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Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18

 

Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18

Warriors From The Ground Up

Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan

Commanding Officer
LtCol Kwabena K. Gyimah

Lieutenant Colonel Gyimah was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in July 1999. Following initial training at The Basic School and Communications Information Systems Officer’s Course, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and assigned to Marine Wing Communications Squadron-38 in September 2001. He served as Systems Control Watch Officer during Weapons and Tactics Instructor 2-20 exercise and Detachment Officer in Charge for the Communications Squadron detachment supporting the I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Command Post Exercise. He assumed follow on duties as Alpha Company Executive Officer and Operations Officer, and was selected to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU).

1stLt Gyimah reported to 13th MEU in June 2002, assigned as the Command Element S-6A, he assumed additional duties as data and radio platoon commander. During pre-deployment training, 13th MEU transitioned to become an element of Expeditionary Strike Group -1 (ESG-1). 1stLt Gyimah deployed as part of 13th MEU Special Operations Capable (13th MEU (SOC)), ESG-1 and conducted operations as part of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and multiple bilateral exercises in the Central Command area of operations. 1stLt Gyimah was promoted to the rank of Captain in April 2004.

He was selected to be an instructor at Basic Communication Officer Course (BCOC) and began instructor duties in June 2004 where he served as a lead instructor and faculty advisor for BCOC and as course coordinator for the Tactical Cryptologic Communication Course for Intel Officers. During his third year of instructor duty, he was selected to be the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General Training and Education Command (CG TECOM). While serving as the aide for CG TECOM from 2006-2007, he was selected to attend Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) as a student and graduated in May 2008.

He was assigned to 8th Communications Battalion (8th Comm Bn) in June 2008 and deployed to Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa in December 2008 where he served as the CJ-6 Operations Officer for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He returned to 8th Comm Bn and was assigned as Company Commander for both General Support Company and Charlie Company simultaneously. He was promoted to the rank of Major and assumed additional duty as the Battalion Operations Officer. He relinquished his commands and remained the operations officer, subsequently deploying the battalion in support of contingency operations in Afghanistan for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He was selected to attend Command and Staff College (CSC) and transferred upon his return from deployment.

Assigned as a student at CSC, he graduated in June 2012 and was transferred to United States Forces, Japan, for Joint Duty as a Cyber Operations planner and then selected as the Branch Chief for Network and Cyber Operations (J64). He served as Branch Chief from 2012-2015 and received orders to Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC) and selection to the Joint Forces Staff College as a student.

Upon arrival at MARFORPAC, Major Gyimah executed orders to Joint Forces Staff College, graduating in September 2015. He returned to MARFORPAC and assumed duties as the G-6 Operations Officer, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in October 2016. In June 2018, LtCol Gyimah received orders to 2d Marine Division (2d MarDiv) for service as the 2d MarDiv AC/S G-6.  He took command of Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18 on 21 June, 2019.

 LtCol Gyimah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and Masters of Military Studies degree from the Marine Corps University. He is a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School, Marine Corps Advanced Communications Officers Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two Gold Stars), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.