Navy-Marine Corps MARS program ending

Discussion in 'Survival Communications' started by stg58, Sep 7, 2015.


  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    I was a member for a number of years and was thinking about rejoining met some nice folks and nice operating out of the ham bands.

    At least they still have USAF and Army MARS maybe go for one of those.



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    Effective 2359Z 30 Sep 2015 Navy-Marine Corps MARS will be disbanded.
    This web site will close down sometime during the day of the 30th. Select link above to read the full initial message from Chief MARS

    R 031955Z SEP 2015
    FM CHNAVMARCORMARS WILLIAMSBURG VA
    TO ALNAVMARCORMARS
    INFO ZEN/CHIEF ARMY MARS FT HUACHUCA AZ
    ZEN/CHIEF AIR FORCE MARS SCOTT AFB IL
    BT
    UNCLAS
    SUBJECT: UPDATE ON THE NAVY-MARINE CORPS MARS (NMCM) PROGRAM

    1. SINCE THE NAVY ANNOUNCED THE TRANSITION OF THE NMCM PROGRAM IN MAY
    2015, MORE THAN 430 NMCM MEMBERS HAVE TRANSFERRED TO EITHER THE ARMY
    OR AIR FORCE MARS PROGRAMS. WE WANT TO THANK THOSE MEMBERS FOR
    CHOOSING TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THROUGH THE
    MARS PROGRAM. YOUR DEDICATION AND WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE TO
    VOLUNTEER YOUR TALENT, TIME AND EXPERTISE IS APPRECIATED.

    2. THE NMCM PROGRAM WILL OFFICIALLY SUNSET AT 2359Z ON 30 SEP 2015.
    NMCM MEMBERS WHO INTEND TO TRANSFER TO THE ARMY OR AIR FORCE MARS
    PROGRAMS, BUT HAVE NOT YET DONE SO, ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN THEIR
    TRANSITION IN ORDER TO RETAIN FULL MARS MEMBER STATUS AND NOT HAVE TO
    RESTART TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE A BREAK IN SERVICE.

    3. THE BELOW INFORMATION WILL ASSIST NMCM MEMBERS IN THE TRANSFER
    PROCESS:

    A. NMCM MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING WHO REQUEST TO TRANSFER TO ANOTHER
    MARS SERVICE TRANSFER AS A FULL MEMBER. NMCM MEMBERS IN TRAINING
    STATUS WILL CONTINUE TRAINING IN EITHER THE ARMY OR AIR FORCE MARS.
    NMCM VOLUNTEER LEADERS MAY CONTINUE TO USE THEIR NMCM BILLET CALL
    SIGNS UNTIL THE SUNSET OF THE PROGRAM.

    B. TRANSFERRING NMCM MEMBERS WHO SERVED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
    SECURITY'S SHARED RESOURCES (SHARES) HF RADIO PROGRAM WILL REMAIN A
    SHARES MEMBER BUT MUST RESUBMIT A SHARES FORM 1 ONCE YOUR NEW MARS
    CALL SIGN IS RECEIVED IN ORDER TO UPDATE THE SHARES PROGRAM OFFICE
    WITH YOUR NEW MARS CALL SIGN. THE SHARES FORM 1 MUST BE ROUTED
    THROUGH YOUR NEW MARS SERVICE POC. THE SHARES FORM 1 IS AVAILABLE AT
    IN THE "SHARES FORMS" SECTION OF SHAred RESources (SHARES) High Frequency(HF) Radio Program | Homeland Security

    C. NMCM MEMBERS WHO OPERATE WINLINK RMS STATIONS MUST CHANGE OVER TO
    THEIR NEW MARS CALL SIGN AND CHANGE THE RMS OPERATING FREQUENCIES IN
    ACCORDANCE WITH THE GAINING MARS SERVICE.

    D. THERE IS NO PLAN TO CHANGE THE OFFICIAL MARS PATCH. ARMY AND AIR
    FORCE MARS WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ALL MILITARY SERVICES.

    E. NMCM MEMBERS WHO OPERATE VHF REPEATERS, DIGIPEATERS, ETC., MUST
    INFORM THE GAINING MARS SERVICE TO ENSURE SPECTRUM AUTHORIZATIONS ARE
    AVAILABLE AND TO CONFIRM THE SYSTEMS ARE NARROW BAND COMPLIANT.

    4. OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM NMCM TO ARMY OR AIR FORCE
    MARS AS EASY AND SEAMLESS AS POSSIBLE. CURRENT ARMY AND AIR FORCE
    MARS MEMBERS SHOULD PROVIDE INFORMATION TO NMCM MEMBERS WHEN
    REQUESTED BUT THE FINAL TRANSFER DECISION IS A PERSONAL ONE THAT ONLY
    THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBER CAN MAKE.

    5. NMCM MEMBERS DESIRING TO TRANSFER SHOULD CONTACT:

    ARMY MARS:
    PAUL ENGLISH, ARMY MARS PROGRAM MANAGER
    EMAIL: PAUL.A.ENGLISH.CIV AT MAIL.MIL
    TEL: 254-947-3141

    DAVID MCGINNIS, ARMY MARS OPS OFFICER
    EMAIL: DAVID.K.MCGINNIS.CTR AT MAIL.MIL
    TEL: 520-538-7933
    APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT:
    MARS | Home

    AIR FORCE MARS:
    CONTACT THE AF MARS DIVISION DIRECTOR FOR THE REGION/STATE COINCIDENT
    TO YOUR LOCATION FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO JOIN AF MARS. YOU CAN ALSO
    E-MAIL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO THE AF MARS DIVISION DIRECTOR.
    REGIONS 1,2,3, E-MAIL NORTH EAST DIVISION DIRECTOR :
    AFN3NE@MARSREGIONONE.ORG
    REGION 4, E-MAIL SOUTH EAST DIVISION DIRECTOR:
    AFN4SE@MARSREGIONONE.ORG REGIONS 5 AND 7, E-MAIL NORTH CENTRAL
    DIVISION DIRECTOR:
    AFN7NC@MARSREGIONONE.ORG
    REGION 6, E-MAIL SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION DIRECTOR:
    AFN6SC@MARSREGIONONE.ORG
    REGIONS 8 AND 10, E-MAIL NORTH WEST DIVISION DIRECTOR:
    AFN0NW@MARSREGIONONE.ORG
    REGION 9, E-MAIL SOUTH WEST DIVISION DIRECTOR:
    AFN9SW@MARSREGIONONE.ORG

    NAVY POINT OF CONTACT:
    CHRIS JENSEN, ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, NCTAMS LANT
    EMAIL: CHRISTOPHER.J.JENSE1@NAVY.MIL
    TEL: 757-443-9063

    6. WE HIGHLY VALUE THE MANY YEARS OF DEDICATION, COMMITMENT AND
    VOLUNTEER SERVICE ALL NMCM MEMBERS WILLINGLY PROVIDED AND ENCOURAGE
    YOU TO CONSIDER CONTINUING TO SERVE IN EITHER THE ARMY OR AIR FORCE
    MARS PROGRAMS.
    BT
    NNNN
     
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  2. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Most of the MARS members around here have already transferred over to the USAF MARS in advance of the changes. Apparently, the army wants to play games of some sort...go figure.
     
  3. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    Maybe there will be equipment to be had?
     
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  4. It's a shame that satellites have made SSB radios obsolete. I remember that there was a Navy MARS station at China Beach near Danang, Vietnam, and I called home from there.
     
  5. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Yea, not a lot of call for Marine Radiomen these days... Glad I reTIRED, while still at the Top of the Game... SATs and CellPhones have done in Marine HF...
     
  6. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    Ya who needs HF.
    .Gov and cell are open source.

    Put my HF on eBay for well.... best bid.
     
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