Brigadier General
Joseph V. Medina
Commanding General, Third Marine Expeditionary Brigade
and Deputy Commanding General, Third Marine Expeditionary Force

Brigadier General Joseph V. Medina is currently the Commanding General, Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler, and Deputy Commander, Marine Corps Bases, Japan.

Brigadier General Medina received his commission in 1976, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and a Master of Science (Systems Management) from the University of Southern California. His military education also includes Amphibious Warfare School (Honor Graduate, 1985), Marine Corps Command and Staff College (Distinguished Graduate, 1992), and NATO Defense College (1998).

His early career assignments were as Rifle Platoon Commander, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines; Headquarters Company Commander, 5th Marines; Company Commander, Company F, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines; Company Commander, Company F, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines; Company Commander, Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines; and commander of two Basic School (TBS) companies and an Officer Candidate School (OCS) company. Brigadier General Medina’s early staff assignments include Executive Officer, Recruiting Station Seattle, WA; Battalion S-3/Operations Officer, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines; Marine Officer Instructor/Associate Professor of Naval Science, Penn State University; and Chief Instructor, TBS.

In May 1995, he assumed command of 3d Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, the Betio Battalion. During his tour as Battalion Commander, the battalion deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in Support of JTF-160 for Operation SEA SIGNAL in 1995, and to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program in 1996. Upon relinquishment of his command in February 1997, he was reassigned as Executive Officer, 2d Marines.

In February 1998 he was transferred to Headquarters, U.S. European Command where he was assigned as Contingency Plans Branch Chief, J3 Directorate. With the onset of the Kosovo Crisis, he simultaneously served as Chief, Kosovo Plans Group for Operations NOBLE ANVIL/ALLIED FORCE and JOINT GUARDIAN from August 1998 until June 1999. Upon his promotion to Colonel in June 1999, he was assigned as the Chief, Operational Plans Division (J35), Operations Directorate. He was transferred to Marine Corps Recruiting Command at Quantico, Virginia in January 2000, as the G-3, Enlisted Recruiting Operations & Plans. He assumed command of the 3rd Marine Regiment in June 2001, and served as Commander, SPMAGTF-3 for four HCAXs and RIMPAC-02 during this period. He was advanced to Brigadier General and assumed command of the newly established Expeditionary Strike Group THREE (ESG-3) home-ported in San Diego as part of US THIRD FLEET.

After standing up, manning, equipping, and training ESG-3, Brigadier General Medina led the BELLEAU WOOD Strike Group (BWDESG) through a 6-month deployment in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM where he was assigned as Commander Task Force 58. Over the course of this deployment, CTF-58 conducted over 550 ship boardings, 50 coastal patrol and interdiction missions, 50 armed helo reconnaissance missions in the North Arabian Gulf and Iraqi Territorial Waters. At the same time, CTF-58 directed forces in support of 7 coalition operations ashore with Multi National Division Southeast (MND(SE)) in order to detect, identify, and disrupt International Terrorist Organizations and Foreign Fighters. Brigadier General Medina and his staff shifted flagship to the USS Essex(LHD 2)while continuing operations as CTF-58, in support of OIF.
Brigadier General Medina assumed his current command on 8 July 2005.

Brigadier General Medina's personal decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with gold star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold Stars.


(Updated May 31, 2005 HQMC)


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