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Thomas M. Howlett, LtCol USMCR (Retired)
Lieutenant Colonel Howlett was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He joined the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class as a freshman in college and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant when he graduated from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1963. His orders to Active Duty were deferred to allow him to complete a graduate program at St. Thomas. While in graduate school he worked part time as a Computer Programming Instructor for the City of St. Paul Vocational School. Following receipt of his Masters Degree in August of 1964 he was ordered to the Basic School at Quantico, Virginia. Three monthe after reporting to The Basic School he was promoted to First Lieutenant. He joined the rifle team and took home two trophies, a team first place and an individual first place. He graduated number 11 in his Basic School class. He was assigned to attend training as a Naval Aviator and completed his carrier qualifications on 25 April 1966. He was promoted to Captain 23 months after assignment to Active Duty. His flight training was terminated 15 August 1966 for medical reasons.
He was next assigned to the Fleet Computer Programming Center, Pacific, San Diego, California, and then transferred on 25 April 1967 to MACS-3, Marine Corps Air Facility, Santa Ana, California. MACS-3 was the research and development squadron for the Marine Tactical Data System. He worked on developing and testing the Tactical Data Communications software for the new system. In September 1967 he was transferred from Santa Ana to MACS-9, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Beaufort, South Carolina, where the MTDS equipment was newly deployed. In February 1968 he was transferred back to MACS-3 to work on Operation IRONHORSE, a joint operation involving the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the National Security Agency in Vietnam. From MACS-3 he was ordered overseas, first to MACS-8, MAG-15, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade, Okinawa, and then to Vietnam. After a one week assignment to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters G-2 Section, he was transferred to MACS-4, Vietnam. In November he was assigned to the G-3 Section, III Marine Amphibious Force. He returned stateside in May 1969 and was assigned to the G-1 Section, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. In October 1969 he was released from Active Duty.
He joined the Marine Wing Facilities Squadron 4, Marine Headquarters Group, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, in Green Bay and served in several billets starting with Admin Officer. In August of 1971 he was assigned to the Reserve Amphibious course Phase I at Quantico, Virginia. The following summer he was assigned to Phase II. On 3 May 1973 he was promoted to Major and moved to the billet of Operations Officer. While in the squadron, he received requests to participate in additional Active Duty assignments. Because of his expertise in the computer world, he was assigned to Active Duty to assist with a recently acquired DEC computer at the Landing Force Training Command, Atlantic, for the summers of 1973 and 1974. In September 1972 he assumed the Executive officer billet. Two years later he served as Acting Commanding Officer of the squadron. Starting in 1977 he served in an associate billet as Recruiting Officer.
In 1979 he attended Phase I of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in August 1979. The next year he attended Phase II of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. From December of 1980 to December 1981 he was assigned to MTU WI-2. In December 1981 he joined Mobilization Station Milwaukee as Officer in Charge. In December 1984 he was transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve. In July of 1985 he was assigned to a special Reserve Officer course offered at the Industrial War College and the National War College. In September 1985 he rejoined MTU WI-2, serving as Commanding Officer until his retirement on 30 June 1989. While a member of MTU WI-2, he served several Active Duty assignments starting in October of 1985 to HQMC to prepare a report to the U.S. Congress entitled "The Total Force Concept." He also served several Active Duty Assignments at the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Program Preparatory School in San Diego as Calculus Instructor. Decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four stars, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Ribbon with Palm and Frame, Vietnamese Civic Action Ribbon with Palm and Frame, and the Vietnamese Service Medal. On June 30, 1989, he was formally retired at San Diego.
Member of the Board
Robert Donaghue, Colonel USMCR (Retired)
Colonel Donaghue was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1972. He entered the Marine Corps through the Officer Candidate Program and was commissioned in November 1972. After attending The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma,he was assigned to the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he served in various battery and battalion billets at Guantanamo, Cuba and at Camp Lejeune.
In 1975 he transferred to the Third Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan, where he served as the Commanding Officer of Company "B" of the Third Motor Transport Battalion. Returning to the U.S. in 1976, he was assigned to the Marine Barracks, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he served as the Guard Officer, Executive Officer, and was promoted to Captain. After attending the Artillery Advanced Course in 1980, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps and served as an Officer Assignment Monitor. After promotion to Major in 1983, he was again assigned to the Third Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan, and served as the S-3 Operations Officer for the Third Battalion, 12th Marines.
In 1984 he attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, Canada and following graduation in 1985 took command of Recruiting Station, Boston, Massachusetts. In 1988 he transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve, and joined the 25th Marine Regiment, Worcester, Massachusetts, where he served as an Assistant Operations Officer and Regimental Executive Officer. In February 1991 he was mobilized for Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM and served in Norway and at Camp Lejeune. After de-mobilization in November, 1991, he served as the MEB G-3 Operations Officer, Reserve MAGTF Deputy G-3, II Mace G-3 and II Mace Chief of Staff. He took command of the 25th Regiment during the summer of 2001 and deployed to Romania and California. He completed 30 years of commissioned service and retired on 1 December 2002, but was recalled on 10 December 2002 for service as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for service in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM serving at Camp Lejeune as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, II MACE until December, 2004. His Decorations include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star (2nd Award), Metitorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
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William K. Bentley, LtCol USMCR (Retired)
William K. Bentley, LtCol USMCR (Ret) William K. Bentley last served as the Reserve Integration Officer, USMC Forces, Central Command, having retired in October 2014 after 28 years of honorable service.Born in Portland, OR, he was raised in Gladstone, OR. Enlisting in the Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer (1371) in 1986, after completing boot camp in MCRD San Diego he served with MWSS-371 in Yuma, AZ.
Commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1991, he graduated magna cum laude from Oregon State University with a BS in Eastern European Studies and a Russian Studies certificate. After graduation from TBS and Adjutant’s Course, he reported to 1stLight Armored Infantry BN and participated in the JTF-Los Angeles riot control. Subsequent assignments included Regimental Adjutant, 1stMarine Regiment, performing full range of administrative and manpower functions for 4 battalions and the Station Adjutant, MCAS Iwakuni.
Departing active duty in 1997, he began a law enforcement career with Oceanside Police Department, Oceanside, CA. While working full-time sworn police patrol duties, he joined 3d Civil Affairs Group, Camp Pendleton, as the Group Adjutant, planning and preparing dozens of Reserve Marine individual augments and detachments for exercises and operational deployments.
Recruited to the AR program, he was assigned in June 1999 as Assistant BN I&I, 4thSupply BN, Newport News, VA, coordinating all training, personnel, and pre-deployment initiatives for 1200 Marines throughout 10 subordinate units across the U.S. He prepared and executed the BN MobPlan for OEF/OIF in Jan/Feb 2003, during the BN first mob in over 50 years, and served as the senior remaining I&I during Battalion’s deployment.
After 5 years of I&I duty, in 2004 he transferred to MobCom, Kansas City, MO, as the Director, Reserve Personnel Administration Center, consolidating multiple functions and staff sections into one PAC servicing over 60,000 Marines. He also integrated the IRR and Standby Reserve Marine functions and manpower planning into the Total Force mission. He completed Joint Staff College AJPME-II, and his writing “Total Force Integration” received Reserve Issues Writing Award.He attended the Army Command and General Staff College in 2007. Upon graduation, he was selected for the inaugural Homeland Security Writing Award with topic, “Maritime Homeland Security in a Fourth Generation Warfare Environment.”
Reporting to the RA Manpower, HQMC, in July 2008, as the RAM-5 Distribution and Total Force Integration Officer, he participated in Service and Joint working groups to define and refine Total Force issues. He revised the AR program staffing goals and systemic structure changes while monitoring AR staffing and manning precedence across the Total Force.
LtCol Bentley deployed to NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in April 2009. He was selected to fill Deputy CoS billet while dual-hatted as XO for the Deputy Commander, Police, NTM-A/CSTC-A. Responsible for coordinating all movements and activities of Canadian Major General Deputy Commander-Police, throughout CJOA developing Afghan National Police sustainable capacity during growth from 96,000 to 134,000.
In June 2010 he was assigned as Assistant CoS G-1, 4MarDiv, MFR, New Orleans coordinating a full range of manpower, personnel, and administrative functions for nearly 20,000 Marines located in 47 states. In August 2012, he was reassigned as Assistant CoS G-1, 4MLG, New Orleans and was responsible for coordinating all administrative functions while preparing the Group’s 10,000 Marines for significant Force Structure Review Group reorganization.
Will holds a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University, and is designated a Level III, fully Joint Qualified Officer (JQO), with MOS 9702, in December 2010.
Decorations include: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 2 campaign stars), and NATO Medal.
He and Simona, his wife of 22 years, have six children: Leticia, Ernie, Angel, Keilee, Hunter, and Sayge. Lieutenant Colonel Bentley and his family reside in Southern California.