Lieutenant Colonel Ryan M. Hunt
4th Reconnaissance Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Hunt is the incoming Battalion Inspector Instructor for 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division. He recently completed a tour as Operations Officer for the Tactical Training & Exercise Control Group (TTECG), Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command (MAGTF-TC), Twentynine Palms, California.

Lieutenant Colonel Hunt is a native of Grand Coulee, WA. He attended Lake Roosevelt High School and then secondary education at Washington State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice post the 2003 school year. The summers between his sophomore/junior year and junior/senior year he attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) as part of the Platoon Leadership Course (PLC) Program. In the summer of 2003 he attended The Basic School (TBS). After completion of the Basic School he attended Infantry Officers Course (IOC) in early 2004. Upon completion of IOC he reported to A Co, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines (1/8) as a rifle platoon commander. The battalion deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) II and participated in the second battle of Fallujah in November 2004.

Upon return from the OIF II deployment in early 2005 newly promoted First Lieutenant Hunt was appointed as the Fire Support Team Leader (FST Leader) for A Co and attended Infantry Mortar Leader’s Course. Upon completion of Infantry Mortar Leader’s Course he supported disaster relief operations post the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Slidell Louisiana and St. Bernard Parrish in New Orleans. After completion of that operation he was reassigned to Weapons Company, Assistant Fire Support Coordinator (AFSC)/Weapons Company XO for Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/8 whom was part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). In December of 2005 he attended a reconnaissance screener hosted by 2d Reconnaissance Battalion and chose 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division as his next duty assignment. The 24th MEU deployment both began and ended in 2006 with multiple Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) events completed.

Beginning in early 2007 First Lieutenant Hunt attended several courses and schools prior to checking into 3d Recon Battalion. Then in late 2007 newly promoted Captain Hunt checked into 3d Recon Battalion as the Assistant Operations Officer. Shortly upon arrival he was reassigned to Operations Officer for the battalion as it deployed to OIF. Upon completion of this deployment he took command of the newly stood up Force Company, III MEF and began to address that companies shortfalls across manning/training/equipment lines of effort. In the capacity as company commander he deployed to the Philippines in 2009 and executed Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) as an exercise lead planner and OIC. Upon completion of that deployment he was selected and attended Career Level School at Maneuver Captain’s Career Course (MCCC) Ft. Benning, GA.

After graduating MCCC Captain Hunt reported to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines (1/5) and took command of Headquarters and Service Company in late 2010. In early 2011 1st Battalion, 5th Marines deployed to Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Within two months of the deployment Captain Hunt took command of Bravo Company. Upon return from that deployment Captain Hunt attended several schools and courses to facilitate him taking command of Weapons Company and the battalion’s Fire Support

Coordinator (FSC) billet. These schools and courses included Fire Support Coordination Course sponsored by EWTGPAC’s Mobile Training Team, Information Operations Practitioner Course and Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) School hosted by MAWTS-1. However, in January of 2012 he was selected to major and with that selection he was reassigned to I Marine Headquarters Group (MHG) at I MEF to assume duties as an Advisor Team Leader.

Captain Hunt checked into Advisor Training Cell, I MHG, I MEF in mid-2012 and began training in preparation for an impending advisor deployment. He attended Combat Life Saver (CLS) Course, was licensed on multiple vehicles and attended Advisor Training Group’s (ATG) Foreign Advisor Course at MCAGTF-TC, MCAGCC Twentynine Palms with his team. Upon completion of training with ATG his team deployed to Khan Neshin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan from late 2012 to early 2013 and advised a border police kandak (battalion). Upon completion of that deployment he was reassigned to MAGTF-TC, MCAGCC Twentynine Palms as an instructor at ATG in mid-2013. He then PCAd from ATG to TTECG in early 2014 as ATG closed. Then newly promoted Major Hunt served as an infantry instructor at TTECG and Corridored 410A, 410, 400, 401, Air Assault Course (ACC) and served as its lead instructor. By late 2015 he was assigned as Maneuver Section OIC and began to Corridor the Final Exercise (FINEX). Furthermore, in 2015 Major Hunt completed Marine Corps Command and Staff Non-Resident, through the distance education program. In mid-2016 he PCA’d and reported for duty with 3d Battalion, 7th Marines (3/7) as the XO.

As the XO for 3/7 he was afforded the opportunity to be the Range OIC and the Main Engagement Area Commander during 3/7’s respective ITX (5-16). Post ITX 3/7 deployed in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, Crisis Response, Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) as its GCE. During the first three weeks of deployment Major Hunt was chosen to fulfill a Request For Forces (RFF) task to lead an Advisor Team which would advise an Iraqi Security Force Brigade. This brigade was part of the Iraqi Forces whom were assigned to clear Mosul, Iraq. He formed his team, executed some limited training with them, then deployed from Kuwait to Iraq and began the advisor mission. His team was then reassigned to a Division of Iraq’s Federal Police (FEDPOL) whom became the countries lead agency in the clearance of Mosul in 2016 through 2017. The team returned from that deployment in March of 2017. The summer of 2017 Major Hunt being a summer mover PCSd to 1st Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG) I MEF.

At 1st EOTG Major Hunt fulfilled duties and responsibilities associated with the Raids Branch OIC, Assistant Operations Officer and Operations Officer. As the Raids Branch OIC he trained companies from multiple BLTs in intricacies associated with raid operations, TRAP and oversaw multiple individual courses such as those that teach mobility over rugged terrain and insertion/extraction techniques. He supported four 31st MEU bound battalions, four SPMAGTF-CR-CC crisis companies and two west coast MEU PTP cycles. While at EOTG he attended Personnel Recovery (PR) 292 training. Finally, in November of 2018 he was selected for the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

In July of 2019 Major Hunt was transferred to MAGTF-TC aboard MCAGCC Twentynine Palms and he assumed duty as TTECG’s Operations Officer (Coyote 3). During this billet assignment in October of 2019 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. His time at TTECG he supervised the execution of four ITXs of varying size and complexity.

Lieutenant Colonel Hunt’s personnel awards include: two bronze stars; one meritoriously and one with combat distinguishing device, two Meritorious Service Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal meritoriously, one Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device, an Army Achievement Medal meritoriously and two combat action ribbons.