A special meeting of the MCDSA’s Board of Governors is being held in the Conference Room at WTBn Quantico on 9 April 2022, and is scheduled to start at 1000. The meeting is being convened to examine and discuss the MCDSA’s Constitution and By-Laws, after which the Board will formally propose recommended CHANGES to our Constitution and By-laws for our Association’s Membership to vote on. If anyone has ideas to submit for discussion at the upcoming 9 April Special Meeting (i.e. recommendations for changes to our Constitution and/or By-Laws) please email your suggestions to a member of the Board of Governors. Email addresses for the members of our Board of Governors can be found on the “About Us” page of our website. …thank you!
Photos of the Association’s 19 March 2022 Reunion are now available for access to Association Members. Simply go to our “Photos” page, and click on the “2022 Reunion” button. Please note that you will need your password to access the album. The photos were taken by Carole Ellison and Rick Curtis — we VERY much appreciate their contribution by documenting this annual event, and heartily thank them for their efforts!
The Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association salutes CWO-3 Michael Pietroforte (Double-Distinguished: R-1953, P-1957).
CWO-3 Pietroforte was a founding Board Member of the MCDSA at its inception in 1977, and he recently passed away on 22 January 2022. As a Technical Sergeant in 1958 he was the first to ever fire a possible in the National Trophy Individual Rifle Match. He was a highly respected member of the MCDSA Community — he will be greatly missed by many.
Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association
2022 Reunion and Cookout
19 March 2022
Details on the 2022 Reunion have been e-mailed out to MCDSA Members. If you have not yet heard about the scheduled upcoming reunion, or, you did not receive the details which were sent out, please either use the form on this website and submit a request for that detailed information, or, reach out to MCDSA President Danny Burke at:
…we are looking forward to an outstanding get-together!
Next MCDSA Board Meeting is at 1000 on Saturday 05 February 2022
If any MCDSA Members would like to propose an amendment to the Association’s Constitution and/or By-laws for it to be put under consideration and discussion during the 05 February 2022 Board of Governors meeting, please email your suggestion(s) along with the rationale for the suggested amendment(s) to any of the below-listed email addresses by 15 January 2022 and your proposal(s) will be duly considered.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Danny Burke)
email@example.com (Harry Harrison)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Donald Heuman)
email@example.com (Mike Mitchell)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Joe Moreno)
email@example.com (Nelson Ocasio)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Skiles)
In the below-linked article (appropriately dated 10 November of this year) Eric R. Poole of Guns and Ammo lists the contributions made by and honors the memory of MGySgt. Paul Blazejowski who enlisted in 1944 and served in Korea “…in combat with the 5th Marines as a small-arms repairman (MOS 2111) along the frontlines.” Later, serving as a Match Armorer (MOS 2112) Blazejowski contributed significantly to the accomplishments of many competitive marksman (which included serving in support of two Olympics as the U.S. Team Armorer) in addition to which he also contributed his “…ideas toward the betterment of the National Match Program.”
by Eric R. Poole
The following quote is attributed to LtCol. McMillan…
“You guys walk around here with medals on your chest, but if it wasn’t for these armorers, you wouldn’t have any.”
…THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
Happy Birthday, Marines!
Note: The above recording of the Marines’ Hymn is one performed by a Marine Brass Ensemble (of the United States Marine Band) on Feb. 23, 2020 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
The winning raffle ticket (ticket #292) was drawn by the AOD at Weapons Training Battalion on 06 November 2021. Four members of the Association’s Board of Governors were present when the winning ticket was drawn (President Danny Burke, Mike Mitchell, Treasurer Joe Moreno, and Nelson Ocasio). The holder of the winning ticket was called and notified.
*****Many thanks to Alan Baker of Baker Precision Firearms in Arizona, and to all MCDSA Members who purchased raffle tickets!*****
For a chance to win a CMP AR-15 from Baker Precision Firearms, buy raffle tickets now!
Tickets are $5 each. The drawing is scheduled for 06 November 2021.
Send check or Money Order (made out to MCDSA) to:
MCDSA, P.O. Box 134, Quantico, VA 22134-0134