Executive Officer, SOI - East
Lieutenant Colonel Golden
LtCol John C. Golden, USMC
Current Assignment: Executive Officer, School of Infantry-East
Civilian Education: B.A., Virginia Military Institute
M.M.S., Marine Corps University
Virginia Program, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Military Schools: The Basic School, Infantry Officers Course
US Army Airborne School, Tactical Air Control Party Course
Amphibious Warfare School Distance Education Program
Command and Staff College Resident & Distance Education Program
LtCol Golden is from Herndon, Virginia. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in December of 1989. He completed TBS and IOC in December of 1990 and reported for duty as a Platoon Commander with Company G, 2d Battalion, 8th Marines. While assigned to 2/8, LtCol Golden served as Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer. He deployed with BLT 2/8, 24th MEU (SOC), participated in a Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to 4th Marines, Camp Schwab, Okinawa and a Korean Incremental Training Program (KITP), Pohang, Korea. He conducted one Combined Arms Exercises (CAX) and Humanitarian Assistance Operation PROVIDE COMFORT in Northern Iraq, and Haitian Relief operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
From 1992-1995, LtCol Golden served as a Firepower Control Team Leader and Supporting Arms Liaison Team Leader with 2d ANGLICO. He supported of the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIIIth ABN Corps and 75th Ranger Regiment during multiple Joint Readiness Training Center evaluations, participated in Exercise OCEAN VENTURE and TEAM SPIRIT, and deployed to Joint Task Force-Somalia with 24th MEU (SOC). He exited active service and joined the Select Marine Corps Reserve in April 1995.
In 1996 LtCol Golden returned to active duty and, as a Captain, served as Inspector-Instructor, Headquarters & Service Company, 3d Battalion, 24th Marines in St. Louis, MO, followed by command of Company L and Weapons Co, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He subsequently served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer of 3/3. In his tenure with the battalion he deploying twice on UDPs to Camp Hansen, Okinawa, multiple Combined Arms Operations to Camp Fuji, Japan, a Maritime Preposition Force (MPF) offload and Exercise CROCODILE in Australia as well as a KITP, Korea and Exercise FOREST LIGHT, Kyushu, Japan.
From 2001-2003 LtCol Golden was assigned as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), where he served on the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation . Following the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, LtCol Golden became responsible for Department of the Navy AT/FP Policy and was author of the SECNAV Continuity of Operations Plan. He graduated from Command and Staff College in 2004 and assumed command of Marine Corps Security Force Company/FAST Co. CENTCOM, Bahrain were he commanded Naval Security Forces following multiple Al Qaeda attacks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Upon completion of this assignment he reported to II MEF, Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) as Operations Officer where he oversaw pre-deployment training and operational capability certification for the 22d and 24th Marine Expeditionary Units.
In 2006-2007 LtCol Golden deployed to Iraq as a Border Transition Team Leader, Port of Entry-Waleed. Upon his return he was promoted to LtCol and returned to Marine Corps Security Forces as both the Regimental Operations Officer and Executive Officer. In 2009 LtCol Golden reported to II MEF G-3 as OIC, MEF Expeditionary Ops. He was selected to command the Special Purpose MAGTF-African Partnership Station conducting Humanitarian Operations in Haiti, before executing a 6 month bilateral Security Cooperation deployment to West Africa and the Mediterranean followed by an amphibious demonstration in Estonia & the Balkans. LtCol Golden returned in July 2010 and was reassigned as Deputy AC/S G-3, 2d Marine Division (Forward). In January 2011, he deployed for a year to Afghanistan as Deputy AC/S G-3, Task Force Leatherneck. Upon his return assumed his current assignment as Executive Officer, School of Infantry-East.
LtCol Golden is married to the former Deborah Leesnitzer of Apex, North Carolina. They have three children. LtCol Golden’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of third award), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of 2nd award), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (silver star and 3 bronze stars in lieu of 9th award). He is a veteran of the First Gulf War, Somalia, the Pentagon attack on September 11th, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.