Lieutenant Colonel Andrew C. Lee assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, 23rd Marine Regiment on December 15, 2019.
Lee enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in July of 1994. After graduating Marine Corps Recruit Training, Paris Island, and the School of Infantry, he joined Company B, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines. Lee held the billets of rifleman, fire team leader, and squad leader.
After the events of September 11, 2001, Corporal Lee transitioned to active duty and completed the Marine Corps Officer’s Candidate School. After commissioning, Second Lieutenant Lee attended the Basic School and the Infantry Officer’s Course in Quantico, VA.
2ndLt Lee reported to 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment. Lieutenant Lee conducted three deployments to Iraq as a rifle platoon commander and anti-tank platoon commander, participating in Operations Iraqi Freedom I, II, and III.
In July 2006, First Lieutenant Lee left active duty and re-joined the Marine Corps Reserve.
Captain Lee joined Company B, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, where he served as executive officer and company commander. In 2010, while in command of Company B, Capt Lee deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon return from Afghanistan, Major Lee attended Command and Staff college, at Fort Devens, MA.
In 2012, Maj Lee returned to 1st Battalion, 25th Marines and served as Operations Officer. In 2016, Maj Lee activated with the 25th Marine Regiment. From 2016-2018, Maj Lee served as Operations Officer of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Southern Command and deployed to the Isthmus of Central America. In the fall of 2017, after a series of devastating hurricanes, Maj Lee served as the Operations Officer of Joint Task Force Leeward Island that conducted crisis response in the Caribbean.
In January 2018, Lieutenant Colonel Lee joined the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Staff Training Program in Quantico, VA and served as Assistant Operations Officer. LtCol Lee departed MSTP to assume command of 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines.
LtCol Lee’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with three gold stars in lieu of subsequent awards, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
LtCol Lee lives in his hometown of South Boston and works as Boston Firefighter. He and his wife of 18 years, have four children.