Lieutenant Colonel Thaddeus Drake Jr.
1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel Drake was raised in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated and was commissioned from the United States Naval Academy in 2003. After completing the Basic Officer Course and Infantry Officer Course, he joined 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, as a rifle platoon commander, weapons platoon commander, and a company executive officer and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq and Falluja, Iraq.

From 2006-2010, he was assigned to The Basic School, where he served as lead instructor for the Basic Officer Course Weapons Package, Instructor Battalion Weapons Platoon Commander, and Infantry Officer Course instructor.

From 2010-2011, he attended Expeditionary Warfare School. Immediately following graduation, he was assigned to 2d Battalion, 4th Marines where he served as the Commanding Officer of Company G and Weapons Company and Operations Officer. During this time the battalion deployed to Musa Qala, Afghanistan, and the Western Pacific as the battalion landing team for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

From 2014-2016, LtCol Drake attended Marine Corps Command and Staff college and the School of Advanced Warfighting. Upon graduation, he was assigned as an operational planner to Task Force 51/5, an experimental integrated Marine Corps-Navy command located in Bahrain that supports crisis response and warfighting efforts throughout US Central Command.

From 2018 to 2019, He served as the operations officer for 3d Reconnaissance Battalion. From 2019 to 2020, LtCol Drake served at 4th Marine Regiment as the Future Operations Officer, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer. He served there until his current assignment as the Inspector-Instructor, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines.