Lieutenant Colonel James Colvin is a native of Malverne, NY. He attended the College of the Holy Cross on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship. After graduating in 2004, he attended The Basic School and Infantry Officers 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 the fall of 2005 and a Combined Anti-Armor Team in Ar Ramdi, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 6.08 in the spring of 2007.
In August of 2008, he joined the 1st Marine Corps District where he served as the Officer Selection Officer, Durham, New Hampshire, Recruiting Station Portsmouth until transitioning from active duty in August 2011.
Joining the Reserve Component in 2012, LtCol Colvin joined 1st Battalion, 25th Marines and commanded Company B until 2015. In December of 2014, he accepted active duty orders to 25th Marine Regiment where he served as Regiment’s Lead Planner and MAGTF Operations Officer for ITX 4-15. LtCol Colvin then transitioned to 25th Marine Regiment to serve as the Assistant Operations Officer from 2015-2017.
LtCol Colvin transferred to the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, USTRANSCOM in 2017 where he served as an operational planner for the Joint Planning Support Element. LtCol Colvin rapidly deployed as part of the JECC’s Alert Force in support of the Department of Defense’s initial responses to Hurricane Maria and the southern Border Protection Mission.
LtCol Colvin graduated Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, and Georgetown University with an Executive Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management. He currently works as a Lieutenant for the Boston Fire Department on Tower Ladder 3.
LtCol Colvin is the recipient of the 2006 I Marine Expeditionary Force Navy and Marine Corps Association’s Leadership Award and the 2014 Justice Marion “Jumping Joe” Chambers Award.