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Lieutenant Colonel Walter E. Larisey IV
Commanding Officer
1st Battalion, 23d Marines

Lieutenant Colonel Walter Larisey is a native of Tuscaloosa, AL. In 1999 he enlisted in the Marine Reserves and served as a Motor T Operator for 4/14 in Bessemer, AL. He graduated from The University of Alabama in 2004. After graduating in 2004, he earned his commission and attended The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, VA.

As a Lieutenant with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, he commanded a Rifle Platoon in Ar Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 4.06 in 2005-2006. In 2007 he commanded a Combined Anti-Armor Team, again in Ar Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
6.08. He also participated in Battalion exercises aboard MCAGCC, Victorville, CA, and MWTC Bridgeport, CA.

Promoted to Captain in 2008, Captain Larisey served as a primary instructor for the MOUT package at The Basic School for one year. He was then a Staff Platoon Commander for Bravo Company 2-09 and Golf Company 7-09. He finished his time on active duty as the Instructor Battalion Assistant Operations Officer.

Captain Larisey then joined Anti-Terrorism Battalion in the fall of 2010 as the Support Company Commander. He led an Engineer platoon, a Sniper platoon, and a Machine gun platoon during his time there. After 18 months he transitioned to lead Lima Company, 3/23 as their
Commander. Following his time in command, in 2014 he transferred to the 4th Marine Division to be an inspector in the G7, where he inspected nearly every GCE reserve unit in the Division over a four-year period. During this time, he was promoted to Major, and completed the two-year course, Command and Staff weekend seminar.

Major Larisey then transitioned to be the S3-A for 1/24. From there he mobilized in the fall of 2018 for a nine-month tour in The Republic of Georgia, serving as the Senior Infantry Advisor to the 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion. Upon returning from his third deployment, he served as the Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 24th Marines. After 18 months there he transitioned to his current billet, serving in the 4th Marine Division as a Plans Officer in the Division G3.

In the civilian sector, Walter has led YMCAs, owned a contracting company, and currently serves as the Chief of Staff and Director of HR for a retirement planning company. He also taught Command and Staff Weekend Seminar as adjunct faculty for Davis Defense Group for
two years.

His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star and a combat “V”, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and a Purple Heart. Lieutenant Colonel Larisey has over 23 years of service to the Marines.