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Marines


III MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
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FORWARD. FAITHFUL. FOCUSED.

Leaders

Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Lieutenant General Roger B. Turner

Lieutenant General Roger Turner assumed command of III Marine Expeditionary Force on 26 January 2024. ...

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Deputy Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Brigadier General Trevor Hall

Brigadier General Hall currently serves as the Deputy Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force and as the Commanding General, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Okinawa, Japan....

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Sergeant Major, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Sergeant Major Joy M. Kitashima

Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Sergeant Major Kitashima enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 1996. Following initial training, she was assigned the military occupational specialty of 5811 and reported to Military Police School in Fort McClellan, Alabama....

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Command Master Chief, III Marine Expeditionary Force

CMDCM (FMF/SW/AW/IW) Donald O. Leppert

Master Chief Leppert, a native of Binghamton, New York, grew up in Newport, North Carolina, enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1989....

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Commanding Officer, 5th ANGLICO
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew R. Ashton

Lieutenant Colonel Ashton attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology in 2006. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 2006.

Upon completion of The Basic School, he attended Field Artillery Basic Officers Course at Fort Sill, OK. In September 2007, reported for duty with 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, first serving as a Provisional Civil Affairs Team Leader and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2008, upon return from deployment, he served as the Guns Platoon Commander and Battery Executive Officer for Battery G, 2/11. In 2009 he deployed as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

In 2010, LtCol Ashton was assigned to The Basic School and served as a Warfighting Instructor, Fire Support Primary Instructor, Staff Platoon Commander, Basic Officer Course Executive Officer, and the Testing and Evaluation Officer.

After graduating from the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School in 2014, LtCol Ashton was assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Marines. While at 1/10, he served as Battery Commander, Battery B. In October 2015, he was reassigned as the Battalion Fire Support Officer for 1st Battalion, 8th Marines and deployed to Romania as part of the BLACK SEA ROTATIONAL FORCE.

Upon return from deployment, LtCol Ashton executed orders in September 2016 to Camp Pendleton, CA, and reported to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company as a Brigade Platoon Commander and the Operations Officer.

In 2019, he attended the Air Command and Staff College and graduated with a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science in June 2020. Upon graduation, LtCol Ashton executed orders to III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan. While in III MEF, he served as the Targeting Intelligence Officer within the G-2, the Targeting Officer within the Fires and Effects Coordination Center, and finally as the Deputy Fires and Effects Coordinator.

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