Marine Corps Reserve Association

 MCRA Officer Biographies


President: Ken Hopper, "Chopper" Colonel, USMC (Ret.)

Ken began his Marine Corps career in May 1979 and served 30 years retiring June 2009. After  receiving his Naval Aviator wings in 1982, he reported to VMGR-252 where he served as the squadron Safety Officer. He deployed to Okinawa, Japan and flew with VMGR-152 and served as the squadron Training Officer. Upon his return to '252 he became the Maintenance Officer for the squadron. In 1988 he was selected to fly with the United States Naval Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, to fly “Fat Albert”. Following a successful three year tour, he was ordered to augment VMGR-234 during the buildup for DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM and when the squadron was mobilized he was ordered to augment VMGR-352 in theatre, flying combat missions until the end of the war.  Later in 1991 he transferred to the IRR and remained there until he joined the SMCR with MAG-41 at NAS Dallas, TX in 1992.  While at MAG-41 he served as the Ground Safety Offier, Ground Training Officer, Assistant Ops Officer and finally Logistics Officer. 

From 1997-2000 he was selected twice to command combat deployments to support OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH.  In 1999, he was selected to become the Commanding Officer of VMGR-234. Following his change-of-command in Feburary 2002, he was recalled to active duty and ordered to I MEF deploying to Kuwait as the I MEF Air Officer.  He served in this position for the first six months of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.  He was promoted to Deputy G-3 for I MEF and eventually he became the I MEB G-3.  He deployed again in 2004 with I MEF for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II and served as the Deputy G-3. At the end of 2004 he was ordered to report to the Commanding General II MEF to serve as the Chief of Staff, II MACE.  He served in that position till 2006 when he was released from active duty.  He was then selected to report to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Pentagon where he served in the J-3 as a Team Chief within the National Military Command Center and as Branch Chief, J-34 Homeland Defense. During this tour he was also the Senior Reserve Marine on the Joint Staff. 

Ken is a graduate of The Citadel and has a Master's Degree from Troy State University in Management; and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University.  His military schools include Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff University, the Air Force Command and Staff College, the Naval War College, and the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces University.  He is a carrier qualified aviator, qualifying on both the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS Independence.  He has accumulated over 10,000 flight hours, qualifying to fly in six different aircraft.  His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge. Ken and his wife Sonja have five children and reside in Falls Church, VA.  Chopper can be reached at Chopper130@gmail.com

Secretary and Deputy Executive Director: Tom Green, GySgt USMC (Ret.)

Tom served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 - 1976. During this period he served in Vietnam in 1968, 1969, and 1970 with the 5th Marines. Following his Active Duty service, he joined Co A, 1st Bn, 25th Marines in Manchester, NH. In 1979 he reenlisted in the Active Duty Marine Corps and retired from HQMC in 1989. Personal decorations include the Joint Service Commendation, Navy Commendation, and Navy Achievement w/Combat "V." In addition he was nominated for Federal Employee of the Year in 1986. In 1989 he became a full-time staff member/office manager of the former Marine Corps Reserve Officers' Association, now the Marine Corps Reserve Association. He served as the Association Deputy Director from 2002 until stepping down in 2004 to pursue other interests. In June of 2007, he returned to MCRA as a volunteer in order to assist in the relocation of the national headquarters back to Fairfax and help in the revitalization efforts of the association. During this period he became the National Secretary and resumed his duties as the Deputy Executive Director and Legislative Representative to The Military Coalition and the Guard and Reserve Committee. Tom can be reached at GyGreen@verizon.net

Vice President, Membership: Donnie Boyer SgtMaj USMCR(Ret)

Sergeant Major Boyer enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1968. After MCRD Paris Island boot camp, he reported to Camp Geiger Infantry Training Regiment and assigned a 0331 MOS. Following ITR he was assigned to Echo Co. 2/8 and later deployed to Gitmo with Fox Co, 2/8. Upon returning to CLNC he rejoined Echo Co. 2/8.In June 1970 then Sgt. Boyer was released from Active Duty to attend college and was honorably discharged in June 1974. Sgt Boyer re-enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in July 1985 and served at Quantico and CLNC. In 1989 he joined MTU PA-2 and trained Seabees and ROTC students. He later joined 10th Bulk Fuel Co. as training Chief until his promotion to GySgt whereupon he wsas reassigned as Company Gunny. Promoted to 1stSgt in 1998, he transferred to Lima Co.3/24 until 2002 when he was reassigned to Weapons Co. 1/25. In January 2003 he was activated and deployed to Okinawa in support of OEF. In February 2004 he deployed to Iraq in support of OIF and rotated back to CONUS in October 2004 and transferred to the IRR. SgtMaj Boyer was promoted to his present rank in 2007 and transferred to 6th MT Bn, retiring in August 2009.  Donnie can be reached at Boyerdg@earthlink.net

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Vice President, Association Development: Joseph Staudt, SgtMaj USMCR (Ret.)

Joe Staudt began his Marine Corps Career on 11 November 1977 and served for over 32 years until his retirement in January of 2010. His early experiences saw him meritoriously promoted to both PFC and Corporal. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant as a member of the IRR and attended all the SNCO Courses following his return to the SMCR and promotion to Gunnery Sergeant. Joe was promoted to First Sergeant in 1997 and Sergeant Major in 2000. He saw action in Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a First Sergeant he served with 4th LAR. His Sergeant Major assignments include 3d Bn 14th Marines, Marine Air Group 49, 4th Civil Affairs Group, HQMC, M&RA as the Reserve Affairs Sergeant Major and at the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs; he was the first Marine to serve in this Joint Billet. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy /Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy / Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Joe can be reached at Joe@staudtsgunshop.com  

 

Vice President, Professional Development: Thomas Nizami, Sgt. USMCR

Sergeant Thomas Nizami was born in Upland, CA and raised in Pomona, CA. He attended and graduated from Etiwanda, CA. During his senior year of high school, he joined the Delayed Entry Program and following graduation, he attended boot camp at MCRD San Diego, CA.  Upon graduation from Platoon 3111, Mike Company in September 2005, he was promoted to PFC and attended Marine Corps School of Infantry, Marine Combat Training, Camp Pendleton. Graduating in October 2005, he was assigned to MOS training as an Aviation Maintenance Specialist. PFC Nizami graduated from MOS school in January 2006, and assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 134 (VMFA-134), Marine Air Ground (MAG) 46, Miramar, CA.  He served in the Marine Corps Reserves as a Maintenance Administration specialist with VMFA 134 Smoke Squadron from January 2006 to September 2007 being promoted to Lance Corporal.  He was activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) II in support of Mojave Viper Exercises from February 2007 to June 2007.  When VMFA 134 was decommissioned, he was transferred to Heavy Medium Light Attack (HMLA) 775 Detachment A, MAG 46 at Camp Pendleton, CA. Serving there until it was decommissioned in late 2008.  He transferred to 5/14, Headquarters, Naval Weapons Center, Seal Beach, CA and was promoted to Corporal.  At this artillery unit, Cpl Nizami served as a ground side administration Clerk. While at 5/14, he completed his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.   He was promoted to a Sergeant in October, 2010 and continued to go to school until he completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, concentration in Human Resource Management at the University of California Riverside in August 2011. Sgt Nizami served as Platoon Sergeant and also NCOIC of his section Until February 2013, transferring to the IRR.  While in the IRR, he completed a short tour with 4thMarDiv, New Orleans LA and attended the Sergeants Course in Quantico, Virginia.  Upon graduation Sgt Nizami transferred to the IMA program with I Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pendleton, CA.  While attached I MEF, he worked with 12th Marine Corps Recruit District at the Moreno Valley, CA Recruit Station.  He is currently mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom serving with the Wounded Warrior Battalion Detachment West, In 29 Palms, CA.  Tom can be reached at ThomasNizami@gmail.com


Treasurer: Dennis Goggin, CWO4 USMCR (Ret)

 CWO-4 Dennis Goggin enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1968.  After completing boot camp at Parris Island, SC and ITR at Camp Lejeune, NC he reported to MCSC, Albany GA to serve as an Audit Tech for the IG of the Marine Corps until March 1970.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve at “I” Company, Buffalo, NY in June 1976.  He completed Reserve Administration School at Parris Island in mind-1976.  He served as Platoon Sergeant and then as Platoon Commander before being selected for Warrant Officer in October 1979.  Between March 1981 and August 1999 he filled various billets with 4th Truck Company, including, Platoon commander, Training Officer, Maintenance Officer, Motor Transport Officer with lots of travel between the sites in Connellsville and Ebensberg, PA.  He completed Reserve Motor Transport Officer School at Camp Lejeune.  Truck Company was mobilized for Desert Storm where it built and operated a facility known to most as the “Union 76” in Kabrit, Saudi Arabia.  From April 1997 to August 1999 he served as Maintenance Officer, LSE Co(-), Vienna, OH.  From September 19999 to August 2000 he moved to be the LSE Co(-) XO.  Goggin completed Orientation to Landing Operations School at Little Creek, VA.  His final post was as a battlefield instructor at Gettysburg, PA.  He retired in August 2004 with thirty four years of service.  Goggin is authorized to wear the Navy/Marine corps commendation Medal, Selected Marine corps Reserve Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Saudi Arabian Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Kuwait Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait.

On the civilian side, Goggin was first elected to the Chautauqua County Legislature on January 1, 1984 and held the office until resigning for Desert Storm in November 1990.  During this time period he was a a member of the transportation committee of the National Association of counties.  Upon returning from Desert Storm, he ran for the office of County Comptroller and held the office from January 1, 1992 until retiring on December 31, 2007.  Post active duty, he has been an estate planner, senior accountant with accounting firms, insurance broker and accounting manager for a ski resort.

 

Staff Judge Advocate:  Charles Allen, Jr., LtCol USMCR (Ret)

  
Charley is MCRA’s Staff Judge Advocate. He served in Combat Operations in Vietnam as a Forward Observer (FO) with G/3/11 assigned to 3/7. Later in his tour, Charley served as Industrial Relations Officer with the First Marine Aircraft Wing. In civilian life, he is a lawyer engaged in the general practice of law in Roanoke, Virginia. He has been an active member of MCRA/MCROA for over 25 years and is the organization's "Corporate Knowledge. " Charley received his JD degree from William and Mary in 1974 and is admitted to practice law in Virginia, the U.S. District Court of Military Appeals and U.S. District court for Puerto Rico. He is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.  Charley can be reached at cka@infionline.net
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