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Mr. Jim Gruny - Director

tothJim currently serves as the Community Liaison Officer for Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRDSD) and the Western Recruiting Region (WRR). In this capacity he advises and supports the Commanding General and his subordinate commanders in maintaining a strong, positive, and mutually supporting relationship between MCRDSD/WRR and the greater San Diego Community. Jim’s previous civilian position was 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.

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

(619) 524-6719
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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.

Foundation Board

Working Together to Promote Marine Corps Values

The Museum Foundation is fortunate to have a dedicated and passionate staff who work closely with the Museum staff and Depot leadership to support programs, exhibit upgrades, and outreach efforts. To get in touch with a Foundation staff member, please call the Foundation office at 619-524-4426 or contact us by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


KEY STAFF

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

Federal Tax ID: 33-0290006 

 

MCRD Museum Foundation 990

Museum Hours of Operation:

Mon 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Tue-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Family Day Thu 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM

Sat 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM

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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