Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Gutierrez was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 1998. He holds an Undergraduate Degree in the Administration of Justice from Penn State University and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Development from George Washington University. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy for law enforcement executives. Lieutenant Colonel Gutierrez is also a graduate of the 2011 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fellows leadership development program, earning the title of DHS Senior Fellow.
Before assuming command of the 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Gutierrez served as the Battalion Executive Officer where he was responsible for planning and supporting multiple CONUS and OCONUS exercises and training events for the Battalion. Before that, he served as a MAGTF Planner and Force Protection Officer with the MAGTF Staff Training Program Division (MSTPD) in Quantico, Va., where he trained and mentored Marine Corps staffs on the Marine Corps Planning Process (MCPP) and the conduct of large scale Marine and Joint/Coalition exercises. In his civilian career, Lieutenant Colonel Gutierrez serves as the Acting Deputy Chief, Investigations Division, Office of Security and Integrity of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within DHS. As Supervisory Security Specialist, he is responsible for planning and conducting investigations of allegations of misconduct, corruption, fraud, and violations of the immigration laws involving any employee of USCIS, a world-wide agency of approximately 20,000 federal and contract employees.
While on active duty, Lieutenant Colonel Gutierrez served as a Military Police Officer in the United States Marine Corps at the Platoon, Company and Battalion level. Lieutenant Colonel Gutierrez’s military assignments include; tours with a Marine Expeditionary Unit, participating in the recovery of the USS COLE during Operation Determined Response in Aden, Yemen. He served as the Operations Officer, Security Department, Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1). While assigned to HMX-1, he was in charge of force protection for Presidential transport assets on Presidential support missions around the world to places such as Turkey, Colombia, Mongolia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Gutierrez was selected by the Director, White House Military Office as the 2003 Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year for the White House Military Office. In the summer of 2006, he assumed command of Military Police (MP) Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division. As the Commanding Officer of MP Company, he participated in two consecutive deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lieutenant Colonel Gutierrez’s personal military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Presidential Service Badge.