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Inspector-Instructor, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion Lieutenant Colonel William J. Gibbons

Lieutenant Colonel Gibbons was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1997. After completing The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, he was trained as an Assault Amphibian Vehicle Officer at Camp Pendleton, California and subsequently assigned to Company D, 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion in 29 Palms, California.  As a Platoon Commander, he deployed with his Marines in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to Okinawa, Japan.   

Promoted to Captain in 2001, he served consecutively as the Assistant Operations Officer, Operations Officer and as Headquarters Company Commander for Marine Security Guard Battalion in Quantico, Virginia.

Upon graduation from Expeditionary Warfare School in 2005, Captain Gibbons served with the Marines and Sailors of 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He first served as the Commanding Officer of Company A where he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and subsequently performed the duties of the Battalion Operations Officer.  

In 2007 Captain Gibbons was promoted to the rank of Major and assigned as an Inspector-Instructor for Company B, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion in Galveston, Texas. During this tour, he oversaw the mobilization, training and deployment of Company B for deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. 

After attending Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Major Gibbons returned to Camp Lejeune in 2010 where he served as the Executive Officer of 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion and then as the A/CS G-7, Division Inspector for 2d Marine Division. During this period, Major Gibbons deployed twice as an Individual Augment; first to Afghanistan for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and then to Djibouti in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM – HORN OF AFRICA. 

In August of 2014 Major Gibbons reported to Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group in 29 Palms, California where he was promoted to his current rank and served as the OIC of Doctrine & Standardization Division.

Lieutenant Colonel Gibbons holds a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Rowan University and a master's degree in International Relations from Webster University.

His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.