The former Lynne Holden was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and later moved to Ellicott City, Maryland. Lynne met her future husband while he was a midshipman at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After a tour in Vietnam, and an assignment at Marine Barracks, Washington DC, then-Captain Peter Pace and Lynne were married in Annapolis on April 24, 1971.
General Pace’s career in the Marine Corps spans more than 40 years of active service, and more than two dozen household moves. Lynne has lived and visited all over the world with her husband including living in South Korea and Japan. At each duty station, she focused on the families of service members, working to improve their quality of life. She has been a Key Volunteer, and worked in the development of L.I.N.K.S. (Lifestyles, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills.) L.I.N.K.S. is a volunteer, team-mentoring program, designed by spouses for spouses, helping those new to the Marine Corps community adapt to the unique challenges military life often presents. Lynne also assisted in developing the curriculum for spouses as an integral part of the Commanders Course.
Lynne has been involved in volunteer work throughout most of her husband’s career. She has served on the board for CARE and the Armed Services YMCA, and has worked with the USO, Americans With Disabilities, and the Fisher House Foundation. She has visited military medical centers and VA hospitals in the United States, and host nation medical facilities and orphanages abroad. She has been active in the International Neighbors Club in Washington, DC, an organization interested in fostering friendships between women from around the globe. Most recently, Lynne has joined the board for the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing life-changing opportunities for severely wounded service personnel. She is also on the advisory board for Our Military Kids, an organization that supports children of deployed Guard and Reserve personnel with tutoring and enrichment activities.
Lynne is particularly interested in support for the troops and working to improve the quality of life for service men and women around the world. She is a frequent visitor to the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, and Walter Reed hospital in Washington DC, where she visits with injured service members and their families.
For her continued dedication and support to military families everywhere, Lynne has received numerous awards, to include the Department of Defense Public Service Award, and the Marine Corps League’s Dickey Chapelle Award. She has also been recognized by the American Red Cross during their Annual Women’s Leadership Summit for her commitment to our Nation and its citizens.
The Paces have a son, Peter, a daughter, Tiffany Marie, a daughter-in-law, Lynsey Olczak Pace, and a granddaughter, Linden Elyse.