Marine Corps Reserve Association

Bob Donaghue - Executive Director

Bob was born in Lowell, MA and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1972. He entered the Marine Corps through the Officer Candidate Program and was commissioned in November 1972. After attending The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Ok, he was assigned to the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC where he served in various battery and battalion billets at Guantanamo Cuba and at Camp Lejeune. In 1975, he transferred to the Third Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan where he served as the Commanding Officer of Company “B”, Third Motor Transport Battalion. Returning to the U.S. in 1976, he was assigned to the Marine Barracks, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where he served as the Guard Officer, Executive Officer, and was promoted to Captain. After attending the Artillery Advanced Course in 1980, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps and served as an Officer Assignment Monitor. After promotion to Major in 1983, he was again assigned to the Third Marine Division in Okinawa, and served as the S-3 Operations Officer for the Third Battalion, 12th Marines. In 1984 he attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, Canada and following graduation in 1985 took command of Recruiting Station Boston, Massachusetts. In 1988, he transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve, and joined the 25th Marine Regiment, Worcester, Massachusetts where he served as an Assistant S-3 Operations Officer and Regimental Executive Officer. In February 1991, he was mobilized for Operation DESERT SHIELD/ DESERT STORM and served in Norway and at Camp Lejeune. After de-mobilization in November, 1991, he joined the Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade at Camp Lejeune, NC, and served as the MEB G-3 Operations Officer, Reserve MAGTF Deputy G-3, II MACE G-3 and II MACE Chief of Staff. He took command of the 25th Marine Regiment during the summer of 2001, and deployed to Romania and California. He completed 30 years of commissioned service and retired on 1 December 2002, was recalled on 10 December 2002 for service in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and served at Camp Lejeune as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, II MACE until December, 2004. Colonel Donaghue is married to the former Barbara Jean Hamilton of Andover, and they have one son, Sean, and three foster children: Britta Hammond, Lara Deal and Joshua Pitocchelli. His decorations include the Legion of Merit (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Marine Corps Reserve Medal. Bob can be reached at or
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Dave Leighton, Colonel USMCR(Ret)
Following graduation from the University of Nebraska in 1957 and the Basic School in 1958, Dave attended flight school, requesting helicopters upon graduation was assigned to MCAF Santa Ana, CA. Deploying to WESTPAC in 1961, he was a pilot with the first combat unit deployed to the Republic of Vietnam. He returned to RVN in 1966 for a second tour. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with silver star, 13 Air Medals and the RVN Cross of Gallantry. Accepting a Reserve commission in 1968, Dave was hired by United Airlines where he served for 23 years, flying B737, B727 and B747 aircraft and instructing in the latter. He served as the ALO for the 15th Staff in Chicago; as Commanding officer of a CH-46/UH-1N squadron in New Orleans; on the 4th MAW staff as G-1, G-4 and Deputy Chief of Staff. In 1985 he was assigned to the Pentagon on the SECDEF staff as Head, Joint Reserve Staff in the office of the ASD(RA). He attended the Naval War College in 1974 and again in 1984. He joined MCROA in 1974 and served in the capacity of vice president and then in 1985-86 as President. He has subsequently served, and is serving, on the board of directors of MCROA and MCRA. Dave can be reached at
Frank Corte, Colonel USMCR (Ret)
Frank was commissioned in 1982 upon graduation from Texas A&M University with a bachelor science degree in Construction Science. After his initial training at The Basic School and U.S Army Artillery School, he was assigned to Hotel Battery, 3/12 in Okinawa, Japan. He returned to CONUS to be assigned to Parris Island Recruit Depot as a series officer. He would leave active duty in 1985 and join the Marine Corps Reserves after just two weeks. He would serve the next 27 years as a member of SMCR and IMA units and as a member of the IRR. He initially joined 4th Recon Bn and served in several billets to include Company Commander, Battalion Adjutant, and Communications Officer. Col Corte would be mobilized for Desert Shield/Desert Storm as a Recon Company Commander to conduct counter-narcotic operations along the southwest boarder. He would later join the IMA det at MARFORPAC in the G-5 Plans and Policy Staff Directorate where he was a deliberate planner and later a policy officer in the Policy and International Affair Branch. He would conduct several exercises in support of US Forces Korea, US Pacific and Central Command. In 2003 he would serve for six months as a Deputy Policy and Plans Brach Chief at UN Command/CFC Korea, in Yongson, Korea. In 2005 he would be mobilized in support of COIN operations in Anbar with MNFI-West with 3rd Civil Affairs Group. He was the Governance Support Team Commander in downtown Ramadi in support of the Anbar Provincial Government. He would later be called to active duty again to support Marine Corps Forces Japan and Marine Corps Installations West Pac as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5, Community Policy, Planning and Liaison at Camp S.D. Bulter, Okinawa Japan. During his time there we would also be assigned as the Senior Marine Liaison to US Forces Japan during Operation Tomodachi in support of the Great Japanese Earthquake of 2011. Before his retirement on 1 June 2012 after 30 years of service he was the IMA backfill for the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5 Policy and Plans, III MEF. He is a graduate of the Reserve Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare and Cold Weather Training Center, Marine Corps Command and Staff Course, Joint Officers Planning Course, and US Army War College. Frank’s has been involved in various business operations at the senior management levels in real estate, property management, telecommunications and tire recycling. He also served 18 years as State Legislator in the Texas House of Representatives from 1993 to 2011. He was appointed as Chairman of House Committee on Defense and Veteran Affairs and served four terms in the leadership position. Frank can be reached at or 210-325-6989.
Sean Keane, LtCol USMCR  
Lieutenant Colonel Keane was born in Boston, MA in 1967 and graduated in 1990 from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Sports Medicine. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in January 1991. Upon completion of TBS he attended the Adjutant's course at Camp Johnson, NC and reported to 1st Radio Battalion, Kaneohe Bay, HI for duty as the Battalion Adjutant. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in January 1993 and transferred to 3d Battalion, 3d Marines in June 1994 where he served as the Battalion Adjutant and Personnel Officer.

In June 1995 he was promoted to Captain. He served with Marine Aviation Support Squadron - 6, and attended the Air Support Control Officers' Course in 29 Palms, CA and became a Direct Air Support Control Officer. Capt Keane was the last Marine Corps Officer assigned to NAS South Weymouth, while serving as OIC Marine Site Support Element (Rear) during the Base Realignment and Closure of 1996. Capt Keane also served in Marine Wing Support Squadron - 474 Det B, as the Personnel Officer for the detachment. In December 1999 Captain Keane transferred to 1st Battalion, 25th Marines to serve as the Battalion Adjutant and Personnel Officer. He was promoted to Major in August 2000. As a Major he served as the Adjutant to the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations Department, HQMC. In April 2004, Maj Keane transferred to Intelligence Department, HQMC, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Branch, as the assistant Branch Head. In November 2004 he was assigned as the Branch Head for the SIGINT Branch. In September 2005 Maj Keane was reassigned to the National Security Agency, as the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion’s, Cryptologic Augmentee Program Manager.

In 2007, LtCol Keane served as the CJ-1 Director for the Personnel Services Division at CSTC-Afghanistan, Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan. In September 2008, LtCol Keane was selected by HQMC to serve on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Plans and Policy Directorate, J-5 as the Chief of the J-5, Director's Action Group. While at J-5, LtColl Keane was responsible for building both the CJCS and VCJCS foreign engagement plans. In December 2010 he assumed the responsibilities as the USMC Liaison to VA. In February 2011, LtCol Keane was nominated by the Secretary of the Navy as the Marine Corps representative to serve as a board member on the Department of Defense’s Recovering Warrior Task Force. His personal awards include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. He can be contacted at
Joseph D. Kenney, Lieutenant Colonel USMCR  
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph D. Kenney enlisted in Marine Corps in 1980. After completing boot camp at Parris Island, SC and Infantry Training School at Camp Geiger, NC he reported to the 32nd Interrogator-Team, in Manchester, NH to serve as Intelligence Specialist for six years and meanwhile completed his undergraduate degree in History at the University of New Hampshire in 1984. In 1986 he joined the 10th and 12th Counterintelligence Teams at Anacostia Naval Station, Washington, DC. In 1989, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Upon competition of the Basic School, he was assigned the Intelligence MOS. His follow on assignment was with the 2nd MAFC, 2nd Intel Company, 2nd Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Intelligence Group, Camp Lejeune, NC as a Latin America Team Leader. In 1990, he deployed with the Second Marine Division as its Targeting Intelligence Officer to Saudi Arabia and participated in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1991 he deployed to Cuba as the S-2A with Special Operations Training Group in support of Joint Task Force 129 during the Haitian Coup in Port au Prince. In 1993, he transferred to 1st Bn, 25th Marines, Camp Edwards, MA and served as its Bn S-2 officer until 1996. LtCol Kenney completed the Reserve Infantry Officer Course at Quantico in 1994. From 1996 to 1998 he remained in the IRR and participated in various exercises. In 1999 he was reassigned to the National Security Agency, as the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion’s, Deputy Plans Officer and Cryptologic Augmentee Program Manager. In 2005 and 2006 he was deployed to Baghdad, with Multi-National Corps Iraq C-2 as a G-2 MiTT trainer. He trained 12 senior Iraqi officers during the provisional governmental phase and aided in the start up of the new Iraqi Ground Forces Command. In 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan for one year serving with United States Forces Afghanistan in support of the US Embassy in Kabul. He served on Ambassador Tim Carney’s Presidential Interagency Elections Team as a security advisor and worked on the sub-national governance strategy with IPA and ISAF Headquarters. In 2010, he was reassigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency working as a Senior Marine Representative for the Joint Reserve Intelligence Program (JRIP) Management Office, Washington, DC. In 2013 he was made the Requirements Officer for the JRIP program in support the ISB Marines and other Marine units. LtCol Kenney served in the NH Legislature from 1994 to 2008 as both a House and Senate Member. His personal awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal.

Frank Sturgeon LtCol, USMCR (Ret)
 Born in Canton, Ohio; graduated from Kent State with degree in Architecture Spring of 1966. Frank was commissioned as Second Lt. Dec. 1966. Finished Basic School May 1967. Assign to 11th Engineers, Company C, in I Corps Viet Nam. The 11th Engineers was assigned to working along the Trace building “Mc Namara Wall”, building base camps, repairing roads, and providing Combat Engineering along the DMZ. Frank was wounded in action along Rt. 9 outside of Khe Sanh February 1968. He recovered from wounds in Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Maryland. After he was released from the hospital, Frank was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall, following some time at Henderson Hall, Frank was sent on assignment as, XO Marine Detachment, to the USS Enterprise CVAN 65. He was aboard during the fire and explosion of 500 lb bombs exploding on the flight deck Jan. 14, 1969. Frank was transferred to Marine Reserves October 1969, Promoted to Captain Jan. 1970. He served in various Marine Reserve Units and Naval Intelligence Unit in Calif. Promoted to Lt. Col. September 1983. Moved to Washington D.C. 1987 and assigned to Marine Historical Reserve Unit at the Navy Yards. In August 1991 Kuwait war started, and was assigned to I MEF as a Combat Historian. Frank served in the Gulf War working on the history of the two Marine Engineering Battalions breaching the mine fields and sand berm, and collected war material from the battle field for use in the Marine Corps Museum. Currently, Frank is practicing Architecture in Vienna, Virginia. Frank is the President and Principal Architect of “A Design Group” Architecture and Engineering. He may be reached at; or 703-938-5226.

Colonel Frank A. Tauches, Jr., USMCR (Ret)
Frank joined the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class Program while a freshman at Fordham in 1965 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in February 1968 upon his graduation from Fordham University. He was transferred to the PLC (Law) Program and commenced active duty in January 1971 after graduating from St. John’s University School of Law.

He served on active duty as a Captain for three years as a Judge Advocate with Force Troops Atlantic at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Upon release from active duty he remained active in the United States Marine Corps Reserve with the 6th Communication Battalion at Fort Schuyler, New York, where he served as a Company Commander.  He subsequently served in Washington, D.C. as an Appellate Counsel at the Navy-Marine Corps appellate Review activity. He was then assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he worked with the U. S. Department of Justice and the NIS to recover funds lost in fraudulent securities transactions.  He returned to active duty for six months as a Colonel in 1990 in conjunction with Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm.    He was elected President of the Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association in 1993 and represented that organization before the Department of Defense and Congress.  He subsequently served at the Office of Counsel for the Commandant and as Coordinator of the Reserve Special Staff Officer Program at the 1st Marine Corps District in Garden City, NY.  Although he retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in May, 2007 with 42 years of total active and reserve service.  He still serves on the Investment Oversight Committee for Marine Corps Community Services and has just started his 50th year.

On the civilian side Frank first entered the securities industry in 1974 as an Enforcement Attorney with the New York Stock Exchange and subsequently spent ten years with Merrill Lynch & Co. as Regulatory Counsel and Branch Manager.  He formed Independent Financial Securities in 1987.  Frank was appointed to the Board of Directors of American Portfolios Holdings, Inc. in 2003 and then served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of American Portfolios Financial Services before his appointment as President in 2006.  In 2008 he was appointed Executive Vice President and General Counsel of American Portfolios Holdings, Inc.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Institute from 2009 through 2012, and chaired its 2009 One Voice Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

He served as Chairman of the Water Authority of Western Nassau County, a public benefit corporation, from 1995 to 2008 and negotiated the takeover of the assets of Jamaica Water Supply Company.  Frank also was elected a Trustee of the Incorporated Village of Garden City, New York in1990 and served as Mayor from 1997 to1999.  While Mayor of Garden City he was elected President of the Nassau County Village Officials Association which represented the sixty-four villages in Nassau County, New York.

He and his wife Lorraine have been married for forty three years and have four grown children and two grandchildren.

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