Leaders
Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines
LtCol N. J. Freeman

Raised in Shelburne, Vermont, LtCol Nick Freeman received his commission in 2006 after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Political Science. Following The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, he reported to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, where he served as a rifle platoon commander and company executive officer over two deployments to Iraq.

In 2010, First Lieutenant Freeman reported to the Defense Language Institute for instruction in Mandarin Chinese. From 2011 to 2013, he was assigned as an Olmsted Scholar at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

Captain Freeman reported to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in July 2013. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 as the assistant operations officer and to the U.S. Embassy - Baghdad in 2015 as the commander of Company A.

In 2016, Maj Freeman was assigned to the Marine Corps Graduate Education Program, followed by a utilization tour as an operations research analyst at Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

In 2020, he reported to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, where he served as operations officer for a deployment to the CENTCOM, AFRICOM, and INDOPACOM areas of responsibility.

LtCol Freeman is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, The Basic School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College (non-resident), and Naval Postgraduate School. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award.

He is the husband of the former Bayley Lawrence, also of Vermont, and father to Owen and Maya.