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Fair Winds and Following Seas . . .

After 15 years of dedicated service, sadly we bid farewell to Lieutenant Colonel John Hales, USMC (Ret) as Chief Operating Officer. He officially retired from the Foundation on Monday, February 29, 2016. John has been an integral part of our growth and successes and instituted many changes throughout the years both at the University and the Foundation.

We will say so long, but not goodbye to John, his lovely wife Vicky, and his daughters Kelly and Stephanie. He will be greatly missed but we wish him much success on the golf course.

A reminder, John . . . the most important shot in golf is the next one! Enjoy!!

The Hales Family Preserving Our Marine History . . .

LtGen Mills, with veteran Marines Clark Hall and Matt Heron, at an event to call for the preservation of a significant portion of the Princeton Battlefield that is under threat of development. LtGen Mills spoke on behalf of all veterans in support of preserving key Revolutionary Battlefields so future generations can see where our founders shed their blood to achieve our freedom. The Princeton Battlefield is historically significant to the United States Marine Corps, representing both the first land-based battle of the country’s premier fight force while also being the location of the first Marine killed in action (KIA).

U.S. Marine Corps Veterans Clark B. Hall, Lieutenant General Richard Mills, and Matt Heron at the February 22 launch of Veterans for Princeton, a national association of current or former military personnel united in their determination to protect the historic Princeton Battlefield (Civil War Trust).

Where We Come In Dear Friends,

Over a recent holiday weekend, I fielded frequent inquiries from relatives about the Marine Corps University Foundation and, specifically, why the Marine Corps University requires additional funding when it is largely supported by the federal government.

True, the University is supported by appropriations to the Department of Defense. Federal funds underwrite much of the faculty, as well as the administration, dorms, and other operating and maintenance costs of the University.

However, federal funding is insufficient. Additional faculty members are required to educate and mentor Marines on the changing world in which they serve, as are opportunities to train active-duty Marines in operational units around the world. Here’s where the Marine Corps University Foundation comes in—each year, the Foundation supports dozens of trips for Marine units to better understand warfighting, and


it underwrites the cost of leading scholars of defense policy and warfighting, emerging states, history and geostrategy to educate and mentor active-duty Marines. Throughout the year, the University hosts leading minds that can prepare Marines about the challenges before them, from terrorism and state-sponsored violence, to transnational security and the changing role of the U.S. military.

Simply put, through your generous funds, many thousands of active-duty Marines around the world are more prepared to undertake their complex roles to secure our nation.

I would be delighted to talk further with you about the Foundation’s support and how you can help—please contact me at (703) 640-6835 or Thank you and I look forward to working with you to continue to educate and support active-duty Marines around the world.

Sincerely, Mana Zarinejad Chief Development and External Affairs Officer

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