Commandant’s Letter

COMMANDANT’S LETTER AUGUST 2017

Greetings to all California Leaguers and Semper Fi! It’s been over a week since I got back from the National Convention in Overland Park, KS, and I’ve been pretty busy trying to catch up on some issues involving Detachments that may be in trouble with the State of California. Hopefully your Judge Advocate and the Detachment officers can resolve the issues. There are also some individual personal problems that need to be addressed. As Marines I’m sure these issues will also be resolved. Enough said!

I got a few things out of the convention that I believe to be very positive. (There is a very brief summary elsewhere on this site) Let me address some of them:

  1. We are here to serve the membership. The MCL is not a “top down” organization, but rather a “bottom up” entity. Sure, as elected officers and Trustees, we make certain decisions that affect the membership, but those decisions must be approved by the “red hats”, or they won’t be in effect very long, if at all.
  2. We are improving and are “over the hump”. This was evident after hearing the reports of the new COO Bob Borka and newly-elected Commandant Wendell Webb. The debt is being eliminated and the League now is highly rated as an efficient non-profit serving it’s members. Commandant Webb is a strong and knowledgeable leader that will demand action from the Departments and Divisions, as well as the Detachments, and will provide them the tools to get the job done. We will grow!
  3. The Marine Corps loves us and needs our help. No less than three (four, if you count a retired general/member) generals addressed the Marines in attendance and lauded the League for their support. They also asked for help, especially on the Reserve side. The Reserves are tasked with hundreds of additional duties such as funeral details, casualty assistance calls, Toys For Tots, etc. Because of the limited number of I&I & AR personnel available, equipment maintenance and training can, and is, adversely effected, We, as Leaguers and Marines, are being asked to help by picking up as much of these duties as we can. Let’s give it a try. I know most of the Detachments already are doing just that, but there may be another opportunity or two out there.

I’ll get off my soapbox, for now. Just keep me in the loop as to what you’re doing and don’t hesitate to ask for help. That’s what I’m here for.

Semper Fidelis

PDD Bob Villalobos
Commandant, Dept of California
Southwest Division Vice Chief Devil Dog