2nd Battalion, 7th Marines
2nd Bn 7th Marines Seal
1st Marine Division
Twentynine Palms, California

2d Battalion, 7th Marines conducts METL-oriented training to deliberately generate combat-credible readiness IOT deploy, fight, and win in support of emergent crises worldwide, while preparing for deployment to the Western Pacific in support of the unit deployment program.

Founded in 1941, in the crucible of World War II, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines is nearly 100 years old. From seizing Guadalcanal in the Pacific to holding the Toktong Pass at the Chosin Reservoir, and from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, the Battalion has wreaked havoc on the enemy; and it has never lost in nearly 100 years.  

Today, the Battalion is garrisoned aboard the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, California. Although the 7th Marines of World War I contained a “tactical” 2nd Battalion, the first time activation of a command known as “2d Battalion, 7th Marines” took place on 6 September 1933 at Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia. On 3 October 1933, the Battalion departed for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where it secured American interests abroad. On 17 January 1934, following its return to Quantico, it was redesignated as the 2d Battalion of the Fleet Marine Force, and in October 1934, it was redesignated as 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. 

With the clouds of World War II on the horizon, the nation expanded the size of the Corps, and on 1 January 1941, the Battalion reactivated in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Battalion initially moved to Parris Island, South Carolina, and then New River, North Carolina before departing for the South Pacific on 10 April 1942. On 18 September, after jungle warfare training in the Samoa Islands, the Battalion landed on Guadalcanal where it would earn a reputation for courage, heroism, and delivering the decisive blow of the Guadalcanal Campaign when it repelled relentless Japanese counterattacks that culminated on 26 October 1942. Seizing and holding Guadalcanal, subsequently served as a historic inflection point in turning the tide of the war in the Pacific. After a refit phase in Melbourne, Australia, the Battalion would proceed to support offensive operations at Camp Gloucester, New Britain in 1943, the assault on Peleliu in 1944, and the assault on Okinawa in 1945 before the Japanese surrendered on 14 August 1945. The Battalion proceeded to Tientsin, China for the post-war occupation until 5 January 1947 when it returned to Camp Pendleton and subsequently disbanded on 5 March 1947.   

On 17 August 1950, the Battalion was reactivated at Camp Pendleton, California, and two weeks later sailed from San Diego. Among the “First to Fight”, the Battalion participated in the Inchon landing, and for almost three years saw action against the North Korean and Chinese Communist forces. Following the Korean Armistice on 17 July 1953, the Battalion withdrew to positions south of the Demilitarized Zone until March 1955 when it departed Korea and returned to Camp Pendleton. During the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, the Battalion held key terrain while repelling superior numbers of Chinese Communist Forces, which proved decisive in keeping the 5th and 7th Marines from becoming isolated at Yudam-ni, and ultimately allowed the Division to consolidate and withdraw to Hagaru-ri. 

In June 1965, the Battalion deployed to Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, and on 7 July 1965 ashore at Qui Nhon in the Republic of Vietnam. From July 1965 to October 1970, the Battalion engaged in sustained combat operations against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong while operating from Qui Nhon, Chu Lai, Dai Nang, Dai Loc and An Hoa. 

In October 1970, the Battalion returned to Camp Pendleton and was reassigned to the 5th Marine Amphibious Brigade. In April 1971, the Battalion was reassigned back to the 1st Marine Division where it would support rotations to Okinawa, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program through the 1970s and 1980s. On 29 May 1990, after returning from its most recent rotation to Okinawa, Japan, the Battalion relocated to Twentynine Palms, California. Weeks later, on 17 August 1990, the Battalion deployed as part of Task Force Ripper to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD, and in 1991, it subsequently supported ground combat operations into Kuwait as part of Operation DESERT STORM to expel Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Forces from Kuwait. Fighting through enemy minefields, armor, and troops, the Battalion supported Task Force Ripper’s axis of advance to seize the Kuwait International Airport and the destruction of an Iraqi Armored Division. 

In March 1991, the Battalion returned to Twentynine Palms, California. In the intervening years of relative calm during the 1990s, the Battalion maintained a high state of readiness through combined arms training in the high desert and resumed rotations to Okinawa, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program. On 11 September 2001, the period of relative calm ended with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and an unknown target that resulted in a plane crash in Pennsylvania. Over the next five years, the Battalion would deploy multiple times in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and additional rotations in support of III MEF’s operational force posture, earning its current callsign “HAVOC” and its distinction as “The War Dogs” as one of the most deployed battalions during this period.  

In April 2008, the battalion deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and was assigned to Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan and then Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Afghanistan. Operating from locations in Northern Helmand and Eastern Farah Provinces, the Battalion engaged in heavy fighting against determined insurgent forces while conducting full-spectrum counterinsurgency operations by, with, and through the limited Afghan National Police. The Battalion served as the “First to Fight” in the unforgiving home region of the Taliban and paved the way for the larger US Marine Corps contingent to follow. From 2009 to 2011, the Battalion would support two deployments in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Unit Deployment Program before returning once again to Helmand Province from 2012 to 2013. This period reflected a dual commitment to regional security in the Western Pacific and counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, demonstrating the US Marine Corps’ versatility and global reach. 

In 2014, the Battalion was once again “First to Fight” when it deployed as the Ground Combat Element for the inaugural deployment of Special Purpose MAGTF – Crisis Response – Central Command 15.1, where it operated across Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, and Yemen. This deployment underscored the Marine Corps’ role as a global crisis response force and force in readiness, ready to deploy, fight, and win on short notice. From 2015 to 2020, the Battalion supported three more rotations in support of the crisis response mission, which included expanded operations into Syria and back into Afghanistan as part of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE and FREEDOM’S SENTINAL. In reorienting to the Pacific, the Battalion has resumed deployments to Okinawa, Japan. On the Battalion’s most recent deployment from October 2023 to April 2024, it built and sustained the contingency and foundational readiness necessary to deploy, fight, and win in support of emergent crises as the First Echelon of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Alert Contingency MAGTF, while advancing force posture and campaigning objectives, interoperability with allies and partners, rehearsing scalable and agile command and control concepts, and investing in Marines, Sailors, and their families. 


Activated 01 January 1941

Maj William J. Whaling

1 Jan 1941 - 28 May 1941

LtCol Henry L. Miller

29 May 1941 - 22 Sep 1941

Maj Joseph T. Crawley

23 Sep 1941 - 2 Jan 1942

LtCol Herman H. Hanneken

3 Jan 1942 - 14 Mar 1943

Maj Harold G. Walker

15 Mar 1943 - 8 Apr 1943

Maj Odell M. Conoley

9 Apr 1943 - 14 Feb 1944

LtCol John M. Scott Jr

15 Feb 1944 - 14 Jul 1944

LtCol Spencer S. Berger

15 Jul 1944 - 2 Jul 1945

Maj Louis B. Ditta

3 Jul 1945 - 29 Aug 1945

LtCol Charles T. Hodges

30 Aug 1945 - 24 Feb 1946

LtCol James D. Hittle

25 Feb 1946 - 30 Jun 1946

LtCol Henry Aplington II

2 Jul 1946 - 17 Dec 1946

LtCol Edward M. Drake

18 Dec 1946 - 25 Feb 1947

Deactivated 25 Feb 1947

Reactivated 17 Aug 1950

LtCol Thornton M. Hinkle

17 Aug 1950 - 26 Sep 1950

Maj Webb D. Sawyer

27 Sep 1950 - 5 Nov 1950

LtCol Randolph S. D. Lockwood

6 Nov 1950 - 31 Dec 1950

LtCol Robert L. Bayer

1 Jan 1951 - 16 Feb 1951

Maj James S. Glendenning

17 Feb 1951 - 24 Mar 1951

LtCol Wilbur F. Meyerhoff

25 Mar 1951 - 20 Jul 1951

LtCol Louis C. Griffin

21 Jul 1951 - 30Nov 1951

Maj Edward G. Kurdziel

01 Dec 1951 - 26 Feb 1952

LtCol Noel C. Gregory

27 Feb 1952 - 18 Jul 1952

LtCol Anthony Caputo

19 Jul 1952 - 11 Nov 1952

LtCol Richard S. Johnson

12 Nov 1952 - 18 Mar 1953

LtCol Alexander S. Cereghino

19 Mar 1953 - 20 Jul 1953

LtCol Joseph C. Missar

21 Jul 1953 - 16 Nov 1953

LtCol Robert A. Churley

17 Nov 1953 - 24 Mar 1954

LtCol Carl A. Sachs

25 Mar 1954 - 3 Nov 1954

LtCol R. C. McDonough

04 Nov 1954 - 18 Apr 1955

Maj Henry D. Reynolds Jr

19 Apr 1955 - 17 May 1955

LtCol Robert B. Neville

18 May 1955 - 27 May 1956

Maj Russel E. Corey

28 May 1956 - 13 Sep 1956

LtCol Kirt W. Norton

14 Sep 1956 - 21 Apr 1957

Maj Merlin T. Matthews

22 Apr 1957 - 8 Nov 1957

LtCol Kenneth B. Pickle

9 Nov 1957 - 15 May 1958

LtCol Richard B. Breen

16 May 1958 - 18 Sep 1958

LtCol Arthur T. Adams

19 Sep 1958 - 28 Jul 1959

LtCol Kenneth C. Greenough

29 Jul 1959 - 24 Feb 1960

Maj Theodore A. Stawicki

25 Feb 1960 - 25 Mar 1960

LtCol James G. Juett

26 Mar 1960 - 31 Dec 1960

LtCol Frank R. Young

01 Jan 1961 - 12 Dec 1961

LtCol George W. Ellis

13 Dec 1961 - 25 May 1962

Maj Jack J. Petska

26 May 1962 - 15 Oct 1962

Maj Timothy J. Kearns

16 Oct 1962 - 11 Mar 1963

LtCol Paul D. Lafond

12 Mar 1963 - 14 Apr 1964

LtCol Charles E. McPartlin Jr

15 Apr 1964 - 16 Aug 1964

LtCol James K. McCreight

17 Aug 1964 - 14 Apr 1965

Maj Raymond W. Wilson

15 Apr 1965 - 23 May 1965

LtCol Leon N. Utter

24 May 1965 - 04 Jun 1966

LtCol John J. Roothoff

05 Jun 1966 - 09 Oct 1966

Maj Warren P. Kitterman

10 Oct 1966 - 16 Aug 1967

LtCol John R. Love

17 Aug 1967 - 24 Feb 1968

LtCol Charles E. Mueller

25 Feb 1968 - 29 Jul 1968

LtCol Leroy E. Watson

30 Jul 1968 - 19 Sep 1968

LtCol Charles F. Bunnell Jr

20 Sep 1968 - 23 Sep 1968

LtCol Neil A. Nelson

24 Sep 1968 - 28 Apr 1969

LtCol Marvin H. Lugger

29 Apr 1969 - 27 Aug 1969

LtCol Joseph E. Hopkins

28 Aug 1969 - 21 Oct 1969

LtCol Arthur E. Folsom

12 Oct 1969 - 08 Apr 1970

LtCol Vincent A. Albers Jr

09 Apr 1970 - 12 Oct 1970

Maj Thomas G. MacFarland Jr

13 Oct 1970 - 21 Dec 1970

Capt Robert F. Kehres

22 Dec 1970 - 031Mar1971

Maj Frederick W. Beekman Ill

01 Apr 1971 - 06 Apr 1971

LtCol Thomas L. Sullivan

07 Apr 1971 - 05 Dec 1971

LtCol John I. Hopkins

06 Dec 1971 - 05 Mar 1973

LtCol Charles A. Ward

06 Mar 1973 - 30 Jun 1974

LtCol Richard C. Ossenfort

01 Jul 1974 - 02 Jul 1975

LtCol John G. Flynn

03 Jul 1975 - 21 May 1976

LtCol Gerald L. Diffee

22 May 1976 - 13 May 1977

LtCol Theodore L. Gatchel

14 May 1977 - 07 Jul 1978

Maj Robert D. Williams

08 Jul 1978 - 21 Jul 1978

LtCol Dennis E. Marks

22 Jul 1978 - 17 Jul 1979

LtCol Richard W. Marsden

18 Jul 1979 - 16 Jul 1980

LtCol Merlyn A. Sexton

17 Jul 1980 - 01Jul 1982

LtCol Gordon D. Batcheller

02 Jul 1982 - 04 May 1983

LtCol Paul K. VanRiper

05 May 1983 - 25 Jul 1984

LtCol Milton J. Teixeira

26 Jul 1984 - 14 May 1986

LtCol Siebrand H. Niewenhous Ill

15 May 1986 - 12 Jun 1987

LtCol William H. Parrish

13 Jun 1987 - 15 Dec 1988

LtCol Robert S. Cohen

16 Dec 1988 - 15 Jun 1990

LtCol Roger J. Mauer

15 Jun 1990 - 18 Dec 1991

LtCol Steven M. Ritacco

18 Dec 1991 - 27 May 1993

LtCol George A. Biszak

27 May 1993 - 15 Mar 1995

LtCol Gordon C. Bourgeois

15 Mar 1995 - 23 May 1997

LtCol Roderic S. Navarre

23 May 1997 - 14 May 1999

LtCol Craig A. Tucker

14 May 1999 - 20 Apr 2001

LtCol James A. Cameron

20 Apr 2001 - Jun 2003

LtCol Philip C. Skuta

Jun 2003 - 22 Apr 2005

LtCol Joseph A. LEtoile

22 Apr 2005 - 07 Sep 2007

LtCol Richard D. Hall

07 Sep 2007 - 13 Feb 2009

LtCol John M. Reed

13 Feb 2009 - 07 Jan 2011

LtCol Donald J. Tomich

07 Jan 2011 - 12 Jun 2013

LtCol Sean M. Hankard

12 Jun 2013 - 31 May 2015

LtCol Christopher T. Steele

01 Jun 2015 - Dec 2016

LtCol Jonathan Q. Kenney

Dec 2016 - May 2018

LtCol Stuart W. Glenn

May 2018 - Jun 2020

LtCol Barret F. Bradstreet

Jun 2020 - 15 Jun 2022

LtCol C. A. "Andy" Macak

15 Jun 2022 - Present


LT John B. Phelps
Chaplain Corps, USN
Phone #: (760) 830-5865



LT Phelps is a native of Dukes, Kentucky and a 1997 graduate of the Owensboro Community College with an Associates of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Wright State University and a Master of Divinity with a focus on Pastoral Care and Counseling from United Theological Seminary. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education through the Dayton VA Medical Center in Dayton, OH and Baptist Health System in San Antonio, TX.

He was commissioned into the Navy Chaplain Candidate Program in 2015. In 2017, LT Phelps was commissioned into the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps on active duty.

LT Phelps completed his first assignment attached to the US Naval Base Guam Religious Ministry Team as a Staff Chaplain. While at Naval Base Guam, he filled the role of Deputy Command Chaplain, as well as Division officer. He also supported 32 tenant commands including Army, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard units. LT Phelps spent time TAD to the USS O’Kane during Defense of Guam Operation, and aboard the USCGC Sequoia during Maritime Operations in Palau and Yap.

After completing his tour in Guam, he was assigned to serve as the Command Chaplain of SEAL Team SEVEN and Logistics Support Unit ONE with Naval Special Warfare Group One. During his time with NSW, LT Phelps supported NSW Task Unit INDOPACOM and Special Operations Task Force THREE during Operation Spartan Shield.

Currently, he is assigned as the Battalion Chaplain to 2nd Battlaion 7th Marines.

LT Phelps is an Ordained Cumberland Presbyterian Minister, endorsed by the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel. He is Board Certified through the National Association of VA Chaplains, a certified Prepare/Enrich and PREP Marriage Program facilitator, and ASIST/safeTalk Suicide Prevention Programs instructor.

He and his wife Maryanne have five children, Jade, Valen, Aria, Paul, and Varro. Maryanne hails from Cleveland, TN.

PHONE #: (760) 830-5872


Family Readiness Hotline:  800-759-7602

 The assistance we provide is not only available during deployments but throughout your Marine's time here with 2/7. We are the direct link of communication between the Battalion Commander and the Families and communication is the key to readiness.

The Family Readiness Program provides All Marines the option of having up to four (4) authorized contacts. The information I can provide to you will depend on who the Marine authorizes in the Family Readiness Part of their MOL. Rest assured, when you hear from one of us, it is to offer support or to share official communication from the Command Team.

Whether you are experienced or new to this lifestyle, there are great workshops available through The Marine Corps Family Team Building. They offer great programs here at 29 Palms; including L.I.N.K.S Workshops (Lifestyle, Insight, Networking, Knowledge & Skills) for Spouses, Teens and Marines. They will be offering an online version of L.I.N.K.S for Parents and Siblings soon. CREDO (Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation) offers great retreats for individuals, Couples and Families. These are just a few programs that are available. For more information, please shoot us an email.

If you would like to volunteer, there are many opportunities available. The Command Team is always looking for Morale Support Volunteers. These volunteers are open to anyone interested. Again, please contact us for more information.

Mailing Address:

Rank Las Name, First Name
2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Enter Company Name Here (Echo, Fox, Golf, Wpns, H&S)
PCS Box 788262
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Twentynine Palms, CA 92278-8262

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2nd Battalion, 7th Marines
PSC Box 788262
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Twentynine Palms, CA 92278-8262

Officer of the Day (OOD):
(760) 401-4093

Twentynine Palms
Directory Assistance:

Equal Opportunity Coordinator:

1stLt Matthew Candy

email: matthew.candy@usmc.mil



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