with his grandchildren. And most recently, he took up bird watching. Chess, mancala, uno, slap Jack, and backgammon were all favorites to play with his “little people.”

Ed is survived by his wife, Joan (Boyd) Putzke; children, Nicole (Ryan) Levang, Kristin Putzke, Amy Putzke and Michael (Stephanie) Putzke; grandchildren, Cooper, Dillon, Collin and Jaxxon Levang and Christopher and Elizabeth McDonald; his seventh grandchild, Charlotte Putzke, will be arriving soon; a brother, Jon (Margaret) Putzke; an uncle, Chester (Marlene) Putzke; and many nephews and nieces.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Lorna Putzke; and a brother, Ronald Bollman.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, at Sommerfeld Chapel  in New Buffalo with Rev. Brad Bartelmay officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in New Buffalo. Visitation is on Thursday, July 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Lake School. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence can do so at www.sommerfeldchapel.com.

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Ed was a fine Marine and will be missed. 

Semper Fi

Craig Hullinger