This ballot contains the names of the candidates who are seeking your vote for the positions of Treasurer and Director. Per the Bylaws (full Bylaws here), ARTICLE V – ELECTIONS AND VOTING, Section 1, Elections: “Elections shall be held every year in a staggered fashion. The positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and one Director will be voted upon during odd years, and the positions of Treasurer and the other Director will be voted upon during even years”.
Please review the brief summary of each candidate and cast your vote for the candidate of your choice. As in all elections, a space has been provided for write-in candidates in the event you choose to vote for someone not listed on the ballot. Per the Bylaws, thirty (30) days notice must be given to the Membership prior to any vote. Therefore, this posting will fulfill that requirement.
Once you have completed your review, please, mark the ballot in the form below for the appropriate candidates OR complete the form on page 3 here and return it via U. S. Postal Service to: Sergeant-at-Arms Pat Burns, 2850 Avenida DeSoto, Navarre, Florida 32566 Or via e-mail to: Sergeant-at-Arms Pat Burns
- Voters must be in good standing and only one ballot per person is authorized.
- Each voter will be verified against the latest membership roster provided to the Sergeant-at-Arms by the Membership Chairman.
- The Sergeant-at-Arms will be responsible for collecting, counting and verifying ballots. He will present the final count to the Board of Directors no later than five (5) days after the voting deadline. Ballots will then be sent to the Secretary for proper filing.
- If more than one ballot from an individual is submitted, the first one received will be considered the valid ballot.
- Ballots must be dated on or before the deadline date of 7 June 2022.
- A quorum will be the total ballots received per the deadline rule.
LIST OF CANDIDATES
1 – David A. Capizzi [Incumbent] – David is the current Treasurer, has served for two terms, and is willing to serve another term. His steadfastness, diligence, and tireless efforts were exceptionally, instrumental in regaining the Association’s Tax Exempt Status. David is a 7-year veteran of the United States Marine Corp. While on active duty David was assigned to Second Battalion 4th Marines from 2005 to 2008 as the unit Supply Officer. During his time with 2/4 the unit went on two deployments with the 15th and 31st MEU. After 2/4 David took on the role of Supply Director for HQ Marine Corps which oversaw all supply support for the National Capital Region including the Pentagon and Navy Annex. In 2008, David separated from the Marine Corps and joined Target Brand Inc. as a Logistics Executive for the greater Washington DC area. After 2 years with Target David was recruited by abas-USA where he is currently the Vice President of Operations.
David holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Christopher Newport University, an MBA from Norwich University, and is currently enrolled in an Executive Leadership program with Cornell University.
Outside of his professional career, David lives in Fairfax Station, VA with his 3 daughters and wife. He enjoys staying fit and is an active professional body builder and judge. David is a Life member of the Association who epitomizes the warrior spirit, strong work ethic, forward thinking, and esprit de corps of today’s generation of Marines and is a well-qualified candidate for the office of Treasurer.
1 – Skyler J. E. Barker [Incumbent] – Skyler J. E. Barker is a Life member of the Association and was born and raised in the small town of Longview Washington. Later, he would become a Firefighter upon graduating High School in 2003. Skyler worked as a structure Firefighter and Wildland Firefighter until he joined the Marine Corps in September 2005. Upon graduating boot camp from Recruit Depot, San Diego, he attended School Of Infantry on Camp Pendleton and would later be assigned to 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, Echo Company. Skyler would serve with 2/4 for the next 8 years. During his eight years as a Marine Infantryman, Skyler graduated as the Class Commander from formal schools, Corporals Course, and graduated top of his class from Infantry Squad Leaders course. Skyler conducted several combat operations between two significant wars (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) with 2/4. Throughout his time Skyler served in an array of billets to include Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Company Police Sergeant. The majority of his time was spent with Echo Company and ended with Fox Company.
Notable Awards include Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (w/gold star), and Marine Corps Good Conduct.
In 2013 Skyler exited the Marine Corps and continued his calling to serve with the Corpus Christi Police Department, Corpus Christi, Texas. Skyler also met his wife, Michelle, upon starting the hiring process and two years later would marry his sweetheart.
Skyler has honorably served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 7 years. During his time with the Police Department, Skyler has achieved his Master Peace Officer License, Firearms Instructor, Ammunitions Instructor, Rifle Armorer, and Pistol Armorer. Also during his time Skyler served on the Warrant Task Force and Gang Unit as a Gang Investigator. Currently, Skyler is serving as a Field Training Officer (FTO) on Patrol. Additionally, Skyler serves as a member of the Corpus Christi Police Department’s S.W.A.T Team, Honor Guard, and Crisis Intervention Team. During his time with the Police Department he has earned the following awards: Officer of the Month four times, nine Letters of Recognition, Letter of Commendation, Operations Bureau Officer of the Month, Operations Bureau Officer of the Year, and Chief Floyd Simpson Officer of the Year.
Outside of Skyler’s service to the Police Department he is also eager to stay involved with his veterans and community. Skyler is currently the Junior Vice Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart (Chapter 598), Member of Fish for Life, an organization directed at mentoring at risk youth, works closely with Semper Fi Fund to bring events and services to veterans in Corpus Christi, and co-hosts a yearly hunt for wounded veterans.
Skyler would be honored to serve as your Director of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines Association, Inc. for the 2022 – 2024 term.
2 – Jeffrey L. Dancker – Jeff was with 2/4, specifically Golf Company, from 2004-2008. He deployed twice with 2/4, once with the 31st MEU and once with the 15th MEU, where they went into Iraq in 2006-2007.
In December of 2020, Jeff saw a few other USMC infantry battalions that had history pages on Instagram and he wanted to create one for 2/4. Since creating the page, it has only helped bring a lot of marines of 2/4 together. He, also currently, helps run the 2/4 Association Facebook page. Jeff’s goal as Director is to continue bringing all of our generations together and continue growing our Association!
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2022-2024 BALLOT
Please mark the appropriate box for the candidates of your choice below or in the attached form on Page 3. Please vote for only one candidate per office and if doing so by paper, please return to Sergeant-at-Arms Pat Burns’ USPS address or via his email address listed on Page 1 (also noted above).
The DEADLINE for receiving Ballots is 7 June 2022.