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Inspector-Instructor, Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment Major James Smolucha

Major Smolucha is a native of Winfield, Illinois.  He graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois with a Bachelor’s of Arts in May 2006.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in March 2007 after completing Officer Candidate School.

After completing The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, Major Smolucha was assigned to 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 2d Marine Division.  From January 2008 to May 2009 he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander in Golf Company.  Following deployment to Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was reassigned as Weapons Platoon Commander and Executive Officer in Echo Company.  He held these billets from June 2009 to April 2010 when he was reassigned to the Battalion Afghan National Army Advisor Team.  He deployed in this capacity to Majrah, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2010. 

Upon redeployment in January 2011, Major Smolucha received orders to Marine Combat Training Battalion, School of Infantry East.  He received command of Hotel Company in September 2011 and relinquished command in October 2012.  He was then assigned as the Marine Combat Training Battalion Instructor Group OIC.  Major Smolucha held this position until September 2014.  While serving in this capacity, he was assigned as an individual augment to the Georgia Deployment Program and deployed to the Republic of Georgia in February 2013.

In October 2014, Major Smolucha received orders the U.S. Army Maneuver Captain’s Career Course.  He graduated on the Commandant’s List in April 2015. 

In August 2015, Major Smolucha received orders to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division where he was assigned the duties of Assistant Operations Officer.  In October 1015, he received command of Headquarters and Service Company.  Major Smolucha then received command of Weapons Company in January 2016 and deployed with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit in June 2016.  During this deployment, the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in Operation Odyssey Lightning.

Major Smolucha assumed his current duties as Inspector-Instructor, Golf Company, 2d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Madison, Wisconsin in August 2017.