Honorary Young Marine Zach Veach, teen race car driver, wins Indy Lights
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The Young Marines youth organization salutes teen race car driver Zach Veach, 19, on his first place win in the season opener of the Indy Lights race held Sunday, March 30, in St. Petersburg, FL. He won by leading every lap of the race.
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Ten Young Marines Return From a Very Special ‘Reunion of Honor’ on Guam and Iwo Jima
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Young Marines traveled to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor.” Each year, American and Japanese veterans and their families come together for remembrances of their fallen brothers and to recall the fierce battles.
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Twenty Young Marines to participate in United Nations Conference
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Twenty youth members of the Young Marines youth organization are traveling from across the country to New York City on March 8 – 12, 2014, to participate in a conference held by the United Nations.
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Young Marines names six Division Young Marines of the Year
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The Young Marines youth organization has named six division winners in its most prestigious award - the “Division Young Marines of the Year.”
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ABC Features the Young Marines Performing a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Pearl Harbor
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Friday, Dec. 6, youth members of the Young Marines performed a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI, in memory of the brave men and women who are interred there.
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Young Marines From Across the Nation Travel to Hawaii for 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
Monday, December 02, 2013
Youth members of the Young Marines will travel to Hawaii to participate in the 72nd anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration. The Young Marines will lead the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu and perform a wreath laying ceremony at the Natio
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Gary Weisbaum named Chief Marketing Officer of the Young Marines youth organization
Monday, November 18, 2013
Gary Weisbaum accepted a position as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Young Marines. Weisbaum will coordinate the Young Marines brand and marketing programs across the United States.
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Two Young Marines awarded Jimmie Trimble Scholarships at American Veterans Center Honors Awards Banquet
Thursday, November 14, 2013
YM MGySgt Mary Ann Wessell of Cleveland, OH, and YM MSgt Nathan Baker of Atlanta, GA, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Awards which were presented at a black tie event on Saturday, Nov. 9, hosted by the American Vet
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For the Young Marines, Veterans’ Appreciation Week is all year long
Friday, November 01, 2013
Members of the Young Marines celebrate America’s veterans all year long, reaching more than 30,000 men and women who have served in the armed forces. The members of the Young Marines will participate in Veterans’ Appreciation Week - Nov. 4 - 11, 2013
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Young Marines participate in Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 23 – 31, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Young Marines units from all over the country are participating in projects to support Red Ribbon Week – Oct. 23 – 31, 2013, which is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation.
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Young Marines Symposium: A hatching ground for good ideas
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Advanced or senior members of the Young Marines will be traveling to Arlington, VA, for the annual national Young Marines Symposium held Thursday to Monday, Oct. 10–14, 2013.
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‘Semper Fidelis’ among tween and teen sisters
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Some sisters share doll collections. Some share a passion for ballet. The four Base sisters from Seal Beach, CA, can holler, "Oorah," and mean it. The sisters, ranging in age from 9 to 15 have found a steel-strong bond within the Young Marines.
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Young Marines Meet Living History During Navajo Code Talkers Day
Thursday, August 22, 2013
More than 100 members of the Young Marines traveled to AZ to be part of Navajo Code Talkers Day. The Young Marines not only met code talkers, they participated for three days acting as escorts for the WWII veterans.
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National ‘Adult Volunteer of the Year’ leads the only Young Marines unit for kids with special needs
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Young Marines youth organization has named its national “Adult Volunteer of the Year” –Vivian Price-Butler, 1stSgt, USMCR (ret) of the Central Maryland Young Marines.
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Orlando Devil Dogs named Young Marines national ‘Unit of the Year’
Friday, June 07, 2013
The Young Marines named the Orlando Devil Dogs the national “Unit of the Year.” In addition, the Orlando Devil Dogs was named one of six unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award for their drug demand reduction education efforts.
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The DEA and Young Marines present six Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and The Young Marines youth organization announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Awards. The awards honor six Young Marines units for their drug demand reduction efforts throug
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The Young Marines sponsor teen race car driver Zach Veach at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The Young Marines have sponsored 18-year-old Zach Veach’s race program for the past three years and they have partnered together to encourage youth to serve as leaders and remain drug-free.
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Dakota Richter of Crestview, KY, named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Young Marines youth organization named a new “National Young Marine of the Year” - SgtMaj Dakota Richter, 17, of Crestview Hills, Kentucky. As National Young Marine of the Year, Richter will be a mentor for the 10,000 youth members in the Young M
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The Young Marines wins its fourth Telly Award
Thursday, May 09, 2013
The Young Marines win a 2013 bronze Telly Award in the online video category for the June, 2012, broadcast of the Young Marines News Network. This is the fourth Telly Award the Young Marines have won.
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Young Marines collaborates with the Women Marines Association to raise $50,000 for Molly Marine statue
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Young Marines and the Women Marines Association (WMA) collaborated to raise the final $50,000 for “Molly Marine,” a statue that honors the unique history of the women of the Marine Corps.
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William J. Walker named to board of directors of the Young Marines
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The members of the board of directors of the Young Marines, a national non-profit youth education and service program for boys and girls, announce a new board member - William J. Walker, deputy assistant administrator and special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States Department of Justice.

William J. Walker named to board of directors of the Young Marines.“Mr. Walker’s expertise will be exceptionally beneficial to our organization,” said Gerry Reis, chair of the board of directors of the Young Marines. “His vast experience with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is very much in sync with the Young Marines’ focus on youth drug demand reduction.”

Walker joins Young Marines board members: Gerry Reis, Mike Kessler, William Barnes, Robert Borka, Jack Closson, Dina Dillon, Loren Funk, Louis Johnson, Gary Weisbaum, William Smith, Gene Overstreet, Joe Venable and Mike Tracy

“I am honored to be joining the Young Marines board of directors,” Walker said, “and as I prepare for retirement from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after 30 years of service, I anxiously look forward to contributing my time, energy and experience to the noble mission of positively impacting America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls.

“Given the risk factors facing our teens today and the serious consequences of illicit drug abuse and addiction, I am especially excited about this tremendous opportunity to continue to serve the nation and assist our chairman, CEO and my fellow board members in ‘Strengthening the lives of America's youth’.”

Walker was appointed a DEA special agent in 1983 at the Chicago Field Division. He held investigative and staff assignments as well as supervisory, management and senior executive positions in New York; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington D.C. His government service has taken him to more than 30 countries.

He has served in two diplomatic assignments, the first in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America and the second in 2011 with NATO International Security Assistance Force and with the American Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan.

Walker was selected to serve as deputy director of the National Intelligence Coordination Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He led a group of senior national intelligence service officers and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of an IC mission support activity that provided decision advantage to U.S. senior policy makers.

He returned to the DEA and assumed his current position where he leads a diverse team of senior DEA intelligence managers who leverage national level resources to produce and disseminate strategic assessments on high priority drug threats to the United States.

Walker is a Colonel, Military Intelligence, U.S. Army National Guard and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Inter-American Defense College and the Joint and Combined War-Fighting School.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois Chicago and a master of science degree in criminal justice and corrections from Chicago State University. In addition, he holds a master of science degree in strategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College and a master of arts degree in international service from American University.

He also completed the national and international security program for senior executives at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the national security studies program at George Washington University and the homeland defense and security program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

Walker is married, is active in several community organizations and law enforcement groups, and is a life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha public service fraternity.

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at http://www.youngmarines.com.


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