Major Gregory L. Jones assumed command of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Cleveland, 4th Marine Corps District, here June 30.
Jones relieved Maj. Charles D. Cassidy as commander of RS Cleveland during a change of command ceremony.
“I’m really proud of my time here with all of you,” Cassidy said, to a crowd of Marines, family and friends. “It has been my distinct pleasure to serve with these Marines. I will genuinely miss this place and all of you that have made me and my family feel so welcome.”
Under Cassidy’s leadership, the station received the commandant of the Marine Corps “superior achievement” award every year he was in command.
“Major Jones has some big shoes to fill, but I know that he will take the reigns and continue to charge,” said Col. Charles J. Tulaney, commanding officer of 4th MCD.
Jones comes to RS Cleveland with a wealth of experience after numerous combat operations.
After graduating from the Citadel in May 1997 with a bachelors’ of science degree in biology, Jones received his commission as a second lieutenant through the Officer Candidates Course. In March 1998 Jones obtained the infantry officer military occupational specialty.
After completing the Infantry Officers Course in June 1998, Jones was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, in Camp LeJeune, N.C. From July 1998 to April 2000, he served as a platoon commander in Lima Company where he deployed to the Mediterranean as a member of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. Returning from deployment, he was assigned the duties of commanding officer, Headquarters Company, 6th Marines, from April 2000 to May 2001.
Jones’ next assignment was at Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Va. Jones was the executive officer and platoon commander for numerous training companies during this assignment. Jones also served as the tactics officer in charge, where he supervised the instruction of infantry tactics to all officer candidates at OCS. Jones also served as the coordinator of student activities where he supervised the screening process for all officer candidates.
Completing his B-billet in March 2004, Jones attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course in Fort Benning, Ga., where he was a distinguished graduate. In July 2004, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty Nine Palms, Calif. He was re-assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, as a combat replacement September 2004. Joining that battalion in Al Qaim, Iraq, he performed as the assistant operations officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2-2. Returning from Iraq in March 2005, Jones assumed duties of commanding officer for Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.
In March 2006, Jones deployed to Al Qaim, Iraq, with Company A in support of OIF 05-07.2 and returned in September of the same year. In January 2007, Jones assumed the duties as operations officer, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. Jones deployed again to Hit, Iraq in support of OIF 06-08.2 from August 2007 to March 2008. Upon completing his third combat deployment to Iraq, Jones assumed the duties as battalion executive officer for the last two months of his tenure with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.
During his final tour to Iraq, Jones was selected to attend the United States Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College during the 2008-2009 academic year. During this school year, Jones completed a master’s of military science and was a distinguished graduate.
His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three bronze stars.
“At this point in my career I didn’t think I would have such a great opportunity to have a command of Marines like this,” remarked Jones, after taking command. “Many of my peers are sitting in staff positions throughout the Marine Corps with no Marines to lead. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to lead a group of fine Marines and truly help shape the future of the Marine Corps.”