Marine Corps League Outer Banks Detachment #1264

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OUTER BANKS DETACHMENT STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

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. As a member of the reserve establishment, he continued his career in federal government 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 Foundationthe 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 before assuming his current duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Commandant on 12 January 2016.

 

 

Senior Vice-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 served as the Outer Banks Detachment's Judge Advocate, until assuming the duties of Senior Vice-Commandant on 12 January 2016.

 

Junior 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 2/4, 2/26, and 2/7. 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. He assumed his current duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Junior Vice-Commandant on 12 January 2016.

 

Junior Past-Commandant: Timothy G. Gregory

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Tim is originally from New York, New York. He enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1976 and received training in communications. Tim served 21 years in the Marine Corps before retiring in 1997 as a Staff Sergeant. Following his retirement, Tim moved to the Outer Banks that same year and currently resides in Nags Head. He is currently employed as the business manager for Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish in Kitty Hawk. In addition to his membership in our detachment, Tim is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Tim has previously served as the detachment's Senior Vice-Commandant and most recently, Commandant. Tim assumed his current duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Junior Past-Commandant on 12 January 2016.

 

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 four. 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.
 

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: Craig T. Clark

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Originally from Somerville, New Jersey, Craig enlisted into the Marine Corps following his graduation from Somerville High School. Receiving training in airfield operations, Craig served in Vietnam from 1967 through 1968 flying combat support missions with MAG-12, based a Chu Lai. Following his return from Vietnam, Craig remained on active duty until 1971, when he was discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. Following his service, Craig began a lengthy career in the fire service, beginning as a volunteer firefighter, and continuing with numerous duties and studies at National Fire Academy and the North Carolina Institute of Government. During the last 27 years of his 40-year career with the fire service, Craig served as the Deputy Fire Chief for the town of Kill Devil Hills. Craig resides in Kill Devil Hills with his wife, Margaret, and has four grown children. Craig assumed the duties as the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Outer Banks Detachment on 10 February 2015.

 

Toys for Tots Liaison: Lawrence C. Czernik

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Larry was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and is the son of a retired Marine Sergeant Major. He is a graduate of Havelock High School, located just outside the gate at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. Following graduation, Larry enlisted into the Navy and received training as a naval operations specialist. He served in the Navy for 20 years and retired from active service as a Petty Officer First Class in 2003. Larry and his family moved to the Outer Banks in 2005 where he and his wife, Helen, established and run three local businessesMake It Personal Engraving Services, Monkey Business Plush Animal World, and SeaFreeze Frozen Drink Machine Rentals. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in religious studies at Liberty University, is a partner at Nags Head Church, and is a member of the Mile Post 13 Worship Band. Larry resides in Kill Devil Hills and has one grown daughter. Larry assumed the duties as the Outer Banks Detachment's Toys for Tots Liaison on 10 February 2015.

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