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  • The News - Portugal's National Newspaper in English - National and regional news from Portugal in English, full classified section, business reference section including extensive Portugal tax guide in English by Price Waterhouse.
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  •  MSG MegaRoster        * = MEGA Member                                       
    A
    Adams, Adelbert (49-51)
    Adams, Albert (49-51)
    Allinger, Brian (98-99)
    Ardelean, Alan (05-06)

    B
    Banaszek, Michael D. (77-78)
    Barkley, Meshach  (03-04)
    Bilyeu, Gregory M., Sgt.  (81-82)
    Blaese, LCpl. (62-64)
    Boswell, John R. (49-51) NCOIC
    Brissette, Steven (94-96)
    Brooks, Anthony, Sgt. (97-98)

    C
    Califa, Joe (07-08)
    Cassidy, Justin, Sgt. (98-99)

    D
    Davis, Terry, Sgt. (81-??)
    Deets, Lawrence (49-51)
    Donaldson, Mark C., GySgt. (89-91) *  DetCmdr
    Downey, Thomas, SSgt. (74-77)      NCOIC
    Dussault, Paul J. (74-77)

    E
    Everett, Zane (63-64)

    F
    Faber, James, GySgt. (98-99)     DetCmdr
    Faught, Ryan, Sgt. (98-99)
    Feran, Scott M. (03-05)
    Ferreira, Antonio Jacinto (94-95)
    Fortin, Joseph, Sgt. (98-99)

    G
    Gillis, Ken, GySgt. (94-95)          Det Cmdr
    Gonzalez, Jose E. (?)
    Greenwood, Jim (68-69)

    H
    Hardy, George W., Sgt. (74-77)
    Hart, John G. (84-85)
    Hartman, Harry Joseph (?)
    Holloway (49-51)

    I

    J

    K
    Lambert (49-51)
    Keller, Richard V. (57-60)
    Knox, Dale A. (82-83)

    L
    Lanier, Tom (87-89)
    Lemich, Nicholas Alan (99-00)
    Lukecart, Lawrence R. (49-50)

    M
    Marks, Phillip (71-72)
    Mathis, Bruce M. (00-01)
    Milller, Gerry, Sgt. (81-??)
    Mullery, Brian (85-86)
    Murawski, Mark W. (73-74)

    N

    O
    O'Connor, Peter (49-51)
    Orellana, Hector (06-07)

    P
    Patti, Frank, Sgt. (81-??)
    Pendleton, David, Sgt. (98-99)
    Prather, Joe A. (61-62)
    Price, Fred R. (60-62)

    Q

    R
    Rains, Roger T. (54-56)
    Reyes, Ernie, Sgt. (98-99)
    Rivera, Jacobo D. (99-01)
    Rosario, GySgt. (84-86)

    S
    Sanchez, Eduardo A. (98-99)
    Smith, Ray A. (83-84)
    Stewart, Jakendrik R. (01-03)
    Stress, Martin (01-03)

    T
    Thiede, James J. (81-83)
    Todd, James (82-83)

    U

    V

    W
    Wilcox, Randy H. (75-76)
    Wilson, Howard R., GySgt.  (81-83)       NCOIC

    X

    Y

    Z





    THE NAMES OF CURRENT DETACHMENT MEMBERS ARE NOT TO BE DISPLAYED WITHOUT THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE DETACHMENT COMMANDER
    2012
    AmbassadorAllan J. Katz
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders: 

    2011
    AmbassadorAllan J. Katz
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders: 

    2010
    Ambassador: Allan J. Katz
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders: 

    2009
    Ambassador:  Thomas F. Stephenson
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders: 

    2008
    Ambassador:  Thomas F. Stephenson
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders: Joe Califa,

    2007
    Ambassador:  Thomas F. Stephenson
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders:  Joe Califa, Hector Orellana,

    2006
    Ambassador:  Alfred Hoffman Jr.
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders:  Alan Ardelean, Hector Orellana,

    2005
    Ambassador:  Alfred Hoffman Jr.
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    Watchstanders:  Alan Ardelean, Scott M. Feran, 

    2004
    Ambassador: John N. Palmer
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    Watchstanders:  Meshach Barkley, Scott M. Feran, 
    Barroso resigned in July, 2004, in anticipation of his being named president of the European Commission , and Social Democrat Pedro Miguel de Santana Lopes was appointed premier
    2003

    Ambassador: John N. Palmer
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    Watchstanders:  Meshach Barkley, Scott M. Feran, Jakendrik R. Stewart, Martin Stress,

    2002

    Ambassador: John N. Palmer
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    Watchstanders: Jakendrik R. Stewart, Martin Stress,
    Early parliamentary elections in Mar., 2002, resulted in a defeat for the Socialists, and Social Democrat José Manuel Durão Barroso became premier, heading a coalition with the smaller Popular party. 
    2001

    Ambassador: Gerald S. McGowan / John N. Palmer
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    Watchstanders: Bruce M. Mathis, Jacobo D. Rivera, Jakendrik R. Stewart, Martin Stress,
    Guterres and the Socialists were returned to power, again as a minority government. Sampaio was reelected in Jan., 2001. Social Democratic victories in the Dec., 2001, local elections led Guterres to resign as premier and party leader in 2001. 
    2000

    Ambassador: Gerald S. McGowan
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    Watchstanders: Nicholas Alan Lemich, Bruce M. Mathis, Jacobo D. Rivera, 

    1999

    Ambassador: Gerald S. McGowan
    Company Commander: LtCol. Ana Smythe
    Detachment Commander: GySgt. James Faber                                                               A/: Sgt. Brian Allinger
    Watchstanders:  Sgt. Justin Cassidy, Sgt. Ryan Faught, Sgt. Joseph Fortin, Nicholas Alan Lemich, Sgt. David Pendleton, Sgt. Ernie Reyes, Jacobo D. Rivera, Eduardo A. Sanchez,
    Portugal became part of the European Union's single currency plan in 1999; in October
    1998

    AmbassadorGerald S. McGowan
    Company Commander: LtCol. Ana Smythe
    Detachment Commander:
    GySgt. James Faber                                                              A/: Sgt. Brian Allinger

    Watchstanders: Sgt. Anthony Brooks, Sgt. Justin Cassidy, Sgt. Ryan Faught, Sgt. Joseph Fortin, Sgt. David Pendleton, Eduardo A. Sanchez, 

    1997

    Ambassador: Elizabeth Frawley Bagley / Gerald S. McGowan
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders: Sgt. Anthony Brooks, 

    1996

    Ambassador: Elizabeth Frawley Bagley
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders:  Steven Brissette, 
    Barred from running for a third term, Soares retired as president in 1996; he was succeeded by another Socialist, Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio.
    1995

    Ambassador: Elizabeth Frawley Bagley
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    GySgt. Ken Gillis
    Watchstanders:  Steven Brissette, Antonio Jacinto Ferreira,
    The Socialists returned to power as a minority government after the 1995 parliamentary elections; António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres became premier.
    1994

    Ambassador: Elizabeth Frawley Bagley
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    GySgt. Ken Gillis
    Watchstanders:  Steven Brissette, Antonio Jacinto Ferreira, 

    1993

    Ambassador: Everett Ellis Briggs
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders: 

    1992

    Ambassador: Everett Ellis Briggs
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders: 

    1991

    Ambassador: Everett Ellis Briggs
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    GySgt. Mark C. Donaldson,
    Watchstanders: 

    1990

    Ambassador: Edward Morgan Rowell /  Everett Ellis Briggs
    RSO: Mike LaFranchi /  ?
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    GySgt. Mark C. Donaldson
    Watchstanders:  

    1989

    AmbassadorEdward Morgan Rowell
    RSO: Mike LaFranchi
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    GySgt. Mark C. Donaldson

    Watchstanders: Tom Lanier,
    Constitutional revision was furthered in 1989. Political stability and economic reforms created a favorable business climate, especially for renewed foreign investment, and there was strong economic growth.
    1988

    Ambassador: Edward Morgan Rowell
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
     
    Watchstanders:  Tom Lanier,

    1987

    Ambassador: Edward Morgan Rowell
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:

    Watchstanders: Tom Lanier, 

    1986

    Ambassador: Frank Shakespeare
    Company Commander: 
    Detachment Commander:
    GySgt. Rosario
    Watchstanders: Brian Mullery,  
    NCOICs of MSG Detachments now titled Detachment Commanders.
    1985

    Ambassador: Henry Allen Holmes /  Frank Shakespeare
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:
     GySgt. Rosario
    Watchstanders: John G. Hart, Brian Mullery, 
    From 1983 to 1985 a coalition government under Socialist leader Mário Soares began to make some headway against the chaos and poverty into which Salazar's long dictatorship, the African wars, and the 1974-75 leftist revolution had thrown Portugal.
    1984

    Ambassador: Henry Allen Holmes
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:
     GySgt. Rosario
    Watchstanders: John G. Hart, Ray A. Smith,

    1983

    Ambassador: Henry Allen Holmes
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:
    GySgt. Howard R. Wilson, 
    Watchstanders:  Dale A. Knox, Ray A. Smith, James J. Thiede, James Todd, 
    The centrist Social Democratic party under Aníbal Cavaço Silva won an undisputed majority in parliament, Soares was elected to the presidency, and Portugal was admitted to the European Community (now the European Union ).
    1982

    Ambassador: Richard J. Bloomfield / Henry Allen Holmes
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:
    GySgt. Howard R. Wilson,
    Watchstanders:  Sgt. Gregory M. Bilyeu, Dale A. Knox, James J. Thiede, James Todd, 

    1981

    Ambassador: Richard J. Bloomfield
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:
    GySgt. Howard R. Wilson                                                                         A/:  Sgt. Terry Davis
    Watchstanders:  Sgt. Gregory M. Bilyeu, Sgt. Gerry Miller, Sgt. Frank Patti, James J. Thiede, 

    Comments from Greg Bilyeu on 27JAN2011: In 1981, the Embassy was literally down town in an old six-story building right on the street.  The Marine House was in the suburb of Restello, a 20 minute (at least) drive from the Embassy. Restello, a suburb of Lisbon, a very RICH suburb.  We lived in a mansion that was leased to the Embassy by an owner who apparently had been living in exile since the 1974 revolution.  Apparently things were okay for him to come back so the lease was up and we had to move but it was a fantastic place and we held Bar-B-Que’s in the summer for the Embassy staff and guests.

    Later, in 1981, The Marine House moved further out to Estoril, another 20-25 minutes further out.  Made getting to React Drills real interesting!

    When I arrived in February 1981 there was a lot of turnover going on.  I cannot recall the NCOIC at the time but he rotated out and was replaced by GySgt Wilson.  The A/NCOIC at the time was Sgt Terry Davis and he rotated stateside in May 1981.

    Lisbon had a big NATO presence. There was an NATO aviation repair/rework facility so as you might guess there were a lot of Military Attaches stationed there.  We also got frequent port calls from US and foreign Naval Vessels.  While I was there the USS Eisenhower came in as well as the USGC tall ship the Eagle.  The MSG Det toured both ships as guests. 

     

    1980

    Ambassador: Richard J. Bloomfield
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: 

    1979

    Ambassador: Richard J. Bloomfield
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: 
    First Women Marines accepted for MSG training and assignment.
    1978

    Ambassador: Frank C. Carlucci / Richard J. Bloomfield
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders:  Michael D. Banaszek,
    From 1977 to 1980 several moderate, Socialist-dominated governments tried unsuccessfully to stabilize the country politically and economically. In 1980-82, a center-right coalition experienced a similar fate, although it did succeed in instituting a process of constitutional revision, which reduced presidential power, the right of the military to intervene in politics, and the anti-capitalist biases of the 1976 constitution.
    1977

    Ambassador: Frank C. Carlucci
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:
    SSgt. Thomas Downey
    Watchstanders:  Michael D. Banaszek,  Paul J. Dussault, Sgt. George W. Hardy,
     
    1976

    Ambassador: Frank C. Carlucci
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:
    SSgt. Thomas Downey
    Watchstanders:  Paul J. Dussault, Sgt. George W. Hardy, Randy H. Wilcox, 

    1975

    Ambassador: Stuart Nash Scott  / Frank C. Carlucci
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:
    SSgt. Thomas Downey
    Watchstanders: Paul J. Dussault, Sgt. George W. Hardy, Randy H. Wilcox, 
    In 1975, Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé and Principe, and Cape Verde were granted independence. East Timor was forcibly taken over by Indonesia and did not achieve independence until 2002. January to November of 1975 was the period of greatest leftist ascendancy domestically—most banks and industries were nationalized, a massive agrarian reform was begun in the Alentejo, and the MFA-dominated government tried to ignore the elections of Apr., 1975, which strongly favored moderate parties, and instead relied on Communist support. Leftist predominance vanished after a failed coup attempt by radical military units in November, but many features of the revolutionary period of 1974-75 were incorporated into the constitution of 1976.
    1974

    AmbassadorStuart Nash Scott
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:
    SSgt. Thomas Downey

    Watchstanders:  Paul J. Dussault, Sgt. George W. Hardy, Mark W. Murawski,
    By early 1974 dissatisfaction with the seemingly endless wars in Africa, together with political suppression and economic difficulties, resulted in growing unrest within Portugal.
    On Apr. 25 an organized group of officers toppled the government in the Captains' Revolution , encountering a minimum of resistance from loyal forces and enthusiastic acceptance from the people. The officers who initiated the revolution constituted the Armed Forces Movement (MFA). Gen. António de Spínola , who did not play an active role in the coup but had publicly criticized the Caetano government, was appointed head of the ruling military junta. The secret police force was abolished; all political prisoners were released; full civil liberties, including freedom of the press and of all political parties, were restored; and overtures were made to the guerrilla groups in the African territories for a peaceful settlement of the conflicts. In September, Spínola was forced to resign and the government became dominated by leftists.
    1973

    Ambassador: Ridgway B. Knight / Stuart Nash Scott
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Mark W. Murawski,

    1972

    Ambassador: Ridgway B. Knight
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Phillip Marks, 

    1971

    Ambassador: Ridgway B. Knight
    Company Commander: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Phillip Marks, 
    RMO/Regional MSG commands changed to Company commands with Commanding Officers.
    1970

    Ambassador: Ridgway B. Knight
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: 

    1969

    Ambassador:  Tapley Bennett, Jr.  / Ridgway B. Knight
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Jim Greenwood,  

    1968

    Ambassador: Tapley Bennett, Jr.
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders:  Jim Greenwood, 
    In 1968, Salazar suffered a stroke and was replaced by Marcello Caetano as premier. Under Caetano repression was eased somewhat and limited economic development programs were started in Portugal and in the overseas territories. The continuing armed conflicts with guerrillas in the African territories, requiring about 40% of Portugal's annual budget to be devoted to military spending, drained the country's resources.
    1967

    Ambassador: Tapley Bennett, Jr.
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: 

    1966

    Ambassador: George W. Anderson, Jr.  /  Tapley Bennett, Jr.
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: 
    Censorship of the press and of cultural activities grew especially severe in the mid-1960s, as student demonstrations were sternly repressed.
    1965

    Ambassador: George W. Anderson, Jr.
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: 

    1964

    AmbassadorGeorge W. Anderson, Jr.
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders:  LCpl. Blaese, Zane Everett

    1963

    Ambassador:C. Burke Elbrick  /  George W. Anderson, Jr.
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders:  LCpl. Blaese, Zane Everett, 

    1962

    Ambassador: C. Burke Elbrick
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders:  LCpl. Blaese, Fred R. Price, Joe A. Prather,

    1961

    Ambassador: C. Burke Elbrick
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Fred R. Price, Joe A. Prather,
    Portugal's colony of Goa was seized by India.
    1960

    Ambassador: C. Burke Elbrick
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Richard V. Keller, Fred R. Price, 
    In Africa, armed resistance to Portuguese rule developed in Angola, Mozambique, and Portuguese Guinea in the early 1960s.
    1959

    Ambassador: C. Burke Elbrick
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Richard V. Keller, 

    1958

    Ambassador:James C. H. Bonbright  / C. Burke Elbrick
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Richard V. Keller, 
    On the domestic front, the 1958 anti-government candidate, Gen. Humbert Delgado, contested the previously phony elections and received almost a quarter of the vote; a constitutional amendment the following year changed the method of electing the president.
    1957

    Ambassador:  James C. H. Bonbright
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Richard V. Keller,  

    1956

    Ambassador: James C. H. Bonbright
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders:  Roger T. Rains,

    1955

    AmbassadorJames C. H. Bonbright
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Roger T. Rains, 
    Portugal admitted to the United Nations.
    1954

    Ambassador: M. Robert Guggenheim
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: Roger T. Rains,  
    First formal MSG Training Program established by the Marine Corps in November, 1954.
    1953

    Ambassador: Cavendish W. Cannon / M. Robert Guggenheim
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: 

    1952

    Ambassador: Lincoln MacVeagh / Cavendish W. Cannon
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: 
    Under Salazar's “New State,” economic modernization lagged, with the result that Portugal fell increasingly behind the rest of Europe in the 1950s and 60s.
    1951

    Ambassador: Lincoln MacVeagh
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:
     John R. Boswell
    Watchstanders:  Adelbert Adams, Albert Adams, Lawrence Deets, Holloway, Lambert and Peter O'Connor. 

    1950

    Ambassador: Lincoln MacVeagh
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:
     John R. Boswell
    Watchstanders:  Adelbert Adams, Albert Adams, Lawrence Deets, Holloway, Lambert, Lawrence R. Lukecart and Peter O'Connor. 

    1949

    Ambassador: Lincoln MacVeagh
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:
     John R. Boswell
    Watchstanders:  Adelbert Adams, Albert Adams, Lawrence Deets, Holloway, Lambert, Lawrence R. Lukecart and Peter O'Connor.
    Portugal became a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

    First two MSG Detachments established at the American Embassies in Bangkok, Thailand (6 MSGs) and Tangiers, Morocco (9 MSGs).
    1948
    Ambassador: Lincoln MacVeagh
    RMO: 
    NCOIC:

    Watchstanders: 
    Memorandum of Agreement between the DOS and the USMC for the Marine Corps to provide currently serving personnel to protect classified materials and American lives and property and to report directly to a designated DOS Officer at U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide.

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