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3d Marine Division

The Fighting Third

Okinawa, Japan
Colonel Gilbert D. Juarez Commanding Officer 3d Marine Regiment

Colonel Juarez is a native of San Diego, California. His Reserve Marine service began with 3d ANGLICO and Air Naval Gunfire Platoon, 4th Marine Division, from 1985 to 1994. Upon commissioning and graduation from the The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course in 1994, he reported to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Twentynine Palms, California. He served with 1/7, from 1995 to August 1998, was a rifle platoon commander, Company Executive Officer, and 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander.

As Company Commander, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) I and OIF II, and participated in Operation Opening Gambit, Task Force Tripoli, and Operation New Dawn (Al Fallujah) from May 2002 to May 2005, with Company C, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion 3d Marines. He later commanded 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, from July 2012 to June 2014.

Colonel Juarez has served on staff at: Officer Candidates School, Quantico, Virginia; The Basic School and Infantry Officer’s Course, Quantico, Virginia; Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia; and the Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting, Quantico, Virginia. He was also assigned as North East Asia Planner, Future Operations, III MEF.

Colonel Juarez takes command of 3d Marine Regiment following a successful tour as Deputy Branch Head, Training & Exercise Branch, Operations and Plans Division, International Military Staff, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, where he served from June 2017 to May 2019.

Colonel Juarez holds a B.A. in Physical Education from San Diego State University. He is a Wheeler Award Recipient, a distinguished graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, and a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He has a Masters in Operational and Strategic Studies from the School of Advanced Warfighting and Marine Corps War College respectively, and is a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps War College.

Colonel Juarez and his wife, have four children. His personal awards include the Bronze Star with ‘V’ device, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star and ‘V’ device, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.