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Inspector-Instructor, Intelligence Support Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Brandon C. Gregoire
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LtCol Gregoire, a native of New Orleans, LA; graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College (Cambridge, MA) in 1995 with a degree in classical Latin.  He received his commission in 1996 via the Officer Candidates Class program and was designated a ground intelligence officer upon completion of The Basic School, The Infantry Officer Course, the Sniper Employment Officer Course and the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course.

From 1997-2000, he served as the assistant intelligence officer of 2d Marine Regiment and as the scout sniper platoon commander of 3rd Bn, 2d Marines.  In the winter of 2000, he completed the Marine Air Ground Task Force Intelligence Officer’s Course and then reported to Company B, Marine Cryptologic Support Bn (Ft Meade, Maryland).  In this capacity, he was detailed to a national intelligence agency, deploying overseas as an operations officer on numerous missions to include leading a National Intelligence Support Team.

In 2005, LtCol Gregoire served as a summer augment on the training company staff of OCS.  He next reported as the assistant intelligence officer of Marine Aircraft Group-12 (Iwakuni, Japan).  During this assignment, he was selected as an individual augment to the Joint Interagency Coordination Group at HQ United States Central Command (Tampa, FL), where he later deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as an interagency liaison and military intelligence advisor to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 2006, LtCol Gregoire was assigned as the intelligence officer of the Expeditionary Operations Training Group at II Marine Expeditionary Force.  In the summer of 2007, he deployed to Habbaniyah, Iraq as the senior intelligence advisor on a military transition team supporting the HQ of the 1st Iraqi Army Division (1st IA Div).  During this tour, he served in combat operations during the 2008 Battle of Basrah.

LtCol Gregoire then was selected for the 2009 DoD Congressional Fellowship Program, where he was assigned to the office of US Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).  He then transitioned to the Pentagon where he served as an analyst in HQMC’s Strategic Initiatives Group.  He was hand-selected for the transition team of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps in the summer of 2010 and then continued in the Commandant’s Staff Group as a speechwriter through 2012.

LtCol Gregoire next reported as the Deputy Intelligence Officer and Special Security Officer of 2nd Marine Division.  From January to June 2015, LtCol Gregoire, who also holds the 0570 Foreign Security Force Advisor MOS, deployed to Iraq as the senior intelligence advisor on an Advise and Assist team in support of the Iraqi Army’s Anbar Operations Command.  He then attended the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI through June 2016 where he received an M.A. degree with distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies.  He currently serves as the inspector-instructor of Intelligence Support Bn, Marine Forces Reserve in New Orleans, LA.

LtCol Gregoire has completed operational deployments to Iraq (3 tours), Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.  His personal decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (2d award), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (2d award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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