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Colonel Christopher J. Michelsen Commanding
Officer Blount Island Command and Marine Corps Support Facility – Blount Island
Colonel Michelsen, from Louisville, Kentucky was commissioned a Second Lieutenant
in January 1989 upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Eastern Kentucky
In May 1990, after completing The Basic School and the Logistics Officers Course,
Second Lieutenant Michelsen was assigned to 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine
Division, Okinawa, Japan, where he served as Commanding Officer, Headquarters and
Service Company, Logistics Officer, Assistant Logistics Officer, and Maintenance
In May 1993, Captain Michelsen was assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion,
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, where he served as Commanding Officer,
Support Company and Logistics Officer.
In December 1994, Captain Michelsen executed permanent change of assignment orders
to 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence
Group where he served as Logistics Officer.
In May 1996, Captain Michelsen was transferred to 9th Communications Battalion,
1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group where he served as Logistics
Officer. During this tour Captain Michelsen was selected to attend the Special Education
From May 1997 to November 1999 Major Michelsen attended the Naval Postgraduate School.
Upon completion of his studies he received a Master of Science in Information Technology
Management. His thesis was titled “Department of the Navy Implementation of Department
of Defense Public Key Infrastructure.”
In November 1999, Major Michelsen was transferred to Marine Corps Systems Command
where he served as Project Officer, Defense Message System. During this tour he
received Level III certification in Program Management and assignment as an Acquisition
In November 2002, Major Michelsen was transferred to Marine Wing Support Squadron
371, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing where he served as Operations
Officer and Executive Officer.
From February – October 2003, he was deployed in support of Operations Enduring
and Iraqi Freedom. During this tour Major Michelsen was selected for Lieutenant
In May 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Michelsen was transferred to Expeditionary Policies
Branch, Operations Division, Plans, Polices, and Operations Department, Headquarters,
U.S. Marine Corps where he served as Section Head, POE-60 (Prepositioning Programs).
During this tour LtCol Michelsen was slated for command of Marine Corps Detachment
Fort Lee, Virginia.
In July 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Michelsen assumed command of Marine Corps Detachment
Fort Lee, VA, Training Command, Training and Education Command, Marine Corps Combat
Development Command, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. LtCol Michelsen relinquished
command in July 2008.
In July 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Michelsen was transferred to Logistics Support
Resources Branch, Logistics Support Division, Installations and Logistics Department,
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. Lieutenant Colonel Michelsen was the Chair, Sustaining
Program Evaluation Board and advocated for the department’s equities in the Planning,
Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System (PPBES). During this tour Lieutenant
Colonel Michelsen was selected for Colonel.
In June 2009, Colonel Michelsen was transferred to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III
Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Forces Pacific where he served as Assistant Chief
of Staff G-4 and Chief of Staff. During this tour Colonel Michelsen was slated for
command of Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Florida.
In July 2011, Colonel Michelsen assumed command of Blount Island Command, Marine
Corps Logistics Command and Marine Corps Support Facility – Blount Island, Marine
Corps Installations - East. From February – present, he has been deployed in support
of Operations Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) as Commanding Officer, Marine Corps
Logistics Command (Forward).
Colonel Michelsen’s personal decorations include Meritorious Service Medal with
three gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars,
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.