Lieutenant Colonel James W. Marshall III
Professor of Military Science, Edinboro University
Lieutenant Colonel James W. Marshall III was born in Dallas, Texas. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and branched to the Combat Engineers in June 1987 after serving eight years as an enlisted soldier. He is branched as Military Police. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction from Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, Louisiana and a Masters of Arts Degree in Homeland Security with an emphasis in Terrorism from the American Military University, Charles Town, West Virginia. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Military Police Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Service Staff School (CAS3), and Command and General Staff College (CGSC).
Lieutenant Colonel Marshall has held a variety of command and staff assignments. Lieutenant Colonel Marshall first served in the 2/75th Ranger Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington from 1979-1983 as an Infantry Sergeant. After he was commissioned in 1987, he served as a platoon leader and detachment commander of the 528th Combat Engineer Battalion, Louisiana Army National Guard. Lieutenant Colonel Marshall then transferred to Nevada where he served as a tactical officer for the Nevada Army National Guard Officer Candidate School. He was then mobilized to active duty and deployed to the Persian Gulf where he served as a platoon leader for the 527th Combat Engineer Battalion, 7th Engineer Brigade during the Persian Gulf War. Lieutenant Colonel Marshall remained on active duty returning to Nevada and commanding the Nevada Counter Drug Task Force. Lieutenant Colonel Marshall retired from military service in 2000 with 21 years of service and was recalled to active duty in 2003. After completing the Special Operations Civil Affairs Qualification Course, Lieutenant Colonel Marshall was branch detailed to Civil Affairs and assumed command of A Company, 425th Civil Affairs Battalion, Santa Barbara, California and deployed to Iraq where his company was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division conducting combat operations in the western sector of Baghdad. Lieutenant Colonel Marshall has since served as the Director of Emergency Services at the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas, the Deputy Director of the USCENTCOM J-3 Joint Security Office in Qatar, and the Director of Emergency Services at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Lieutenant Colonel Marshall’s awards and decorations include: The Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (Sixth Award), National Defense Service Medal (Second Award), Southwest Asia Medal with Two Bronze Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (Second Award), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Service Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Canadian Parachutist Badge. Unit Awards include: The Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Award, and the Army Superior Unit Award.