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Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth J. del Mazo Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines

Kenneth J. del Mazo of Miami, FL, was commissioned after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science.  Subsequently, he served as a Graduate Assistant Football Coach at the Naval Academy.  After graduating from The Basic School, he completed the Field Artillery Officer Basic School at Fort Sill, OK and reported to Battery E, 2d Battalion, 10th Marines, in Camp Lejeune, NC.   

     Second Lieutenant del Mazo served as Forward Observer with Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines (Jan-May 03).  He next served as the Fire Direction Officer/HQ Platoon Commander for Battery E, 2d Battalion, 10th Marines where he deployed with the 31st MEU and participated in exercises in the Philippines and mainland Japan.  First Lieutenant del Mazo assumed duties as the Executive Officer of Battery F, 2d Battalion, 10th Marines, after returning to Camp Lejeune in December 2003.  He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) (Aug 04-Feb 05) as Battery F conducted combat operations, primarily convoy security, throughout the Al Anbar Province.  First Lieutenant del Mazo assumed command of Headquarters Company, 2d Marine Division, after returning from Iraq and was frocked to the rank of Captain in June 2005. 

            Captain del Mazo returned to Fort Sill and was assigned to the Gunnery Department in September 2005.  He served as a gunnery instructor and Chief of the Gunnery Department, and earned recognition as the Army’s TRADOC Instructor of the Year 2007.  Captain del Mazo earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma while stationed at Fort Sill.  He later completed Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, VA, Academic Year (AY) 08-09, as well as Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, AZ (Mar-Apr 09). 

            Captain del Mazo assumed command of Battery I, 3d Battalion, 10th Marines, and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) (Nov 09-May 10).  Battery I participated in named operations in both Now Zad and Marjeh, and conducted mobile and static artillery operations and extensive counterinsurgency efforts in support of Regimental Combat Team 7.  He relinquished command of Battery I and assumed duties as the Battalion Logistics Officer in August 2010. 

            Captain del Mazo was frocked to the rank of Major and departed Camp Lejeune, NC for duty as Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Fort Lauderdale in April 2011.  During his tenure, RS Fort Lauderdale earned repeated honors and recognition, to include the Eastern Recruiting Region Quality Station of the Year, 2013.  After three years in command, he attended Command and Staff College (AY 14-15) and the School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW, AY 15-16), earning a Master’s in Operational Studies. 

Following graduation from SAW, Major del Mazo departed Quantico, VA for duty as Planner, G-3 Operations, US Marine Corps Forces, South in Miami, FL.  His planning focus included crisis response, the operational design and formation of Special Purpose Marine Air/Ground Task Force-Southern Command, and assisting the Colombian Marine Corps during their 2030 future force planning process.  Lieutenant Colonel del Mazo departed US Marine Corps Forces, South in May 2018 to assume command of 1st Battalion, 11th Marines located at Camp Pendleton, CA.