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Former Southcom commander to lead Marine Corps foundation

United States Marine Corps General John F. Kelly during the United States Southern Command’s Change of Command Ceremony as General Kelly retires and Admiral Kurt W. Tidd takes over, January 14, 2016.
United States Marine Corps General John F. Kelly during the United States Southern Command’s Change of Command Ceremony as General Kelly retires and Admiral Kurt W. Tidd takes over, January 14, 2016. adiaz@miamiherald.com

A former commander of the U.S. Southern Command, retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, is the new chairman of the board of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit organization campaigning to fund completion of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia.

It is an unpaid, voluntary position, according to the nonprofit set up in 1979 to support “historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds.”

“General Kelly is considered to be one of the longest serving commanders in U.S. military history with a 45-year career,” a foundation announcement said. He left Miami and retired soon after handing off Southcom’s top job to Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd in January.

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