Colonel Lawrence M. Landon
Dean of Students
Marine Corps Chair
· M.A., Naval Postgraduate School, Newport RI, National Security Strategic Studies (2014)
· B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, Political Science (1991)
· Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA (2007)
· Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Quantico, VA (2006)
· US Army, Infantry Officer Advance Course, Ft. Benning, GA (1999)
· Maritime Security
· Special Operations
· Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction
Colonel Landon was born and raised in Tacoma. Washington. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1986 and served as a Reconnaissance Marine. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1991 and was commissioned a second lieutenant through Platoon Leader’s Course.
After graduating from the Basic School and Infantry Officer’s Course in 1992, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines. He served a rifle platoon and heavy weapons platoon commander and deployed as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit - Special Operations Capable (24 MEU SOC) to Somalia, participating in Operations RESTORE HOPE and CONTINUE HOPE. He also deployed to Panama and Ecuador to conduct combined counter-narcotics operations.
From 1993 to 1996, Colonel Landon served as a platoon commander at 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company and deployed with 24MEU(SOC) which participated in Operation DENY FLIGHT in the former Yugoslavia. In 1996, he was reassigned as Inspector-Instructor, Company B, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, Billings, Montana before attending the Infantry Officer Advance Course. In 1999, Colonel Landon was transferred to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines serving as company commander and then battalion executive officer. He deployed twice to Okinawa, Japan and throughout the Far East. He then commanded Marine Corps Recruiting Station Buffalo, NY from 2002-2005.
After graduating from Marine Corps Command & Staff College in 2006, Colonel Landon served as the Counterproliferation Plans and Policy Officer at USSOCOM. He commanded 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion from 2008-2010 and deployed to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM – Afghanistan as the Operations Mentor for the 3rd Zone, Afghan Border Police.
He served as the Operations Officer for 8th Marine Corps District from 2010-2012 and after graduation from the Naval War College in 2014, was assigned to HQMC Plans, Policies and Operations (PP&O) as Branch Head for Expeditionary Policies Branch. Most recently, Colonel Landon served as the Fleet Marine Officer and Plans Director for Commander, United States Naval Central Command/US Navy 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Force.