Desert Cities 1st Marine Division Association


    The Desert Cities Chapter held the 4th Annual Luncheon to Honor Women Marines on Saturday, April 20th.  Major Heather Cotoia, G-5, 1st Marine Division Hdq. Camp Pendleton was the Guest of Honor.  Brooke Beare, Co Anchor of CBS Local Channel 2 Evening News was the Mistress of Ceremonies.
    Over 120 members, guests and Marines attended the luncheon at the beautiful I W Club in Indian Wells. A contingent of women Marines from the MCAGCC, 29 Palms were among the special guests.
    Major Cotoia shared her experiences as a career Marine and how after enlisting she later received her commission in the Degree Completion Program and received her BA from Averett College.
    This was the fourth year that the Desert Cities Chapter held this luncheon.  Chapter members Buddy Sklar and Jim Sullivan created and developed the luncheon after consultation in 2010 with SgtMajor Susan Bellis, Sergeant Major of the MCAGCC, 29 Palms.
    Over 120 members and  guests  attended the luncheon at the luxurious I W Club along with a contingent of women Marines from 29 Palms.

    Submitted by,
    Jim Sullivan

    Chapter President Richard Partee presenting flowers to Major Cotoia, with Brooke Beare to the left