Col Bill Peacock, Chairman
Capt. Robert Leonard, President
Maj Gen Mike Myatt
General Richard Hearney
General PX Kelley
A Message from the Chairman of the Board
We would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about The Wine Country Marines. Below, you'll see a photograph of our Board of Directors that was taken just before our 2012 Marine Corps Birthday Ball with General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret), the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who was our Guest of Honor. This photo represents our entire board with the exception of our outstanding President, former Capt. Bill Buchanan, who was otherwise engaged with the management of our signature event held at the beautiful Jacuzzi Family Vineyard in Sonoma.
Please continue to the next tab and to learn even more about our stellar Honorary Board, led by General P. X. Kelley, USMC (Ret), the former Commandant and also about our Emeritus Board, headed by our founder, Col Warren Jaycox, USMC (Ret).
The Honorable William E. Peacock served in the White House and in the Pentagon, having been appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, where he spearheaded the Army's "Be All You Can Be" advertising campaign theme that lasted with great success for 21 years. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Army Department’s highest recognition. In addition to having been a senior official in the U. S. Department of Energy, Mr. Peacock has served as a corporate officer in several Fortune 500 companies including Transamerica, Crocker Bank and Emerson Electric.
Bill earned his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs and his J.D. from the Harvard Law School. He has also participated in senior executive programs at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School.
An Honor Graduate of both the Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) program and of The Basic School (TBS), and after a tour in Vietnam as a Marine Captain, he continued in leadership positions in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was promoted to Colonel personally by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General P.X. Kelley. Having served as commanding officer of the largest reserve law unit, and after having been the commanding officer in a senior VTU for general officers at Headquarters, Marine Corps, Colonel Peacock was awarded the Legion of Merit.
Since the early 1990's, he has been engaged in helping to finance and guide several start-up companies in the Silicon Valley, primarily focusing on telecommunications, anti-terrorism and nuclear technology. Bill was appointed in 2006 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a board member and served for six years on the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Colonel Peacock has also given his time and leadership freely to numerous civic and charitable boards. He has been elected for his fourth term as Chairman of the Board for the Wine Country Marines, where he has helped to lead this small 501(c)(3) to contribute some $250,000 in the last few years to the Semper Fi Fund. He currently is a member of the board the Marines’ Memorial Theatre in San Francisco, having served on the Marines’ Memorial Association board. He has also served on the boards of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, the San Jose Symphony, the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley and the Portola Valley Schools Foundation. Bill is head of the Northern California annual giving campaign for his alma mater, Princeton University, where he continuously achieves about 85% participation. He assists U. S. Senator Diane Feinstein in making her final selections for candidates for appointment to the service academies.
Mr. Peacock is heavily involved in raising funds for charities focusing on the military and education. In this latter capacity, he has been the elected as one of the top five officers in the world for the multinational Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, an ancient Christian chivalric order that traces its roots back to the Crusades and the year 1099. This year, the Sovereign Order will donate $110,000 to the Defenders Lodge at the Palo Alto VA. Colonel Peacock is an active member of the Sainte Claire Club, founded in 1888 in San Jose. He and his lovely wife, Nancy, reside in Redwood City.
A Message from the President
The principal aim of The Wine Country Marines is to bring together the people and resources required to aid and support our Wounded Warriors while they in the hospital, home recovering, continuing their outpatient therapy and reintegrating into society. We also assist our military hospitals as they meet their patients’ needs by supporting such programs as the Defenders Lodge, Fisher House, Hometel, Polytrauma Center, etc, all found within the VA Healthcare System.
Our goal is to improve the quality of life for these Guardians of Freedom.
This web site contains a wealth of information that will enable you to get to know The Wine Country Marines, and our friends better.
For example, you can learn about upcoming upcoming support and fund raising events by visiting the "Events and Charities" section. Or, if you are interested in the history and traditions of our Marine Corps, you can visit the "The Marines" portion of the site.
Since the Veterans Support causes and community is fast-paced and ever changing, we make every effort to update our site frequently, so please come back often. And remember, we value your opinions; to send us your comments and queries, just click on the "Contact Us" section on the menu above. We hope you enjoy your visit.
Capt Robert Leonard
Bob is an executive business coach for both CEOs (running small companies) and Doctors (mostly dentists) who own private medical practices. Prior to becoming a coach, Bob spent almost 30 years as an advertising executive helping Fortune 500 companies achieve their strategic business objectives. He is a former Vice President with the J. Walter Thompson Company - one of the largest and most respected advertising agencies in the world. His corporate business experience also included working as a marketing executive for Mercedes-Benz USA, where he managed all regional dealership advertising, direct marketing, database marketing and telemarketing in the United States.
A proud son of a Guadalcanal combat veteran, Bob served as a U.S. Marine Corps Infantry officer and achieved the rank of Captain. His academic credentials include earning a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education & Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts at Morehead State University.
Prior to becoming the President of the Wine Country Marines, Bob served as the organizations first Secretary and first Chief Operations Officer. He also served as the Chairman of the Birthday Ball for ten years during which the Birthday Ball first evolved to become a destination event and major fund-raiser supporting the Semper Fi Fund. He also started the practice of having distinguished general officers as our Guest of Honor and keynote speaker at the birthday ball. During this same time period, he also designed our first Web site and launched our annual “Toys For Tots: Disney•Pixar Motion Picture Event” at the historic Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma.
Bob is a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason and a member of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller. He is also a very active member of the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley. For most of the past decade, he has served as the inspirational leader and chairman of the annual Sonoma Valley Joint Memorial Day Observance during the month of May.
Bob and his wife Kathy live in the Sonoma Valley.
Major General Mike Myatt
Major General James M. Myatt retired in August 1995 and is currently the President and CEO of the Marines' Memorial Association in San Francisco, California.
General Myatt was born in San Francisco, California. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1963, after graduation with a B.S. degree in Physics, from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
General Myatt served in various command and staff positions within the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and both the 2d and 3d Marine Division. He served two combat tours in the Republic of Vietnam. His first tour was for one year as platoon commander, S-4 officer and company commander with the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines. His second tour was for 16 months as Team Leader, Defense Special Projects Group and as Senior Infantry Battalion Advisor to the 5th Battalion, Vietnamese Marine Corps.
From July 17, 1985 until Sept 10, 1987, he commanded the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, deploying for two Mediterranean deployments with the Marine Corps' first Special Operations Training Group of the II Marine Expeditionary Force, he was selected in December 1987 for promotion to brigadier general.
On 8 August 1990, General Myatt was assigned as the Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. A few days later, in mid-August, and in reaction to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, he deployed his Division of 22,000 Marines to Saudi Arabia as part of I Marine Expeditionary Force for Operation Desert Shield. During the 4-day ground war in February 1991, his Division defeated seven Iraqi Army divisions in zone, seized Kuwait International Airport and liberated Kuwait City.
He returned the 1st Marine Division to Southern California in April 1991. General Myatt remained in command of the Division until July 8, 1992, when he was transferred to Seoul, Korea to serve as the C/J-5 (Strategy, Plans and Negotiations) for the Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea.
On 1 September 1994, General Myatt returned to the United States and was assigned to the Pentagon as the Director of Expeditionary warfare, serving in that billet until his retirement in the summer of 1995 to work for Bechtel Corporation.
General Myatt’s academic background includes studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he earned a Masters of Science Degree in Engineering Electronics.
He attended the Command and Staff College of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with distinction. In 1980, he was assigned to the Norwegian National Defense College as the first Marine Officer to attend the 12-month top-level school in Oslo, Norway.
Since leaving active military service, General Myatt has continued to serve in a variety of public positions. He was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to be a Commissioner in the Telecommunications Commission in April 2002. He was responsible for a Mayoral Conference on Public Security and Safety in July 2003, held in San Francisco, with over 25 Mayors and their offices of emergency services in attendance. He sponsored a Table Top Exercise with DOD Office of Homeland Defense and the City and County of San Francisco in August 2003. In December 2003, he was elected President of the Telecommunications Commission and led the Commission in its completion of the Telecommunications Plan Update for the City and County of San Francisco in March of 2004. After resigning his position on the Telecommunications Commission, he was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Base Closure and Relocation Commission Council in October 2004. He piloted a conference on Biometric Techologies for Homeland Security in October 2004, and is currently planning a conference on Port Security with the USNI.
General Richard D. Hearney
General Richard D. Hearney last served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
General Hearney is a native of Petaluma, Calif. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1962 following completion of the Platoon Leaders Class Program. He holds a B.S. degree from Stanford University and an M.S. degree from Pepperdine University. He graduated from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., in June 1980.
General Hearney has commanded at the squadron, air group, and air wing level. During Desert Shield and Desert Storm he served as Deputy Commander, I MEF. His staff tours included Deputy Director, J-3, U.S. European Command as well as Deputy Chiefs of Staff for Requirements and Programs, and Aviation at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. General Hearney was advanced to the grade of general and assumed duties as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps on July 15, 1994.
His personal decorations and medals include: the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with gold star; Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"; Purple Heart; Air Medal with Combat "V" and bronze numeral "39"; and Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V".
General P.X. Kelley
General Paul X. Kelley was the 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Washington, D. C.
General Kelley was born on November 11, 1928, in Boston, Mass. He graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. degree in Economics and was commissioned a Marine second lieutenant in June 1950.
In March 1951, after completing instruction at the Basic School, Quantico, Va., he served consecutively as a platoon leader, assistant battalion operations officer and assistant division training officer with the 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was transferred to the USS SALEM, Flagship of the 6th Fleet, during September 1952, serving as the Executive Officer and then the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment for a period of 20 months. He was promoted to captain on Dec. 16, 1953.
Returning to the U.S. in July 1956, General Kelley became the Special Assistant to the Director of Personnel at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., until December 1957. Following his assignment in Washington, he completed the Airborne Pathfinder School at Ft. Benning, Ga. In February 1958, he was assigned to the newly activated 2d Force Reconnaissance Company, Force Troops, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, when he served as the Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer.
From September 1960 to May 1961, he was the U.S. Marine Corps Exchange Officer with the British Royal Marines. During this tour he attended the Commando Course in England, served as Assistant Operations Officer with 45 Commando in Aden, and as Commander "C" Troop, 42 Commando in Singapore, Malaya and Borneo. On March 1, 1961, he was promoted to major.
He was assigned to Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, in July 1961, and served there as a tactics phase chief at The Basic School; and then Reconnaissance and Surveillance Officer at the Marine Corps Landing Force Development Center.
In June 1964, he assumed duties as Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks, Newport, R.I. He remained at that post until August 1965, when he was transferred to Vietnam and reported to the 3d Marine Amphibious Force, FMF, Pacific, as the Combat Intelligence Officer. Following this assignment, he served as the Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment in Vietnam. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on January 20, 1966. During this tour as battalion commander, he earned the Silver Star Medal, the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and two awards of the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V".
From Vietnam, he proceeded to the U. S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, where he served from August 1966 to July 1968, as the Senior Marine Corps Representative of the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He then attended the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., graduating as a "Distinguished Graduate" in May 1969. For his excellence in politico-military strategy while a student at the Air War College, the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society elected him a life member.
He returned to Headquarters Marine Corps in June 1969, as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Commandant. He was promoted to colonel on April 1, 1970, and in June 1970 was reassigned to Vietnam where he commanded the 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, General Kelley redeployed the regiment, the last Marine ground combat unit to leave Vietnam, to Camp Pendleton, Calif., in May 1971. During his second tour in Vietnam, he was awarded a second Legion of Merit with Combat "V".
Reassigned to the Washington area in July 1971, General Kelley served as the Chief, Southeast Asia Branch, Plans and Policy Directorate, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he remained until November 1973, when he was assigned as the Executive Assistant to the Director, Joint Staff. Upon completion of this tour he was awarded a third Legion of Merit.
Following his promotion to brigadier general on August 6, 1974, he was assigned as the Commanding General, 4th Marine Division.
In June 1975, General Kelley was ordered to the Marine Corps Development and Education Command, at Quantico, where he assumed the duties as Director, Development Center. He then assumed duties as Director, Education Center and was advanced to the grade of major general on June 29, 1976.
In May 1978, General Kelley was ordered to Headquarters Marine Corps, where he became Deputy of Chief of Staff for Requirements and Programs.
On February 4, 1980, General Kelley was promoted to lieutenant general and appointed by the President as the first Commander of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force, (remained the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) in January 1983), a four service force with headquarters at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida.
General Kelley was promoted to the rank of general and assumed duties as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and Chief of Staff on July 1, 1981. He assumed his present office as Commandant of the Marine Corps on July 1, 1983.
General Kelley's personal decorations and awards include: the Distinguished Service Medal; the Silver Star Medal; Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and two gold stars in lieu of second and third awards; the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and a gold star in lieu of a second award; the Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; and the Army Commendation Medal. He is a Marine Corps Parachutist and U.S. Army Master Parachutist.
General Kelley has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Villanova University, Norwich University, Webster University, Jacksonville University, and the United States Sports Academy.