Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. D’Ettore assumed the duties of Battalion Commander 3d Battalion, 23d Marine Regiment in July 2016.
Lieutenant Colonel D’Ettore was commissioned via the Platoon Leader’s Class in May 1998 upon his graduation from James Madison University.
After completion of The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course, he reported to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Camp Lejeune, NC and served as a rifle platoon commander. While serving in this capacity, he participated in a Combined Arms Exercise (CAX) in Twentynine Palms, CA. Upon the battalion’s return from CAX, 1stLt D’Ettore served as the Weapons Platoon Commander until his reassignment as the Maritime Special Purpose Force (MSPF) Security Platoon Commander. He subsequently deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) (Special Operations Capable) to the Mediterranean Sea in 2001.
Upon his return from the MEU deployment, 1stLt D’Ettore served as the Executive Officer of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines until he was reassigned as the Battalion S-3A. As the assistant operations officer, he deployed to Norway in the winter of 2002 and attended the Allied Officer Winter Warfare Course and participated in Exercise Battle Griffin.
From 2002 through 2005, Captain D’Ettore was assigned to HQMC with the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) for service as a Congressional Liaison. After serving at OLA, he attended the resident Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) in Quantico, VA.
Upon graduation from EWS in May 2006, Captain D’Ettore was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, Twentynine Palms, CA as the Commanding Officer of India Company. In this capacity, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Upon redeployment, he was assigned as the H&S Company Commander until he separated from active duty in July 2008.
After his separation from active duty, Major D’Ettore affiliated with the Marine Corps Installation National Capital Region IMA detachment for service as a Regional Contingency Planner. Concurrently, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Distance Education Program, graduating with Distinction in May 2010.
In October 2011, Major D’Ettore assumed the billet of Executive Officer, for 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. In April 2014, he accepted mobilization orders to HQMC OLA and served in this capacity until July 2016.
Lieutenant Colonel D’Ettore holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University and a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University.