Our Mission & Impact

Since its founding on April 29, 1988, the MCRD Museum Foundation, originally formed as the MCRD Museum Historical Society, has had the mission to promote the legacy of the Marine Corps through historic preservation and conservation, free education programs, and community outreach initiatives that enrich the lives of Marines, sailors, and the communities they serve.

The MCRD Museum Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized for educational and literary purposes as defined under section 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code. The original founders of the Foundation recognized that if the museum were to expand and not subject to uncertain government funding, it would need on-going civilian support. Over the course of nearly 30 years, the Foundation has contributed millions of dollars and untold hours of volunteer services that have resulted in the Command Museum’s elevation to world-class distinction. The MCRD Museum Foundation supports the Command Museum’s educational and programs to promote and preserve Marine Corps history; awards scholarships and exceptional performance grants and honorariums; maintains an active volunteer docent program; and partners with local community service and civilian organizations to conduct a wide range of programs to honor and recognize U.S. Marines and other military veterans from various eras and world conflicts. As well, the Foundation Gift Shop provides financial support for museum programs and exhibits through the sale of memorabilia, platoon graduation photos, and yearbooks.

You can help preserve and perpetuate Marine Corps history by becoming a member of the MCRD Museum Support Regiment. For more information on the MCRD Museum Foundation, membership, donating, or how to partner with the organization, please contact the Foundation office at 619-524-4426 or marketing@mcrdmhs.org.

Our Board Members

Our Board of Directors stem from a variety of backgrounds, but one thing unites them all, a passion for preserving and perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps. Many who serve on our Board have a strong connection with the Marine Corps Recruit Depot having drilled on the grinder, been stationed aboard the Depot, or felt the local impact of Marines in San Diego.

Robert Ross
President
Neil O'Conell
Vice President
Gregory Stoner
Secretary
Pete Iverson
Financial Officer
Jacquie Atkinson
Director
Mike Linehan
Director
Dan McGinty
Director
Dennis Kushner
Director
Jim Guerin
Director
Bobby Woods
Director
John Tenery
Director
Jason Galetti
Director
Frank Pulley
Director
Greg Bond
Director
Paul Atterbury
Director

Our Staff Members

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Working Together to Promote Marine Corps Values

The key to any non-profit organization is the people who run it. At the MCRD Museum Foundation it isn’t any different. The Museum Foundation is blessed to have an intelligent and passionate staff dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the history, values, and ethos of the United States Marine Corps, and extending the Command Museum’s impact across the West Coast and Western Recruiting Region. The Foundation Staff works closely with the Museum staff to support programs, exhibit upgrades, and outreach efforts. To get in touch with a Foundation staff member, please contact the Foundation office at 619-524-4426 or marketing@mcrdmhs.org.

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Museum Foundation Docents

The MCRD Museum Foundation provides highly skilled docents to teach formal classes on Marine Corps hisory and traditions to MCRD's Recruits. This training is accomplished on T-56 of the Recruit's training cycle, and the instruction provided comports to the MARINE Corps' authorized training curriculim on Marine Corps history. The Docent Training occurs at the Command Museum, utilizing the Mueseum's exhibits and displays as effectice training aids. For more information on MCRD Command Museum Docent Program, please contact the Foundation office at 619-524-4426 or sean@mcrdmhs.org.

MCRD Museum Docents

"Once a Marine, Always a Marine."

The Docent Program is an excellent opportunity for those who want to "give a little back" as a volunteer.
If you enjoy Marine Corps history and the opportunity to teach the Marines of tomorrow, you will be forever moved by this experience!

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