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The 2015 History Conference is hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy
with support from The William M. Wood Foundation.
The conference takes place at Alumni Hall on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Registration is required to attend. Please visit the registration tab.
Alumni Hall - United States Naval Academy
625 DeCatur Road
Please park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Please enter through Gate 5 (511 Taylor Avenue) and tell the attendant you are with the U.S. Naval Institute History Conference. Parking will be complimentary. Shuttle service will be offered continuously to Alumni Hall beginning at 7:00AM, with the last shuttle departing Alumni Hall at about 4:00PM. All visitors over the age of 16 must have a valid government issued picture ID.
Note for active duty/retired military: Only those with a USNA ID Card or a DOD credential, including military retirees and dependents, may drive onto U.S. Naval Academy Yard. However, due to construction on the Yard, particularly around Alumni Hall, parking is VERY LIMITED. We recommend that all attendees please park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and utilize the shuttle service provided.
Driving directions to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium:
FROM POINTS NORTH:
From I-95-South exit onto I-695-East and then take the I-97-South exit. Follow I-97 south until it merges into Route 50 East toward Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp. Follow directions "From Route 50" below.
FROM POINTS SOUTH:
Take I-95-North, MD Route 2 North or U.S. Route 301 North to Route 50. Travel east to Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and then follow directions "From Route 50" below.
FROM POINTS WEST:
Follow Route 50 East from Washington, D.C. towards Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp. Then follow directions "From Route 50" below.
FROM POINTS EAST:
Follow Route 50 West toward Annapolis to Exit 24B, Rowe Blvd and follow the directions "From Route 50" below.
FROM ROUTE 50:
From Route 50, follow Rowe Blvd to second stop light, Taylor Avenue, and make a right turn on Taylor. Follow the signs to a right turn into the Blue Parking Lot.
The 2015 Naval History Conference will be held on 14 October 2015 at Alumni Hall on the U.S. Naval Academy.
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|8:00AM - 8:50AM||Continental Breakfast |
|8:55AM - 9:05AM||Welcome Remarks |
|9:05AM - 9:45AM||Morning Keynote |
|9:45AM - 10:00AM||Break |
|10:00AM - 11:30AM||Panel -- Defining Actions: What Shaped My Service in the Marine Corps? |
|11:30AM - 12:00PM||Break |
|12:00PM - 1:20PM||Lunch Keynote |
|1:20PM - 1:30PM||Break |
|1:30PM - 3:00PM||Panel -- Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation with Young Marines |
|3:00PM - 3:15PM||Closing Remarks |
Military historian and author, Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle
Richard B. Frank is a graduate of the University of Missouri (1969) and Georgetown University Law Center (1976). He served in the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Divisions as a rifle platoon leaders. He is an independent scholar specializing in the Asia-Pacific War. In 1990, he published his first book Guadalcanal. It won the General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Award for the best book about Marine Corps history that year. His second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, appeared in 1999. It won the Harry S. Truman Book Award and has been called one of the six best books in English about World War II. Both Random House books became main selections of the History Book Club. In 2007, he completed MacArthur as part of the Palgrave Great Generals series. Besides his numerous appearances on television and radio, he was a consultant for the epic HBO miniseries, “The Pacific.” He serves on the Board of Presidential Councilors of the U.S. National World War II Museum, and this April became head of that body. He is the principal historical consultant for the museum’s new major exhibit titled “The Road to Tokyo” which will open in December 2015. He is currently working on a narrative history trilogy about the Asia-Pacific War 1937-1945 for Random House.
former Commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and USNA Class of '76
General John Allen (USMC, Ret.) is the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. He is a retired U.S. Marine four star General and the former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013. Upon his retirement from the Marine Corps, Allen was appointed as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Middle East Security, where he led the Israeli-Palestinian Security Dialogue within the Middle East Peace Process from 2013-2014.
Allen’s command of the 150,000 U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan occurred at a particularly critical period in the war. During his command, he recovered the 33,000 U.S. surge forces, moved the Afghan National Security Forces into the lead for combat operations and pivoted NATO forces from being a conventional combat force into an advisory command. Further, he established the division size Special Operations Joint Task Force, the first such organization of that nature.
Allen’s contingency and combat operations assignments included Operation Sea Signal in the Caribbean in 1994, Operation Joint Endeavor in the Balkans from 1995 to 1996, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2013. During his combat tour in Iraq, he played a major role in the emergence of the Awakening, or Sahawa movement, which ultimately liberated the Al Anbar Province from Al Qaeda.
During his nearly 38-year military career Allen served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Marine Corps and Joint Force, and commanded at every level in the Marine Corps through the Marine Expeditionary Brigade. As a general officer, Allen served as the principal director of Asia/Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held for nearly three years. Allen’s leadership experience includes a number of professional military educational programs, including service as the director of the Marine Infantry Officer Program; commanding officer of the Marine Corps Basic School; and commandant of midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy.
Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University. He is a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Monmouth College.
Allen is on a leave of absence from the Brookings Institution where he is co-director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
former Commandant of the Marine Corps (2010-2014)
General Amos most recently served as the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring on 1 Dec. 2014, after 42 years of active service. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lord Corporation.
Born in the northwest, General Amos graduated from the University of Idaho in January 1970 with a degree in Finance. After commissioning, he attended naval pilot training in Pensacola, FL, and was designated a Naval Aviator on 23 November 1971.
General Amos was privileged to command Marine units at every rank from Lieutenant Colonel to General. Early command assignments included a Support Squadron, a Fighter Squadron, and a Marine Fighter Group. As a Major General, he commanded the 15,000 Marines of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and led them in combat in Iraq twice between 2003 and 2004. Receiving his third star, Lieutenant General Amos moved to Camp Lejeune, NC, where he commanded the Corps’ combat forces on the east coast of the United States. In 2006 he was reassigned to the Marine Corps’ Combat Development Command, at Quantico, VA, where he was responsible for developing the specific equipment and training/education requirements necessary to support the President’s evolving U.S. National Strategy.
While serving in NATO as the Deputy Commander, Naval Striking Forces, Southern Europe, he was assigned as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Joint Task Force overseeing air combat operations in Serbia and Kosovo. General Amos’ other senior staff assignments brought him back to the Washington, DC area, and the Pentagon. Receiving his fourth star in July 2008, he was appointed as the 31st Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Nominated by the President, and confirmed by Congress, General Amos assumed the duties as the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps on 22 October 2010. During his tenure he completed the Corps’ combat mission in Afghanistan, and oversaw the beginning of a force reduction from 240,000 active-duty and reserve Marines to 221,000. Despite Sequestration and its marked impact on a $27+ billion dollar annual budget, he was successful in sustaining essential equipment modernization plans in amphibious ship building and aviation procurement, while responding to multiple crises and international challenges around the world. General Amos established Marine Crisis Response commands in both Africa and the Middle East, and added an additional 1,000 Marine Security Guards to America’s embassies around the world in response to the Benghazi tragedy.
General Amos shepherded the Corps’ considerable effort to address, head-on, its challenges in recruiting and maintaining an optimized force for the 21st Century. As part of this initiative, he began an institutional effort to “ethically reground the Corps” in line with its high standards of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. And lastly, he partnered with key legislators to bring national recognition to the service and sacrifices of the Corps’ WWII African American “Montford Point Marines” with the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal.
Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations
Lieutenant General Ronald L. Bailey currently serves as the Deputy Commandant Plans, Polices, and Operations. LtGen Bailey was born in St. Augustine, Florida and graduated from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. On 1 July 1977, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. After graduation from The Basic School, Infantry Officers Course and the Basic Communication Officers Course in August 1978, he was ordered to the 3d Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan to serve with 2d Battalion, 4th Marines as a Rifle Platoon Commander and 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander. In October 1979, LtGen Bailey was assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC as a Series Commander, Battalion S-3 and Commanding Officer of Company F, 2d Recruit Training Battalion. During this tour, he earned a Masters Degree in Business Management and Administration from Webster University. In August 1983, he returned to Quantico to attend the Amphibious Warfare School. After graduation in 1984, he joined 1st Battalion, 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune where he served as the Commanding Officer of Company C and Weapons Company Commander. In 1987, LtGen Bailey transferred to Kings Bay, GA where he activated the Security Forces Company, and served as the Guard Company Commander. From August 1989 to June 1992, he served at Marine Barracks, 8th and I, Washington, DC as Department Chief, Professional Military Education and marched as the Parade Commander. In June 1992, he attended Army Command and General Staff College. Graduating in 1993, he joined 2d Light Armored Infantry Battalion as the Executive Officer. From 1995 to 1997, he assumed command of the 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. From August 1997 to 1998, LtGen Bailey attended National War College, Washington, DC where he earned his second Masters Degree in National Security Strategy. In June 1998, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Manpower Management office as the ground Lieutenant Colonels Monitor. In June 2000, he was assigned as the Deputy, Joint Contact Team Program and Plans Officer, J-5, Headquarters US European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. From 2002 to 2004, LtGen Bailey commanded the 2d Marine Regiment. From 2004 to 2005, he was assigned as the CMC National Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In July 2005, he was assigned as the Director, Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico. In May 2006, he assumed duties as Deputy Director for Operations, J-3 Joint Staff. In July 2007, he assumed command of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and concurrently began duties as the Deputy Commanding General, III MEF. In August 2009, he transferred to San Diego and assumed command of Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region. LtGen Bailey assumed command of Marine Corps Recruiting Command in January 2011. In June 2011, he was assigned to Camp Pendleton and assumed command as the Commanding General 1st Marine Division. In June 2013, LtGen Bailey was promoted to his current rank and assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps as the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations. LtGen Bailey's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf, Legion of Merit with combat V, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
USNA Class of '05 and Marine Corps attack helicopter pilot 2d Civil Affairs Group (CAG)
Katelyn van Dam is a Marine Corps attack helicopter pilot currently assigned to the 2d Civil Affairs Group (CAG). Previously, she served at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, where she lead the testing and development of curriculum for the Marine Corps’ newly commissioned officers. Major van Dam is also a member of the Women In International Security’s Combat Integration Initiative where she is involved in the effort to strengthen the military by creating opportunities for women to lead and serve across all specialties.
Prior to serving at The Basic School, Major van Dam flew for Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, based out of Camp Pendleton, CA. During that time she deployed to conduct combat operations in Afghanistan and counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa/Gulf of Aden.
Major van Dam is a 2005 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in International Relations. She earned her naval aviator “wings of gold” in 2007. She is a native Californian who loves to surf, play beach volleyball and go hiking with her husband.
former Commandant of the Marine Corps (1987-1991)
In 1991, General Al Gray retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 41 years of service. From 1987-1991, General Gray served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and was advisor to both Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He is considered an expert on amphibious warfare and naval operations, in general. As Commandant, he institutionalized and published a Warfighting Philosophy for the Marines. General Gray developed and implemented a new long-range strategic planning process for the Marine Corps, established the Marine Corps University, and implemented other longstanding changes, such as ensuring that every Marine is a rifleman first and that the Marine Corps was special operations capable. General Al Gray enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1950 and achieved the rank of Sergeant while serving in amphibious reconnaissance with the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, aboard the submarine USS Perch (ASSP-313). He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1952. He has held every infantry command assignment from Platoon Leader through Division Commander. He has also commanded every Marine Air Ground Task Force from Marine Expeditionary Unit to Marine Expeditionary Force.
General Gray holds a B.S. from the University of the State of New York. He also attended Lafayette College, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Army War College and did graduate work at Syracuse University. General Gray is the recipient of two honorary Doctor of Law degrees, one from Lafayette College and the other from Monmouth College, and is a recipient of a Doctor of Military Science degree from Norwich University. He was the first awardee of an Honorary Doctorate of Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College (now the Joint Military Intelligence College). He also has an Honorary Doctorate from the Franklin University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from the American Public University System.
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies, National Defense University
Dr. Thomas X. Hammes joined INSS in June, 2009. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. His areas of expertise include Military Strategy, Future Conflict, and Insurgency.
Dr. Hammes graduated with a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 and holds a Masters in Historical Research and Doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Canadian National Defence College. His publications include The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century and Forgotten Warriors: the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, the Corps Ethos, and the Korean War. He has also published 15 book chapters and over 120 articles. His publications have been used widely in staff and defense college curricula in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Dr. Hammes has lectured extensively at leading academic and military institutions in the United States and abroad. Prior to his retirement from active duty, Dr. Hammes served for 30 years in the United States Marine Corps to include command of an intelligence battalion, an infantry battalion, and the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force. He participated in military operations in Somalia and Iraq and trained insurgents in various locations.
USNA Class of ’06; Graduate Student, LEAD Department, U.S. Naval Academy; and former Company Commander, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion
Captain Matt Lampert enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1998. Upon completion of Recruit Training and the Basic Rifleman’s Course he served as a Radio Operator and Scout/Sniper Team Leader with 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment. While with the battalion Sergeant Lampert completed two deployments to Okinawa and a deployment to Cuba.
In June 2002 Sergeant Lampert was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and entered the United States Naval Academy with the class of 2006. Upon graduation Lieutenant Lampert completed the Basic School and Infantry Officers Course before joining 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in April 2007. In September 2007 Lieutenant Lampert completed selection for assignment to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
In December 2007 Lieutenant Lampert attached to Battalion Landing Team 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment as the unit’s Light Armored Reconnaissance detachment commander. In May 2008 Lieutenant Lampert deployed to the Western Pacific and Middle East with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Upon return in November 2008 Lieutenant Lampert assumed Command of Company A, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.
In June 2009 Lieutenant Lampert was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion. Upon completion of the Individual Training Course in February 2010 Lieutenant Lampert assumed command of Marine Special Operations Team 8133. Captain Lampert deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in August 2010. Upon return from deployment Captain Lampert was assigned as the Executive Officer for Marine Special Operations Company C. From May to December 2012 the company deployed again to Afghanistan. In January 2014 the company deployed to the Western Pacific in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-PHILIPPINES and other Theater Security Cooperation missions.
Prior to becoming a graduate student of the LEAD Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, Captain Lampert was a former Company Commander, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion.
Captain Lampert’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and Gold Star in lieu of second award, the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of third award and the Army Achievement Medal.
Managing Editor, Washington Free Beacon; former infantry Marine Captain; and former English Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy
Aaron MacLean is the Managing Editor of the Washington Free Beacon. A combat Marine veteran, he was educated at St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD and Balliol College, Oxford. His final assignment in the Marine Corps was teaching English literature at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was the 2013 recipient of the Apgar Award for excellence in teaching. He is a 2014 Novak Fellow, and has been a Lincoln Fellow, a Marshall Scholar, and a Boren Scholar.
former Deputy Commandant for Aviation
Fred McCorkle retired from the United States Marine Corps on one October 2001. He is currently serving on the board of directors and as a senior advisor for GKN Aerospace Services. He additionally serves on the Rolls-Royce North America board of directors, and is a member of the board of directors of Lord Corporation and of Atlas Air World Wide Holdings, Inc. Fred also serves on several tax-exempt charity foundations Boards to include: The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), The Navy and Marine Association and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation.
In addition to the above boards, Fred also serves as a senior advisor for Optical Air Data Systems (OADS).
Lieutenant General Frederick McCorkle, USMC (retired) last served as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters, Marine Corps, Washington, DC.
He was born on nine, November 1944, and was raised in Harriman, Tennessee. In 1966, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from East Tennessee State University and (in 1979) received a master's degree in administration from Pepperdine University. After completion of Officer Candidates School, and The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia (1967), he attended Naval Flight School, Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a naval aviator in January, 1969. He Served in Vietnam with HMM-262during 1969-1970 and flew over 1,500 combat missions. Throughout his career, he accumulated over 6,500 flight hours in over 60 different series of aircraft.
Operational assignments included billets as commanding officer, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1), (1986-1988); head of operations, First Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan (1988-1989); head of operations, Second Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, North Carolina (1989-1990); and as commanding officer, Marine Aircraft Group Twenty Nine (MAG -29), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, North Carolina (1990-1992). As a general officer, he served as Commander, Marine Corps Air Bases eastern area and commanding general, MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina (1993-1996). He additionally served as the commanding general, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS, El Toro, California (1996-1998). Fred assumed the duties as Deputy Commandant for Aviation on 28 June 1998 and was advanced to the grade of lieutenant general on 21 august 1998.
Military schools included: The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia (1967); Naval Flight School, Pensacola, Florida (1967-1969); Marine Corps Test Pilot School, Tustin, California (1971); Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia (1979-1980); and the National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. (1984-1985).
Personal decorations include: The Distinguished Service Medal; The Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars in lieu of second through fourth awards; The Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star in lieu of second award; The Purple Heart; The Air Medal with Single Mission Award and 76 Strike/Flight Awards; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"; and The Navy Achievement Medal.
USNA Class of '09 and 17th Company Officer, U.S. Naval Academy
A native of Rochester, NY, Captain Brandy Soublet graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering with a Spanish minor and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in May 2009. Following graduation and commissioning, Second Lieutenant Soublet attended the Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering in June 2011.
Immediately following graduation from Penn State, First Lieutenant Soublet reported to The Basic School until December 2011. She then attended the Logistics Operations School from February to May 2012 and subsequently reported to Third Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division in Twentynine Palms, California. First Lieutenant Soublet served as the Maintenance Management Officer for four months before being assigned as the Battalion Logistics Officer in October 2012. In April 2013she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and returned in October 2013.
In June 2014, Captain Soublet reported to the United States Naval Academy and assumed the billet of 17th Company Officer.
Captain Soublet is an Expeditionary Warfare School Graduate of the Marine Corps College of Distance Education and a recipient of the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
27th Company Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Naval Academy and former Convoy Commander, Operation Enduring Freedom
Gunnery Sergeant Tedtaotao was born in Bellflower, California on October 1982. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRD), and graduated as Series Honor man and meritoriously promoted to Private First Class. Following recruit training GySgt Tedtaotao reported to Marine Combat Training School (MCT), Camp Pendleton, and upon completion of MCT, he reported to his Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) School in Camp Pendleton as an Assault Amphibian Vehicle (AAV) Crewman.
In May 2001, GySgt Tedtaotao reported to The Basic School Quantico, where he served as AAV Crewman and promoted to Lance Corporal and Corporal. In February 2003 he received orders to 3D Assault Amphibian Battalion Camp Pendleton.
In August 2003, GySgt Tedtaotao deployed with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). In January 2004 he then was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In March 2005 he deployed with the 15th MEU in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), where he served as an Assistant Section Leader.
In October 2006, GySgt Tedtaotao returned to MCRD San Diego for Drill Instructor School. He reported to First Recruit Training Battalion after completion of Drill Instructor school in December 2006. During his tour at MCRD, he held the billets of Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor. On May 1st 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
In November 2009, GySgt Tedtaotao reported to 3D Assault Amphibian Battalion Camp Pendleton, where he served as a Platoon Section Leader. In July 2010 he deployed to Okinawa, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP). In April 2012 GySgt Tedtaotao then deployed with Combat Logistics Battalion 5 to Southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he served as a Convoy Commander in support of OEF.
In May 2013, GySgt Tedtaotao received orders to his current command at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He presently holds the billet as the 27th Company Senior Enlisted Leader.
Gunnery Sergeant's decorations include: Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 4th award, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation 2nd award, Good Conduct Medal 4th award, National Defense, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon 4th award, Drill Instructor Service Ribbon, Nato Medal-ISAF, Certificate of Commendation 3rd award, Meritorious Mast 3rd award.
1stSgt at 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Engineer Support Company
Ernest Twigg was born in Avon Park, FL on 29 August 1976. He enlisted on 15 July 1996, where he attended Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot (MCRD), Parris Island SC and graduated a Meritorious Private First Class. He received orders to attend the School of Infantry. After obtaining the military occupational specialty of 0311, in January 1997, Lance Corporal Twigg was assigned to 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment, Camp Lejeune North Carolina where he served with Kilo Company. During this time he was meritoriously promoted to Corporal and served on multiple deployments.
With Kilo Company 3/6, 1stSgt Twigg deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch and Desert Thunder in the Arabian Gulf, Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and Joint Force Operations in Yugoslavia and the Adriatic Sea. During this time 1stSgt Twigg received the “Gung Ho” award in Sergeants Course.
In December 2004, Sergeant Twigg was assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Camp Lejeune NC, and was selected as Section Leader in the Combined Anti-Armor Team Platoon. Upon successful completion of a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to the Al Anbar Province of Iraq, he was selected to attend Scout Sniper School where he earned the MOS 8541 Scout Sniper. Upon completion he was assigned to the Scout Sniper Platoon and deployed to engage the enemy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as a Scout Sniper Team Leader.
As a Staff Sergeant he attended Drill Instructor School at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, South Carolina in April 2008. Upon Graduation he was the recipient of the “Leadership” award and was assigned with India Company 3rd Recruit Training Battalion for eight training cycles. During his tour at Parris Island, Staff Sergeant Twigg was once again meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant, and became a Chief Drill Instructor assigned to Lima Company. As a Squad Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Twigg became the Academic Coordinator for the Drill Instructor School at MCRD Parris Island and successfully trained six Drill Instructor classes.
Gunnery Sergeant Twigg completed his Drill Instructor tour of duty and returned to the operating forces as an infantryman. In December 2010, he graduated Infantry Unit Leaders Course as the Honor Graduate and in July 2013, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines as a Combined Anti-Armor Team Platoon Sergeant. He was later assigned as the Company Gunnery Sergeant of India Company and sailed with the 26th MEU on the USS Kearsarge.
Upon returning from his last deployment with the 26th MEU, Gunnery Sergeant Twigg completed the Advanced Course, where he once again received the “Gung Ho” award. He was then assigned as the Company First Sergeant of Engineer Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 271, where he was selected for promotion to First Sergeant in December 2015 and assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion as the Engineer Support Company First Sergeant.