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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