LtGen “Buck Bedard” (Ret) shares highlights from 37 years of elite USMC Service. In his final role, LtGen Bedard served as the Deputy Commandant Policies, Plans, and Operations, exhibiting true Esprit De Corps guiding over 45,000 Marines during his terms. Faith, Family, and Freedom are three top priorities that the General holds close to his heart as he remembers accounts from his tours in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Somalia, and countless other efforts where he put his literal life on the line to serve others. As a “Buck”, he played football and attended the University of North Dakota and while other men avoided the draft at all costs, General Buck Bedard decided to gain his Master Degree and swear in to fight willing and deploy to Vietnam.

LtGen Bedard’s love for his lovely wife, children and grandchildren, Fellow Marines, fine muscle cars, and sports, always comes first. Just as the Marine Corps motto exclaims, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine”, his ethics, and outreach continues to deposit motivation and empowerment into young and mature Marines globally from podiums around the world.

Thank you for your service LTGEN Bedard, USMC Retired * Semper Fidelis

Education is key and so is the Marine Corps Hymn, Birthday, and Remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. On November 10, 2020, for the first time in our lives while masked and socially-distanced, we celebrated the Marine Corps Birthday and Cake Cutting Ceremony outdoors. LtGen Bedard laughed through his speech and shared jokes with morals while leading the audience with serious undertones on the mic. We learned about the serious nature of what Marines are facing today while deployed in this climate, with their health and lives on the line stateside peacekeeping missions, in cyberspace, and in civilian communities. Safety is no laughing matter. Service with PPE and realizing what duty and honor mean is what we learned that evening also by making sure Marines are mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually healthy during the holidays reaching out with helpful hands and with earned benefits information available on Post or at

Charging Marines with orders, and guiding them to family services is part of good leadership; but requiring Esprit De Corps and outstanding performance is what makes all of the ribbons, accolades, appearances, and honors come to pass with integrity one demonstrates. Marines accomplish no easy feat and from his honorable years moving up through the ranks as an OCS graduate in 1968 to his retirement in 2005, General Bedard never stopped believing in achieving higher goals with high education on his forefront from the field to the books. Marines are furious fighters, fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters that must gather to be connected and feel like family surrounded by unconditional love and acceptance. The epidemics of Suicide and PTSD among other traumas can occur one too many times once separated from the Marine Corps. The ability to open up and trust other Marines facing the same challenges saves lives and has a place to go such as The Leatherneck Club is to share hard stories to tell from the foxhole Marines may have been keeping secret until together again. Giving in to the wounds they may have suffered in battle, to the promotions they may have earned, recapturing and revisiting times of the greatest and worst moments of service can cause chronic fatigue, added trauma, and or triumph. We must confront the issues and as a community, we can accept social responsibility to help our troops. That is why we must embrace Educating Our Veterans about what Marines actually do while serving and how they and their dependent families deserve to be rewarded by our civilian love, thanks, compassion, and empathy.

Lieutenant General “Buck” Bedard, USMC (RET) and Family

Medals, Honors, and Flyovers at funerals are wonderful to cherish but each day a Marine awakes, their plight is real, therefore, we hope you’ll enjoy the broadcast that sheds a powerful light from the General’s perspective on American Patriotism and how we can make ourselves accountable to serve in charity, community, and the Holiday Spirit. To learn more about Lt General “Buck” Bedard’s voluntarism and contributions, visit the Nevada Outdoor Adventure Foundation website:

Most notably, on November 10, 2020, after a wonderful speech by the General and introduction of the Mayor of Clark County, Mrs. Carolyn Goodman at the Leatherneck Club of Las Vegas, a declaration was unveiled and signed marking November 10, 2020, as the first Official ” United States Marine Corps Day” in Nevada. The Mayoral day was attributed to and in honor of the service efforts of Tom “Ghost” Martin, USMC Veteran of Desert Storm, at the special location and home of Marines, The Leatherneck Club, before a group of 250 Marines during the Cake Cutting Ceremony presented with PPE Gear and amidst the Pandemic. Year after year, Tom “Ghost” Martin and Leatherneck Staff host an amazing Marine Corps Birthday bash at the club filled with music, media, food trucks, stories, and an authentic, historic Marine Corps Salute of Taps and the Marine Corps Hymn played live by bagpipe and more. This Birthday Ball was uniquely designed with an outdoor historic film presentation from Headquarters Marine Corps, our Keynote Speaker, LtGen Buck Bedard, and was pulled off without a hitch during one of the most difficult times for Marines as a whole who are serving and during the unimaginable impact of COVID 19.

From the Office of The Mayor Carolyn Goodman of Clark County * Proclamation * United States Marine Corps Day, November 10, 2020
Tom “Ghost” Martin, USMC Veteran & Director of The Leatherneck Club, Las Vegas

Leading by example, LtGen a.k.a. “Buck” commends Tom “Ghost” Martin, a USMC Veteran on The Christina Silva Show for exceptional service and skill while managing and directing his establishment titled The Leatherneck Club which celebrates the sacrifices, history, and memory of Marines from World Wars, the Civil War to present-day efforts to keep our United States of America safe and free from imminent dangers. In this episode of The Christina Silva Show, we are Educating Our Veterans Live through the portal of the Honorable LtGen “Buck” Bedard’s portal and a plethora of experience which contains the ingredients Marines of all Eras need to derive, survive, and thrive, in order to obtain higher education excellence, active duty and retired success, followed by charitable and corporate rewards. Have the intention at heart to reach out and connect to earned benefits and find fellow Marines to ensure lifelong connections that breed resilience at the Leatherneck Club.

As Director of the Leatherneck Club of Las Vegas, Tom “Ghost” Martin embodies the theme of “continuous service as a Marine” which is embedded into the establishment and standard operating procedures. All are welcome to frequent The Leatherneck Club and sights in Las Vegas such as the famous Mob Museum. The club is conveniently located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip at 4360 W. Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102 to host meetings, weddings, and toasts to storytelling heroes in the bunker. It is a must seek, must find a destination! Follow and join the Leatherneck family via

Welcome to The Leatherneck Club, Las Vegas 4360 W. Spring Mountain Road

For the record, Marines bleed the same blood from their (Marine Uniform/Civilian Attire) alike. The Leatherneck Club is home to many historical pieces of War History, depicting the cost of freedom only Marines can pay. The setting and environment are filled with rich stories of travail or triumph, murals, memorabilia, and shadow boxes, and one-of-a-kind art heirlooms that remind us that Marines are “Always Faithful”. Stand with us; thank General “Buck” and Ghost for their valor and their voices. Join us and become part of The Marine Corps League Detachment 186 or The Marine Riders to give back. All Veteran Services Organizations aim to help veterans and active duty service members of all branches of our U.S. Armed Forces realize their benefits and their priceless value. For information and Helpful Resources dial the Veterans Administration (800) 827-1000 & VA Crisis Hotline (800) 273-8255 24/7. Semper Fi, #Bee Safe. God Bless America.


Camies 2 Civies Scholarships, Awards, and Giving Creates Resilience For Military Families Through Virtual Education, Music, Arts, and Sports

Camies 2 Civies, a 501 c3 Tax Exempt Organization #47-4744392, donated 2 Lenovo Tablets to Military Students of Enlisted Families to enhance Virtual Learning Experience during the 2020 Covid 19 Pandemic

Camies 2 Civies donated a Sony Play Station 4 to an Amazing Family at the 2019 61 FSS LAAFB 2019 Jingle Mingle Event at Fort Mac Arthur, San Pedro, CA #GOARMY

Camies 2 Civies, 501c3 Organization donated 2 tickets to the Virtual Christmas in Music City, a Josie Network Special Featuring Country Music’s Sweetheart:

We want to thank Heather Victorino for finding the winners of (2) tickets to her next live performance compliments of Camies2Civies. The Camies Civies (C2C) mission is to provide sources of Creative Resilience and Safe Solutions to connect with others during the holidays amidst the Pandemic. Congratulations to fans Marina Arnold and Brian Johnson. @HeatherVictorino is Country Music’s Sweetheart with a Heart for US Troops, tune in to Enter To Win two (2) tickets to hear her perform in Nashville Tennessee at the #ChristmasinMusicCity December 4, 2020 @TheJosieNetwork sponsored by and Camies2Civies C2C. Semper Fidelis and Happy Holidays.

CRS Productions is an authorized Distributor of Blue Can Water and Camies 2 Civies and CRE Productions sponsor military Sweepstakes events to encourage hydration for the Troops. Save 5% today with Promo Code: CRSMIL

Christina Silva US Marine Corps Veteran Supports Camies 2 Civies Community Outreach on the VOICE AMERICA Variety Channel

The Christina Silva Show on Voice America Variety Channel Wednesdays @!pm Pacific Educating Our Veterans Live

The Christina Silva Show sparks innovation and delivers creative resiliency solutions through an electrifying portal into the lives of trailblazing guests. As your host, Christina is a positive energy promoter with a special gift for connecting with innovators. Experts from all industries agree to uncover the steps they took to manifest their ideas into profitable inventions on each episode. Each testimonial is infused with grit, gumption, and giving back that paves the pathway to continued success.

Christina possesses a compassionate ear and critical voice as a female Marine Corps Veteran as she assumes the responsibility of educating veterans about business development, resources, and forward strategies. As Founder of C2C Foundation (2015), Christina is a natural-born philanthropist on a mission to help others adapt, overcome, and transform from their military “Camies 2 Civies.” Tune in weekly to be encouraged by testimonials on the Voice America Variety Channel.

Christina Silva is a United States Marine Corps Veteran of the Persian Gulf Era. Christina responds to the Call to Action For Equality on behalf of minority and under-represented classes and the masses as a Woman-In-Business, Military Advocate, and Female DAV Community of Heroes Awardee. She is a motivational speaker and a voice for the greater good. Christina delights in helping veterans redeem their VA Home Ownership benefit and promotes mental health awareness, gainful employment, and higher education. Christina is committed to volunteerism by serving active-duty military personnel, retirees, their families with over 20 years of contract consulting, event promotions, project management, real estate, and safety with emergency preparedness expertise.

Christina founded CRS Investments in 2002, CRS Productions in 2009, and her military private organization, (C2C) Foundation in 2015 to “Give Back in The Way of Safety and Education.” Christina inspires others to become their own boss. She enjoys human face-to-face contact in business and digital networking, especially motivating youth and seniors to learn from each other. Christina understands the success that military entrepreneurs can achieve when their spiritual, physical, mental, and social areas of life are synchronized. Join Christina and find your own Clean Riding Style. Each week, take advantage of learning something new and getting into gear from our accomplished subject matter expert guests.


C2C Supports First Virtual K.U.D.O.S. Event

For the first time in the 12 year history of the Air Force Event titled K.U.D.O.S., “Kids Understanding Deployment Operations,” was presented online via the web. #KUDOS simulates deployment readiness in all facets of the call to action as the LAAFB Airman and Family Readiness Center shines by supporting youth and military personnel with their military orders.

During its first virtual event kick-off, Active Duty Air Force Airmen and their dependent children ages toddler to teenager experienced a mock series of readiness exercises in real-time by participating in geared up #KUDOS TEAMS answering calls to action in Mental, Physical, Social, and Spiritual fitness categories.

This year, everyone participated with their own online connections via the internet and participated in live interactive Drills led by leaders of each Air Force department that their parents visit to be cleared to deploy and defend Our Nation in real life.

The awesome dress rehearsal includes tactical, hand-to-hand combat defense training, and meals ready to eat MRE’s while breeding camaraderie and confidence in each child and parent.

The readiness mission is filed with the importance of taking care of the active personnel Including coping and strategic training to best handle the emotions that Military families endure while being willing to Go, Fight, and Win in the blink of an eye.

Let us appreciate the deployment process and magnitude of what impact orders to deploy entail with separation from their children at hand at a moment’s notice.

The youth are excited about #KUDOS from their parents every year especially as the teams competed last year before social distancing was in effect at a giant tug-of-war and jumper obstacle course Including sponsored breakfast by C2C and a family BBQ Luncheon by the A&FRC which encouraged and introduced the measure of resilience, and ethical standards of The USAF Families first commitment.

It is always key to hope and pray for the safe return of our Airmen and Joint Forces to their homes stateside to become a family again after their deployments.

We want to humbly thank our Men and Women for their sacrifice, service-before-self, and positive attitudes all around the world as they are serving in their Camies 2 Civies.

With Solidarity, Christina R. Silva, United States Marine Corps Veteran, Founder of Camies 2 Civies (C2C) Foundation, Executive Producer, and Host of Educating Our Veterans Live, The Christina Silva Show is committed to serving families and her own sons, military dependents forever. No Federal Endorsement Intended Nor Implied. 2020 October 17, 14:46 hours. “We Transform, Adapt & Overcome from C2C”.

Veterans Day Salute 2020 * Meet “IRON MAN” Major Melvin Burch-Bynum, USMC

Major Melvin Burch-Bynum was born in Peoria, IL and has dedicated his entire adult life to outstanding and unprecedented service to the United State Marine Corps. His decorated career has included special duties, multiple deployments, leadership roles and responsibilites, and a core of spiritual, mental, physical, and social resilience for survival, acquisitions, and quality-of-life ambitions. He leads beside many fellow Marine Corps Officers that abide by the same principles and attitude. Major Burch-Bynum has infused the lives of Enlisted Marines as a former leader at the School of Infantry, MCB Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA but enjoys communing and learning from Marines that have served in eras preceding his with honor and valor. Spending time as a mentor, watching the Chicago Bears win football games, riding his Harley, and caring for man’s best friend “Harley”, and ballroom dancing with his lovely wife is also the centrifugal force of his existence. Keeping fit in the chow hall and the eateries of the world helps Major to fit into his uniform and to enjoy Birthday Cake with the Marines in 2020 with safe social distancing practices at his forefront.

In his Camies (Marine Corps Uniform), Melvin is an Officer with a role that includes a moment’s notice to serve stateside and abroad, therefore, he is ever-vigilant. Stateside, and in his Civies (Civilian Attire), he is an educator, charitable founder of the Little Free Library in Peoria, Illinois, and completed the hardest race ever known to man, The Iron Man challenge in Chattanooga before the Pandemic. Major Melvin Burch-Bynum is glad that he has traveled the world empowering youth and seniors and is passionate about Literacy and Service. 

Melvin loves continuing education and learns from his wife Mrs., Dr. Stephanie Burch-Bynum and they share a faithful bond of marriage and love for the arts, African American History, and all genres of music. Major Burch-Bynum has a story of humility and parental honor, he knows the cost of true cost freedom from the perspective of the accomplished and educated African American’s heart and soul as he proves his application of passion and mission amongst his community each and every day. Melvin relishes mentorship and the sharing of his giving talents lend back to his elementary school years where reading is paramount, he gleans for his lessons during overseas deployments and has touched lives of children from many nations, and his Esprit De Corps with athleticism is remarkable. 

The Marine Corps Motto: Semper Fidelis runs deep and on this day, we celebrate the service accolades Major Melvin Burch-Bynum has achieved. Each date, on November 10, we remember the Birthday the Marine Corps when service men rose and became the Elite of the Elite force to be reckoned in wartime and in peace for our Freedom in the United States of America. 

We remember all who have served, paid the ultimate sacrifice in our hearts with the families of the fallen, with a taste of cake from the Marine Guest of Honor to the Eldest Marine, and the Youngest Marine. We are proud in 2020 with safe social-distancing we are able to broadcast a full feature interview with Major as he remembers why he is “Still Serving” and why he did set out to step on the yellow feet to become a fine Marine like he has since graduating Boot Camp at Camp Lejeune one life-changing day over 26 years ago. Thank you for your service Major Melvin Burch-Bynum and Happy Veterans Day from The Christina Silva Show * Educating Our Veterans Day 2020, November 11. #IRONMAN2 

Agility, Assimilation, and Admiration are keywords that describe the character of Melvin Burch-Bynum. Today, we once again remind our listeners and patriots all over the globe why we celebrate the 245th Birthday of the United Marine Corps and Veterans Day 2020 with hearts of humility and honor while we remember all that have ever served in the Armed Forces. 

A tall order of professionalism, personal etiquette, drive, and commitment must be in place at all times under the name of US Marine. Comprehension of rules, regulations, and rights are traits Major Melvin Burch-Bynum takes seriously. History, resolutions, and higher education are key to assimilating his professional career and his personal ambition of becoming an Iron Man II. Making legendary moves begins with “The Little Free Library” created in honor of Melvin’s dear mother and his father inspires and admires his works in the community and in the military. Change and equality coupled with earned benefits and family leave are what we look forward to in our Camies 2 Civies. 

We will discover the role we must play with our right to vote and to become pioneers in our lives from a testimonial filled with Esprit De Corps #SemperFidelis! To relax and be resilient is to be sure you can support our Marines via the Toys for Tots mission and during the holidays and year-round, by saying “Thank you to a Marine, Thank You to a Veteran from Every Era and Every Branch of Service”, it is as easy as that motion. Also, and just as CRS does with each coveted interview, aim to help others Transform, Adapt, and Overcome from your own #Camies2Civies so you can #MERCHFORAWARD with empathy for all our service men and women put on the line. With a Spirit of Voluntarism we can be proud and rights bearing Americans together, “One Nation Under God, Indivisible With Liberty and Justice For ALL.” #CRSC2C. Photo Credits: Major Melvin Burch-Bynum and United States Marine Corps Veteran Christina R. Silva

We are honored to remember our returning guest and as an outstanding United States Marine Corps Officer in our original interview year ago, meet Major Melvin Burch-Bynum. With a story of valor and a living legacy, we are sure to be uplifted, grateful and highly educated by the testimony and heart of our Champion.


C2C Virtual Learning Essay & Scholarship Awards * Apply November 1-30, 2020 *


Fourth Quarter C2C Virtual Learning Scholarship Awards * Announcement November 1, 2020.

Support & Apply: C2C Home Schooling * Essay Writing Challenge.

Ready, Resilient, and Eligible Enlisted Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Retiree, and Veteran Dependent Students K-12 from LA AFB Populous (El Segundo) and Fort Mac Arthur, (San Pedro, CA) may write and submit a 50-100 word essay about their Virtual Learning and Home Schooling Experience.

Students can share what they love and miss about their school campus during the “Safer At Home Order”. Students can share the positives, lessons learned, and challenges they overcame while being home-schooled.

Consistent and Collaborative Study Habits and Scholastic Achievements during the 2020 Pandemic are important and online learning is unique to each student.

We want to thank all of our dependent military students, parents, our LA AFB School Liaison Officer, Faculty of Teachers, Counselors, and School Districts for serving students, adapting, and transforming their homes and classrooms to accommodate the new Virtual Learning Environment from Camies 2 Civies.

Students that submit their essays online by November 30, 2020, are eligible for a Single-entry, chance to enter to win a new Lenovo Tablet.

Stay Tuned for nor Essay details and highlights on link on November 1, 2020. Thank you!

Special thanks to our C2C Community Partners, sponsors, donors, CRS Productions, and custom-branded #MERCHFORAWARD designs for the first annual Virtual Learning Scholarship Awards Tools * (2) Lenovo Tablets {$113 Value Each) will be awarded to 2 Essay Writing Student Winners (1) K-6th Grade Student and (1) 7-12th Grade Student on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 12 Noon Fort Mac Arthur.

join us virtually for the C2C congratulatory presentation and acceptance photo by Camies2Civies Founder, Christina Silva, and the LAAFB/SLO.

For additional information, please reach Christina Silva, Founder

Camies 2 Civies. (562) 254-5420 #AIMHIGH


Sponsored By: CRS Productions

Sponsored By: CRS Productions


Art heals us from C2C

The very first time I painted for a cause!!! Get involved to salute military organizations and learn to express yourself and commune with others with your mobile device and paintbrush in hand.

The afternoon spent discovering the simplicity and complexity of art with acrylic paint gave me new interest during quarantine! I believe this #CREATIVERESILIENCYSOLUTION introduced to me virtually by the awesome team at the Los Angeles AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center saves lives.

For me, Art Uncorked program led by EFMP Director, Leah Long-Goss meant remembrance of the 22 lives lost daily isn’t in vain. Our comrades who fly free above the pine trees and for the glory of the American Flag are saluted in my work! They fought and gave their lives for such valor and honor to be valued forevermore.

It is a wonderful community partnership experience being a part of the Exceptional Family Member team during the first Virtual excursion via Zoom.

You’ll come to know your artistic talent exists and the relief therein once you join with others to create a story on canvas. Every painting is different and the process was so meditative, interactive, and stress relieving at once.

I brushed away the pain and brought in hope as I painted today with those I trust can understand service and the finished canvas now hangs in my home office space for a lasting piece and hand-painted tribute.

Special thanks to LAAFB EFMP Director, Leah Goss, and for making this event possible.

Semper Fi #AIMHIGH If you enjoy this post, for more information on how to get involved to support military families with us, contact Camies2Civies C2C. Just reach out to me, your Founder Silva Christina. No Federal Endorsement Intended Nor Implied.


C2C LIVE, Launch & Learn @ USSIOWA 2016 Dec 17

Join Us for Family Fun and Holiday Cheer at the historic

Saturday, December 17, 2016 12:00 – 4:00pm

Camies 2 Civies Invitation

Battleship USS Iowa 250 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731