S-3: Operations


Mission

Operations plans and coordinates all aspects of operations and training.
This is where you find information about planned events, training, fundraising activity and our detachment calendar. Whatever Operations we have planned or scheduled – you’ll find here.

Calendar

Click on the Events link to open the detachment calendar page. You will be able to view the scheduled events for the Two-Eagles Detachment. From there you can navigate the calendar to view upcoming or past events and drill into the detail.

Events

Marine Corps Birthday

Each 10 November, the Two-Eagles detachment co-sponsors a Marine Corps Birthday celebration at the VFW in Prior Lake. This is one of our longest held traditions. The celebration includes the formal cake-cutting ceremony and reading of the birthday messages. After that, formality goes out the window while we get down to having some fun. There is copious amounts of good food and beverages and lots of door prizes. Each year we also conduct our Marine Corps Birthday Raffle drawing at this event, and announce our detachment recipient of the Marine of the Year recognition.

Veteran Fishing Outing

Two-Eagles Detachment sponsors an annual fishing outing for elderly and disabled vets. Our first outing was Saturday, 23 June 2012. We partner with other veteran service and veteran outreach groups to provide a great experience. There is the fishing, but also prizes and lunch, all at no cost to the participants. The Minnesota DNR helps by making this an educational outing, We got ‘hooked’ and repeat this fun event each year during the summer.

Honor Guard/Color Guard

Every Marine, no, every veteran, is entitled to a ceremonial rifle salute as part of their burial service. Two-Eagles Detachment is honored to provide Honor Guard and Color Guard services. We provide Honor Guards at funerals and burials for Marines, and other veterans, who have gone on the their final duty station. We also provide Honor Guard and Color Guard services for a variety of veteran-related memorial or commemorative services and functions. Contact our Detachment via email to inquire or arrange for Honor and/or Color Guard services.

Fundraising

Throughout the year, Two-Eagles engages in a variety of fundraising actvities. The proceeds from these activities are used to fund our Operations, detachment expenses and outreach projects. Some Key fundraising activities include:

Dogs and Brats At least once each year we set-up some tables and a grill at different locations, notably Sam’s Club in Shakopee. We use this opportunity to sell some dogs, brats and beverages to raise funds. We also distribute literature for veterans benefits and about the Marine Corps League. This is a great opportunity to make connections and promote membership. Check-out our calendar for scheduled fundraising events
Flag Sales At each of our fundraisers, or separately, we will sell small U.S. Flags, and the flags from each of the service branches.
Marine Corps Birthday Raffle Annually we conduct a raffle with the drawing completed during our Marine Corps Birthday Ball. Prizes include at least one firearm, but also a variety of other prizes such as gift cards, apparel and electronics. Tickets go on sale in September. We keep the number of tickets down to increase the odds of winning for everyone.  To purchase tickets after the raffle is announced, mail your check in the amount of $10 for each ticket desired, to: Two-Eagles Detachment, Attn: Raffle Tickets, PO Box 302, Savage, MN 55378.

Appearances/Promotions

During the course of the year we occasionally promote the Two-Eagles Detachment, and the Marine Corps League, through the media. The following is a list of some past promotions involving Two-Eagles and/or Two-Eagles Personnel:

Radio Interviews Check out this recent radio interview on AM 950 KTNF, The Matt McNeill Show. Select to Listen or download the show for Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011. Our then-Commandant, Pete Williams, talks about some upcoming fundraisers and our mission.
Newspaper Articles Savage Pacer – 29 June 2012: Column: People of Savage Take A Bow. The Detachment is mentioned in a very nice editorial piece by Alex Hall. In it he lauds Savage residents and groups for their outreach to others.

Savage Pacer – 26 June 2012: Gone Fishin’. A follow-up story about the Take a Vet Fishing Day, with several photos of the event.

Savage Pacer – 2 June 2012: Angling for Veterans. Then-Commandant Pete Williams is shown with Detachment Member, and professional fishing guide, Gene Boyer. The article announces our first annual Take a Vet Fishing Day.

Savage Pacer – 22 November 2011: Toys For Tots Drive Under Way. Commandant Pete Williams is shown with chief of Police Rodney Seurer to announce the start of the Toys for Tots Drive in Savage.

Savage Pacer – 15 October 2011: Former Marine Hopes Books Will Help Troops. Detachment member Erik Therwanger, author of The Goal Formula, is a member of Two-Eagles. The book is his most recent of three, and describes a forward-looking goal-oriented approach to living.

Savage Pacer – 15 August 2011: Finishing As A Team. Though not mentioned in this article, at the ceremony each Eagle Scout was presented with the Good Citizen Award by then-Commandant Pete Williams. This is a great story about six boys that grew up together achieving Eagle Scout at the same time.

Savage Pacer – 29 July 2011: Once A Marine, Always A Marine This article is a great overview of our detachment, our mission and the reason we come together as Marines.

Savage Pacer – 25 December 2010: Marines Honor Eagle Ridge for Fundraising. Our then-Commandant, Pete Williams, presented an award to the Ninth Grade Student Council at Eagle Ridge for their outstanding results in collecting toys and funds for Toys-For-Tots.