Colonel Matt Crabill Commanding Officer Blount Island Command and Marine Corps Support Facility – Blount Island
Colonel Matt Crabill, a logistics officer, is a graduate of the University of Missouri and was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1990. After graduating from the Basic School he reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 as the Maintenance Management Officer. While there, he deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the Logistics Operations Officer supporting Haitian refugees.
In 1993, Colonel Crabill was transferred to Combat Service Support Detachment 21 for service as the Officer-in-Charge of the Aerial Port at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. During this tour he deployed to Western Sahara as a United Nations Military Observer and also served on the staff of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in West Sahara.
As a Captain, Colonel Crabill served as the Logistics Officer and Executive Officer at the Marine Barracks in Yokosuka, Japan. Upon completion of duties in Japan, he graduated from resident Amphibious Warfare School as an honor graduate and was subsequently posted as the Logistics Officer for 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.
Upon promotion to Major, Colonel Crabill was assigned as the Logistics Officer for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). During this tour, he completed two Pacific Command / Central Command deployments which included humanitarian operations in East Timor and security cooperation throughout the Pacific and the Middle East. Upon completion of these deployments, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then attended resident U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and earned a Master’s Degree in Military Studies. He was subsequently detailed to the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations as a Maritime Prepositioning Force staff officer.
As a Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel Crabill was assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force G-4 as the Logistics Operations Officer. He then assumed command of Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 in Okinawa, Japan. While in command, Colonel Crabill’s squadron deployed to Iraq and also supported numerous security cooperation actions throughout Pacific Command. After relinquishing command, he attended the Naval War College, graduating with highest distinction while earning a Master’s Degree in Strategic and International Studies. Colonel Crabill was then assigned to the Central Command Directorate of Logistics and Engineering where he recently completed duties as the Joint Logistics Operations Center chief.
Colonel Crabill’s personal awards include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Joint Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star.