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249th Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Saturday November 2nd, 2024

 

Guest of Honor
Andrew J. Cimonetti

Andrew J. Cimonetti
 

Mr. Andrew Cimonetti is a distinguished United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran and decorated Staff Non-Commissioned Officer. He currently serves as a Task Force Officer (TFO) with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Mr. Cimonetti has been married to his wife, Katie, for over 13 years, and they are proud parents to their two daughters, Teagan (11) and Tessa (9).

 

Mr. Cimonetti began his military career in 2004 as a Satellite Communications Operator. After graduating top of his class from communications school in Fort Gordon, Georgia, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and immediately deployed to Thailand for Operation Unified Assistance. Following a two-year tour in Okinawa, he sought a MOS change and attended the Basic Reconnaissance Course (BRC) in 2006. Upon graduating from BRC, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion (1st MSOB) in Camp Pendleton California, where he completed three combat tours in Afghanistan as an Operator, Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), and Element Leader.

 

In 2013, after his final deployment and the birth of his first daughter, Mr. Cimonetti transitioned from the Marine Corps. He and his family relocated from California to Illinois, where he joined the police force. With over 11 years of experience in law enforcement, he transitioned from patrol to become a TFO with the DEA. He also spent five years with a large multi-jurisdictional SWAT team in the southern suburbs of Chicago, serving as a SWAT School Instructor, Entry Team Leader, and training coordinator.

 

While working as a patrol officer, Mr. Cimonetti earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Saint Xavier University. Combining his business acumen with his military and police expertise, he co-founded Beacon Training Group alongside three fellow Marine Corps Veterans. As the Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Training Group, he has leveraged his extensive tactical experience to develop and teach Active Threat Response programs aimed at enhancing the safety and security of various establishments.

 

Mr. Cimonetti is also the founder of the "Warrior Ruck," an annual fundraising event that raises awareness for Veteran and first responder suicide. This event provides crucial information and outreach programs for veterans and first responders seeking help.

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Over 40 years ago, several Naperville Marines met in the home of the late Drew Mathews, Lt.Col. USMC (retired) to celebrate the United States Marine Corps Birthday.   From that small gathering the tradition of the ‘Marine Ball” here in Naperville has grown to 400-500 guests that gather every year to “Honor and Celebrate” our beloved United States Marine Corps on November 10th.   We Naperville Marines are proud and committed to carry on this tradition.

It is also that time of the year again when everyone around the world pays homage to all our United States Marines that have served and continue to serve our great country in harms’ way all over the World.   ALL Marines, on November 10th of every year, stop and honor this special day.

History of the Naperville
Marines

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Memories

Unforgettable

Memories

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Women Marine Association, Il-2 Blanche S. Osborne Chapter

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