Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Hendrickson
A native of State College, PA, LtCol Mike Hendrickson was commissioned from OCC at Marine Corps Base Quantico in December 1998. After training he was assigned as Platoon Commander, Company B, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA from October 1998 to June 2002. In July 2001 he deployed with 15 MEU(SOC) on a routine WESTPAC float. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Company B conducted operations in support of Operation Swift Freedom, while deployed to Afghanistan with Battalion Landing Team 1/1. His next assignment was with the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) at Naval Station Newport until 2005. While at NAPS, he completed the Naval War College of Command and Staff continuing education course and received his masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He then volunteered for resident PME and reported to the Expeditionary Warfare School in July 2005. Following a serious illness in his family, and after graduating from EWS, he resigned his regular commission, moved back to State College, PA to tend to his family and joined the IRR. In November, 2006 he joined Company E, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines and served as the Executive Officer until early 2008 when he joined the IMA detachment at Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned. In April 2009, Mike transferred to 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines where he was selected as the Battalion Operations Officer prior to their deployment to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. After successfully leading the operations section during mobilization and deployment to Afghanistan in 2010-2011, Western Accord in 2012, and Mountain Exercise in 2013, he was selected for promotion to LtCol and assigned as the Executive Officer of 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines.
LtCol Hendrickson’s decorations include Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, a Combat Action Ribbon, a Navy Unit Citation and the rifle squad competition badge.