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March 9, 2006
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Hello Marine Corps Families!

We've got updates and new information to share with the Marine Corps families in our newsletter this week. We've added very important information and reminders about OPSEC (Operational Security) and online security. We're excited to announce that award-winning combat photographer, Lucian Read, will be sharing his photography at the April 21-23 conference in Houston. We are honored to add Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin S. Blankenship, active duty Marine and former commanding officer of MCRD SD as a guest speaker and workshop presenter for the April conference in Houston. Thanks to you, we've reached 60% of our goal of $5200 to ship 350 cases of Girl Scout Cookies® to combat deployed Marines. And finally, we've got more shopping opportunities for everyone with more divisions, regiments, and battalions added to our online store!

OPSEC: Operational Security
Please Maintain Personal and Operational Security Standards in ALL Environments
OPSEC Operational Security

Help keep you, your Marine and our military personnel safe by not sharing any personal or military information in email or in any online environment. Online communities, including those that are "Military" by design, do NOT have a way to assure that every member has the same goal of safety and security for our Marines and military personnel. Knowledge is power; the enemy does not need to know anything other than our Military is ready to act and defend. To help keep you and our military safe, do not share information except with your family and very close friends.

Award-winning Combat Photographer
Lucian Read will share his photography at April 21-23 Conference in Houston
Lucian Read Photographer

Lucian Read has spent the past two years covering the US Marines in their fight with the Iraqi insurgency in central and western Iraq - including the coverage of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit through its entire tour in-country, and the fierce battles of Najaf and Fallujah in 2004. His photos include Marines from 11th MEU, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 2/5, and 3/6 as well. His images capture the inner lives of close-knit fighting groups as no other contemporary photographer has.

Lucian Read will give a presentation of his photos on Friday evening, April 21, 2006. He will have an open exhibit for all conference attendees in the Hospitality Room on Friday and Saturday.

Conference Speaker: LtCol Blankenship
Assigned to Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
2006 Conference

In June of 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Blankenship was assigned as the Operations Officer, Recruit Training Regiment until assuming command of First Recruit Training Battalion in January 2004. After two years in command, and training over 12,000 new Marines, Lieutenant Colonel Blankenship relinquished command in January 2006. He has been selected for promotion to Colonel and assignment to the Naval War College.

We are honored to have LtCol Blankenship at the Conference in Houston, April 21- 23 speaking on the "State of Bootcamp" on Saturday Evening as well as presenting the Bootcamp Breakout Session on Saturday morning. We encourage all poolie and Recruit families to register to attend the conference for a rare opportunity to meet with the former CO of MCRD San Diego!

Shipping Girl Scout Cookies® to Iraq
We've raised 60% of our goal; we still need your help!
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Thanks to your help, we've now reached 60% of our goal of $5200 to ship 350 cases of donated Girl Scout Cookies® to our deployed Marines. We still need your help! The cookies were donated by the Girl Scouts of Housatonic Council, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT. Please help us reach our goal and make your donation today!

Divisions, Regiments, Battalions and MEUs!

Show the Marines' support of America and share your Marine Corps' spirit with our Division, Regiment, Battalion and MEU designed Tshirts, clothing, coffee mugs, buttons, bumper stickers and more!

Save $4 when you spend $40 from now until March 14! Use coupon code March4 for discount. All proceeds from sale of items goes to support the, Inc. web site and services.

Visit our Store, Inc. was founded in January, 2003 in response to parents' needs to find information and to Connect & Share™ with one another during deployments. Our free online services and connections have expanded to support and educate Marine moms & dads, spouses, families and friends and we're now offering our own '06 Annual National Conference. We've helped over 30,000 Marine and recruit families during bootcamp, training, active duty and deployments. We've shipped thousands of care packages overseas to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™.

God Bless and Semper Fidelis,

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Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder, Inc.

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