Captain Joseph D. Dreager was born on 20 January 1981 in Atlantic, Iowa. He attended Atlantic High School in Atlantic, Iowa from August 1996 to May 2000. After graduation, he attended Northern Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa from August 2000 to May 2002, earning an Associate’s Degree of Arts in Criminal Justice. From August 2002 through May 2003, Captain Dreager continued his studies at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. In January 2005, Captain Dreager transferred to Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, graduating in July 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.
In September 2007 Captain Dreager entered the United States Marine Corps Officers Candidate School; and accepted his commission on 30 November 2007. In January 2008 he attended The Basic School and graduated on 03 July 2008. He was assigned to 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, where he attended Assault Amphibian Officer School at Camp Pendleton, California from October to December 2008. After completion, Captain Dreager became part of Company C. Immediately upon arrival, he was sent to South Korea for an Individual Augmentation (Key Resolve 09) for one month. Captain Dreager was part of 1 MEF Combat Operations Center holding the billet of a Ground Watch Officer. On return to Company C, he was assigned as a Platoon Commander.
On 02 November 2009, Captain Dreager was promoted to First Lieutenant and assigned to Advisory Training Group at Camp Pendleton, California. There, he conducted work-ups for a deployment to Afghanistan as an Afghanistan Border Police mentor. During this deployment, from April to November 2010, Captain Dreager was a Border Team Mentor, Border Team Operations Officer and Border Team Executive Officer. Upon arrival back to 3d assault Amphibian Battalion, he was assigned to Company C as the Executive Officer from November 2010 to January 2011. In January 2011, Captain Dreager was assigned to stand up Company F for 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion. In March 2011, he was assigned to lead a team of Marines to conduct testing on the Assault Amphibious Vehicle Weapons Station in Bloomington, Indiana until completion in April 2011.
Upon arrival back to 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion, Captain Dreager was assigned to a billet as an Individual Augmentation with United States Force-Iraq in OIF. There, he worked with 118th Airborne Corps working in a Joint Operations Center as the Operations Officer from May to December 2011. During this tour he was promoted to Captain. From there he returned back to 3d
Assault Amphibian Battalion, where he was tasked as the Logistics Officer for 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion through May 2012. On 29 May 2012, Captain Dreager reported for duty at the Maneuver Captains Career Course in Fort Benning, Georgia.
In December 2012, he reported to 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion for duty as the Headquarters and Service Company Inspector-Instructor, Tampa, Florida. From December 2012 to July 2014, he inspected and instructed multiple Company and Battalion exercises across the United States in support of the Select Marine Corps Reserves. In July 2014, Captain Dreager was assigned as the Company D, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, Inspector-Instructor, Tampa, Florida. During this time, Captain Dreager was the lead for establishing a new Company for 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion and responsible for the training for all Marines within the Company.
In July 2015, Captain Dreager received orders to 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion as the Assistant Operations Officer. On 24 November 2015, Captain Dreager took command of Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Assault Amphibian battalion where he currently serves to present day.
Captain Dreager’s awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal 2nd award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation-Navy Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal – ISAF Afghanistan.