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Inspector-Instructor 6th ANGLICO Lieutenant Colonel James F. Beal

Lieutenant Colonel James Beal is a native of Harrogate, Tennessee.  Upon graduation from the University of Memphis in August 1999, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.


Upon graduation from The Basic School, Second Lieutenant Beal attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 2000.  He was subsequently assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Marines (1/11) at Camp Pendleton, California from 2000 to 2003.  While assigned to 1/11, he held the billets of Forward Observer, Battery Fire Direction Officer, Battalion Fire Direction Officer, and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer.  While at 1/11, Lieutenant Beal served as the Forward Observer for the Small Boat Raid Company with Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit for operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002.  Lieutenant Beal also served as the Battalion Fire Direction Officer and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer for 1/11 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I in 2003. 


After returning from Iraq in 2003, First Lieutenant Beal was assigned as the Training and Education Command (TECOM) Liaison Officer to Eglin Air Force Base and Air Force Special Operations Command.  In 2005, Captain Beal reported to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course.  Upon graduation, Captain Beal was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marines (1/12) at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.  Immediately upon arrival, Captain Beal was assigned as the Fires/Maneuver Advisor with a Military Transition Team (MTT) operating with the Iraqi Army in Haditha, Iraq in 2006.  Following the MTT deployment, Captain Beal was assigned as the Battery Commander for Battery C, 1/12 for deployment to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2007 as a convoy security company operating out of Fallujah, Iraq.  Following return from OIF, Captain Beal led Battery C, 1/12 through the fielding and transition to the M777A2 Lightweight Howitzer.


In 2008, Captain Beal was assigned as the Inspector-Instructor for Headquarters Battery/Battalion Assistant Inspector-Instructor for 5th Battalion, 14th Marines in Seal Beach, California.  In 2011, Major Beal reported to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) at Camp Pendleton, California.  In 2012, Major Beal deployed to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the Officer-In-Charge for 1st ANGLICO.  Following return in June 2013, Major Beal assumed the duties as Executive Officer of 1st ANGLICO.  From 2014 to 2016, Major Beal attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California to train as a Regional Area Officer for the Middle East.  Following graduation from Naval Postgraduate School, Lieutenant Colonel Beal was assigned as the Levant/Central Asia South Asia Desk Officer in the G-5 Section at US Marine Corps Forces, Central Command at MacDill AFB, Florida.  On 4 June 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Beal assumed the duties of Inspector-Instructor, 6th ANGLICO.


Lieutenant Colonel Beal’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), Navy Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and several campaign/service awards.  Lieutenant Colonel Beal has also earned the Naval Parachutist’s Badge and is a graduate of Tactical Air Control Party School.


Lieutenant Colonel Beal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Memphis and a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies (Middle East) from the Naval Postgraduate School.