The United States Marine Corps Historical Company (USMCHC) is a not-for-profit educational corporation structured and operated as a professional agency established to support the United States Marine Corps, and Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Our major tasks are two fold:
- To develop and provide outreach and traveling historical educational programming focused on telling the story of the United States Marine Corps and its people.
- And provide consultation, logistical, and material support to other agencies in providing Marine Corps historical programing.
Our principle objective is to educate the public, and our fellow Marines in the history of the Corps, and function as a high profile public relations tool for the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. In so doing, we continually strive to objectively present the contributions of past Marines, highlight the relevance and impact of their actions on today’s society, and enlighten and motivate this and future generations to the importance of the Marine Corps and its mission.
However, the means with which we accomplish this mission is considerably varied and involved. The USMCHC goes far beyond the presentation of statistics or displays of ‘artifacts.’ Task with the responsibility of development and presentation of historical outreach programming worthy of the Marine Corps we endeavor to highlight the most important component of the Corps – its people. Employing a wide variety of tools and approaches such as lectures, interactive exhibits, demonstrations, ceremonies, and living history interpretive techniques to tell the story of the Corps and its people. We serve a wide diversity of both civilian and military audiences. Our members and staff actively interface with the public, teaching the relevance of history and the importance of its preservation. Most importantly, we endeavor to allow the public to get to know those Marines of the past on a personal level in ways that they can relate to. We strive to help the public better understand that, although the Corps has its own unique culture, these men and women who wore the Marine uniform have always come from throughout American society, and were/are, in reality, the same as people today, coming from all walks of life, with the same hopes, fears, and aspirations that make up each of us. We strive to show that what made these people extraordinary was earning the title “United States Marine”, and what they accomplished has had a direct effect on how we all live today.
To facilitate this mission the United States Marine Corps Historical Company (USMCHC) is broken down into four elements, The Programing Division, Research and Development Division, Materiel Division, and Administration Division. The four Divisions, working in concordance and mutually supportive, are supervised by a Director, supported by a Management staff and Advisory Board. As with the active Marine Corps, “Mission Accomplishment and Quality” are the number one priority.
The USMCHC is run by a full time Director / CEO, supported by an Administrative Management Team, and Advisory Board. This management team is responsible for the coordination of all functions necessary for the day-to-day operation of the corporate organization, and implementation of operational objectives. The Director, assisted by the management staff, ensures the smooth running of the company, and coordinates activities between the four divisions. Because of the nature and mission of the organization, and its close association with the United States Marine Corps, the position of Director must always be filled by someone that has honorably served in the United States Marine Corps.
All active volunteer members primarily fall under this Division. The Division is responsible for the implementation and presentation of historical programs and exhibits presented or supported by the USMCHC. The Division, under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Programming, is divided into geographic districts. Each District is managed by a District Coordinator.
- Deputy Director, Programming: The Program Division Deputy Director, under the guidance of the Director, is responsible for the oversight and/or coordination of all historical Company volunteer personnel and events. He is assisted by District Coordinators and assigned POCs (Points of Contact) on an as needed basis. The deputy Director of Programming is responsible for the review and approval of all programs requested through the District Coordinators, and review and compiling of all program After Action Reports, and insuring that all volunteer information and reports are forwarded to the Administrative Division and appropriate Corporate Sections and personnel.
- District Coordinators: Each District Coordinator, under the supervision of the Deputy Director, Programming Division, is responsible for the establishment and development of programs within their district. Each Coordinator is responsible for supervising the maintenance and accountability of all USMC Historical Company assets in their care, and the coordination of all members within their geographic district area. Further the District Coordinator is responsible for insuring that all District administrative information and reports are forwarded to the appropriate USMCHC administrative staff.
The USMCHC is currently comprised of the following Geographic Districts:
4th (Mid-Atlantic/Headquarters) District
5th (Southeast) District
6th (Florida / Gulf Coast) District
7th (Texas / South Central) District
9th (Central / Great Lakes) District
11th (Southwest / Pacific Coast) District
12th (Pacific Northwest) District
14th (Pacific Islands) District
MATERIAL & LOGISTICS DIVISION
This Division is responsible for the accountability, maintenance and care, storage, and procurement of all assets owned by the USMCHC. The Division, under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Materiel, is divided into Sections, each under the supervision of a Section Chief. The bulk of the USMCHCs assets are centrally stored near the corporate headquarters in Maryland. Smaller cashes of material are maintained in satellite facilities with the various Districts.
- Deputy Director, Materiel & Logistics: The Materiel Division Deputy Director, under the guidance of the Director, is responsible for the oversight and/or coordination of all historical Company material assets, and logistical planning and coordination.
- Inventory Records Chief: The Inventory Records Chief, under the direction of the Materiel Division Deputy Director, and in conjunction with the other Section Chiefs, is responsible for maintaining accurate up-to-date inventory records of all assets owned or maintained by the USMCHC. He/she if further responsible to ensure that duplicate copies of all Inventory Records and updates are forwarded to the Administrative Division for filing.
- Material Chief: The Material Chief, is responsible for maintaining the accountability, maintenance and care, storage, and procurement of all reproduction uniforms, equipment, and exhibit materials maintained by the USMCHC necessary to meet the operational mission.
- Ordinance Chief: The Ordinance Chief, is responsible for overseeing the accountability, maintenance and care, storage, and procurement of all weapons and ordinance related material owned and maintained by the USMCHC.
- Curator: The Curator is responsible for the cataloging, accountability, maintenance and care, storage, and procurement of all original artifacts maintained by the USMCHC as “example” pieces, and/or for exhibit purposes.
- Facilities Chief: The Facilities (Property and Corporate Material) Chief, is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and improvement of all buildings and property owned or leased by the USMCHC. Further, his section is responsible for the accountability, maintenance and care, housing, and procurement of all vehicles, furniture, office and warehouse equipment, and other assets owned or maintained to support corporate operations.
The Administration Division takes care of all of the corporate administrative tasks for the Organization. Within the S1 are specific task oriented sections. These include personnel administration and record keeping , accounting & finance, public relations, fundraising and marketing, contracts, purchasing, publication of the News Letter and Journal, and maintenance and updating of the Company web site.
- Deputy Director, Administration: The Administration Division Deputy Director, under the guidance of the Director, is responsible for the oversight and/or coordination of all corporate administrative tasks and operations. He ensures that all administrative records are kept up to date, and insures that all necessary administrative information and reports are filed and forwarded to the appropriate Corporate Sections and personnel.
- Personnel Chief: This staff member is responsible for maintaining all personnel records, handling annual membership renewals, and producing and maintaining security on ID cards. The Personnel Chief also administratively processes all new membership applications, and maintains all personnel contact information, and membership listings.
- Communication Chief: This staff member is responsible for overseeing all communications media for the USMCHC to include: publication of the monthly newsletter and the annual Journal; maintenance and upkeep of the Company web-site and Corporate Facebook page; and distribution of all relevant information to the membership as directed.
- Accountant: This staff member is responsible for maintaining all financial records for the corporation.
- Contracts Coordinator: This staff member, working under the guidance of the Director, oversees and coordinates all contractual agreements developed that are necessary to maintain corporate operations and meet mission objectives.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT (R&D) DIVISION
This Division is responsible for overseeing all program and training development; historical research; technical writing to include scripts, articles, interpreters’ guides and manuals, etc.; maintenance of archival records and material; and consultation to other agencies. Personnel selected fill positions in this Division and/or complete specific tasks are appointed on an as needed basis for both long term jobs and short term specific projects.
- Chief Archivist: The Chief Archivist is responsible for the compiling, cataloging, organization, storage, and distribution of accumulated research and information.
- Historical Research Coordinator: The Research Coordinator (who also serves as the Chief Archivist), is supported by the entire membership, contributing research findings on both general Marine Corps and Naval Service history and specific relevant subjects and information.
- Material Research and Development Chief: Because a large part of our mission is supported by the materiel history of the Corps, this staff member oversees research and development specifically focusing on uniforms, equipment, and weapons used by the Marine Corps throughout its history. Further, working with the Materiel Division, this section chief applies their research to the development of historic reproductions needed to support our mission.
- Program Development Chief: The Program Development Chief is task with the development of “blue prints” for historical / educational programs. This includes, but is not limited to, program type, presentation methods, staffing requirements and qualifications, and logistical and materiel support. Further, he coordinates and facilitates script writing, exhibit development, and training requirements, focused on specific programs.
- Media Development: This section focuses specifically on the development of historical /educational projects intended for various media formats such as Documentary and training films, DVDs, etc. Working with the USMCHCs Film Production Team, staff members for this section are appointed on a program by program basis.
- Training Chief: The Training Chief is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of all training and instructional information and materials necessary for the efficient completion of our mission. Subjects include, but are not limited to, interpretive skills and presentation techniques, military skills, and historical information. He coordinates not only training for our own members, but is responsible for developing an instructor cadre capable of providing training to other agencies. Further, the Training Chief is responsible for coordinating the development of instructional materials (i.e. Training manuals and handbooks, bulletins, etc.) Necessary to support training requirements.