Marine Corps League Outer Banks Detachment #1264

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OUTER BANKS DETACHMENT STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

Commandant: Daniel R. Hudson

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Originally from Texarkana, Texas, Dan is a graduate of Bauxite High School and Arkansas Technical. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies, Dan was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and assigned to flight training. He was subsequently designated as a naval aviator and continued to fly in the Marine Corps as a transport/refueling aircraft pilot until his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1995 at the rank of Major. Following his service, Dan continued to fly for Federal Express as a pilot, until retiring once again in 2014. Dan and his wife currently reside in Corolla. He has previously held the offices of Judge Advocate and Senior Vice-Commandant until assuming his current duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Commandant on 30 January 2018.

 

 

Senior Vice-Commandant: Michael A. Keating

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Upon graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Virginia, Mike enlisted into the Marine Corps, receiving initial training as a rifleman. Following completion of that training, he was selected for and received training as a Vietnamese linguist at the Presidio, Monterey, California. Following this training, Mike was deployed to Vietnam where he served with the Fourth, Seventh, and Twenty-Sixth Marines. Mike and his wife of more than 45 years are both originally from Richmond. They moved to the Outer Banks in 2000 and reside in Kill Devil Hills. While living in our area, Mike attended classes at the College of the Albemarle, receiving and Associate Degree in Applied Science as well as the college's coveted President's Service Cup. Following graduation, he returned to work, serving as a Customer Service Manager for the City Beverage Company until his retirement in 2014. Mike joined the Marine Corps League in 2014 and previously served as the detachment's Public Affairs Officer and as Junior Vice-Commandant. He assumed his current duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Senior Vice-Commandant on 30 January 2018.

 

Junior Vice-Commandant: Oyoma R. Bowser

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Ray, as he is known to his fellow Marines, is as local as it gets having been born and raised on the Outer Banks! Ray enlisted into the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program while a senior at Manteo High school during the summer of 1989 and following his graduation the next year, reported for active duty to undergo initial training at Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon completion of recruit training, Ray received additional training as a field radio operator. Over the course of his enlistment, Ray served at various locations including: 29 Palms, California; Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan; aboard the USS Saint Louis; Subic Bay Naval Base, Philippine Islands; and with the Sixth Marines at Camp Lejuene. North Carolina. He is currently employed as a service technician with Outer Banks Pest Control and resides in Kill Devil Hills with his wife Tamarra and their two children. Ray joined the Outer Banks Detachment in 2016 and assumed the office as its Junior Vice-Commandant on 30 January 2018.

 

Junior Past-Commandant: Frank D. Draper

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Frank enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserve in 1960, serving for six years, while pursuing his graduate studies in economics. While serving as a member of the reserves, he continued his career in federal service where he served in various assignments for a number of agencies throughout his lengthy career. These included service as a special agent for the Naval Investigative Service, an economist for the Department of Defense and the Office of Economic Opportunity, and lastly in the science and technology field with the National Science Foundation—the latter which included an assignment as a staff member for a congressional representative. In retirement, Frank volunteers his time serving as a board-member for local self-help organizations, and as a member of the Dare County Veterans Affairs Advisory Council. Frank is a widower, with four grown children and the proud grandfather of eight. Frank is a charter-member of the Outer Banks Detachment, and previously held the billet of Senior Vice-Commandant, and most recently, Commandant. Frank assumed his current duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Junior Past-Commandant on 30 January 2018.

 

Judge Advocate: Russell E. Laney

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Russ is originally from Orlando, Florida. Following graduation from high school, Russ enlisted into the Marine Corps and received training as an 81mm mortarman. Shortly thereafter, Russ was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program, and following successful completion, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He was subsequently assigned to the U.S. Army Flight School, where he was trained to fly heavy transport helicopters before being sent to Vietnam. Following Vietnam, Russ transitioned to fixed-wing aircraft and flew transport/refueling aircraft for the remainder of his career until his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1987 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He and his wife, Dale, currently reside in Kitty Hawk. Russ assumed his current duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Judge Advocate on 12 January 2016.

 

Adjutant: Robert J. Yanacek

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Originally from Euclid, Ohio, Robert is a graduate of Euclid High School and Cleveland State University. He enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserve and received training as an infantryman while pursuing his undergraduate studies. Once those studies were completed, he entered active service. Robert served in the Marine Corps in various billets and assignments for a period of 23 years until his retirement in 2001 at the rank of Master Sergeant. He then, along with his wife and their seven children, moved to Kill Devil Hills where he currently resides. Robert is currently employed as a Support Manager at the Wal-Mart store in Kitty Hawk. In addition to their children, Robert and his wife, Diane, are also the proud grandparents of five. Robert is a charter-member of the Outer Banks Detachment and has served in a number of billets including Web Sergeant, Sergeant-at-Arms, Junior Vice-Commandant, and Senior Vice-Commandant. Robert assumed the duties as Adjutant for the Outer Banks Detachment on 14 October 2014. In addition to his membership in the Marine Corps League Outer Banks Detachment he is also a member of the Marine Corps Veterans Association and the Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen Association.
 

Chaplain: Richard Lawrenson

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Rick is originally from Washington, District of Columbia, and is the son of a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Liberty University, and since 1991 has been the Lead Pastor of Nags Head Church. In addition, he has served the Town of Nags Head as Chaplain for their Public Safety departments since 2003. With his wife Gail, Rick resides in Kitty Hawk. The Lawrensons have three grown and married children, and four grandchildren. Rick has served as the Chaplain of the Outer Banks Detachment since 13 January 2009.

 

Paymaster: Jorge L. Diaz

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Jorge was born in the Canal Zone, Panama and grew up in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Following completion of high school, Jorge enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1971 and received training in office administration. Following his discharge from active service in 1976, Jorge began a lengthy career in finance, centered on investment banking, venture capital, and mortgage banking. In 2014, following his retirement, Jorge and his wife, Judy, moved to Southern Shores where they currently reside. Jorge has served in many volunteer capacities, including coaching youth baseball and chairing a prostate cancer golf tournament in Reston, Virginia. In addition to his service to our detachment, Jorge is also a member of Rotary International, and a founding board member of Trinity Christian School in Fairfax, Virginia. The Diaz's have five grown children, and are the proud grandparents of three. Jorge assumed his current duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Paymaster on 13 November 2015.

 

Quartermaster: Dennis R. Thompson

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Originally from Ripley, West Virginia, Dennis enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1972 and received training as an infantryman. Following his deployment to Vietnam later that year, he served as a helicopter door-gunner until his return to the United States in 1973. Dennis remained in the Marine Corps until 1979 and was discharged from active service at the rank of Sergeant. Following his release, Dennis returned to his hometown, successfully completed training at the state's police academy and became a police officer for the Town of Ripley. He remained there until 1986 when he and his family moved to the Outer Banks and Dennis accepted a position as a police officer for the Town of Kill Devil Hills. Two years later, he accepted a position as a detective for the Town of Southern Shores. Unfortunately, in 1992 Dennis was forced to resign from law-enforcement work and accept disability as a result of secondary-effects to severe injuries he had sustained in the line-of duty as a police officer in Ripley. Dennis has two grown children and currently resides in Kill Devil Hills. Dennis assumed his current duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Quartermaster on 12 January 2016.

 

Sergeant-at-Arms: Michael W. Wartenbee

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Mike is originally from Redmond, Oregon. Following the completion of high school, he enlisted the Marine Corps and received training as a rifleman. After serving four years with the Seventh Marines, Mike made a lateral move into the intelligence field and received extensive training as an imagery analyst. Throughout his career he was stationed in many places including Texas, California, Okinawa, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Colorado in support of many exercises in remote locations throughout the world. While stationed in Hawaii, Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayland Baptist University. He retired from active duty with 20 years of service as a Master Sergeant in February 2006. Since his retirement, he has received his Master’s degree in business administration and currently works as a configuration manager supporting the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. Mike joined the Marine Corps League Gold Leaf Detachment in 2006 and transferred to the Outer Banks Detachment in 2018 following his relocation to our area. Mike and his wife Carol, a retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer, reside in Currituck. They have two daughters, the youngest of which is in her junior year at Appalachian State University. Mike assumed his current duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Sergeant-at-Arms on 13 March 2018.

 

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