Chief of Staff
This is the official biography for the Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Forces Reserve

Colonel Jeremy L. Gettings



Colonel Jeremy L. Gettings graduated from the University of Central Missouri in the spring of 1996 with a degree in Aviation Technology and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. 

Shortly after graduation, he attended The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia and was designated as a Combat Engineer. Following the Basic Engineer Officer’s Course, Col Gettings served as a Combat Engineer Platoon Commander with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division until the Spring of 2000 when he began flight training as a Student Naval Aviator. In April 2002 he was designated as a Naval Aviator and transferred to VMAT-203 for training as a Harrier Pilot. 

In 2003, Col Gettings transferred to VMA-211 in Yuma, Arizona where he served as the S-4 and Pilot Training Officer. In late 2004 he deployed to Japan in support of the 31st MEU. The following year he deployed again, this time as part of the Harrier detachment with HMM-165 (REIN) in support of the 13th MEU and Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06. In March 2006, Col Gettings transferred to VMA-214 where he served as the Quality Assurance Officer before executing orders to VMA-542 in Cherry Point, North Carolina. 

At VMA-542, Col Gettings served as the Department of Safety and Standardization Officer, the Quality Assurance Officer, and the Maintenance Officer. In September of 2007 he deployed to Al Asad, Iraq and flew combat sorties in support of OIF 06-08. 

After returning from deployment, Col Gettings attended the Air Force Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama where he earned a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science. In 2009 he transferred to Joint Forces Command for duty as a Project Officer, Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence, at Creech AFB, Nevada. 

In July of 2011, Col Gettings reported to MAG-13 and became the MAG-13 Headquarters Commanding Officer. In September, he transferred to VMA-311 and served as the Executive Officer during a deployment to Japan in support of the 31st MEU. After the squadron returned to Yuma, he remained as the Executive Officer and deployed again, this time to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, where he flew combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 13.1/13.2. After returning from Afghanistan, Col Gettings assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Following Command, Col Gettings attended the Air War College where he earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies. In 2016, Col Gettings transferred to Marine Forces Command where he served as the G-3/5/7, and the Air Operations Officer. In 2019, Col Gettings transferred to Marine Forces Reserve Command, where he is serving as the Chief of Staff for the Force Headquarters Group. 

Col Gettings has flown over 1,400 hours in the AV-8B. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal with Strike/Flight numeral 8, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.