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Past Commandant Marine Corps League -Jhon Basilone Det.
Montfort Point Marines Member
Assistant District Vice District 11 Dept of NJ MCL
Dept of NJ Marine Corps League Aide de Camp
Resides in Flemington NJ with her husband.
Lt. Col. Bernardine (Bernie) Donato
U.S. Navy and California Air National Guard (Retired)
Bernie was born and brought up in Slingerlands, New York. She is a graduate of Ellis Hospital School of Nursing in Schenectady, NY. She received a Bachelor in Science degree in Health Administration from the University of La Verne in California.
Bernie Donato spent 24 years in the military. The first 10 years of her career was spent in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. In 1984she transferred to the California Air National Guard where she was assigned to the 146th Tactical Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as a C-130 tactical flight nurse. Bernie was deployed to multiple operational areas including, Panama, Korea, and Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In her civilian career, Bernie spent over 40 years as a registered nurse. 24 of those years were as an Emergency/Trauma Mobile Intensive Care Nurse in South Central Los Angeles. In addition, she taught paramedic interns in classroom and field training.
Bernie spent 11 years as a Reserve Police Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. She was assigned multiple divisions in South Central LA where she worked patrol, vice, thegang units, and fugitive warrants. This officer was deployed to the field during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Aside from receiving multiple division and bureau commendations, Berniewas awarded the Los Angeles Police Reserve Office of the Year in 1995 and the Los Angeles County Reserve officer of the year in 1996.
Bernie retired as a Research Nurse Coordinator from the University of California, Irvine in 2013 and moved to N. Carolina. She continues to give back to her community in many ways. Bernie has served as a volunteer Veteran Engagement Coordinator and Captain for Team Red, White & Blue Raleigh/Durham Chapter. She is an active member of the Travis Manion Foundation and Team Rubicon.