Lt. Col. Thomas Garnett
Lt. Col. Garnett enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1993 and graduated from Virginia Tech in 1994, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in history. He earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1995.
In June 1996, following completion of the Basic School, infantry officers course, and light armored vehicle leaders course, he reported to Company B, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion serving as an LAR platoon commander and company executive officer. In 1997 he deployed with Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and again in 1998 with Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 11th MEU, where he participated in Operation Southern Watch in Kuwait and Operation Stabilize in east Timor. Between deployments, he attended the Army cavalry leaders course at Fort Knox, Ky.
In February 2000, he reported to Light Armored Vehicle Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-West serving as the officer in charge of the LAV crewman course and the LAV school company commander. In July 2002, he was transferred to Quantico, Va., to attend Expeditionary Warfare School.
In May 2003, he reported to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion serving as Company A commanding officer and assistant operations officer for Task Force Naha participating in combat operations in western Al Anbar, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In March 2005, he transferred to Dover, N.J., serving as an inspector instructor for 2nd Battalion 25th Marines, where he prepared Marines for combat operations in Iraq and participated in multinational peace support effort Operation Khan Quest 2007 in Mongolia.
In July 2008, he reported to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines serving as the executive officer and participating in combat operations in the Garmsir district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon completion of this combat deployment, he was reassigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division serving as the operations officer.
In May 2010, he reported to Camp Johnson, N.C., where he was assigned to the Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group serving as the Marine Air Ground Task Force department head and the Advanced Collective Training Department head.
He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College distance education course.
Garnett’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and Combat Action Ribbon.