Marines and FMF Sailors of the Wolfpack!
As President of the Wolfpack Association, I want to be the first to invite you to our organization. For you to appreciate the power and depth of the Wolfpack Association, I need to give you a little background on the how and why our organization exists.
It was in the summer many years ago when a few 3rd LAI/LAR veterans who served together in the early 1990’s gathered for a fishing trip at Lake Texoma on the Texas and Oklahoma border. As they were fishing and discussing “the old days”, it occurred to them that not only were they having a good time fishing, but they were also having a good time just being together. Although they may have been having a bad day fishing, they were having a good day bonding – coming together for a few days and engaging one another was very therapeutic. I was on Lake Texoma that day and it was part of the group that decided to create the 3rd LAI-LAR Wolfpack Association – now simply known as “The Wolfpack Association”. We understood the value of gathering like-minded people and were ready to do something about it.
In the days, weeks, and months following the Lake Texoma trip, the concept began to grow. The vison of an organization that would allow Wolfpack Veterans of all eras to reinforce the bonds forged in training and in combat by periodically coming together to engage one another as FAMILY became a reality….and now here we are.
You may be asking yourself, why is this organization important and why is this important to me? It is important because as Marine Veterans – Wolfpack Veterans (all eras) – we share a common bond that the average person and even non-Wolfpack Marine cannot understand. By becoming engaged with the Wolfpack Association, you are allowing yourself to, once again, do something bigger than yourself – like the day you raised your right hand and swore to “Defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. Although you may not understand it right now, just your presence as a Wolfpack Association Alumni gives you the power to possibly make a difference in another Alumni’s life.
So, what are MY expectations of OUR Alumni? It is simple – I expect all Wolfpack Alumni aligned with the Wolfpack Association to remember that we are here to support one another and understand that support can come in many forms. Individual communication, group communication, local, state, and nationwide networking are but a few of the examples of how we can all provide continuous support. The Wolfpack Association is designed to serve as the functional hub for the support effort on a very broad scale. I am asking for your individual involvement which is the key element to our collective success – you will decide what that means for you.
What is most important is that all engagement roads lead to our Biennial (every two years) Reunion that we call, The Gathering of the Pack. This is the “Super Bowl” of engagement events and is a continuation of the event that started it all on Lake Texoma in 2010.
Again, I welcome you to the Wolfpack Association – “The Strength of the Pack is the Wolf, the Strength of the Wolf is the Pack” – it is this strength that will always make a difference.
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