The Marine Corps League was founded during a reunion of World War I veterans in 1923. The idea was to support the Corps and fellow leathernecks. Today, there are detachments around the country but none in Scottsdale. Dan Zuczek wants to change that.
He’s seeking a handful of other Marine vets to help him organize a Scottsdale chapter of the Marine Corps League. The organization is a Congressionally chartered nonprofit group founded to foster camaraderie, preserve traditions and promote the interests of the Marine Corps.
Members also volunteer and raise funds to assist veterans in need.
Membership in the League is open to any active or honorably discharged Marine, plus Navy corpsmen and chaplains who served with Marines.
Zuczek was an active duty Marine in the 1980s and got involved in the League because he missed the fellowship of the Corps.
“I wanted to reconnect with Marine veterans,” he said. “I was surprised that there was no detachment in the Scottsdale area. After driving a long way to other detachment meetings, I decide that I would look into starting a detachment in Scottsdale.”
Arizona units training around the world
At any one time, there are roughly 1,000 Arizona guard and reservists deployed around the world. Here’s what members of several local units have been up to lately:
Members of the Army National Guard’s 2/363rd Training Support Battalion, based in Mesa, participated in a major Canadian military exercise in May. They served as observers, coaches and trainers during Exercise Maple Resolve at Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Wainwright, Alberta, Canada.
Maple Resolve is an annual exercise for the Canadian Army’s High Readiness Brigade and is designed to foster partnership among different nations’ forces.
Among them are Staff Sgt. Eric Wendt and Sgt. Zachary Wilks with Mesa’s 2/363rd.
Meanwhile, members of the Guard’s 253rd Engineer Battalion based in Florence continue a deployment to Kuwait.
Army Pfc. Landon Palmer, a petroleum supply specialist assigned to the unit, recently participated in a sacrament meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Kuwait’s Camp Arifjan. The meeting was significant because the Kuwaiti government only recently recognized the church.
Here’s a great way to beat the heat on the cheap.
Jester’s Billiards, on the southeast corner of Baseline and Gilbert roads in Mesa, offers free billiards to veterans every Wednesday and Thursday with a minimum purchase (as in a soda or beer). Just show your veterans driver’s license or DD214, buy a soda and rack ‘em up.
Mike Phillips is a Marine veteran. Send your veteran or military news, along with a contact name and phone number, to AzVetsToday@gmail.com