243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Nov 9, 2018, 4:00pm – 8:30pm

Join The Ark's Military Ministry for a celebration of 243 years of service at our semi-formal Marine Corps Ball held Friday, November 9 from 4:00-8:30pm. Register today for only $45 per individual attendee or $80 per couple by calling our Main Office at 323-724-8464. Guest speakers include: Master Gunnery Sergeant Mark Ramirez & Master Sergeant Jason Periard.


Mark Ramirez

Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt) Mark D. Ramirez was born and raised in Santa Ana, Ca. At the age of 17, he joined the Marines on December 22 1976 and attended recruit training at MCRD San Diego Ca. MGySgt Ramirez attended various Aircraft Maintenance Schools through out his career that qualified him to serve as a Jet Engine Mechanic for the A4F Skyhawk, F4 Phantom and FA-18 Hornet. He has held numerous leadership positions including: Power Plants NCOIC, Production Control Chief, Quality Assurance Chief, and his last as Aviation Assignments Monitor (responsible for over 960 Marines) at Head Quarters Marine Corps, Quantico Va. MGySgt Ramirez was promoted to his current rank in 2001 and retired from Active Duty in 2003. MGySgt Ramirez’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

In March 0f 2003 Mark was ordained and accepted a staff position as the Assistant Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fredericksburg Va. In January of 2004 he stepped into the Senior Pastor position.

Mark has been married to Dorothy for 36 years; they have 5 kids, 4 Grandkids and a mini Pincher.


Jason Periard

Prior to the Jewish Federation, Mr. Periard served with distinction for 21 years in the United States Marine Corps in various positions within the security and law enforcement fields. From participating in security exercises above the Arctic Circle, to jungle operations in Central America to serving in the deserts of the Middle East, Mr. Periard has truly operated in every climate. Early in his career, Mr. Periard worked for the U.S. State Department as part of the elite Marine Security Guard program serving at U.S. Missions in Lisbon, Portugal and Jerusalem, Israel. While in Israel, Mr. Periard participated in the defense of the U. S. Consulate during numerous violent demonstrations and terrorist attacks. Mr. Periard further participated in personal protective details for the U.S. Secretary of State, Vice President and the President during their visits to the country. In 1998, Mr. Periard teamed with U.S. Special Forces and lead anti-looting operations aboard Howard Air force Base, Panama during the turnover of the Panama Canal. In 2000, Mr. Periard served as military police detachment commander during exercises in Southern Korea. While in Korea, Mr. Periard redesigned and upgraded the expeditionary bases’ security infrastructure, personally trained a security force and authored the base evacuation plan leading to an incident-free exercise. In 2001, Mr. Periard deployed to the war torn country of East Timor as a force protection officer in charge of security for the U.S. Support Group. During his tour in East Timor, Mr. Periard was responsible for million-dollar security upgrades to the U.S. headquarters, improved security operations and procedures and conducted numerous convoys throughout the country ensuring the safety and security of several humanitarian missions.

As a law enforcement professional, Mr. Periard was a credentialed Criminal Investigator for the Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Over 15 years, Mr. Periard has conducted and resolved hundreds of criminal investigations that lead to felony convictions. Mr. Periard has also processed numerous crime scenes as alternate team leader for NCIS’ Major Case Response Team and conducted hundreds of interrogations leading to full confessions. In 2007, Mr. Periard deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as Lead Criminal Investigator for the NCIS Cell of the Joint Prosecution and Exploitation Center. During his time in Iraq, Mr. Periard conducted interrogations of and oversaw hundreds of criminal investigations against captured insurgents. Mr. Periard further volunteered for 10 air assault missions in Al Anbar Province with the infantry; conducting tactical crime scene processing and interrogations of high value targets. His efforts in Iraq contributed to the successful prosecution of hundreds of insurgents and the recovery of over 4.5 million Iraqi Dinar.

Mr. Periard has received numerous decorations for his military service to include; The Meritorious Service Medal, The Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medals, The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, The Humanitarian Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

Held at The Ark Montebello

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