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3d Marine Division


3d Marine Division

The Fighting Third

Okinawa, Japan
Lieutenant Colonel George R. Gordy IV Commanding Officer 3d Battalion, 3d Marines

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Lieutenant Colonel Gordy earned his commission from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology after having served 7 years as an enlisted Marine.  His initial assignment was with 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Lejeune, NC where he served as a Light Armored Vehicle Platoon Commander with deployments in support of Operation SECURE TOMORROW, Haiti; Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Al Anbar Province, Iraq; and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).  

From 2007 to 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Gordy served as a combined arms exercise observer-controller at the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group in Twentynine Palms, CA. 

In 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Gordy was assigned as Company Commander, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines (1/7), where he deployed as the Helicopter-borne Company Commander on the 31st MEU.  In 2012, he deployed as the Battalion Task Force 1/7 Operations Officer to Sangin, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  Upon the battalion’s redeployment, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer for 7th Marine Regiment (Rear). 

From 2013 to 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Gordy served as Inspector-Instructor, Weapons Company, 24th Marines in Perrysburg, OH. 

Lieutenant Colonel Gordy’s most recent assignment was at Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, VA where he served in the G-3/5/7 Directorate as an Operational Planner for the Regional Operations, Plans, and Policies Branch.

Lieutenant Colonel Gordy earned a Master of Military Art and Science Degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s Art of War Scholars Program and a Master of Philosophy and Military Strategy from the U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.  Lieutenant Colonel Gordy is also a graduate of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, the Marine Corps Operations and Tactics Instructor Course, Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, and the Joint and Combined Warfare School.  

Lieutenant Colonel Gordy’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars and Combat Distinguishing Device, and the Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star.