Retired Major General Michael R. Regner of the United States Marine Corps
Michael R. Regner retired from the United States Marine Corps on February 1, 2016 where he most recently served as the Staff Director at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC. He was commissioned through The Citadel NROTC program in 1976, and was a nationally ranked wrestler in his college years. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Webster University.
In his almost 40 years of service to our nation, General Regner held diverse command, leadership and strategic planning positions for US and Multinational Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, NATO European Command and special operations units. His experience includes service as the Marine Liaison to Congress and Director of Marine Legislative Affairs. His multiple deployments in European, Western and Eastern Asia and Pacific Rim countries gave him many opportunities to provide security and humanitarian assistance to local communities, churches, convents and orphanages.
While serving on active duty, General Regner balanced his work, family life and community service to the best of his abilities. As a father of three active children, he served in numerous Boy Scout programs; held football, soccer and wrestling coaching positions and, is still an active Eucharistic Minister. His involvement with the Knights of Columbus began in 1986, and he received his Fourth Degree while stationed in Korea in 2012.
General Regner currently serves as the Senior Military Advisor for the Marine Corps League, a national service organization providing oversight and community support to meet the emerging and long term needs of Marines, Marine Veterans and their Families. He takes the opportunity on each League event trip to make a special visit to the nearest Veteran’s Hospital to informally assess the needs of the Veterans in their care.
He and his wife Mary have been married for over 39 years, and they reside in Northern Virginia. Their three children are all married and have young families of their own, giving them the privilege of being active grandparents to their four grandchildren. The Regners continue to serve their military and civilian communities through volunteer activities with the Semper Fi Fund, Fisher House Foundation and USO events. They recently traveled with the Knights of Columbus to support over 200 United States Military Service Members who were wounded, ill or injured and their families and caregivers who attended the 58th International Military Pilgrimage in Lourdes, France. General Regner, an avid outdoorsman, is a volunteer with the Quantico Injured Military Sportsman Association. Mary serves on the Board of Governors for the National Military Family Association.
As General Regner seeks opportunities to mentor, volunteer or serve his community, he is quick to say he has not retired, but has recently transitioned to a new chapter in his life!