Mr. Jim Gruny - Director

tothJim currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Workshops for Warriors (WFW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides transitioning service members and veterans advanced manufacturing training, nationally recognized credentials, and assistance with job placement. In this capacity, he serves as strategic advisor and counselor to the CEO and manages the activities of the WFW staff. Jim is a previous Board Member with the Marines’ Memorial Foundation, represents WFW on the Defense, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, and is a graduate of the San Diego FBI Citizens Academy.

Jim is a retired Marine Colonel. His 30 years of service in the Marine Corps as an Armor Officer included two combat tours in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served in multiple Command tours, the last as the Regimental Commander at the Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot — San Diego. His various Staff tours include assignments at the Group, Marine Expeditionary Force, Service Headquarters, and Agency levels, and as a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow with Amgen, a Biotech/Pharmaceutical company in Thousand Oaks, CA. His last tour in the Marine Corps was as the Chief of Staff for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with three gold stars, Bronze Star with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal with Valor and two gold stars, and Combat Action Ribbon with gold star.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science Degree in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

JOANIE SCHWARZ-WETTER
Museum Director

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ELLEN GUILLEMETTE
HISTORIAN

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CHUCK ARCHULETA
EXHIBITS SPECIALIST

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VINCENT GONZALEZ
MILITARY SPECIALIST

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John Vazquez
Education Director

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Our Staff

Our Board of Directors come from a variety of backgrounds, but one thing unites them all, a passion for preserving and perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps. Many who serve on our Board have a strong connection with the Marine Corps Recruit Depot having drilled on the grinder, been stationed aboard the Depot, or felt the local impact of Marines in San Diego.

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MCRD Museum Foundation
Building 26 Post Office Box 400085
San Diego, CA 92140-0085

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Museum Hours of Operation:

Please note the museum is currently closed to the public with the exception of family visitors on graduation day. Normal operating hours listed below will resume once approved by Depot Command
Monday-Saturday, 8:30AM to 4:00PM

Foundation Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday, 8:00AM-4:00PM

Friday, 8:00AM-3:00PM

Telephone: 1-619-524-4426

Gift Shop: 1-619-524-0663

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