Major Gordinier graduated from high school in Topeka, Kansas in 1994 and attended Washburn University the following year. After a year of college he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1996 and reported to 1st Battalion, 4th Marines in 1997.
From 1997 to 2000 Sergeant Gordinier served as a fireteam and squad leader on two Western Pacific (WestPac) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Deployments executing duties in support of Operation Stablise in East Timor.
In 2000, Sergeant Gordinier reported to NROTC Hampton Roads for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and attended Old Dominion University. The summer after his sophomore year Sergeant Gordinier graduated from Officer Candidates School. In 2002 he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in History, received a minor in International Studies, and commissioned as a second lieutenant.
In 2003, Lieutenant Gordinier attended The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course.
In 2004, Lieutenant Gordinier reported to 3d Battalion, 7th Marines where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 and 4-6 serving as a rifle, 81mm mortar, and mobile assault platoon commander.
In 2006, Captain Gordinier reported to The Basic School for instructor duty where he served as a Warfighting Instructor, Staff Platoon Commander for Companies C and I, and Infantry Officer Course Instructor.
In 2010, Captain Gordinier graduated from the Maneuver Captains Career Course aboard Fort Benning, Georgia and then reported to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer, the Headquarters & Service Company and Company C Commanding Officer, and the Battalion Operations Officer. While at 1st Battalion, 8th Marines Major Gordinier participated in Operation Enduring Freedom 10.2 and 12.1.
Major Gordinier is married to the former Joni Crawford of Great Bend, Kansas and has four children.
Major Gordinier’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing device and gold star in lieu of second award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device and gold star in lieu of second award, and the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star in lieu of second award.