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3d Marine Division

The Fighting Third

Okinawa, Japan
Colonel Michael J. Roach Commanding Officer 12th Marine Regiment
Col Michael Roach, a native of Brooklyn NY, was commissioned in May 1996. After the Basic School, and Artillery Officer Basic Course, he reported to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, in 29 Palms, CA where he served as a Forward Observer, Platoon Commander, and Executive Officer. During this period he supported Exercise Native Fury in Kuwait and completed a deployment to Okinawa.

Col Roach reported to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 1999 where he completed two deployments as the Target Information Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, respectively. During this period, he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in Southwest Asia and in support of Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. He attended Artillery Captain Career Course at Fort Sill in 2002.

He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom I and assumed command of Battery F, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines in Iraq. In December 2003, Battery F deployed with BLT 2/3 in support of 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. After he relinquished command of Battery F in July 2004, Col Roach returned to Iraq with HQ CO 5th Marines to serve as an advisor to Iraqi Security Forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom II from 2004-2005.

Col Roach served as the Inspector Instructor for Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines (HIMARS), in Grand Prairie, Texas from 2005-2008. He participated in Humanitarian Relief Operations in Mississippi and Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. From 2008 to 2009 he attended US Army Command and General Staff College.

Col Roach was assigned to US Central Command from 2009-2012. During this period, he served as an operational planner and the Aide de Camp to the Deputy Commander. He successfully commanded 1st Battalion, 12th Marines from 2012-2014. From 2014 to 2015 he attended US Army War College (Distinguished Graduate). After graduation, he served in the CENTCOM AOR as the G35 for 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during this period he supported combat operations in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Col Roach has been assigned to the Pentagon since 2016. During this period, he has served as Branch Head for HQMC within PP&O and was assigned to OSD (Policy) to serve as a Strategic Plans Advisor.

Col Roach's awards include the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Ribbon, and 7 sea service deployment ribbons. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University, a Master’s of Science Degree from Kansas State University, and Masters in National Security from the US Army War College.