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Maj. Blair W. Faulk Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines

Blair W. (Wes) Faulk, of Savannah, GA, was commissioned after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in History.  He subsequently graduated from The Basic School with Echo Company in January 2006, and attended the Basic Officer Leader Course – Field Artillery in Fort Sill, OK, graduating in July 2006.  Following these schools he reported to Battery T, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines in Camp Lejeune, NC.

Upon reporting to Battery T, Second Lieutenant Faulk served as the Liaison and then Fire Direction Officer as the battery prepared for deployment to Iraq.  As the Fire Direction Officer, Second Lieutenant Faulk provided direct support artillery fires to Regimental Combat Team - 6 from March to October 2007.  Following this deployment, then First Lieutenant Faulk was assigned as the Fire Support Coordinator for 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and deployed with the Battalion to Iraq from March to October 2008.  During this deployment he served as the Fire Support Coordinator and Operations Officer for Task Force Mech, screening the northern edge of Area of Operations Raleigh for the Marine Expeditionary Force.  Upon return to Camp Lejeune, First Lieutenant Faulk was once again reassigned to serve as the Battery Executive Officer, Battery E, 2d Battalion, 10th Marines. 

Captain Faulk returned to Fort Sill and was assigned to the Gunnery Department in June 2009.  While assigned to the Gunnery Department he served as a Gunnery Instructor and Senior Instructor.  In 2011, Captain Faulk assumed duties as the Student Battery Commander, Marine Detachment Fort Sill.  Captain Faulk was deployed as an Individual Augmentee to the Counterinsurgency Training Cell, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he served as the Counterinsurgency Region Chief from August 2011 to April 2012.  Upon return from deployment, he attended Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course where he was an Honor Graduate, the Master Gunner, and a Master Warfighter.

Captain Faulk reported to 3d Battalion, 10th Marines in October 2012, where he assumed duties as the Assistant Fire Support Coordinator.  In February 2013, he assumed command of Battery I.  During his tenure, Battery I transitioned from 3d to 1st Battalion and participated in an Integrated Training Exercise, Mountain Training Exercise, and Exercise Rolling Thunder 1-14, being named the Bigfoot Brown Top Gun following all three exercises.  Captain Faulk relinquished command of Battery I in January 2014 and was reassigned as the Battalion Operations Officer.

In June 2014, Captain Faulk reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Manpower & Reserve Affairs, Manpower Management, Officer Assignments Branch.  During this three year assignment he served as a Ground Company Grade Monitor and the Deputy Ground Lieutenant Colonels Monitor.  He was promoted to Major in August 2015.  In July 2016, Major Faulk reported to Command and Staff College (AY 17-18) and graduated with a Masters in Military Studies.

Major Faulk reported to 11th Marines in July 2018, where he was assigned as the Deputy Assistant Fire Support Coordinator.  He deployed from October to December 2018 as the Executive Officer for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Peru.  Major Faulk assumed duties as the Executive Officer 1st Battalion, 11th Marines in June 2019.

Major Faulk’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (X4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (X2), and Army Achievement Medal.