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MARINE GRADUATIONS OPEN TO PUBLIC

MCRD San Diego graduations are open to the public!
Click below to visit the Depot's website to learn more.

Code Talkers Platoon

Grad Photos and Grad Books

The MCRD Museum Foundation maintains a collection of platoon photos, composite photos, and platoon books. 

Founding Fathers

Our Mission

Learn more about our mission to provide an educational setting for Marines & recruits, support the Command, and serve as a bridge to the local community.

Museum and Foundaton Programs

Our Programs

The MCRD Command Museum provides free programming to school groups and scouting groups which teach Core Values in a historic setting. We also serve active duty, veterans, and families through outreach programs that strengthen our local community.

MCRD Museum Docents

Get Involved

Help preserve and perpetuate Marine Corps history. Become a member, volunteer, or donate today. If you enjoy Marine Corps history, you will be forever moved by this experience!

Recruit Gear

Show Your Pride

Shop for your USMC gear here! All proceeds directly support the Museum and its programs for Marines and veterans.

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Mr. Bob Ross - Immediate Past President BOD

rossMr. Bob Ross is currently serving as the Foundation Board Immediate Past President. He has been a member of the Foundation for 6 years and has served as a Board member since 2014. Bob is Marine Vietnam veteran and retired as a MSgt Telecommunications Chief. 

In his civilian positions, Bob was the Site Development Manager for PacTel Cellular (now Verizon Wireless), installed and turned up the first 5 Cell sites in San Diego County. Bob continued his career in Cellular as the VP of Operations for JNB Telecom, JNB designed and built over 9,000 cell sites and 7 switching facilities across the country for AT&T, NEXTEL, SPINT, T-Mobile, and Verizon.   After his retirement in 2011, he joined the Center for Municipal Solutions where he was the Telecommunications Consultant for the Western US.

Bob enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1967 and after training and initial stateside assignments was assigned to 1st FSR in Vietnam where he was immediately sent to the 26th Marines in Khe Sahn in January 1968.  After returning from Vietnam, Bob held varied communications and other billets rising to the rank of MSgt.  Of note in his career was his expertise in the development, design, and construction of SCIFs and MILCON Communications projects for the Marine Corps and Navy.

Bob earned an MBA/M in Telecommunications. In addition to his volunteer work with the Foundation, Bob, volunteers his time as President of the Camp Pendleton Junior and Men’s Golf Association. He is also a former Planning Commissioner – City of Oceanside, and former Chairman Telecommunications Commission, City of Oceanside.

JOANIE SCHWARZ-WETTER
Museum Director

(619) 524-6719
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VINCENT GONZALEZ
EXHIBITS SPECIALIST

(619) 524-8159
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JOHN VAZQUEZ
Education Director

(619) 524-6038
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ELLEN GUILLEMETTE
HISTORIAN

(619) 524-6720

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Our Staff

Our Board of Directors come 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.

Foundation Board

Working Together to Promote Marine Corps Values

The Museum Foundation is fortunate to have a dedicated and passionate staff who work closely with the Museum staff and Depot leadership to support programs, exhibit upgrades, and outreach efforts. To get in touch with a Foundation staff member, please call the Foundation office at 619-524-4426 or contact us by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


KEY STAFF
Executive Director
Daren Erickson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Director of Programs and Philanthropy
Alyssa Christensen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

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