MCAS El Toro Detachment 017
Scott Rogers - Jr. Vice Commandant
I served in the Marine Corps from 1983 - 1987 with our 2nd Battalion/1st Regiment at Camp Pendelton. I was a machine gunner (0331) for my first two years followed by two years as our Unit Chaplain Assistant. Was honorably discharged in 1987.
George W. Hilbert - Commandant
George joined the Marine Corps June 5, 1964. He went through “Boot Camp” at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Ca and through Advanced Infantry Training at Camp Pendleton, CA. George was trained as a Field Radio Operator at Communication School Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA. After Training he was assigned to 3rd Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company Long Beach, CA. where he received additional training in Forward Air Control Procedure Supporting Marine Corps Infantry and Allied Forces.
He was never deployed to combat, however was on stand-by to go to Korea when USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea. George was Discharged from the Marine Corps Reserve on May 4, 1970. His Civilian Career was a Longshore Foremen in Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports, retired on March 1, 2010 after reaching the position of Union President. He joined the Marine Corps League in 2013 and served as the Adjutant of MCAS El Toro Detachment 017 for two and a half years before being elected to the position of Commandant.
Steve Madson - Paymaster
Steve currently serves as the Paymaster for the MCAS El Toro Detachment 017, Marine Corps League. He has been a member of the detachment and league since 2012. As Paymaster, his primary responsibilities are book keeping and bill paying for the detachment as well as processing new member applications and membership renewals.
Steve became a Marine after graduating from high school in 1980; spending his 18th birthday in boot camp. He served for eight years on active duty. After being out a few years he joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1992. He served for 18 years as a reservist with two mobilizations and a deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. MOS' include 6060/6048 Aviation Life Support, 8421 Career Planner, and 8999. Steve has crewed on UH-1N, UC-12B, and CH-46E aircraft earning a combat air crew designation. As a First Sergeant, he served with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and 5/14. In total he served 26 years before retiring in 2011 as a First Sergeant.
As a civilian, Steve has worked in facility management for 27 years. He's married with two adult children and lives in Orange, California.
Gerald D. Hardig - Jr. Past Commandant
Gerald is married to Iris Hardig and has 3 children, 3 grand children, and 2 great grandchildren.
He is a retired Police Officer.
Gerald joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1954, Regulars in 1955, and was discharged with the rank of SSGT in 1958.
He joined the Marine Corps League in 2008, and has been a Life Member since 2010.
He served as Recruiting Officer for 3 years, Jr, Vice Commandant for 3 years, and has served as Commandant for the past 5 years. Gerald was awarded Dept. of CA "Recruiter of The Year" 2011 and "The Bronze Distinguished Service Medal" in 2017.
Jason Parks - Quartermaster
I served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 12-02 to 06-10. Basic training was at MCRD San Diego. I was stationed in Miramar with 4th Med Battalion and later transferred to 5th Battalion, 14th Marines in Seal Beach. I deployed with Oscar Btry to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005 and November Btry to Helmand Province in 2009.
I separated from the Marine Corps as a Sgt. MOS 3531 Motor Vehicle Operator.
Civilian life I am married and have 3 children. I am a Realtor by profession and enjoy all things hockey and scuba diving.
Dexter Cajigal - Sr. Vice Commandant
I served with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA from 1992-1996 (0311) and Honorably Discharged as a Corporal and Squad Leader. I did three total overseas deployments on the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) with the 11th and 31st MEU's. My current veteran commitments include being the Sr. Vice Commandant for our Marine Corps League Detachment 017, Midway City, CA (I previously served as the Web Sgt. and Recruiting officer as well), The American Legion, Post 227, Tustin, CA, and VAREP (Orange County Chapter) as the Government Affairs Director.
These memberships allow me to do actively serve my veteran community as well as push veteran initiatives with our local congressmen and congresswomen here in Orange County, CA.
Professionally, I’m a Regional Manager for Click Mortgage in Orange, CA and did go back to college to acquire a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Project Management (2015). Personally, I have two daughters that I love and one that will be going off to Marine Corps Boot Camp later this year!
God Bless and Semper Fi!
Sam Leon - Sgt. At Arms
I served five years in the Marine Corps with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines (Weapons Company) from 2005-2010 as a Machine Gunner (0331). I was deployed twice total. First to Al Anabar Providence, Iraq from April to November 2007. Second was to Fallejuah, Iraq from November 2008 to June 2009.
I separated as a Sergeant and a Squad Leader in 2010.
It was an honor to serve my country and to continue to serve as an officer in our Marine Corps League detachment.
Dino Ciccione - Chaplain
Served USMC 9/1958-12/1963 MOS 1371 (combat engineer. 1964 to present; La Scala school of culinary Arts FLORENCE Italy, Became C.E.C. (Certified executive Chef ) ( C.C.E. Certified Chef Educator )
Corp Ecec. Chef IHOP, Weston Hotels, Western Host Food Service, Speciality Restaurants Corp.
Member of the first American culinary Arts Team to win a gold medal in 1968 culinary Olympics,
(First in American History.) Gold medal winner of 12 international food competitions and after 50 plus
years has created over 490 food concepts, and remains an active Consultant in the industry.
David Marshall - Historian
Boot Camp, Paris Island
Served at MCAS El Toro from 6/1957 - 6/1962
MOS: 6442 - Aviation hydraulic Nomadic Mechanic
HIGHLIGHT OF MARINE CAREER:
Became one of the few enlisted Marines ever to break the sound barrier on April 21, 1960. He's a member of the "Qualified Boomer" club for this achievement, also called the Royal Order of the Mach.
Debra Krick - Adjutant
Graduated 1972 - Huntington Park High School
1974-2000 Office Worker / Steel & Aluminum Distributor - Earle M. Jorgensen, Lynwood, CA
2001 to Present Receptionist & Emergency Response Team Member, Long Beach Water Department, Long Beach, CA
Daughter of Dale F. Kinkade
U.S. Marine Corps Corporal
Third Marine Division
Company I, Third Battalion, Ninth Marine
Automatic Rifleman and Squad Leader
Enlisted after Pearl Harbor
Drill Instructor - Stationed at San Diego Marine Base until depolyed
WWII ~ Iwo Jima Volcano Islands / deployed November 5, 1944
BRONZE STAR MEDAL / COMBAT "V" ~ MARCH 23, 1945
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