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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Twenty Young Marines to participate in United Nations Conference
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Twenty youth members of the Young Marines youth organization – ten boys and ten girls - are traveling from across the nation to New York City on March 8 – 12, 2014, to participate in a conference held by the United Nations Office of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City.

The following Young Marines will attend:

  • YM Pfc. Daniel Ford, Southern Oregon YM, OR
  • YM MGySgt. Beth Abzun, Southland YM, CA
  • YM LCpl. Brittany Handy, Seaford YM, DE
  • YM SgtMaj. Blake DeWeese, Oregon Cascade YM, OR 
  • YM LCpl. Sarah Garvis, Orlando Devil Dogs YM, FL
  • YM LCpl. Gabrielle Ridenour, Rogue Valley YM, OR
  • YM Cpl. Justin Giasson, Knoxville YM, TN
  • YM GySgt. Felix Pasto , San Diego YM, CA
  • YM MSgt. Kayla Hall, Trinity Valley YM, TX
  • YM MGySgt. Brent MacLeod, Macomb County YM, MI
  • YM SSgt. Hannah, Brittany PFC Bruce Carter YM, FL   
  • YM SSgt. Joseph Tippit, Lt. A. Bonnyman YM, TN
  • YM MGySgt Emily Kidwell, Milton Lewis YM, FL
  • YM MGySgt Nathan Baker, Metro Atlanta YM, GA
  • YM GySgt. Cassidy Bagwell, Midwest Central YM, OH
  • YM MGySgt. Alex Loria, Col. Wesley Fox YM, VA
  • YM SSgt. Meghan Jones, Manassas YM, VA
  • YM MSgt. Joseph Ambs, Carroll County YM, MD
  • YM SSgt. Rhiannon Gisegh, East Valley YM, AZ
  • YM MGySgt. Jacob Piotrowski, Ashtabula County YM, OH

Adults accompanying the young delegates are Joe Bles, inspector general of the Young Marines, and adult volunteers Linda and John Gionet and Robin Hood.

The theme for the 2014 conference is: Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls.

The Young Marines youth members are delegates for an event called Consolation Day on Sunday, March 9, at The Great Hall, Cooper Union, 7 East Seventh St., New York. It is the traditional day-long event welcoming new delegates to the conference. All 20 Young Marines are registered as voting delegates.

As delegates, the participating Young Marines are given an opportunity to learn about real world problems that affect literally half the human population on the planet.

“This is the 12th year the Young Marines have been invited to the annual conference,” said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “Judging by past conferences, it’s a thrilling experience for the 20 youth members. They will not soon forget it.”

The actual working conference lasts for two weeks and is attended by United Nations non-governmental adult delegates from all over the world.  At the end of the conference, a document is prepared for Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary General of the United Nations, for distribution to all member nations.

The Secretary-General pressed successfully for the creation of UN Women, a major new agency that consolidates the UN’s work in this area. His advocacy for women’s rights and gender equality also has included his campaign titled, "UNiTE to End Violence against Women."

In addition to the UN event, the Young Marines will visit cultural sights of New York City such as the Empire State Building, Times Square and Freedom Plaza.

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 12,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

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