Michael L. Brooks
United States Marine Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Michael L. Brooks is a native of South Boston, Va. He enlisted into the Marine Corps in August 1988 out of Parris Island, S.C. Upon graduation, Lt. Col. Brooks was assigned to Third Battalion (3rdBn), 2d Marines (2dMar), 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C. as the Operations Clerk in the S-3 Office. Between 1990 and 1991, while still assigned to 3rdBn, 2dMar, he deployed in support of Operation’s Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In the summer of 1992, then Cpl. Brooks was assigned to Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Va., as the correspondence and postal clerk, and barracks non-commissioned officer in charge. In 1994, Sgt. Brooks was assigned to Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Camp Johnson, N.C., as the student orders non-commissioned officer in charge.
In August 1997, Sgt. Brooks was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. through the Meritorious Commissioning Program. After the completion of The Basic School and the Adjutant’s Course in 1998, 2nd Lt. Brooks was assigned to 2d Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C., as the regimental adjutant. In March 2001, 2nd Lt. Brooks participated in Cooperative Osprey 2001, a multinational North Atlantic Treaty Organization Command Post exercise in Clementsport, Nova Scotia. Prior to finishing his tour with 2d Marines, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Campbell University.
In June 2001, he reported to Marine Air Control Group 28 in Cherry Point, N.C., as the Group adjutant and legal officer. In June 2003, Capt. Brooks was assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C., as the MEU adjutant. While assigned to the 24th MEU, Capt. Brooks deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, participated in humanitarian operations following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, La., assisted in the July 2006 evacuation of American citizens in Beirut, Lebanon, and participated in Operations Infinite Moonlight, Jordan, and Inspired Union, Kuwait.
From June 2007 to June 2009, Capt. Brooks was assigned to the Wounded Warrior Regiment as the U.S. Marine Corps liaison to the Veterans Affairs Central Office in Washington, D.C. In 2009, he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University.
In June 2009, Maj. Brooks was selected to be the staff secretary for the Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Va.
In 2011, Maj. Brooks attended resident Command and Staff College in Quantico, Va., and upon graduation in 2012, was assigned to U.S. Central Command, Tampa, Fla. as the branch chief, Special Actions Branch.
In June 2015, Lt. Col. Brooks was assigned as the Headquarters Battalion commanding officer at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii. The mission of MCB Hawaii is to provide facilities, programs and services in direct support of units, individuals and families in order to enhance and sustain combat readiness for all operating forces and tenant organizations aboard MCB Hawaii.
Lt. Col. Brooks’ personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.