Congressman Darrell Issa Honors Marine Captain Robert Hillery

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Capt Rob Hillery receiving the Congressional Proclamation

Congratulations Marine Captain Robert Hillery on his recent Congressional Proclamation from Congressman Darrell Issa! Congressman Issa recently honored Capt Hillery with the Proclamation and spoke in the U.S. House of Representatives about Capt Hillery’s heroic service to his country as well as recognizing his athletic efforts to raise awareness and support for the Semper Fi Fund through his “1 in 10” fundraising events.


Capt Hillery is a dedicated supporter of the Semper Fi Fund and in 2010, he and Capt Mosi Smith set up the “1 in 10” fundraising event with two simple challenges: First, have supporters pledge to donate $1 for every race they completed in 2010. Second, have supporters pledge to tell five people about the “1 in 10” fundraising campaign. The year long “1 in 10” campaign raised more than $43,000 for the Semper Fi Fund. During the year, Capt Hillery participated in 51 athletic events including ultra marathons, marathons, half marathons, ultraman triathlons, and Ironman distance triathlons to support those who have given so much for our country.

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Capt Hillery at Ultramarathon finish

The Semper Fi Fund again congratulates Capt Hillery on his Congressional Proclamation and thanks him for his unending and tireless support our mission and those we serve!


Below are Congressman Issa’s remarks on Capt Hillery in the House of Representatives:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the remarkable achievements and honorable military service of Captain Robert J. Hillery in the United States Marine Corps. I offer Captain Hillery my sincerest thanks for his eight years of dedicated service in protecting our nation and safeguarding its future.


The son of a fellow Marine, beginning his military career at the U.S. Naval Academy, Captain Hillery graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduating, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May of 2003.

Following The Basic School and Logistics Officer Course, Captain Hillery was assigned to Truck Company, HQBN, 1st Marine Division in July of 2004. During this tour, he served as the H&S Platoon Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) II-2 at Camp Blue Diamond in Ramadi. He and his platoon conducted hundreds of critical resupply convoys throughout the Al Anbar Province. Upon returning home from this deployment, he was re-assigned as the 3rd Platoon Commander and deployed again during OIF III-2 in Haditha while being attached to 3rd Battalion 1st Marines. Following his second deployment, Captain Hillery served as the Commander of the Remain Behind Element and Company Executive Officer for Truck Company.

In June of 2007, he transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer for three months, Range Company Executive Officer for nine months, and H&S Company Commander for 25 months.


Among his many achievements, Captain Hillery’s personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


Furthermore, I applaud his efforts to use his passion for distance running to raise $43,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Having completed 3 ultra marathons, 25 marathons, 18 half marathons, 2 Ultraman triathlons, 3 Ironman distance triathlons including the world championship in Kona, HI, in 2009, along with numerous shorter distance races – there is no question that Captain Hillery’s triumphs are nothing short of remarkable. Accordingly, in August of 2010, Captain Hillery was selected for the distinguished recognition of Marine Corps Athlete of the Year.


I offer Captain Hillery my congratulations for his accomplishments and sincere gratitude for his military service. Mr. Speaker, I ask you to please join me in honoring all the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, and the admirable achievements of Captain Robert Hillery.”