Lieutenant Colonel James D. Fleming
Inspector-Instructor, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment

The son of a Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Fleming is proud to call Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home. A career infantryman, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1992 and served as a team leader with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion. Following release from active duty, he served with 6th Engineer Support Battalion while attending Penn State University.

Commissioned in 2001, he served as a rifle, weapons, and scout-sniper platoon commander with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. In 2005, he returned to the Selected Marine Corps Reserve and served in a variety of assignments, including duty with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, and a tour assessing the protection of overseas facilities for U. S. Central Command.

Returning to the active component in 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Fleming was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, serving with Manpower Management’s Enlisted Assignments Branch. From 2009-12, he led rifle companies in both 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines and 1st Battalion, 6th Marines. From 2012-14, he served as the Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 9th Marines and deployed with an Advise and Assist Team, supporting the 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army. From 2016-19, he served as a planner, and later as Future Operations Officer for 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Lieutenant Colonel Fleming’s professional military resident education includes Expeditionary Warfare School, the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, and its School of Advanced Military Studies. He is a qualified parachutist, combatant diver, scout-sniper, and graduate of the U. S. Army’s Ranger School. His contingency and combat experience includes Operations SILVER WAKE, IRAQI FREEDOM (three deployments), and ENDURING FREEDOM (two deployments).