The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Commanding Officer

Colonel Charles Dunne

 Command photo Feb 18 covered

Graduated from The Citadel in 1990, and was commissioned into the Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Class.

Staff assignments include:

  • Logistics Squadrons, where he served as the Logistics Officer (1stLt) Operations Officer (Major).
  • U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command, where he served in the G3 as the Chief of Operations, as a component planner deployed to Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan, and as the Operation Enduring Freedom Transition Planner during surge recovery.
  • 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Aviation Logistics Department.

Command Tours include: a recruit training company commander at Parris Island from 1995 to 1997; platoon commander at Officer Candidate School in 1998; Commanding Officer Recruiting Station Columbia, SC from June 2002 to July 2005; and Commanding Officer Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 from 2007 – 2009; and currently as the Commanding Officer Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command / Commander Camp Allen in Norfolk, Virginia.

Colonel Dunne attended resident professional military education at the Amphibious Warfighting School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College - graduating with a Masters’ Degree in Military Studies, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he received a Masters in National Security Strategy and Resource Management.

Personal decorations include: the Legion of Merit second award, Meritorious Service Medal third award, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal third award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

He received the Hogaboom Leadership Writing Award in 1999 and served as a Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival from 1997 to 2010.

Colonel Dunne hails from Boston, and his wife Kelli is from Indiana. They have two sons; Jason and Owen.

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