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Col. John B. Atkinson


Colonel Atkinson is a native of Cohasset, Massachusetts. He was accepted into the Platoon Leaders Class Program in 1989 and, upon graduation from Boston College in May 1992, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Colonel Atkinson earned a BA in Political Science. Colonel Atkinson is an Assault Amphibian Officer.

His command assignments include Platoon Commander, Company C, 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion (1993-1996); Commander, Company B, 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion (1999-2001); and Commanding Officer, Assault Amphibian School Battalion (2007-2010). Colonel Atkinson is currently the Commanding Officer of Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Colonel Atkinson has deployed on both SPMAGTF and MEU deployments in support of Non-Combatant Evacuation, Security Cooperation, Humanitarian & Disaster Relief and NATO operations. Colonel Atkinson has two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to include one as a Combat Advisor.

Colonel Atkinson’s staff assignments include service as Staff Platoon Commander and Tactics Instructor at The Basic School (1996-1998); the Aide d’ Camp to the Commanding General 2d marine Expeditionary Brigade (2001-2002) the Assault Amphibian Advocate & Occupational Field Sponsor, Plans, Policies and Operations (PP&O), Headquarters United States Marine Corps (2002-2005); Chief of Global Force Management and Chief, Current Operations Branch, United States European Command (2011-2014); CMC Representative, Strategic Landpower Task Force – National Capital Region (2014-2015); and the Director, Fires and Maneuver Integration Division, Combat Development and Integration (CD&I), Headquarters, United States Marine Corps.

Colonel Atkinson is a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the United States Naval War College. He earned a Master’s Degree (with distinction) in Military Studies and a Master’s Degree (with distinction) in National Security Strategy and Policy.

Colonel Atkinson’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/Gold Star), the Joint Services Commendation Medal (w/cluster), the Navy Commendation Medal (w/Gold Star) and the Navy Achievement Medal.