Gen. Peter Pace to Chair the U.S. Naval Institute Foundation’s Board of Trustees

ANNAPOLIS, MD–January 31, 2017–The United States Naval Institute announced today that General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.), will become the next Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Naval Institute Foundation.

“Throughout its 144-year history, the Naval Institute has benefited tremendously from the leadership of many prominent Marines including John Lejeune, Chesty Puller, John Allen and Jim Mattis. We are honored that General Pace has accepted this important role,” said Admiral James Stavridis U.S. Navy (Ret.), Chair of the U.S. Naval Institute. “His exceptional leadership and strategic thinking will help ensure the organization continues its steady growth and will take it to new levels.”

General Pace succeeds former Secretary of the Navy Gordon England as the Foundation’s Chair.

“I am delighted to take on the responsibility of chairing the Naval Institute Foundation,” said General Pace. “Recent years have seen strong growth in the Foundation's ability to support the critical work of the U.S. Naval Institute. As our Nation enters uncharted waters the strength of our Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard must be maintained and enhanced. I look forward to working with my fellow trustees as we help chart a course to that goal.”

General Pace retired from active duty on October 1, 2007, after more than 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.

General Pace was sworn in as sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sep. 30, 2005. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served four years as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Pace holds the distinction of being the first Marine to have served in either of these positions.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Teaneck, NJ, General Pace was commissioned in June 1967, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Administration from George Washington University, attended the Harvard University Senior Executives in National and International Security program, and graduated from the National War College.

During his distinguished career, General Pace has held command at virtually every level, beginning as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Vietnam. He also served as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment; Commanding Officer of the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.; Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Somalia; Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Somalia; Director of Operations for the Joint Staff; Commander, U.S., Marine Forces Atlantic/Europe/South; and Commander in Chief, US Southern Command.

In June, 2008, General Pace was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a President can bestow.

General Pace and his wife, Lynne, have a son, Peter; a daughter, Tiffany; a daughter-in-law, Lynsey Olczak Pace; and three grandchildren, Linden, Hadley, and Holden Pace.

 “General Pace has had a significant positive impact on everything he has been involved with during his distinguished career,” said U.S. Naval Institute CEO Vice Admiral Peter Daly, USN (Ret.). “There is much that we can learn from him.”

Founded in 1873, the U. S. Naval Institute provides an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security. It gives voice to those who seek the finest Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

The Naval Institute Foundation raises funds to advance the mission and the resiliency of the Naval Institute.


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