Museum Foundation Statement Concerning Automatic Revocation of Tax-Exempt Status

On 25 October 2022, the MCRD Museum Foundation received notice of an automatic revocation of its tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service because of the failure to file a Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) for three consecutive years. This means, among other things, that the Museum Foundation is no longer eligible to receive tax deductible contributions.

The Museum Foundation is a self-sustaining, nonprofit, non-federal entity that supports the mission accomplishment of the MCRD Command Museum. Transparency is at the heart of everything we do and fundamentally important to the Museum Foundation’s operations and communications.

The Museum Foundation uses the services of a Certified Public Accountant Firm to complete annual audits and Form 990 filing requirements. Delays in completing both requirements began in 2020, due to an investigation into financial transactions by a former Museum Foundation employee.

Museum Foundation corrective actions include, among others, a forensic examination to determine why the Form 990 filing requirement went unfiled. Furthermore, the Museum Foundation is taking immediate steps to file the Form 990s for the last three years. Finally, the Museum Foundation is applying to have its tax-exempt status retroactively reinstated to the date of revocation. If the Internal Revenue Service approves, then the Museum Foundation resumes its eligibility to receive tax deductible donations.

The Museum Foundation remains confident the Internal Revenue Service will retroactively reinstate our tax-exempt status once provided with a full explanation, to include our implementation of corrective measures to ensure timely filing compliance going forward. The Museum Foundation will announce the results of our forensic investigation (subject to individual privacy concerns) and the findings of the Internal Revenue Service when received.

In the meantime, the Museum Foundation will individually communicate with those donors that the revocation of tax-exempt status may impact, to include discussing with them the Museum Foundation’s willingness to return their respective donations.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while the Museum Foundation works diligently to resolve this unfortunate error.


In 1984, Brigadier General Lebidine enlisted in the Marine Corps in Philadelphia, PA, and graduated Honorman at MCRD Parris Island.  In 1986, following a meritorious promotion to corporal, he was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program.  After completion of Officer Candidates School, The Basic School, Army Ranger School, and Airborne training, he served as a Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 4th Marines (MEUSOC).  His second deployment included Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

In 1994, after a tour at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot ─ San Diego, in which he served as a Series Officer, Headquarters Company Executive Officer, and Protocol Officer for the Commanding General, he served at 4th Light Armored Vehicle Battalion as the Delta Company Commander, and the Battalion Executive Officer.

In 2003, Brigadier General Lebidine deployed as the Executive Officer of the I Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, for Operation Iraqi Freedom I.  He eventually constructed and served as the Camp Commander of Camp Babylon, Iraq.

In 2004, Brigadier General Lebidine served as the Battalion Commander of 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines. 

In 2006, Brigadier General Lebidine deployed and served as the Senior Advisor to an Iraqi Army Brigade in Al Qaim, Iraq.  In 2007, Brigadier General Lebidine served as the Operations Officer for 3D Civil Affairs Group.  In 2008, Brigadier General Lebidine deployed and served on the Multi-National Force – Iraq, CJ3 Staff as the Advisor/LNO to the Iraqi Prime Minister's National Operations Center in Baghdad, Iraq. 

In 2009, Brigadier General Lebidine served as the Commanding Officer, 3D Civil Affairs Group.  He deployed and served as the Assistant Chief of Staff C9 in charge of Governance & Development during the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan from March 2010 - March 2011.

In Nov 2011 - July 2012, Brigadier General Lebidine served as the Chief of Staff for the Force Command Element, Javelin Thrust 12-LSE 1. 

In August 2012- July 2014, Brigadier General Lebidine served as the Commanding General of the Force Headquarters Group.  In August 2014, Brigadier General Lebidine served as the Deputy Commanding General of I Marine Expeditionary Force (MOB) and deployed from November of 2014 - November 2015 to serve as the Director of the Advice and Assist Directorate, Resolute Support HQs, Afghanistan.

In November 2015 - April 2017, Brigadier General Lebidine served as the Commanding General of the 4th Marine Division.

Brigadier General Lebidine retired from active duty on 1 August 2017.  Brigadier General Lebidine's personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with gold star), Bronze Star (with two gold stars), Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon (with gold star).

After retiring from active-duty, Paul joined the Board of Directors for M. Dyer Global, Pearl City, Hawaii, and he also serves as President of the Lakes Owners Association, a nonprofit corporation.  Paul serves in leadership positions with several veterans’ organizations to include the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Military Order of World Wars, and the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial Association.  Paul also serves on the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund Board which is part of the San Diego Foundation. 

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida, a Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson Law School, and a Master’s in Security Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

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