Join Us for Our March Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: General (Ret) John F Kelly, Marine
28th White House Chief of Staff, 4-Star General, Gold Star/Blue Star Parent, 2 Tours of Duty in Iraq
Young Republican Club Speaker: Michelle Easton
President of the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women (CBLCCW) and author of "HOW TO RAISE A CONSERVATIVE DAUGHTER"
Friday, March 8, 2024 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton
GENERAL (RET) JOHN F KELLY, MARINE
Born and raised in Boston, he began his military career in 1970. For 45 years, he served his country proudly and instructed thousands of the finest young men and women as infantrymen and officers.
His schooling includes The University of Massachusetts, the Marine Corp Command and Staff College, The School for Advanced Warfare, and The National War College. Upon college graduation in 1976, he returned to the 2nd Marine Division in Camp LeJeune, NC. where he commanded rifle and weapons companies in the infantry.
General Kelly rose through the ranks first as a Sergeant in 1972 during his enlistment. As Captain, he saw sea duty on the USS Forestal and the USS Independence. And in 1980, he received infantry officer advanced instruction in Ft. Benning, GA and was later sent to Washington DC to Marine Corps Headquarters until 1984.
From 1984-1987, Captain Kelly commanded 2nd Marine Division rifle and weapons companies at Camp LeJeune, NC. Promoted to Major in 1987, he returned to Quantico, VA as head of Offensive Tactics and later as Director of the Infantry Officer Course.
In 1992, after additional schooling, Lt, Col Kelly was transferred to Camp Pendleton CA, 1st Marine Division as Commanding Officer. Upon graduation from the National War College in 1995, now Colonel Kelly became Marine Corps Commandant and Liaison Officer to the US House of Representatives until 1999. Upon completing duties in Washington DC, he served in Mons, Belgium as Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.
Upon a brief stay at Camp LeJeune NC in 2001, he received his promotion to Brigadier General and was sent to Camp Pendleton CA as assistant division commander to ready the command for war. The majority of the next two years were spent fighting in Iraq.
From 2004-2007, he returned to the Pentagon where he was promoted to Major General while working in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. From the Pentagon, he returned to Camp Pendleton as the Commanding General but again deployed back to Iraq, early 2008. After a 12 month tour, he was confirmed by the Senate and promoted to Lt. General, to command Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North unit 2011.
In 2012, he returned to the Pentagon to serve as Sr. Military Asst. to Defense Secretaries Gates and Panetta. Confirmed and promoted to General, October 2012, he commanded the US Southern Command until January 2016, when he retired with 45 years of service to join the incoming administration as Secretary, Homeland Security and later assuming the duties as White House Chief of Staff in July 2017. He left government service in 2019, but continues to work with the DOD, Marine Corps and Air Colleges, Marine Corps University Foundation, National Defense University and Federal Law Enforcement in roles as advisor, mentor and teacher.
Michelle Easton is the president of the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women (CBLCCW), an organization she founded in 1993. The Luce Center puts forward conservative women role models to prepare young women for conservative leadership. These role models, who speak to and meet with our women student leaders, promote traditional values and faith, limited government and economic freedom, and a strong national defense.
Prior to founding the Center, Michelle received Presidential appointments from both Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush with Senate confirmation for her position at the U.S. Department of Education, serving the full 12 years of their administrations.
During the Reagan Administration, she also served as Private Voluntary Liaison of the Agency for International Development’s Africa Bureau and as the first Director of President Reagan’s new Missing Children’s Program at the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 1994, Virginia Governor George Allen appointed Michelle to the State Board of Education, whose members later elected her president of the Board. She led the Board to create nationally acclaimed academic standards, tests, and a rigorous new system of accountability for both students and schools.
Prior to her government service, Michelle worked five years for Young Americans for Freedom and two years for National Right to Work, putting herself through law school at night to graduate from American University’s Washington School of Law in 1980. She received her BA in development psychology from Briarcliff College in New York where she briefly taught elementary school before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1973.
WHEN: Friday, March 8, 2024 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103
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