Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines
Lieutenant Colonel James A. Kidd

Lieutenant Colonel Kidd entered the Marine Corps Reserve in 1992.  After completing the School of Infantry, he served as a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines until 1996.  He was commissioned in 1998 and, following The Basic School and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to 3d Battalion, 11th Marines.  During this tour he served as a Forward Observer, Guns Platoon Commander, Battalion Logistics Officer, and Battery Executive Officer.

In December of 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Kidd reported to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit for duty as the Target Information Officer.  During this tour he deployed twice in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

In 2005 Lieutenant Colonel Kidd attended Expeditionary Warfare School and, upon completion, he reported to 1st Battalion, 10th Marines.  He commanded Charlie Battery for a deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and deployed again in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.

In 2009 Lieutenant Colonel Kidd was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Manpower Management, Enlisted Assignments where he served as a Monitor Unit Head and Assistant Section Head.  He then attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. 

In 2012 Lieutenant Colonel Kidd reported to 2d Battalion, 11th Marines for duty as the Battalion Executive Officer.  In 2013 he deployed as the Operations Advisor for the final Afghan National Police Advisor Team in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  His most recent assignment was as the 11th Marines Operations Officer.

1st Marine Division