Marine Corps League Liaison James R. Laskey named to board of directors of the Young Marines
Monday, October 05, 2015
The members of the board of directors of the Young Marines announce a new board member - James R. Laskey, the Marine Corps League Liaison.
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Young Marines host a free concert featuring patriotic rock band Madison Rising
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The Young Marines is hosting a free concert with America's most patriotic rock band - Madison Rising at Barnett Field, MCB Quantico, Virginia. The concert is in appreciation of active duty Marines and Wounded Warriors.
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Marine Colonel (Ret.) Richard Yoder named to board of directors of the Young Marines
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Yoder's distinguished military career spanned 31 years, and he served in some of the most important and sensitive assignments including Head, Promotion Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps where he ensured timely promotions for Marines across the entire
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Major General (Ret.) Angela Salinas named to board of directors of the Young Marines
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
At the time of her retirement from the Marine Corps, Salinas earned the distinction as the longest serving woman in the history of the Marine Corps, the senior ranking woman, and the senior ranking Hispanic in the Corps.
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Young Marines featured in National Museum of the Marine Corps
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The Young Marines have pledged to support the historic completion of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The pledge creates a sponsorship of a classroom for the Young Marines and a display of Young Marines historical artifacts and history.
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175 Young Marines travel to Arizona for Navajo Code Talkers Day
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Every year since 2006, Young Marines from across the country gather in Window Rock, AZ, to honor and act as escorts for Navajo Code Talkers from WWII during Navajo Code Talkers Day, Friday, Aug. 14.
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Young Marines announces ‘National Unit of the Year’ - Natchaug River Unit from Danielson, CT
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Natchaug River Young Marines in Danielson, Connecticut, was named the 'National Unit of the Year' at the Adult Leadership Conference in Las Vegas.
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Young Marines participate in GLOCK's pledge drive for firearms safety
Monday, June 01, 2015
The Young Marines is partnering with GLOCK on its "Pledge, Practice, Promote Firearms Safety" pledge campaign which takes place during the month of June.
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The DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards to six Young Marines units
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines youth organization announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award.
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Young Marines Board Member William J. Walker Named D.C. National Guard Land Component Commander
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Colonel William J. Walker assumed command of the District of Columbia National Guard Land Component Command. COL Walker was nominated by President Barack Obama last Nov.
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Lucas Ward of Farmington, Ill. named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
YM SgtMaj Lucas Ward, 17, of Farmington, Illinois is the 2015 - 2016 National Young Marine of the Year. Ward will travel throughout the country representing the Young Marines.
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William P. Davis - new national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines
Monday, May 11, 2015
William P. Davis, Colonel, United States Marine Corps (Retired), will take the helm as national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. Davis is an accomplished executive whose commitment to young people is of paramount importance during his
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The Young Marines forms partnership with Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Young Marines, a national youth organization, announces a new partnership with Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band. The partnership will kick off as Madison Rising embarks on the Concerned Veterans for America’s 23-city Defend Free
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Young Marines scale Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima
Friday, March 20, 2015
Today, 11 youth members of the Young Marines are accompanying 49 veterans on a plane trip from Guam to Iwo Jima as part of the annual “Reunion of Honor.”
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Eleven Young Marines join American and Japanese veterans for the annual ‘Reunion of Honor’ on Guam and Iwo Jima
Monday, March 16, 2015
Eleven youth members of the Young Marines are travelling to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor” which takes place March 16 – 23, 2015.
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World War II vets headed back to Iwo Jima, Young Marines make it possible
Friday, January 30, 2015
Medal of Honor recipient Herschel “Woody” Williams will be among the 15 World War II veterans headed back to Iwo Jima next month, and he has the Young Marines to thank for it.
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Young Marines Names Division Young Marines of the Year
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Young Marines youth organization has named six division winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year.”
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Two Young Marines awarded Jimmie Trimble Scholarship
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Young Marines SgtMaj Alex Loria of Chantilly, VA, and Young Marines GySgt Brittany Hannah of Miami, FL, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Award.
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Young Marines units from across the nation traveled to Hawaii for 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
One hundred forty one youth members of the Young Marines from nine states traveled to Hawaii to participate in the 73rd anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration.
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Red Carpet Event for the Young Marines Documentary Premiere Followed by PBS Airing in KY
Friday, October 31, 2014
The national premiere of a 30-minute documentary film, “Generations of Honor: A Year with the Young Marines”, will take place at the historic Kentucky Theatre. The film will air on PBS in KY on Veteran’s Day.
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Marine Corps League Liaison James R. Laskey named to board of directors of the Young Marines
Monday, October 05, 2015

James LaskeyThe members of the board of directors of the Young Marines, a national youth organization, announce a new board member - James R. Laskey, the Marine Corps League Liaison.

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Jim Laskey since I first came on board as the director of the Young Marines 16 years ago," said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. "Over the years he has poured his heart and soul into supporting our Young Marines at every level. As the commandant of the Marine Corps League, he embraced our members, attended our events and participated in our activities. The league made a great choice in recommending Jim as our liaison."

Laskey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June, 1960, in Boston Massachusetts. Following completion of recruit training in Parris Island, South Carolina, and Advanced Infantry training, he was assigned to “Sea School” in Portsmouth, Virginia.

He remained on sea duty from 1960 through 1962, serving aboard the USS Lake Champlain for recovery operations for Commander Alan Sheppard’s first US manned flight into outer space and later aboard the USS Essex during the Cuba Blockade in 1961. 

Other Marine Corps assignments include: Platoon Sergeant, Security Platoon, Headquarters Company; Seventh Marines, Chu Lai, South Vietnam and First Marine Division, operational deployment casualty field reporter for the remainder of his tour in the Republic of South Vietnam. Upon his return to the United States in 1967, Laskey was assigned Recruiting Duties and ended his tour as a Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of Recruiting Station in Quincy, Massachusetts.

After his transfer from independent duty, he served in various capacities in the Military Police and Correctional Field. He was the Correctional Facility Warden, Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and he served in a number of positions during his two tours at the United States Naval Disciplinary Command in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He retired a First Sergeant after 20 years of service with the United States Marine Corps, completing his final tour of duty at the Marine Corps Officer’s Candidate School in May, 1980, at Quantico, Virginia.

His personal awards include the Naval Commendation Medal, Naval Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal with Silver Star and Marine Corps competitive Marksmanship Rifle and Pistol badges. 

Since 1968, Laskey has been a member of the Marine Corps League. He has held every elected office within the William R. Caddy Detachment in Quincy, Massachusetts. In addition, he served two terms as Massachusetts Department Commandant. 

He was elected and went on to serve two tours as Assistant New England Division Commandant. He was elected twice as the National Division Vice Commandant for New England. Further elections include the National Junior Vice Commandant and the National Senior Vice Commandant. Laskey served as the National Commandant from 2008 through 2010. 

In 2000, Laskey was named as the Department of Massachusetts Marine of the Year, and in 2009. he was named the New England Division Marine of the Year. 

He has also received numerous league awards, which include the Distinguished Citizen Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. He is a member of the Marine Corps Association, the VFW and the American Legion. 

"I have watched the Young Marine program grow over the last 16 years," Laskey said. "The adult leaders never cease to amaze me. Because those adult leaders have such a love of the program, they go above and beyond day in and day out, instilling unlimited enthusiasm and motivation in their Young Marines units. 

"Because of that hard work, these Young Marines find out that they can accomplish feats that only a short time before they would never dared to try. Building confidence is such a great teacher. I salute this new generation, the ideals they stand for and the young men and women they will become."

Currently, Laskey serves as a member of the Past National Commandant Council. He also served for eight years as director and vice president on the board of the Marine Corps League Foundation. 

He is married to the former Therese Maynard of Providence Rhode Island. They currently reside in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

"Jim Laskey is well known by our Young Marine leadership," said William L. Smith, chair of the board of directors of the Young Marines. "He has been an avid supporter of our program for many years. He is not only a retired Marine First Sergeant with a superb record of service, he is also a former past National Commandant of the Marine Corps League, a leadership position equivalent to a chairman of a board of directors. He brings tremendous experience, gravitas and boundless enthusiasm. Jim is an exciting addition to our board.”

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 280 units with 7,000 youth and 2,500 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.

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