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Lieutenant Colonel H. Ripley (Rip) Rawlings IV, CSC

Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Rawlings is an Infantry and LAR officer.  He currently serves as the Military Faculty member (MILFAC) for Conference Group 3, Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College.  Prior to this appointment, he served as Battalion Commander, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines. 

Lieutenant Colonel Rawlings has served in a variety of staff and command positions within the Marine Corps and across the Joint services over the last twenty years of service to the Nation. 
 
From 2012 to 2014 he served as a Strategic Plans officer to DC, PP&O, Strategic Plans (PLN) division at HQMC in the Pentagon.  Here he held portfolio’s for PACOM including the Pacific numbered war plans, was the Marine Corps’ Nuclear officer, the QDR officer, and wrote and staffed the Forces For and the Marine Corps Service Campaign Plan.
 
Prior to serving as Strategic Plans Officer, LtCol Rawlings attended USMC School of Advanced Warfare (SAW) from 2011-2012 and Command & Staff (CDET) in 2010 as a Distinguished Graduate. 

From 2008 to 2010, LtCol Rawlings was the Future Operations Officer for the Counter-IED Operations Intelligence Center (COIC) and deployed as the COIC-A OIC in Afghanistan in 2009.
 
Prior to this, LtCol Rawlings was the Operations Officer and Executive Officer (Interim) for 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance (3d LAR) Battalion in 29-Palms from 2006-2008 deploying to OIF. Also at 3d LAR Bn, LtCol Rawlings Commanded Company D which deployed to OIF.  

Before being assigned to 3d LAR, he attended the U.S. Army’s Armor Captain’s Career Course (ACCC) in 2005 where he was an Honor Graduate and the General Marshall awardee. He attended Cavalry Leader’s course after ACCC.

From 2002 to 2004 he was a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) Platoon Commander at 2nd and 1st FAST with Marine Corps Security Force battalion, Norfolk Virginia.

Lieutenant Colonel Rawlings attended Virginia Military Institute ’89, transferred. Attended Albert Ludwigs Universitat, Freiburg, Germany then graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1994 with undergraduate degrees in English Literature and German Literature and a minor in Studio Art.  He holds a master’s degree in Operational Art from the School of Advanced Warfighting. LtCol Rawlings is also a MIT Seminar XXI Fellow. 

His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster (2) Meritorious Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster (2), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Combat Action Ribbon Joint, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8), Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO - ISAF Medal, Rifle Expert Badge (6), Pistol Expert Badge (8)