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Annual Nimitz Dinner with General John F. Kelly

Annual Nimitz Dinner with General John F. Kelly

April 12th, 2019 6:00pm

2019 Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Distinguished Speaker Series

Annual Nimitz Dinner


Friday, April 12, 2019, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

St. Mary's Parish Center in Fredericksburg, Texas



John F. Kelly
General United States Marine Corps (Retired)
Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Former White House Chief of Staff

General Kelly was born and raised in Boston, MA. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970, and was discharged as a sergeant in 1972, after serving in an infantry company with the 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC. Following graduation from the University of Massachusetts in 1976, he was commissioned and returned to the 2nd Marine Division where he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander, company executive officer, assistant operations officer, and infantry company commander. Sea duty in Mayport, FL, followed, at which time he served aboard aircraft carriers USS Forrestal and USS Independence. In 1980, then Captain Kelly transferred to the U.S. Army's Infantry Officer Advanced Course in Fort Benning, GA. After graduation, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC, serving there from 1981 through 1984, as an assignment monitor. Captain Kelly returned to the 2nd Marine Division in 1984, to command a rifle and weapons company. Promoted to the rank of Major in 1987, he served as the battalion's operations officer.

LtGen Kelly commanded Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North from October 2009 to March 2011.  At the conclusion of his time in command of the Reserves in New Orleans, he assumed duties in the Pentagon as the Senior Military Assistant (SMA) to the Secretary of Defense first serving Secretary Robert Gates, then Secretary Leon Panetta.   At the conclusion of his time as the SMA in October 2012, having been nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to General, he took command of the United States Southern Command, Miami, FL.  General Kelly retired from active service with the Marines in January 2016.

On 20 January 2017, having been previously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the position, he assumed duties as the Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.  On 31 July 2017 Secretary Kelly was asked by the president to assume the duties of the White House Chief-of-Staff, a position he held until January 2019.



6:00 PM Private Reception (Platinum & Gold Sponsors)

6:00 PM Cocktail Party in The Parish Center

7:00 PM DinnerFollowed by Guest of Honor Remarks and Q&A


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Underwriting Levels:

Platinum:  $18,000   (limited number)  

  • Table of 8 with First Tier Seating
  • One 10x7 Plaque on the Memorial Wall — Sponsor’s Choice (must be in honor of Pacific WWII Veteran or unit)
  • Private Reception with General John Kelly
  • Photo Opportunity with General John Kelly
  • Recognition in Program
  • VIP Parking


Gold:  $14,000    (limited number)

  • Table of 8 with Second Tier Seating
  • Behind the scenes private tour of the George H. W. Bush Gallery (National Museum of the Pacific War) for 8 people—scheduled at sponsor’s convenience
  • Private Reception with General John Kelly
  • Photo Opportunity with General John Kelly
  • Recognition in Program


Silver:  $5,000  

  • Table of 8 with Preferred Seating
  • One Brick for the Walk of Honor —Sponsor’s Choice
  • Cocktail Party in the Parish Center
  • Recognition in Program



Individual: $250

  • Dinner and Cocktail Party in the Parish Center


*All tickets include dinner and open bar

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