Tee Marie Hanible
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, U.S. Marine

Mother, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Reality TV Star and Author are just a few ways to describe this 2013 Maj McClung Leadership award recipient Gunnery Sergeant of Marines, Tee Marie Hanible.


Tee Marie Hanible is a Southside Chicago native, and enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1996. In 2003, Hanible deployed as the only female in one of the first units to Iraq. During her time in the Corps, Tee served as a Military Recruiter, Legal Chief, Operations Chief and as the Marine Corps Diversity Chief. In 2011 Hanible founded Operation Heroes Connect, an organization partnering veterans as full time mentors for at-risk youth. Her organization also facilitates a summer camp program in which 50-60 local youth from the D.C., MD, and VA areas are afforded the opportunity to attend a week long summer enrichment camp for free. In 2012, Ms. Hanible was honored at the White House by President Obama for her work both in and outside of the uniform. Later Tee went on to be featured in Newsweek Magazine “Heroes Edition” publication and featured in the Daily Beast Heroes Summit.


The following year, Tee (them Gunnery Sergeant Hanible) went on to assist in assembling the Corps’ first ever Marine Week Youth Academy program for 250 local Cleveland Ohio area youth. Tee Marie Hanible is also the first military recipient of the prestigious “Washingtonian of the Year” award, an award normally coveted by doctors and other such humanitarians.


Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, Tee went on to co-star on FOX’s “American Grit” alongside John Cena as the only military female expert on the show, the first national television role to ever spotlight a military Woman of color, Tee also co-starred in the Lifetime documentary “What I Signed Up For”.


Tee was the National Veteran’s Chair for Women’s March on D.C. and currently sits on the board for Women’s March D.C. Along with being the author of the memoir “The Warrior Code; 11 Principles to Unleash The Badass Inside of You”, Tee is the CEO of her nonprofit foundation “Operation Heroes Connect” mother to two beautiful daughters Destiny and Jasmine and Graduate student at Harvard University studying creative writing and Literature.


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The Warrior Code11 Principles to Unleash the Badass Inside of You
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As part of one of the first female classes of recruits to complete the Marine Corps Crucible and the Marine Combat Training, and as the only woman to deploy with her unit to Iraq in 2003, Tee tested her mettle and learned the key to becoming an unbreakable woman.

Leadership, Selflessness, Generosity, Compassion As the only service member to have received 2014 Washingtonian Award (DC Metro), Tee Marie Hanible exemplifies leadership, selflessness, generosity, and compassion in her service to others. On American Grit, Tee is a mentor and uses her vast experience to motivate her competitors in working as a team. Outside of her television experience, she is a keynote speaker and an inspiration to others through her words and actions. With a nonprofit foundation “Operation Heroes Connect,” Tee is an accomplished figure who reminds us to give back to your community and pay it forward.

An article from Bustle explains Tee Marie Hanible’s active life after her 19 years of service.

Tee Marie Hanible was awarded the “Washingtonian of the Year” for her contributions as a mother, philanthropist, service member, and entrepreneur.

From American Hero to Reality TV star, Tee Marie Hanible works to put her veterans in the spotlight.