Commanding Officer
LtCol John G. Kolb

Lietenant Colonel John G. Kolb joined the delayed entry program in 1992 from Minneapolos, MN.  Following recruit training, Marine Combat Training, and military occupational specialty training, he then served as an Engineer Equipment Mechanic with Marine Wing Support Squadron-271 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, where he earned the rank of Corporal.  While there, he was selected to the United States Naval Academy in 1995. 

Graduating the Naval Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, LtCol Kolb was also selected to attend the Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Space Systems Engineering.  Following The Basic School in 2000, LtCol Kolb completed flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL and NAS Corpus Christi, TX. After attending Advance Helicopter training at NAS Whiting Field, LtCol Kolb attended the Air Traffic Controllers Course and Advanced MATCALS Course at NAS Pensacola.

Following graduation, LtCol Kolb checked into Marine Air Control Squadron 1 (REIN), Air Traffic Control Detachment Bravo where he served as a Facility Watch Officer and Crew Officer at the Air Traffic Control Facility at MCAS Miramar, CA. In February, 2003, he deployed as a Watch Commander and Operations Officer with Air Traffic control Detachment Bravo in support of Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom. In August, 2003, he was selected as the Detachment Commander for Detachment Bravo and deployed to Iraq again in 2004 and 2006. 

LtCol Kolb then attended the Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, VA.  Following graduation, he served at MCAS Futenma as ATC Facility Officer, Airfield Operations Officer, Fuels Officer in Charge, and Futenma Replacement Facility Representative.

LtCol Kolb was then assigned to the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA, where he learned the Korean language, with a follow on assignment to attend and complete the Korean Command and Staff Course at the ROK Joint Military University in Daejeon, South Korea, graduating as the honorman.  

In 2013, LtCol Kolb returned to Okinawa serving in MACG-18 Operations before his assignment as the MASS-2 Executive Officer. In 2015, he then moved to the MACG-18 headquarters serving as the Group S-5 as well as the Group S-3A.  LtCol  Kolb also served as the Group Operations Officer and as the Group Executive Officer. 

In 2016, LtCol Kolb served as the Tactical Cyberspace, Electronic Warfare, and Information Operations Warfare Branch Head within the Science and Technology Division at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab in Quantico, Virginia.  During this time, he also served as an Individual Augment to the CENTCOM J5 in the coalition coordination center and the J3 as the Joint Operations Center Team Chief.

LtCol Kolb’s decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  LtCol Kolb’s qualifications include Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Foreign Area Officer, Regional Area Officer, Space Operations Officer, Information Management Officer, and Acquisition Officer.