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U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Camp Lejeune, NC

Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Goober 3d Marine Raider Battalion Commanding Officer
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Lieutenant Colonel Goober attended OCS during the summer of 2000, and he was subsequently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May 2001 after graduating from Lafayette College.  In November 2001, he reported for training at The Basic School (TBS), and, in June 2002, he reported to the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Ft. Sill, OK.  In January 2003, he reported for duty with 1st Battalion, 10th Marines where he was assigned as a Forward Observer attached to Charlie Company, 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LAR).

 

During January 2003, 2nd Lt Goober deployed with C Co, 2d LAR, 2d MEB in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  After arriving in Kuwait, 2nd Lt Goober participated in the early phases of OIF as his unit crossed into Iraq in March 2003.  In June 2003, he redeployed to Camp Lejeune, NC and was assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines.  He was also promoted to First Lieutenant during this same month.

 

In November 2003, 1st Lt Goober was assigned as the Fire Direction Officer for Bravo Battery.  Soon after this, the battery attached to 1st Battalion, 2d Marines as part of Battalion Landing Team 1/2, 24th MEU (SOC) and subsequently deployed to Iraq in July 2004 in support of OIF.  After returning from Iraq in February 2005, 1st Lt Goober was assigned as the S-4, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines.

 

In October 2005, 1st Lt Goober reported to the Marine Special Operations Advisor Group (MSOAG).  Immediately after reporting, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to the S-3 Operations Section.  In July 2006, Capt Goober deployed to Stuttgart, Germany as a Liaison Officer to Naval Special Warfare Unit-2 (NSWU-2).  While with NSWU-2, Capt Goober forward deployed to Chad in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Trans Sahara (OEF-TS).

 

Capt Goober redeployed to Camp Lejeune in October 2006, and he was transferred to 3d Marine Special Operations Battalion (MSOB) where he was assigned as the Team Commander for Marine Special Operations Team (MSOT) 8312, Lima Company, 3d MSOB.  While with MSOT 8312, Capt Goober led his team during numerous deployments to Mauritania and Senegal in support of OEF-TS.

 

In August 2009, Capt Goober relinquished command of his team and was assigned to 1st MSOB in preparation for the battalion's pending deployment in support of OEF-Afghanistan as a Special Operations Task Force (SOTF).   In November 2009, Capt Goober deployed to Afghanistan where he served as a SOTF Battle Captain.  He redeployed in June 2010, and he was assigned as the Staff Secretary for U.S Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC).

 

In December 2010, Capt Goober reported to 3d Battalion, 10th Marines where he took command of Battery I.  Following this, in September 2011, the battery attached to 1st Battalion, 2d Marines as part of Battalion Landing Team 1/2, 24th MEU.  In November 2011, he was promoted to Major. While assigned to BLT 1/2, Major Goober deployed with his Battery to both the Africa and Central Command areas of responsibility.  In December 2012, Major Goober redeployed to Camp Lejeune, NC and relinquished his battery.  In July 2013, he reported to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College as a student and graduated from the school in June 2014.

 

In June 2014, Major Goober reported to 2d Marine Raider Battalion (MRB) where he was assigned as the Commanding Officer for Marine Special Operations Company (MSOC) Golf.  Following the MSOC's pre-deployment training package, he deployed his company to Northern Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).  Upon redeployment to Camp Lejeune, Major Goober was assigned as the Executive Officer for 2d MRB.  Following this, in January 2017, Major Goober was transferred to the Marine Raider Regiment where and assigned as the Regimental Operations Officer.  He was promoted to his current rank in March 2018.

 

LtCol Goober is a graduate of the Expeditionary Warfare School and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.  His awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and one Gold Star, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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