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School of Infantry (West)

Camp Pendleton, CA
Unit Leaders
Lieutenant Colonel Phillip N. Ash

Commanding Officer, Marine Combat Training Battalion


Lieutenant Colonel Ash was born in Milford, DE and enlisted in the U.S. Navy October of 1989, completing Naval Nuclear Power training as a reactor operator in April 1992.  He reported to the U.S.S. Jefferson City (SSN 759), as a reactor operator and was selected for an NROTC scholarship in the spring of 1993.  Lieutenant Colonel Ash was transitioned from the Navy as an Electronics Technician Second Class, submarine qualified sailor in order to begin attending the Pennsylvania State University as a Naval Midshipman.  He graduated in August 1996 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. 


Lieutenant Colonel Ash reported to The Basic School (TBS) in August 1996 and upon completion of the Infantry Officers Course (IOC) in June 1997, he reported to the 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion in Camp Lejeune, NC, deploying twice to the Republic of Panama, where he served as a line and weapons platoon commander.  In May of 1999 he was selected to serve as the LAR Detachment commander for Battalion Landing Team 2/6, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. 


Lieutenant Colonel Ash reported to the Commanding General of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, CA in September of 2000 and served as the Aide de Camp and as an infantry and fire support instructor at the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group. 


Upon completion of the Field Artillery Captains Career Course in January 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Ash returned to Twentynine Palms and reported to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines where he served as the assistant operations officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom-II in Al Qa’im, Iraq and as the Company Commander of Kilo Company, 3/7 during Operation Iraqi Freedom 4-06 in Ramadi, Iraq.  Upon return from Iraq he became the battalion operations officer until July 2007. 


Lieutenant Colonel Ash graduated from Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, in June 2008, and assumed command of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Atlanta, GA. 


Lieutenant Colonel Ash reported to Marine Barracks Washington, 8th and I as the Operations Officer July 2011, becoming the Junior Aide to the Commandant of the Marine Corps in May of 2012.


Lieutenant Colonel Ash reported to 1st Marine Regiment August 2013, where he served as the Regimental Executive Officer and deployed as the Executive Officer of Task Force Belleau Wood in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 14.1/2.   


Lieutenant Colonel Ash’s personal decorations include: the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device, “V”, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, and the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star.