Colonel Michael E. Cordero, USMC
Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Support Battalion
Colonel Cordero enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1984 and graduated as the platoon honor man. Upon completion of boot camp he reported for duty with Headquarters & Maintenance Squadron 49, Detachment B, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. He served as an Aviation Supply Clerk until his selection into the Platoon Leaders Course in 1986. In 1988, he attended Coastal Carolina Community College and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in History.
In 1989, upon completion of The Basic School he was designated as an Artillery Officer. Assignments include combat and peacetime tours with 1st Battalion, 11th Marines; 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (MEU SOC); 31st MEU SOC; Series Commander and Company Executive Officer of Company M, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina.
In 1994, he augmented into the regular component and made a voluntary lateral move into Financial Management. Assignments include combat and peace time tours as a Budget Officer and, Review Evaluation & Analysis Officer with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina; Deputy Comptroller, Marine Corps Base Quantico/Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia; Action/Watch Officer, Joint Task Force Shining Hope (humanitarian mission for Kosovar refugees); Company Commander of Task Force Echo, Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia; Action Officer/Branch Head, Programs and Resources Department, Headquarters, Marine Corps; Logistics Operations Officer, Project and Contracting Office, American Embassy Baghdad, Iraq; Commanding Officer for the Financial Management School, Camp Johnson, North Carolina; Deputy Comptroller, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune; Comptroller/C-8, Regional Command Southwest, II Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan; and Acting Commanding Officer for Task Force Belleau Wood in Afghanistan.
Colonel Cordero has also attended the resident USMC’s Command and Staff College and the United States Air Force’s Air War College where he earned Master’s degrees from both institutions as well as a Master of Arts in Business and Management from Webster University.
Colonel Cordero participated in combat operations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in support of Operations Desert Shield/, Desert Storm/, and Desert Saber. Additionally, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Colonel Cordero’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars in lieu of a third award, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star in lieu of a second award, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of a third award, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with one bronze star in lieu of a second award.
Colonel Cordero is married and has four children and one grandchild.