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Lieutenant Colonel Edward H. Carpenter

LtCol E.H.Carpenter, USMC
Lieutenant Colonel Carpenter enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1991, where he served as a UH-1 (Huey) crew-chief with the 462nd Aviation Detachment in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1995 he was selected for the Marine Corps’ Platoon Leaders Course, and received a transfer into the Marine Corps Reserve. After graduating from New Mexico State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Completing The Basic School in October 1999, Second Lieutenant Carpenter served four months as the Ground Safety Officer of Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. Subsequently, he completed Aviation Primary Indoctrination at Pensacola, Florida, and was assigned to Primary Flight Training with Training Squadron Two Eight in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he was promoted to First Lieutenant. 

Re-designated as an Aviation Supply Officer, First Lieutenant Carpenter was transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron Eleven at MCAS Miramar, where he served three years as a Division Officer and Assistant Aviation Supply Officer. During this time, First Lieutenant Carpenter deployed to Bahrain and Kuwait in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and was frocked to the rank of Captain.

Formally promoted in July 2003, Captain Carpenter volunteered for a tour as a Logistics and Tactics Advisor to the Royal Saudi Marine Forces in 2004 as a member of the Marine Corps Training and Assistance Group. In 2005, Captain Carpenter received orders to Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Yokosuka, where he served as the Marine Liaison Officer and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. In 2007, Captain Carpenter was selected to serve as a Foreign Area Officer, and reported to the Naval Postgraduate School, where he completed a Masters Degree in National Security Affairs. He was promoted to Major in March 2009 and completed the Indonesian Basic Course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey in an accelerated program in order to accept a posting as a Director Fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.

From 2010-2011, Major Carpenter represented the United States at the Indonesian Navy’s Command and Staff College in Jakarta, and in 2012, he was chosen to serve as the Executive Officer of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31, and subsequently selected to deploy to Afghanistan as the Executive Officer of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Returning to MCAS Beaufort as the Aviation Supply Officer, he helped to stand up logistics support for the largest Joint Strike Fighter Squadron in the Marine Corps. In 2015, he was assigned to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as a military professor, where he instructed over 250 U.S. and foreign Fellows from around the Asia-Pacific region, helping them to expand their knowledge base and renew their commitment to enhancing effective security cooperation. 

Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2016, he commanded Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26 from May 2016 to May 2018 and served as the Marine Corps liaison to the Department of the Navy's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

Lieutenant Colonel Carpenter has never married. He is a graduate of the Air War College, the Air Force Command and Staff College and the Indonesian Naval Command and Staff College. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.


As a military officer, I am well aware that preceding material, my official biography, is rather different in format and content from the average curriculum vitae.

To offset that, I have endeavored to outline some of my most pertinent qualifications below.

Civilian Education
- Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University
- Certificate of Japanese Studies, University of Maryland University College
- Masters of Arts, Security Studies, Naval Postgraduate School

Military Education
- Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base
- Air Force Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base
- Defense Language Institute, Indonesian Language Course, Monterey, CA
- Indonesian Navy Command and Staff College, Jakarta Indonesia
- Eurasian Security Studies Seminar, George C. Marshall Center, Garmisch, Germany

- Director Fellow, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group XXIX – part of an elite group of 23 Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard officers selected to develop a framework for “Maritime Operations in the Age of Hypersonic and Directed-Energy Weapons.”

Publications – Non-Fiction:
- Steven Pressfield's "The Warrior Ethos": One Marine Officer's Critique and Counterpoint
- Developing the Future Posture of the Indonesian Navy: Creating Capability to Overcome Maritime Threats in Support of National Defense and Security within a Framework of Regional Defense.
- CNO SSG XXIX Final Report:Maritime Freedom of Action 2020 (co-author)
- Indonesia’s Infrastructure Problem
- Stealth Conflicts (Book Review)

Publications –Fiction:
- Seven Lives to Repay Our Country
- Lethargica
- Ho B-52
- A Matter of Honor
- The Perfidious Mister Wickham
- Happily Ever After

Travel & Language:
I have spent a combined total of 2 years in the Middle East / West South Asia, 3 years in Northeast Asia (primarily Japan) and 2 years in Southeast Asia, (mainly Indonesia) with further extensive travel to China, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and throughout Western Europe. I read, write, and speaks Indonesian quite well; read French tolerably and am continuing my studies in that language.

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