Lieutenant Colonel Billy Ray Moore Jr. is from New Castle, Indiana and graduated from Ball State University in 1990. In February 1991, LtCol Moore enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves where he served as a field radio operator. After attaining the rank of Sergeant, LtCol Moore attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in March of 1995.
Following Infantry Officer’s Course, LtCol Moore was assigned to 3d Battalion, 8th Marines where he served as a Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer, and 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander. During this tour he participated in Operation ASSURED RESPONSE in Liberia, Africa and Operation MARATHON in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
From 1998 to 2001, he was assigned to 3d Recruit Training Battalion at MCRD Parris Island and served as a Series Commander, Company Executive Officer, and India Company Commander. In 2001, LtCol Moore graduated with honors from Amphibious Warfare School.
In 2002, LtCol Moore reported to 1st Battalion, 2d Marines where he served as Headquarters and Service Company Commander and participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He was subsequently assigned as Alpha Company Commander and deployed a second time to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
In 2005, LtCol Moore returned to MCRD Parris Island where he served initially as Assistant Operations Officer, G-3 and then as Director of Drill Instructor School.
In July 2008, LtCol Moore reported to 2d Marine Division and served as a Military Training Team Leader and then as the Executive Officer for 3d Battalion, 6th Marines. During this tour he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In 2010, LtCol Moore reported to United States Special Operations Command and served as Branch Chief, Joint/Special Operations Forces Doctrine.
In August 2012, LtCol Moore assumed his current duties as Commanding Officer, Marine Combat Training Battalion, School of Infantry – East
LtCol Moore’s personal decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with one gold star), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V (with one gold star), Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V (with one gold star), and the Combat Action Ribbon (with one gold star).