Thursday, November 10, 2016

Marine Corps Birthday Celebrations


U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Joseph Osterman, deputy commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) cuts a cake at the 241st Marine Corps Birthday Cake Cutting Celebration on MacDill Air Force Base.

Formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps began on 10 November 1921. That particular date was chosen because on that day the Second Continental Congress resolved in 1775 to raise two battalions of Continental Marines.

Throughout the world on 10 November, U.S. Marines celebrate the birth of their Corps -- the most loyal, most feared, most revered, and most professional fighting force the world has ever known.

(Photos by Tom Gagnier)

Very nice Marine Corps Birthday celebration at MacDill Air Force Base put on by CentCom and SoCom at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa today.  They had a cake cutting ceremony at 10:00 am on Nov 9 for all the Marines. The Commandant's message is read, then they bring out the cake.  

Centcom (US Central Command) is a principle fighting Command of the US. They are in charge of Central Asia - Iraq and Afghanistan and surrounding areas. So the best and the brightest are here. It is commanded by a 4 Star - usually an Army or Marine General.

SoCom Special Operations Command. This is the Command of all the special forces - the Navy Seals, Delta Force, Marines Raiders, etc 

So the two top war fighting commands in the US are in Tampa. All the Marines from the two commands were there. Looking good. The Marines now wear their blue trousers with red stripe and the khaki shirt for formal occasions - short of the full dress blues.

The cake cutting ceremony cuts the cake with a sword, and involves giving the youngest and oldest Marines there a piece of cake. The oldest Marine was a retired guy working for Centcom - he was born in 1957.  Made me feel a bit old.

Semper Fi

Craig Hullinger, Marine

Another Birthday Celebration, this time in Sarasota on Nov 10, 2016.  Above, from left to right: Ron and Linda Wozniak, Craig Hullinger, Byron and Janet Hill.

The crowd was a bit older in Sarasota.  Woz and Craig were among the oldest Marines at CentCom. We were among the younger at Sarasota.

The oldest Marine was on Iwo Jima and was 96 years old. The youngest was 19.

Semper Fi

A father and son team at the Sarastoa Birthday event.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

US Forces Marine Corps (Leathernecks) Tartan

US Forces Marine Corps (Leathernecks) tartan shirts available to Det-4 alumni 
and all other Marines and friends and fans of Marines! Cost is $75 with free S&H.
Checks payable to:

Military Tartan Company LLC 
4651 Woodstock Rd Suite 208 
PBM #124 
Roswell,GA 30075.
I have sizes M,L,1XL and 2 XL (for those on Weight Control!).


Will Holohan

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Drill Weekend Reservations

We have a group reservation at Maders for Saturday night at 6:30 PM of the DET-4 Drill Weekend. The reservation is for 22 persons. We need confirmation from members and spouses wanting to go, as well as their choice of appetizer, IN ADVANCE, so I can lock-on final headcount as a courtesy to Maders. I need NLT 6 SEPT.

For those wanting to know the restaurant is about 4 long blocks from the Brew Suites hotel.

Maders does have valet parking.

We need to get this posted to the DET-4 site. Thanks,

Will Holohan

Joseph Brooks
Contract Investigator
Phone # 414-698-8760

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Detachment 4, 2nd Bn. 24th Marines Reunion

Detachment 4, 2nd Bn. 24th Marines Reunion

Situation:  On 23 – 25 September, 2016, a mission, if you decide to accept these orders, will be conducted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  There seems to be a need for camaraderie and this 5 Paragraph Order will explain how we will adapt, improvise and overcome any obstacles, misgivings and or “Goat Rodeos” to accomplish this task! 

          METT-TC – (Mission, Enemy, Troops, Terrain, Time Available and Civilian Considerations) 
·       Civilian Considerations - a high priority here, an early recon informs us that there are mostly “friendlies” in this area no enemies observed as of this writing.   

Begin the Planning- in process and ongoing…
* Arrange Recon-mission accomplished by Joe and Barb Brooks. 
* Make Recon – also accomplished by Joe and Barb, some plans still TBD. 
* Complete Planning – Wil Holihan, Craig Hullinger, Larry Anderson and Joe Brooks. 
* Issue Order- order issued on the Hullinger Blog under DET 4…
* Supervise – why with all these senior Officer’s and SNCO’s, supervise who…?

Mission: In the words of GySgt R. Lee Ermey “It is my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can.”  Our mission then is to arrive, find shelter, then liquids, meet and greet fellow “leathernecks” and proceed to the Liberty weekend! 

·       WHO: Marines of Detachment (DET) 4, 2nd Bn. 24th Marines, all former members and friends of the Detachment are welcome. 
·       What & Why:  A reunion to come together and revel in each other’s company and “tell tales of long ago.”  
·       Where:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Brewhouse Inn and Suites, 1215 N. 10th Street, Milwaukee, WI. 53205,  phone #414-254-3380, Fax #312-7210, POC-Sue Kinas, or, Director of Sales and Marketing. 
·       When: Friday, 23 Sept. 2016 to Sunday, 25 Sept. 2016. 

Execution: Make hotel reservations at the Brewhouse Inn and Suites, NOTE:under DET 4, special room rates, rates are good until30 days prior to the reunion! input web site and phone #’s…  Make your own travel plans to arrive 23 September, 2016. 

Here is a helpful hint when making your hotel reservations on line.  Click on the "Group Login" and then use the Group Code "DET4".   Ken Morey

Friday 23 Sept. 2016, Dinner reservations have been made for Friday night “Fish Fry” and for the “Meet & Greet” at the Jacksons Blue Ribbon Pub, attached to the Brewhouse Inn. Parking is across the street.  

Sat. 24 Sept. 2016, Brewery Tour, reservations for 20 have been made at Mader’s Restaurant, 1041 N. Old World 3rd Street, Milwaukee, 414-271-3377, Downtown, less than a mile from the Brewhouse Inn & Suites.  Some “other” options are still being arranged, stand by…

Sun. 25 Sept. 2016, Brewers afternoon baseball game for those interested,

Administrative and Logistics: “Brown Side Out/ Green Side Out” No Uniforms, civvies are the uniform of the weekend. 

Command and Control: Colonel Wil Holihan, email is 

MGySgt. Joe Brooks cell #414-698-8760, email is

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Green Amphibious Monster In Sarasota, Florida

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Friday, April 01, 2016

Det-4 Drill 23, 24, 25 September 2016 in Milwaukee

Our next drill is scheduled for 23, 24, 25 September 2016. Drill Headquarters will be the Brewhouse Inn and Suites, which is a nice redevelopment of the historic Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery near downtown Milwaukee.

Appropriate for the Det to be meeting in an old brewery turned hotel.

The web site for the Brewhouse is: 

We have special room rates under DET 4
Rate are good until 30 days prior to Reunion. The Brewhouse Inn and Suites, Director of Sales and Marketing is Sue Kinas is the contact person. Phone Direct #414-254-3380, Fax #414-312-7210. Email is

We have dinner reservations at BREWHOUSE Restaurant for the friday night fish fry and reservations for 20 persons at Maders Restaurant downtown for Saturday evening. Brewery Tour Saturday morning and Brewers afternoon baseball game on Sunday for those lingering.


The 2016 map and guide for Milwaukee. 


William Holahan  <>
Joseph Brooks <
Phone #414-698-8760

Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lt. Col. Grace Chicken Receives Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin
Lt. Col. Grace Chicken poses with 1st Lt. Spenser, an active-duty nurse at the 6th Medical Group, MacDill Air Force Base after Spenser presented the Vietnam veteran lapel pin to Chicken at the Society of Air Force Nurses Fall Luncheon in Tampa. Read More
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