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Alleviating suffering and promoting hope, growth, and stability in war-torn countries

Honoring MLI's Founder
General (Ret.) Gordon R. Sullivan

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General Sullivan poses with his sponsored mine detection dog "MDD Sully"

It is with a heavy heart that the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) announces the passing of our Founder, General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA Retired.


General Sullivan dedicated his life to serving our great nation and to helping make the world a better and safer place. General Sullivan’s legacy is vast, and his accomplishments are many. Through his service as 32nd Chief of Staff of the United States Army, President of the Association of the U.S. Army, distinguished alumnus and Chairman of Norwich University, his work with the CNA Military Advisory Board, and most personally, in his role as an American soldier, General Sullivan positively influenced lives both at home and abroad.


As our Founder, General Sullivan remained fundamental to MLI for 26 years. It is thanks to his foresight and leadership that our non-profit organization has continued our work to improve conditions in war-torn countries around the world. For 26 years, we have carried out General Sullivan’s vision to promote hope, growth, and stability globally: providing hero K9s to sniff out landmines and save lives in pursuit of a landmine-free world, delivering education to help prevent landmine injuries, and supporting landmine survivors injured by these hidden killers.


We are honored to have had the opportunity to work alongside General Sullivan in his role as our Founder and as long-serving Chairman of the MLI Board of Directors, stepping down from his post just at the end of 2022. It is with great sadness, and gratitude, that we move forward, resolved to carry out General Sullivan’s vision to help make this world a better place.

Funeral services will be held on January 11th and 12th near General Sullivan's residence in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Please see below for details:

General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA Ret.


Wake: Thursday, January 11th,

4 pm – 6 pm

Chapman Funeral Home:

74 Algonquin Ave, Mashpee, MA 02649



Mass:  Friday, January 12th at 11 am

Saint Anthony Church:

167 E Falmouth Hwy, East Falmouth,

MA 02536


In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Marshall Legacy Institute,

a charity founded by General Sullivan.

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Thank you to the MLI donors and supporters for joining us to celebrate the

26th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala!

Congratulations to our fantastic 2023 Gala honorees:

Goran Dizdarevic - Survivor of the Year Award

General Gordon R. Sullivan - Lifetime Achievement Award

John Gallina - Survivor's Assistance Award

Sajed Majeed and EDD Max-Marschall - Explosive Detection Dog Team of the Year.


Thank you to our wonderful Keynote Speaker DAS Rachel Schiller.


Our Mission

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) was founded by General Gordon R. Sullivan in 1997 in effort to extend the vision & legacy of Nobel Peace Laureate George C. Marshall. MLI’s mission is to locate, secure, and apply skills and resources to alleviate suffering, restore hope, and create conditions that nurture stability in countries affected by conflict.

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MLI's humanitarian work would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. Since 1997, MLI has donated 300 mine detection dogs to sniff out landmines in war-torn countries, supported over 2,000 landmine survivors with medical and vocational assistance, and provided mine risk education to around 265,500 people in mine impacted countries. It is thanks to charitable foundations, grants, the U.S. Government, and countless individual donors that MLI continues to follow our mission, alleviating suffering, restoring hope, and providing stability to war-torn countries year after year. 

Thank You!


Our Programs

MLI believes in targeted, effective programs that build sustainability, increase capacity of local organizations, and help communities help themselves. MLI programs are a collaborative effort between the people of the United States and the country involved – check out our Where We Work page to read more about country-specific projects.

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