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CAMP PENDLETON CHAPTER CHAPTER - Dec 07, 2012
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Chapter Collects Toys for Tots

Lt. Gen. John Toolan, USMC, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force, was the keynote speaker for the December luncheon. Gen. Toolan provided his thoughts on the complexities and future challenges of command and control within the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). He noted positive improvements in new technologies to effectively communicate on the move but a need still exists to maintain proficiency in basic communication systems such as high frequency radio to the MEF's advantage. In the arena of amphibious capabilities, he emphasized that there must be the assumption that large communication pipelines will not be available to embarked units and that command and control issues associated with ship-to-shore and ship-to-objective communications must be solved. Staff Sgt. Jon Swanson, USMC, Camp Pendleton Toys for Tots coordinator, also briefed the attendees on the 2012 Toys for Tots Drive. The luncheon raised $800 in toys, which were donated to the Toys for Tots Drive.

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Lt. Gen. John Toolan, USMC, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks to the December luncheon crowd.
Lt. Gen. John Toolan, USMC, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks to the December luncheon crowd.
Together at the December luncheon are (l-r) Patti Siegmann of Eagle Young Marines; Mark Witzel, chapter president; Lt. Gen. John Toolan, USMC, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Dave Grundies, regional vice president; Staff Sgt. Jon Swanson, USMC, Camp Pendleton Toys for Tots coordinator; Cpl. Enriquez, representing the Toys for Tots Program; and Lance Cpl. Ricky Jones, USMC, Eagle Young Marine.
Together at the December luncheon are (l-r) Patti Siegmann of Eagle Young Marines; Mark Witzel, chapter president; Lt. Gen. John Toolan, USMC, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Dave Grundies, regional vice president; Staff Sgt. Jon Swanson, USMC, Camp Pendleton Toys for Tots coordinator; Cpl. Enriquez, representing the Toys for Tots Program; and Lance Cpl. Ricky Jones, USMC, Eagle Young Marine.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Stephen Davis
760 295-2140

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