Navajo Code Talkers honored on 75th anniversary of WWII
Thursday, August 15, 2019
More than 150 youth members of the Young Marines from across the country gathered in Window Rock, Arizona, to honor and learn from the Navajo Code Talkers from WWII.
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Angela M. Maness named to Board of Directors of the Young Marines
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The members of the board of directors of the Young Marines announce a new board member – Angela M. Maness. She serves as the Senior Vice Commandant of her Marine Corps League Detachment and the 1st Vice President of the Women Marines Association.
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David S. Jonas named General Counsel of the Young Marines
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The members of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines announce a new General Counsel – Young Marines board member David S. Jonas, a Partner at FH+H law firm in Tysons, Virginia.
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Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California, named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Young Marines announced the 2019 - 2020 National Young Marine of the Year – YM/SgtMaj Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California.
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North San Diego Young Marines named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’
Monday, May 20, 2019
North San Diego Young Marines in Vista, California named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’. The announcement was made May 18, at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in Orlando, Florida.
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DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena awards to six units of the Young Marines
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award. The award honors six units, one award per division, for drug demand reducti
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Young Marines board member William J. Walker honored as ‘Man of the Year'
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Major General William J. Walker, a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines, was honored as “Leo High School Alumni Association’s Man of the Year” for 2019.
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Young Marines Announces $2.2M in Scholarships at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security for Young Marines Alumni
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Any young adult who was in the Young Marines or a veteran volunteer who has a bachelor’s degree can apply for one of the 40 full-time scholarships being offered from the DMGS.
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Young Marines Proudly Join America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program
Thursday, March 7, 2019
The Young Marines is a member of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program, designed to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families for their service, valor, and sacrifice.
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Young Marines names ‘Division Young Marines of the Year’
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Young Marines has named six winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year.” The winners will vie for the title of “National Young Marine of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference in May.
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Young Marines in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Young Marines participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and led the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii.
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Young Marines raises money to ‘Strengthen the Lives of America’s Youth’ at annual golf tournament
Thursday, October 25, 2018
The Young Marines raised $45,000 at its annual golf tournament held September 24, at the Medal of Honor Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
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Two Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships
Monday, October 1, 2018
Young Marines SgtMaj Tyson Henry, of East Valley Young Marines, and Young Marines MGySgt William J. Daniels, Quartz Hill Young Marines were selected to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.
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Young Marines board member William J. Walker honored as ‘Man of the Year'
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Major General William J. WalkerMajor General William J. Walker, a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines, a national youth organization, was honored as “Leo High School Alumni Association’s Man of the Year” for 2019. The ceremony took place on Friday, April 26, 2019, at the annual Leo Alumni Banquet held at Chateau Del Mar in Hickory Hills, Illinois.

A capacity crowd of hundreds greeted him with a standing ovation. In his remarks, he credited Leo with instilling in him the belief that the only limits he'd encounter in life were those he placed on himself, prompting another ovation.

“We offer our heartiest congratulations to our friend and colleague,” said Bill Smith, chairman of the Young Marines board of directors. “His lifetime of achievement and service to the nation makes him very deserving of the prestigious ‘Man of the Year’ honor.”

Leo High School’s Principal Shaka Rawls nominated Major General Walker noting that he is one of the most accomplished and impressive people to have walked the halls of Leo High School.

“In the long history of this event, I don’t know if we’ve had a more deserving ‘Man of the Year’ recipient than Major General Walker," said Dan Stecich, president of the Leo Alumni Association. "Throughout his life he has embodied the Leo High School motto of Facta non Verba---Deeds not Words. It's an honor for us to recognize his many achievements, because he's such an outstanding role model for the entire Leo community."   

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Major General Walker graduated in 1975 from Leo High School, Chicago. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He earned a master’s degree from Chicago State University and received a commission in the Army Reserve via the ROTC program.

Major General Walker’s further education includes another master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and International Relations from American University and numerous graduate certificates. 

Major General Walker became a Special Agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1983 and served for more than 30 years in national and international positions of increasing responsibility culminating with promotion to the senior executive service rank.

A veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle, he is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters and many other awards and decorations.

Following his retirement from DEA as Deputy Assistant Administrator in charge of strategic intelligence, Major General Walker continued to serve the nation in the National Guard. He has been full-time with the National Guard since January 2017 and was appointed Commanding General, District of Columbia National Guard, by President Donald J. Trump in March 2018.

Major General Walker is active in the Young Marines, many community and law enforcement organizations, and is a life member of dozens of organizations including the Alpha Phi Alpha public service fraternity.

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 264 units with 8,500 youth and 2,500 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

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