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GLOCK Hosts Young Marines At Headquarters – Donates $50,000

October 26, 2015 —

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Kie Wagner

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SMYRNA, Ga. – Oct. 26, 2015 GLOCK, Inc., donated $50,000 to the Young Marines at the GLOCK Professional headquarters in Smyrna on Friday. Nearly 30 Young Marines aged 11 to 18 from local Georgia chapters participated in the event.

GLOCK Vice President, Josh Dorsey addressed the Young Marines during the opening ceremony. “The Young Marines is an organization focused on developing character in the young men and women of our Nation,” said Dorsey. “The things that you learn here will serve you well, serve our corps well, and ultimately our Nation well.  Ideals such as integrity, commitment, and honor are easy to talk about, but difficult to personify. You have to believe that you can make a difference.” Dorsey spent 20 years as a United States Marine.

Accepting the check for the Young Marines, was outgoing director, Lt. Col. Mike Kessler USMC (Ret). Kessler has been with the Young Marines for 16 years and was accompanied by Bill Davis, who will be taking over as the new Director as Kessler moves into a consulting role.

“We are forever grateful to GLOCK for their continued support of the Young Marines and for their sponsorship of our National Leadership Academy,” said Kessler. “GLOCK continues to be a strong partner in our goal to strengthen the lives of America’s youth.”

After the presentation, the Young Marines were given a GLOCK safety briefing and an exclusive range day.  The safety briefing focused on the Four Basic Rules of Firearms Safety, proper grip techniques, and what to do if they ever found a firearm.  During range time, the Young Marines and their parents received small group instruction from GLOCK Professional instructors.

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Young Marines with Director Lt. Col. Mike Kessler USMC (Ret) on left, accept check from GLOCK Vice President, Josh Dorsey

About GLOCK, Inc.

GLOCK is a leading global manufacturer of firearms.  The simple, safe design of GLOCK’s polymer-based pistols revolutionized the firearms industry and made GLOCK pistols a favorite among military and law enforcement agencies worldwide and among pistol owners. In 2016, GLOCK celebrates its 30th Anniversary in the United States. Renowned for featuring three safeties, GLOCK pistols offer users of every lifestyle confidence they can rely on.  GLOCK, Inc. is based in Smyrna, Georgia.  For more information, please visit

About the Young Marines 

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. 

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 11,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries. 

For more information, visit the official website at: