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Marine Corps History Division Executive Overview. Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer Director 19 October 2007. Presented to the National Marine Corps Council. Executive Overview. Origin of History Division (HD) Organizational Change & Relocation Dedication of the NMMC Structure & Staffing

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Marine Corps History DivisionExecutive Overview

Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer

Director

19 October 2007

Presented to the National Marine Corps Council


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Executive Overview

  • Origin of History Division (HD)

  • Organizational Change & Relocation

  • Dedication of the NMMC

  • Structure & Staffing

  • Strategic Focus & Primary Customers

  • Publications – 2007, 2008, 2009

  • Current Initiatives


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Origin of History Division

  • Genesis: Sept 1919, MCO No 53, Commandant Barnett directed the creation of an “Historical Section”

  • “Adding ‘flesh and blood’ to official reports”

  • WWII - Okinawa – Combat Historical Officers sent forward

  • Korean War – 1st Provisional Historical Platoon & individual unit historians

  • Vietnam – Individual unit historians, 1 million pages of monthly command chronologies, and post-deployment interviews conducted by MCBs

  • Desert Storm: Field historians deployed

  • OEF/OIF: 25 field historians deployed since 9/11 resulting in approximately 6000 oral history interviews


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Organizational Change & Relocation

  • Before Aug 2005: Located at Washington Navy Yard under HQMC command group; included Archives and Museums

  • Current: Relocated at MCB Quantico, Virginia under Marine Corps University, Training and Education Command Structure; Archives and National Museum of the Marine Corps split into separate operations

    • Revised Marine Corps Historical Program (MCO P5750)

  • Future: Dedicated BGen Edwin Simmons History Center planned as addition to Gray Research Center


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Dedication of the National Museum of the Marine Corps


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ORGANIZATONAL STRUCTURE

DIRECTOR

Dr. Neimeyer

FIELD HISTORY

BRANCH

Reservists

Col Steve Evans

EXECUTIVE ADMIN

MGySgt Yarnall

GySgt Coachman

Ms. Riffe

CHEIF

HISTORIAN

Mr. Chuck Melson

DEPUTY

DIRECTOR

Col Pat Saint

HISTORIES

BRANCH

Mr. Smith

HISTORICAL REF

BRANCH

Mr. Crawford

ORAL HISTORY

BRANCH

Dr. Allison

EDIT & DESIGN

BRANCH

Maj Jackson

Writing Projects

Historian & Writers

Reference Services

HQMC Programs

Historians

Historical Interviews

Collection

Historians

MCU Press

MCU & Historical

Imprints

Editors/Graphic Artists

1 Oct-07


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Staffing & Key Personnel18 Civilians / 12 Reservists

Director: Dr. Charles Neimeyer

703-432-4878 charles.neimeyer

Deputy Director: Col. Patricia Saint, USMCR

703-432-4711 [email protected]

Chief Historian: Mr. Charles Melson

703-432-4882 [email protected]

Histories Branch: Mr. Rich Smith

703-432-4884 [email protected]

Historical Ref. Branch: Mr. Danny Crawford

703-432-4871 danny.j.crawford

Oral History Branch: Dr. Fred Allison

703-432-4887 [email protected]

Edit & Design Branch: Maj Valeria Jackson

703-432-5224 [email protected]


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Strategic Focus

Vision

Satisfy HD target customers and provide mixed-media historical products

Mission

Research, write, and publish the Marine Corps’ official history by:

  • responding to internal and external research requests

  • providing historical reference assistance for writers and related projects

  • documenting historical events

  • conducting oral history interviews

  • preparingmanuscripts, articles, and papers for publication

  • deployingfield historians

  • printing and promoting historical publications

    • anthologies, definitive histories, monographs, battle studies, and occasional papers


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Primary “Target” Customers

  • Headquarters Marine Corps

  • Marine Corps University

  • Marine Corps Community

    • Commands

    • Veterans & Associations

    • Families

  • Fellow Military Services

  • Government Agencies

  • General Public


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Publications - 2007

  • US Marines in Iraq, 2003 Anthology

  • Small Unit Actions Battle Study

  • With the First Marine Division Occasional Paper

  • Task Force 58 Occasional Paper

  • Fortitudine, quarterly bulletin

  • Fire & Ice Combat Art Catalog

  • Confederate Marine Corps – General Gardner Paper

  • Various Reprints and Articles in Leatherneck, Marine Corps Gazette


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Planned Publications - 2008 / 2009

  • COIN Anthology

  • GWOT Collection

    • Winning the Hearts and Minds photo book I and II

    • OEF, Task Force 58 monograph

    • OIF-I, Baghdad, Bashra, and Beyond monograph

    • OIF-I, Force Service Support Group monograph

    • OIF-I, Marine Aviation monograph

    • OIF-I, Task Force Tarawa Battle Study

    • OIF-II, US Marines monograph

    • OIF-II, Battle of Fallujah monograph

    • SOCOM, Det 1 monograph

  • Gulf War

    • Khafji Definitive History; Khafji Battle Study

    • Al Najaf Battle Study

  • Developmental History of the Marine Corps (1970 – 2000)

  • Marines in the Frigate Navy definitive history


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Current Initiatives

  • Integration of Lean Six Sigma Writing Process Improvement

  • Office Infrastructure Upgrades & Digitization

    • Computers, Photo Imaging Equipment, Graphics Software

  • Microsoft™ Share Point Implementation

    • Office / Customer Collaboration Tool with Web Access

    • Digitization of Reference Files and Oral History Collection

  • Oral History Collections

    • GWOT, Mongolia, Thailand, Europe, VMV-22 Osprey Launch

  • Media & Promotion

    • Podcasts & National Geographic documentary

  • Phase II Research – National Museum of the Marine Corps expansion

  • MCU Press Launch


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Current Initiatives (Cont) MCU Press Launch

  • Vision - To enhance the Marine Corps University academic and scholarly reputation among other institutions of higher education.

  • Mission – To publish a balance of scholarly and relevant historical publications and to share the official Marine Corps history

  • Target Audience

    • HQMC, MCU, DoD, Veterans, Families

    • Academia

    • General Public

  • MCU Press Launch - Two Imprints

    • Retain Historical Imprint

    • Introduce MCU Scholarly Journal


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MCU PressPhased Approach


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MCU PressStrategic Planning Phase – Jan to Dec 2007

  • Revise HD Organizational Structure / Business Functions

    • MCU Press Branch / Editing & Design Section

      • Add Circulations, Warehousing/Distribution, & Public Affairs Roles

  • Increase Staffing Levels

    • Civilian Hires – 5 Total

      • FY08 / 21 civilians

        • GS 13 - Senior Editor

        • GS 11- Circulation Manager

        • GS 11 – Historian / Writer (3 positions total btwn FY08 – FY10)

      • FY09 / 22 civilians & FY10 – 23 civilians

    • Retain Mobilized Reserves to fill gap: FY08 – 2009

    • Build Liaisonwith GPO and USNI Press

  • Improve IT & Office Infrastructure

    • Computer Modernization Purchases – estimated delivery Oct 2008

    • Technical & Professional Training – 80% completed

    • Share Point™ Public Web Site Migration – estimated Oct 2007


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    MCU PressLaunch Phase - Jan to Dec 2008

    • Step 1 – Launch

      • Host Launch Party / Press Release – Jan 2008

      • Establish Networks

    • Step 2 - Publish

      • Prioritized manuscripts per production schedule

      • Quarterly Fortitudine – Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct

      • First issue of MCU Scholarly Journal – TBD

    • Step 3 – Monitor Timeline

      • Monthly Editorial Review Board

      • Monthly Writer’s Group / Publication Status Meetings

      • Update Publication Production Schedule


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    Step 1 - Publish

    Prioritized manuscripts per production schedule

    Quarterly Fortitudine – Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct

    First issue of MCU Scholarly Journal – TBD

    Step 2 – Monitor Timeline

    Monthly Editorial Review Board

    Monthly Writer’s Group / Publication Status Meetings

    Update Publication Production Schedule

    Step 3 – Implement Lean Six Sigma Process Improvements

    Establish Baselines & Measure Metrics

    MCU PressProduction Phase - Jan 2009



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