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LtCol John (Jack) Roma Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment
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Lieutenant Colonel Roma was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on May 18, 2000 after graduating from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science degree Cum Laude in Business Administration. His formal military education includes The Basic School, the Infantry Officers Course, the Light Armored Reconnaissance Leaders Course, the Expeditionary Warfare School, the USMC Command and Staff College (Non-Resident) program, and the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting.

From 2001 to 2004, LtCol Roma served as a Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer / Fire Support Team leader with Company C, 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. During this period he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I as a member of Regimental Combat Team 2, Task Force Tarawa, operating throughout southern Iraq and primarily in the city of An Nasiriyah. 

From 2004 to 2006 LtCol Roma was assigned to Training Command and served as the Officer in Charge of the Light Armored Vehicle Crewman Course and the Light Armored Reconnaissance Leaders Course aboard the School of Infantry-West. Following this tour he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and served as the Senior Company Advisor to First Company, Commando Kandak, 201st Corps, Afghan National Army, operating primarily in the Korengal Valley. 

From 2007 to 2008 LtCol Roma attended the Expeditionary Warfare School before assuming duties as the Commanding Officer of Company K, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines. In 2009 LtCol Roma again deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 9.2 where his company had primary responsibility for the city of Hit. Upon return from Iraq, LtCol Roma deployed to the Republic of Georgia for duties as an advisor / trainer to the Georgian Army in support of the Georgia Deployment Program-ISAF. 

Upon return from the Republic of Georgia, LtCol Roma relinquished command of Company K and assumed duties as the Operations Officer for 3d Battalion, 9th Marines. In March of 2010 LtCol Roma received orders to 2d Battalion, 9th Marines and again deployed to Afghanistan as the Advisor Team Officer in Charge for 2d Kandak, 2d Brigade, 215th Corps, Afghan National Army, operating primarily in the city of Marjah.   

From 2011 to 2014 LtCol Roma assumed duties as the Inspector-Instructor for Company B, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines. Following this tour he was selected to attend the School of Advanced Warfighting and was subsequently assigned to the 1st Marine Division Headquarters as the Division Plans Officer. From 2017 to 2018 LtCol Roma was reassigned as the Regimental Operations Officer for 1st Marines and deployed in support of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command 17.2 rotation; operating throughout the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility with focus on ongoing combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. Upon return from deployment, LtCol Roma resumed duties as the 1st Marine Division Plans Officer before assuming his current command.

LtCol Roma’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with Combat “V” Device), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Combat “V” Device and Three Gold Stars), the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon (with Gold Star).

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