August 6, 2019   Commandant Harry Hodges and Department of California Commandant Dick Jennings present to Marine Jean Irving the Marine Corps Leagues highest award "Distinguished Citizen Award" at the September General Meeting. This award was presented to Commandant Jennings, who was accepting for Miss Jean at the MCL National Convention in Billings, Montana.

August 6, 2019

Commandant Harry Hodges and Department of California Commandant Dick Jennings present to Marine Jean Irving the Marine Corps Leagues highest award "Distinguished Citizen Award" at the September General Meeting. This award was presented to Commandant Jennings, who was accepting for Miss Jean at the MCL National Convention in Billings, Montana.


August 12, 2019   Five members of the Detachment went to our Marine Corps League National Convention in Billings, Montana last week. Harry Hodges, Commandant of Detachment 597 spent 4 days in training to become a Petorgre Devil Dog in the Military Order of Devil Dogs, a subsidiary of the Marine Corps League. He graduated to this position on Wednesday.   It was a very successful convention with a few new By-laws being passed and a new Board of Trustees being elected.   The new National Commandant is Dennis Tobin from NY Sr. Vice-Commandant is Johnny Baker from Alabama Jr. Vice-Commandant is Warren Griffin from Massachusetts Judge Advocate is TJ Morgan from Washington. TJ is the first Board member in a very long time that is West of the Mississippi.   Attached is a picture of some of the attendees from California. L/R: Todd Rehfuss - Chief of Staff, Department of California Ben Pfister - President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 Harry Hodges - Commandant, Detachment 597 Rudy Cordero - President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 Dick Jennings - Commandant, State of California Juan Pascicio - Jr. Vice Commandant, State of California Fausto Galvan- Sergeant-at-Arms, Detachment 597 Jim Loorya - Senior Vice Commandant, State of California

August 12, 2019

Five members of the Detachment went to our Marine Corps League National Convention in Billings, Montana last week. Harry Hodges, Commandant of Detachment 597 spent 4 days in training to become a Petorgre Devil Dog in the Military Order of Devil Dogs, a subsidiary of the Marine Corps League. He graduated to this position on Wednesday.


It was a very successful convention with a few new By-laws being passed and a new Board of Trustees being elected.

The new National Commandant is Dennis Tobin from NY
Sr. Vice-Commandant is Johnny Baker from Alabama
Jr. Vice-Commandant is Warren Griffin from Massachusetts
Judge Advocate is TJ Morgan from Washington. TJ is the first Board member in a very long time that is West of the Mississippi.

Attached is a picture of some of the attendees from California.
L/R:
Todd Rehfuss - Chief of Staff, Department of California
Ben Pfister - President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597
Harry Hodges - Commandant, Detachment 597
Rudy Cordero - President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597
Dick Jennings - Commandant, State of California
Juan Pascicio - Jr. Vice Commandant, State of California
Fausto Galvan- Sergeant-at-Arms, Detachment 597
Jim Loorya - Senior Vice Commandant, State of California


July 23, 2019   Participated in a terrific Golf Tournament yesterday at the Wood Ranch Country Club, along with John Coley, Jim Wagner and Debbie Sands representing the President Ronald Reagan Det. 597 of the Marine Corps League. It was the 9th Annual Heroes' Golf Tournament sponsored by "For the Troops." This is an organization started by the wife of a Vietnam Veteran and has brought this non-profit company that sends packages to all servicemen/women that are fighting outside the US to be one of the number one charities in the country. It's a terrific charity and Detachment 597 has designated "For the Troops" to be one of their preferential charities.    The photo is our pop-up "Big Red" on the 13th tee, Hole-in-One hole to win that SUV. No one won. I want to thank Paula Cornell for everything she has done for all our active military personnel and Detachment 597.

July 23, 2019

Participated in a terrific Golf Tournament yesterday at the Wood Ranch Country Club, along with John Coley, Jim Wagner and Debbie Sands representing the President Ronald Reagan Det. 597 of the Marine Corps League. It was the 9th Annual Heroes' Golf Tournament sponsored by "For the Troops." This is an organization started by the wife of a Vietnam Veteran and has brought this non-profit company that sends packages to all servicemen/women that are fighting outside the US to be one of the number one charities in the country. It's a terrific charity and Detachment 597 has designated "For the Troops" to be one of their preferential charities.

The photo is our pop-up "Big Red" on the 13th tee, Hole-in-One hole to win that SUV. No one won. I want to thank Paula Cornell for everything she has done for all our active military personnel and Detachment 597.


June 28, 2019   Last night, I had the pleasure of being the Master of Ceremonies of the President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 "A Night with Gary Sinise." While I was American Airlines I had the pleasure to be amongst some of the finest and not so in the Hollywood circles. Last night, I was with someone who was sincere, humble, engaging and a person who you instantly associate with. Gary Sinise is not only a very fine actor and celebrity, but he is also one of the finest human beings I have ever met. As I was asking him questions I had the feeling that I had known him my whole life.  When we finished, he graciously stayed on the stage for more than 30 minutes signing his book, signing autographs, taking "selfies" with our patrons and just smiling and joking all through the time. I know if he didn't have to be somewhere else by 7pm, I am sure that he would still be talking to the people who attended his talk. When they call him a "Real American" whoever came up with this, they definitely knew they were talking about him.  Thank you, Gary Sinise, for everything you do for not only our forgotten Veterans but for all the First Responders throughout the country.

June 28, 2019

Last night, I had the pleasure of being the Master of Ceremonies of the President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 "A Night with Gary Sinise." While I was American Airlines I had the pleasure to be amongst some of the finest and not so in the Hollywood circles. Last night, I was with someone who was sincere, humble, engaging and a person who you instantly associate with. Gary Sinise is not only a very fine actor and celebrity, but he is also one of the finest human beings I have ever met. As I was asking him questions I had the feeling that I had known him my whole life.

When we finished, he graciously stayed on the stage for more than 30 minutes signing his book, signing autographs, taking "selfies" with our patrons and just smiling and joking all through the time. I know if he didn't have to be somewhere else by 7pm, I am sure that he would still be talking to the people who attended his talk. When they call him a "Real American" whoever came up with this, they definitely knew they were talking about him.

Thank you, Gary Sinise, for everything you do for not only our forgotten Veterans but for all the First Responders throughout the country.


June 8, 2019   Change of Command Ceremony at the Marine Corps League Department of California 87th State Convention in San Diego on the 8th of June. On the left is outgoing State Commandant Ray Valenzuela and on the right is incoming State Commandant from Simi Valley, Dick Jennings

June 8, 2019

Change of Command Ceremony at the Marine Corps League Department of California 87th State Convention in San Diego on the 8th of June. On the left is outgoing State Commandant Ray Valenzuela and on the right is incoming State Commandant from Simi Valley, Dick Jennings


June 2, 2019   The night was beautiful at Dodger Stadium as 50 of our Detachment members and families came to together to watch the Dodgers beat the Phillies with a walk-off home run. A wonderful bus ride, wonderful game and the comradery was especially fantastic.

June 2, 2019

The night was beautiful at Dodger Stadium as 50 of our Detachment members and families came to together to watch the Dodgers beat the Phillies with a walk-off home run. A wonderful bus ride, wonderful game and the comradery was especially fantastic.


May 28, 2019   PDD Ben Pfister and John Fuentes exhibit the new Detachment 597 flag which will fly over the Veterans' Court in the Simi Town Center.

May 28, 2019

PDD Ben Pfister and John Fuentes exhibit the new Detachment 597 flag which will fly over the Veterans' Court in the Simi Town Center.


May 7, 2019   Our Detachment hosts a stall at the Simi Valley Street Fair.

May 7, 2019

Our Detachment hosts a stall at the Simi Valley Street Fair.


May 2, 2019   Our Detachment honored all Past Commandants of the then Ventura County Detachment 597 and the now President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597. Each Past Commandant, whether in attendance or not, received a Meritorious Commendation, Past Commandant Ribbon, and a Past Commandant Lapel Pin.  L/R: Ruy Pena Jr. - 2007 - 2010  Jerry Anderson - 2010 - 2012  Glenn Fiery - 2013  Matt Valenzuela - 2013 - 2017  Dick Jennings - 2018 - 2020  Jerry German - 2017 - 2018    Not in attendance:  Paul Mole - 1984 - 1991 & 1997 - 2002  Meade Phillips - 1991 - 1995  Mike Sweeney - 1995 -1997  Jim Britton - 2002 - 2003  Mark Shuster - 2003 -2007 & 2012 - 2013

May 2, 2019

Our Detachment honored all Past Commandants of the then Ventura County Detachment 597 and the now President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597. Each Past Commandant, whether in attendance or not, received a Meritorious Commendation, Past Commandant Ribbon, and a Past Commandant Lapel Pin.

L/R: Ruy Pena Jr. - 2007 - 2010

Jerry Anderson - 2010 - 2012

Glenn Fiery - 2013

Matt Valenzuela - 2013 - 2017

Dick Jennings - 2018 - 2020

Jerry German - 2017 - 2018

Not in attendance:

Paul Mole - 1984 - 1991 & 1997 - 2002

Meade Phillips - 1991 - 1995

Mike Sweeney - 1995 -1997

Jim Britton - 2002 - 2003

Mark Shuster - 2003 -2007 & 2012 - 2013


April 29, 2019   Commandant Dick Jennings on His Visit to the Homes4Families Disabled Veteran Housing Site in Santa Clarita.  L/R: Braily Franco, General Superintendent.  Hunt Braly, Chairman, Board of Directors Home4Families  Keith Mashburn, Simi Valley Mayor, checking out possible housing for Simi Valley.  Donna Deutchman, President/CEO Homes4Families.  Dick Jennings, Commandant.

April 29, 2019

Commandant Dick Jennings on His Visit to the Homes4Families Disabled Veteran Housing Site in Santa Clarita.

L/R: Braily Franco, General Superintendent.

Hunt Braly, Chairman, Board of Directors Home4Families

Keith Mashburn, Simi Valley Mayor, checking out possible housing for Simi Valley.

Donna Deutchman, President/CEO Homes4Families.

Dick Jennings, Commandant.


April 4, 2019   Commandant Dick Jennings Gives a Detachment Challenge Coin to Our Guest Speaker and New Detachment Associate Member, Simi Valley Chief of Police David Livingstone. The Chief Spoke to the Detachment at Our Monthly Business Meeting on April 4th. Welcome Aboard Chief.

April 4, 2019

Commandant Dick Jennings Gives a Detachment Challenge Coin to Our Guest Speaker and New Detachment Associate Member, Simi Valley Chief of Police David Livingstone. The Chief Spoke to the Detachment at Our Monthly Business Meeting on April 4th. Welcome Aboard Chief.


March 7, 2019   The 2019 Board of Directors were Sworn into Office by Dept. of California Commandant Ray Valenzuela.

March 7, 2019

The 2019 Board of Directors were Sworn into Office by Dept. of California Commandant Ray Valenzuela.


February 28, 2019   John Calderon and His Wife, Wendy, with David Opfer Representing the Detachment at the February 28 Book Signing and Dinner with Gary Sinise.

February 28, 2019

John Calderon and His Wife, Wendy, with David Opfer Representing the Detachment at the February 28 Book Signing and Dinner with Gary Sinise.


February 8, 2019   Commandant Dick Jennings with Wendy Lethin, Secretary to the Board of Directors from the Semper Fi Fund at the Marine West Expo in Camp Pendleton.

February 8, 2019

Commandant Dick Jennings with Wendy Lethin, Secretary to the Board of Directors from the Semper Fi Fund at the Marine West Expo in Camp Pendleton.


February 2, 2019   Jr. Vice Commandant, Ken "Doc" Honaker presents a $1000 check from the President Ronald Reagan Det. 597 to Army Veteran Blake Steele and his wife Janet. The Steele's lost everything in the fires that hit their home in Agoura Hills. Ken got the Steele's name from the Ventura County Military Collaborative which is the Detachment's representative.

February 2, 2019

Jr. Vice Commandant, Ken "Doc" Honaker presents a $1000 check from the President Ronald Reagan Det. 597 to Army Veteran Blake Steele and his wife Janet. The Steele's lost everything in the fires that hit their home in Agoura Hills. Ken got the Steele's name from the Ventura County Military Collaborative which is the Detachment's representative.


Detachment Bids Farewell to Marine Ed Farra on January 5, 2019


January 5, 2019   Two members of our Detachment (Ben Pfister and Fausto Galvan) traveled to Orange, CA to present 3 plaques to Executives of SKB Cases for their strong support of the Marine Corps League.  L/R: Mike Melsh (Director of Sales, West Coast), Fausto Galvan, Dave Sanderson (Owner), Ben Pfister, and Steve Kottman (Owner).

January 5, 2019

Two members of our Detachment (Ben Pfister and Fausto Galvan) traveled to Orange, CA to present 3 plaques to Executives of SKB Cases for their strong support of the Marine Corps League.

L/R: Mike Melsh (Director of Sales, West Coast), Fausto Galvan, Dave Sanderson (Owner), Ben Pfister, and Steve Kottman (Owner).


August 12, 2018   Commandant Dick Jennings Receives 3rd Place Award for the "Gipper" at the MCL National Convention in Buffalo, NY, This Past August, 2018.

August 12, 2018

Commandant Dick Jennings Receives 3rd Place Award for the "Gipper" at the MCL National Convention in Buffalo, NY, This Past August, 2018.


December 21, 2018   These Two Young Ladies Just Took the Oath for the Marine Corps.  Kathryn Cabuyadao (right), and Katelnne Eber will be reporting to Parris Island in August to start recruit training. Kathryn is the daughter of Loretta Cabuyadao, owner of Kopy Kings.

December 21, 2018

These Two Young Ladies Just Took the Oath for the Marine Corps.

Kathryn Cabuyadao (right), and Katelnne Eber will be reporting to Parris Island in August to start recruit training. Kathryn is the daughter of Loretta Cabuyadao, owner of Kopy Kings.


"Bingo Night" on the 12th of December at the Elks Lodge hosted by President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597.


November 11, 2018   Color Guard presented colors at the Reagan Library on Veterans Day. Here with President Reagan's son, Michael.  L/R: Dave Opfer, Color Guard Commander Ruy Pena, Jr., Dick Jennings, Michael Reagan, Fausto Galvan and Ben Pfister.

November 11, 2018

Color Guard presented colors at the Reagan Library on Veterans Day. Here with President Reagan's son, Michael.

L/R: Dave Opfer, Color Guard Commander Ruy Pena, Jr., Dick Jennings, Michael Reagan, Fausto Galvan and Ben Pfister.


November 10, 2018   Ben Pfister giving Evelyn Falato, owner of the Junkyard Resaurant, a Detachment Challenge Coin in appreciation for hosting our Birthday Celebration on November 10, 2018. Doc Honaker, chairman of our Birthday Ball, is looking on.

November 10, 2018

Ben Pfister giving Evelyn Falato, owner of the Junkyard Resaurant, a Detachment Challenge Coin in appreciation for hosting our Birthday Celebration on November 10, 2018. Doc Honaker, chairman of our Birthday Ball, is looking on.


November 10, 2018   Ben Pfister assisting 86 year old Marine, Bob Obrymski, in cutting the Birthday Cake.

November 10, 2018

Ben Pfister assisting 86 year old Marine, Bob Obrymski, in cutting the Birthday Cake.


October 21, 2018   Thousand Oaks Street Fair on October 21st.  L/R: John Mitchell, Doug Morrison, John Fuentes, Ben Pfister and "Doc" Honaker.

October 21, 2018

Thousand Oaks Street Fair on October 21st.

L/R: John Mitchell, Doug Morrison, John Fuentes, Ben Pfister and "Doc" Honaker.


May 26, 2018   Commandant Jennings and "Brand New" Marine Pvt. Demetrius Narsten of Simi Valley place wreath at the 2018 Simi Valley Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at Pioneer Cemetery in Simi Valley.

May 26, 2018

Commandant Jennings and "Brand New" Marine Pvt. Demetrius Narsten of Simi Valley place wreath at the 2018 Simi Valley Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at Pioneer Cemetery in Simi Valley.


2018   Members of the Board of Trustees Address Sunrise Rotary Club of Simi Valley.

2018

Members of the Board of Trustees Address Sunrise Rotary Club of Simi Valley.


2018   Members of Board at Dedication of Street Named for Fallen Marine.

2018

Members of Board at Dedication of Street Named for Fallen Marine.


2018   Receiving wheelchairs for the VA Hospitals in Los Angeles.  L/R: Larry Fischer, John Coley, "Doc" Honaker and Dick Jennings Along with Representatives of the Knights of Columbus, Mike Ohler and Grand Knight, Dave Gressman of Moorpark.

2018

Receiving wheelchairs for the VA Hospitals in Los Angeles.

L/R: Larry Fischer, John Coley, "Doc" Honaker and Dick Jennings Along with Representatives of the Knights of Columbus, Mike Ohler and Grand Knight, Dave Gressman of Moorpark.