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Colonel Michael L. Brooks is a native of South Boston, VA. He enlisted into the Marine Corps in August 1988 out of Parris Island, S.C. Upon graduation, Colonel Brooks was assigned to Third Battalion, 2d Marines, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C. as the operations clerk in the S-3 office. Between 1990 and 1991, while still assigned to 3dBn, 2dMar, he deployed in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.
Sergeant Major Collin D. Barry enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999 from Tucumcari, NM. After recruit and combat training on the West Coast, Private First Class Barry attained the MOS of 2311-Ammunition Technician at Redstone Arsenal Army Post, Huntsville, AL in December 1999. After serving at 1st Supply Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA for one year, Corporal Barry executed orders to 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force to serve as the Ammunition Chief.