3rd Marine Division Leadership
Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Roe S. Lemons Jr
3d Battalion 12th Marines

Lieutenant Colonel Lemons graduated from the University of Houston with a BS in Kinesiology-Exercise Science.  After graduating from The Basic School, 2nd Lt Lemons completed the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

In April 2004, 2nd Lt Lemons reported to Battery B, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines in Kaneohe Bay, HI.  In June 2005 1st Lt Lemons deployed with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 3d Marines as a Forward Observer/Headquarters Platoon Commander in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.  He participated combat operations during OPERATION RED WINGS in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan.  Upon his return, he assumed duties as the Battery B, Executive Officer and Guns Platoon Commander.  In February 2007, he deployed with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines under Task Force Military Police 1/12 as the Battery B, Executive Officer / Detention Operations Officer in charge in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) in Anbar Province, Iraq.

In December 2007, Capt Lemons transferred to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) in Camp Pendleton, CA.  He again deployed in support of OIF in Anbar Province in March 2008 as a Fire Power Control Team Leader and Brigade Platoon Fire Support Officer.  In January 2010, he deployed again, this time to Helmand and Nimruz Provinces, Afghanistan as a Supporting Arms Liaison Team Leader supporting the 1/1/205 Afghan National Army Kandak, 31st Georgian Infantry Battalion and U.S. Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 2nd Infantry Division in support of OEF.  He participated in combat operations during OPERATION MOSTHARAK in Marjah, Afghanistan.  Upon his return in July 2010, Capt Lemons attended Expeditionary Warfare School’s (EWS) resident course in Quantico, VA.

In June 2011, Capt Lemons transferred to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines in Camp Lejeune, NC.  He immediately deployed with Regimental Combat Team 8 as the Current Operations Officer in Nimruz Province, Afghanistan in support of OEF.  Upon his return, he assumed command of Battery K, 3d Battalion, 10th Marines.  Upon relinquishing command, he assumed duties as the 8th Marines Assistant Fire Support Coordinator.  In 2013, he deployed on a Security Force Assistance Advisor Team with the Operations Coordination Center-Regional (OCC-R) as the Fires and Operations Advisor to Afghan security forces during another OEF deployment to Helmand Province.  Upon his return, Maj Lemons was the 10th Marines Assistant Operations Officer.

In June 2014, Maj Lemons transferred to the Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, VA. for duty as a Faculty Advisor.  In 2016 Maj Lemons attended Marine Corps Command and Staff College’s resident course in Quantico, VA.

In May 2017, Maj Lemons transferred to the 11th Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton, CA to serve as the 1st Marine Division Assistant Fire Support Coordinator.   In June 2018, he served as the Executive Officer for 1st Battalion, 11th Marines.

In July 2019, LtCol Lemons transferred to Combined Joint Task Force – OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE as the Fires Chief of Operations and Night Chief of Operations in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.  He additionally performed duties as the Operations Officer, Combined Joint Operations Center in Akcakale, Turkey during the United States’ and Turkey’s bi-lateral agreement in North Eastern Syria.

Lieutenant Colonel Lemons’ personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal with gold star in lieu of 4th award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Lieutenant Colonel Lemons is a graduate of the following schools: the University of Houston, BS in Kinesiology-Exercise Science, Expeditionary Warfare School, USMC Command and Staff College with a Master of Military Science degree, and the U.S Army Basic Airborne Course.