Currently Resides: Alexandria, VA
Hometown: Levittown, NY
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Served as: 30th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
“I’m riding because of the marines; the marines that are on the ride, the marines that couldn’t make it, and the ones that are not with us here today.” – Bob Magnus
Bob Magnus, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, served as the 30th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from September 2005 to July 2008. He retired from active duty in 2008 after 39 years as a U.S. Marine.
An avid runner and road biker, he looks forward to riding each year with wounded warriors and disabled veterans. Spending recent years watching marines recover and rehabilitate has been Bob’s inspiration and motivation to participate in the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea Ride as well as his other two rides with World T.E.A.M. Sports.
An east coast native, Bob’s excitement to see the D.C. National Museum of the Marine Corp is met by his motivation to see his daughter, grandchildren, and wife along the way there in Pennsylvania. He also participated in the Sea to Shining Sea kick off in San Francisco, the ride through Bloomington (“because I want to thank everyone at State Farm for their support”), as well as the D.C. leg of the trip.
Bob’s military career began in 1969, when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Corps and became a Naval Aviator. In 1974, Bob briefly left the Marine Corps to work on Wall Street. Within 15 months he realized: “I really liked flying, I really liked leading people, and Wall Street wasn’t for me.”
Returning to the Marines, Bob served in a variety of positions, including as Commanding Officer HMM-365; Commander, Marine Corps Air Bases Western Area; Deputy Commander Marine Forces Pacific; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff (Plans, Policies & Operations); Deputy Commandant (Programs & Resources); and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. He was advanced to rank of General in 2005.
Bob received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his years of superior service. In retirement, Bob continues to serve his fellow Marines and their families through the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation and Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.