Decorated U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General to Address Key West Grads Gen. Thomas Draude recently

May 17, 2004

Gen. Thomas Draude, retired U.S. Marine Corps brigadier general, will speak to 44 graduates at the Saint Leo University Key West Center commencement ceremony on May 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Theater at Florida Keys Community College in Key West, Fla.

Gen. Thomas Draude recently accepted the position of chief executive officer for the Marine Corps University Foundation in Quantico, Va. He will begin his service with the foundation in September 2004. In 2003, Gen. Draude retired as senior vice president and general manager of USAA’s Southeast Regional Office (SERO) located in Tampa, Fla., after 10 years of service.

Prior to joining USAA, Gen. Draude served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 30 years until his retirement in January 1993, a the rank of brigadier general. His career included serving three tours in Vietnam as an infantry platoon and company commander and as an advisor to the Vietnamese Marines. He was assistant division commander of the First Marine Division during Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was responsible for Marine deception operations. He retired as director of Public Affairs for the Marine Corps and also served on the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces. He received 10 personal awards for combat, including two Silver Star medals and the Purple Heart.

The Key West Center commencement ceremony is one of 14 ceremonies this summer for students at the University’s many locations throughout the southeastern United States. The degree candidates have fulfilled the requirements for bachelor’s degrees in the following majors: business administration, criminal justice, and computer information systems, and for an associate’s degree in liberal arts.