Lieutenant Colonel Sean L. Welch serves as Inspector-Instructor, Combat Logistics Battalion 25, Red Bank, New Jersey.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1993 and was commissioned, a Second Lieutenant, in 2000. As a Lieutenant, he served as Assistant Logistics Officer with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment and 2nd Tank Battalion. He deployed to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program where his platoon supported various exercises throughout the Pacific and Oceania. Following his initial operational tour, he served as J-5 Plans Officer, Headquarters, US Military Entrance Processing Command before his promotion to Captain.
Captain Welch served as Future Operations and Assistant Operations Officer with Combat Logistics Regiment-25 in Al Taqaddum, Iraq. He planned general support logistics operations across Al Anbar province including OPERATION STEEL CURTAIN and the Iraqi national referendum and first democratic elections. He was later assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion-6 and served as Commanding Officer, Transportation Support Company ultimately leading that company through counterinsurgency operations in Al Fallujah, Iraq. Upon return, he reported to Combat Logistics Regiment 2 and concurrently served as Regimental Logistics Officer and Commanding Officer, Headquarters Company.
Captain Welch served as a Congressional Fellow on the Staff of United States Representative Rob Wittman where he held the National Security, Foreign Affairs, Veterans Affairs, and Military Construction portfolio. He completed a follow-on tour within the G3/5, Headquarters, US Marine Corps, Combat Development and Integration (CD&I) Division where he served as Legislative Assistant, Speech and Concepts Writer, and interim Aide to the Deputy Commandant, CD&I. He was promoted to the rank of Major during that time.
Major Welch returned to the operating forces and served as Logistics Officer, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from 2012 to 2015. The 11th MEU served within the USPACOM and USCENTCOM areas of operation from July 2014-February 2015 in support of OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM and INHERANT RESOLVE. He served as Faculty Advisor and Deputy Director, Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia until June 30, 2017.
Lieutenant Colonel Welch is a graduate of Western Illinois University, a distinguished graduate of the US Army Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He is the recipient of the 2007 Marine Corps Officer Logistician of the Year award, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s 2009 Angels in Adoption Award, and the 2015 Defense Logistics Award.