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2    WHEREAS, Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude, USMC (Ret.)
3has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the
4Marine Corps University Foundation (MCUF) and The General
5Robert H. Barrow Distinguished Chair of Military Studies at
6the Marine Corps University; he started at the foundation in
7September 2004 and taught an elective course at the Marine
8Corps Command and Staff College in Information Operations and
9a Case Study at the Marine Corps War College; he retired from
10MCUF in 2015 and is currently an adjunct teacher at St. Leo
11University and an adjunct teacher at the University of South
12Florida; and
13    WHEREAS, General Draude joined USAA's San Antonio, Texas
14corporate headquarters in February 1993 as Vice President of
15Support Services; in August 1993, he was promoted to Senior
16Vice President, Administration and Marketing for USAA Federal
17Savings Bank; in April 1995, he was reassigned to USAA's
18Property & Casualty Insurance Group and assumed the position
19of Senior Vice President and General Manager of USAA's Western
20Regional Office in Sacramento, California in September 1995;
21he was reassigned to the Tampa, Florida office in April 1996
22and became the Senior Vice President and General Manager of
23USAA's Southeast Regional Office; he retired from USAA in
24March 2003; and



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1    WHEREAS, General Draude served in the United States Marine
2Corps for over 30 years, retiring on January 1, 1993 as a
3Brigadier General; his career included serving three tours in
4Vietnam as an infantry platoon and company commander and as an
5advisor to the Vietnamese Marines in Vietnam and Cambodia; he
6returned to the Naval Academy and served as a Company Officer
7and Brigade Performance Officer; he commanded Marine Embassy
8Security Guards in Europe and the Fifth Marines; he served as
9the Assistant Division Commander of the First Marine Division
10during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; he was
11responsible for the Marine deception operations in the combat
12theater; he retired as the Director of Public Affairs for the
13Marine Corps and served on the Presidential Commission on the
14Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces; and
15    WHEREAS, General Draude received two Distinguished Service
16Medals and ten personal awards for combat, including two
17Silver Star Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star
18Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal, all with the Combat
19"Vs", and the Purple Heart Medal; and
20    WHEREAS, General Draude was born in Kankakee; he graduated
21with distinction from the United States Naval Academy and was
22an honor graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare
23School; he was awarded a master's degree in military arts and



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1sciences and was an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Command and
2General Staff College; he is also a graduate of the National
3War College; and
4    WHEREAS, General Draude and his wife, Sandi, have three
5adult children, Loree, Patrick, and Ryan; they also have four
6grandchildren, Sam, Julia, Priya, and Leena; and
7    WHEREAS, The Kankakee County Museum will be hosting a
8display of items General Draude has accumulated throughout his
9career beginning on May 29, 2021; therefore, be it
12we declare May 29, 2021 as "Brigadier General Thomas V.
13Draude, USMC (Ret.) Day" in the State of Illinois; and be it
15    RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
16presented to General Draude and the Kankakee County Museum.