Inspector-Instructor, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel R. G. Salcido
Lieutenant Colonel Rudy G. Salcido is a native of Tucson, Arizona and served as an enlisted Marine in 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment from 1993 to 1996. He served in Company B and Weapons & H&S Companies as part of the Surveillance Target Acquisition Platoon. During this tour, he deployed twice to Okinawa, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program supporting Theater Security Cooperation exercises in Thailand.
Upon leaving active duty, he served in the Marine Corps Reserves as a member of Bulk Fuel Company “A,” 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group in Tucson, Arizona from 1996 to 1998. He graduated from the University of Arizona in December 2000 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.
After attending The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, he reported to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. He served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon Commander, and Company Executive Officer with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. During this tour, he deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I and II.
He was then assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company Europe in Rota, Spain and served as a Platoon Commander and Company Operations Officer. He returned to the operating forces with his assignment to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. He served as Company Commander, Company F and deployed in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit as the designated Small Boat Company. He participated in Theater Security Cooperation exercises in Thailand and the Philippines. He was then assigned as the Battalion Operations Officer and deployed in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit supporting Theater Security Cooperation exercises in Australia and Philippines.
Upon returning from deployment, Lieutenant Colonel Salcido was assigned as Company Commander, Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7 in support of the Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 12.2-13.1 deployment. While deployed, he was designated as the Officer-in-Charge, Georgian Liaison Team (Rotation 6), 32nd Georgian Light Infantry Battalion, Musa Qal’ah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Upon returning from deployment, Lieutenant Colonel Salcido was assigned as a Faculty Advisor at Expeditionary Warfare School in support of Academic Year-14 and Academic Year-15. He was then selected to serve as the Personnel Exchange Program Officer embedded with the Argentine Marine Corps. He returned to the operating forces with his assignment as the Operations Officer, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He deployed in support of the West Pacific Deployment 18-2. Lieutenant Colonel Salcido began serving as the Inspector-Instructor, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines in May 2019.
Lieutenant Colonel Salcido holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.