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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Scott Riley of the Columbus Young Marines named ‘National Adult Volunteer of the Year’
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gene Overstreet and Mike Kessler presenting Scott Riley the Young Marines National Adult Volunteer of the Year award.The Young Marines youth organization has named Scott Riley the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in Washington D.C. Riley is the Unit Commander of Columbus Young Marines from Division 5 located in Columbus, IN.

“Scott personifies the ‘we're-in-it-for-the-kids’ philosophy,” said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “He is unselfish and volunteers outside of his unit to assist with Young Marine-related activities with other units in other states. What more could you ask of a volunteer? He is very committed and highly respected for his dedication to the kids and to the program.”

Riley first volunteered with the Young Marines in 2003, in order to better bond with his sons who had joined the program at the same time. Over the last 11 years he has positively affected not only his sons’ lives but the lives of the youth in his community.

“The reason I keep doing this is that the Young Marines program continues to give back to me and my family,” he said. “It has helped us stay focused through some pretty rough times.”

Riley discovered the Young Marines through his oldest son. At the time, the family was struggling with the addiction of the boys’ biological father, and the sons were struggling with Riley becoming a father figure in their home.

The focus of the anti-drug program and the connection with the Marine Corps were tremendous catalysts for the good relationship Riley enjoys today with all three sons. He adopted the boys after their biological father no longer contacted them.

“This program gave us a means to stay together and united as a family,” Riley said. “My wife, Trena, was and remains the Unit Adjutant. The Young Marines provided us with a way to keep the boys minds off of the problems that they were having. It is a great reason why my sons are great young men today. Two of them joined the Marine Corps, and one is graduating from high school this year, largely in part, because of this program.”

The year Riley became Unit Commander; Trena was diagnosed with Lupus. The couple faced many harrowing decisions, and the future was very uncertain.

“The Young Marines family was always there to support and help us with an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on,” he said. “We used the program to help keep us working every day towards something that was positive. Just seeing the kids every week at drill would brighten Trena’s week. None of the kids knew she was ill, which made it more satisfying when she would get a hug or a “thank you” from a Young Marine.”

Fortunately Trena is in remission, but the whole time they were working through all of the treatments and surgeries, they were able to always say, “We have to get through this for our kids,” meaning both their own children and the young people of the unit.

“The kids, all 68 of them, are ‘our kids’” Riley said. “The best perk is watching a young kid grow into a leader. There is that moment when it all seems to make sense, and they understand everything they have been taught and how it works. That’s an awesome thing to be a part of.”

Riley said his main goal for the unit is to be named “National Unit of the Year” and to move the unit’s drill location to an Army Base near its current location, Camp Atterbury. He also plans to start a marksmanship team.

“We already have been given a grant from the state of Indiana National Rifle Association (NRA) to purchase .22 rifles and pistols, as well as hearing and eye protection and cases for the weapons and ammunition,” Riley said. “One of our staff members is trained as a marksmanship instructor and Range Safety Officer.”

Riley was an active duty Marine from 1992 to 1999. He was stationed in Beaufort, SC, as part of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadraon-115 (VMFA-115) and Quantico, VA, first with Headquarters and Service Battalion (H&S Battalion). Then he transferred to Special Purpose Marine Air Group Task Force (Experimental) (SPMAGTF(X) which was part of the Commandant of the Marines Corps Warfighting Laboratory. 

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers, some of whom have had careers in the military. There are nearly 3,000 active and registered adult volunteers with The Young Marines.

Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each division. From these six winners, one – Scott Riley - is named the official “National Adult Volunteer of the Year.”

Other division winners are:

  • Division 1 – Aimee Fagan, Blackstone Valley Young Marines, MA
  • Division 2 – Adam Ridgeway, Maryland Regiment Young Marines, MD
  • Division 3 – Dana Cozzens, Swansboro Young Marines, NC
  • Division 4 – Altrice Taylor, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Unit 3, LA 
  • Division 6 – Brian R. Hildebrant, Lewis & Clark Young Marines, WA

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 11,000 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:


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