BGen Thomas V. Draude, USMC (Ret)

Member - FPRI Board of Advisors

Brigadier General Tom Draude served in the United States Marine Corps for 30-1/2 years, retiring on 1 January 1993. His career included serving three times in Vietnam as an infantry platoon and company commander, and as an advisor to the Vietnamese Marines. He served as the Assistant Division Commander of the First Marine Division during Desert Shield and Desert Storm; he also was responsible for the Marine deception operations in the combat theatre. He retired as the Director of Public Affairs for the Marine Corps and served on the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces. He received two Distinguished Service Medals and ten personal awards for combat, including two Silver Star Medals and the Purple Heart Medal. Today, General Draude serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Corps University Foundation and the General Robert H. Barrow Distinguished Chair of Military Studies at the Marine Corps University. General Draude joined the Foundation in September 2004 and teaches an elective course at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Information Operations. General Draude graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy. He was awarded a Master’s degree in Military Arts and Sciences and was an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the National War College.