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Marine Wing Support Squadron 171


Marine Wing Support Squadron 171

The Sentinels

MCAS Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan

Commanding Officer
LtCol Berg


Lieutenant Colonel Jason Berg received his commission in May 1999 upon graduation from Virginia Military Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History.

Lieutenant Colonel Berg graduated from Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in August 1996 and reported to Company B, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion as a Combat Engineer.  After promotion to Corporal, he was discharged from the Marine Corps Reserve in order to take a Commission.  Lieutenant Colonel Berg graduated from The Basic School in December 1999, and following the Logistics Officers Course reported to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines as the Maintenance Management Officer and S-4A and participated in unit deployments to Korea, Okinawa, and Hokkaido, Japan.  Additionally, with 3/8 he participated in Operation EASTERN ACCESS as the S-4A and deployed to Afghanistan in 2001-2002 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as Anti-Terrorism Battalion forward Logistics Officer.        

In April 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Berg returned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, where he served as Series Commander, Company I and Company Commander, Company L before being assigned as Battalion Operations Officer, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion.  During this tour, Lieutenant Colonel Berg earned the AMOS 8563, Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival and attended Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school in Brunswick, Maine.  Concurrently, he graduated from Amphibious Warfare School Distance Education Program.

In May 2005, Lieutenant Colonel Berg was selected to attend the Army Combined Career Captains Logistics Course where he completed the course as an Honor Graduate.


In October 2005, Lieutenant Colonel Berg was reassigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group.  A month later, he was reassigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force as part of Border Transition Team 10 and deployed to Waleed, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 5-7 as the Brigade Logistics Advisor, 2nd BDE, Department of Border Enforcement operating along the Iraqi border with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.  As a result of this tour, Lieutenant Colonel Berg was awarded the 0570 Combat Advisor MOS.  


Lieutenant Colonel Berg was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 1 in April 2007, where he assumed command of Motor Transport Company.  In this billet he deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 8-1.  Additionally during this time he was selected as a Congressional Fellow to the 111th Congress. 


He reported as a Congressional Fellow in October 2008, and was assigned to Congressman John Spratt where he drafted legislation for the Congressman.  Following this assignment, he reported for his utilization billet as Operations Officer, Marine Corps House of Representatives Liaison Office, and Office of Legislative Affairs.  Lieutenant Colonel Berg completed his tour on Capitol Hill in June 2011 and reported to School of Advanced Warfighting.  Upon graduation he was awarded the 0505 MOS and assigned as Plans Officer, 1st Marine Logistics Group.  After a year in this billet, he was reassigned to the Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 14 Logistics Combat Element (CLB-7) where he deployed to Afghanistan as the Plans Officer.  Additionally during this billet, Lieutenant Colonel Berg attended the Intermediate MAGTF Logistics Operations Course where he earned the 0477 MOS as an Expeditionary Logistics Instructor.


Upon return from Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel Berg reported to Command Element, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit in September 2014 as Logistics Officer, and deployed with USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, WESTPAC 16-1, in support of CJCS Global Response Force and CENTCOM Theater Reserve and supporting distributed operations in CENTCOM, HOA and PACOM areas of operation.


Lieutenant Colonel Berg is a graduate of Amphibious Warfare School, U.S. Army Combined Captains Career Logistics Course, Command and Staff College, School of Advanced Warfighting, and Intermediate MAGTF Logistics Operations Course.  He holds a master’s degree in National Security Studies from American Military University, a master’s degree in Operational Studies from Marine Corps University and a certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University.



His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.