NROTC Commanding Officer - Colonel Patrick G. Looney
Colonel Looney entered the Marine Corps via the NROTC Program, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1985 following graduation from the University of New Mexico.
After attending The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, he reported to Golf Company, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines where he served as a rifle platoon, weapons platoon commander and 81mm mortar platoon commander and completed deployments to the Western Pacific and participated in various exercises.
In 1989, First Lieutenant Looney was assigned to the “Oldest Post in the Corps,” Marine Barracks Washington DC. While at the Barracks he served as a Ceremonial Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer and Company Commander Bravo Company. He was promoted to Captain in 1990.
Captain Looney attended the Artillery Officer Advanced Course Ft. Lawton, OK in 1992 and was subsequently assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2d Marines serving initially as the Assistant Operations Officer for the battalions LF6F deployment as the GCE for the 24th MEU(SOC). During this deployment the MEU participated in Operations RESTORE HOPE and CONTINUE HOPE ashore in Somalia and conducted various exercises throughout the Persian Gulf. In August 1993 he assumed command of Alpha Company. While with A Company and serving as the Air Contingency Battalion, the battalion was called upon to reinforce JTF-160 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as part of Operation SEA SIGNAL and remained deployed until spring 1995.
In 1995 Captain Looney was transferred to HQBN, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. While at HQBN, he served as the Alpha Company Commanding Officer and was promoted to Major. In 1997 he was transferred to Plans, Policy and Operations, for service as a Watch Officer and subsequently as a Status of Forces Officers, Current Operations Branch.
In 2000 following the completion of Command and Staff College, Major Looney returned to the operating forces and was assigned as the 2-I-C for 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. The battalion deployed in support of the unit deployment program as the GCE for the 31st MEU(SOC). Upon the battalions return to CONUS in August 2001 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and transferred to the 5th Marines as the Operations Officer. In June 2002 he was reassigned as the 2-I-C of the regiment, and in this capacity deployed to South West Asia and participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In Sept 2003 Lieutenant Colonel Looney was transferred to HQMC and assigned as the Head Enlisted Monitor, MM Enlisted Assignments. While at MMEA he was selected for Command and subsequently returned to the operating forces as the Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines in June 2005. The Darkhorse deployed to Iraq ISO Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 05-07.1 from January to August 2006. Relinquishing command of the battalion in September 2006 Lieutenant Colonel Looney reported to the Naval War College, Newport, RI for duties as a student.
While attending the War College, Colonel Looney was promoted to his present rank. Upon completion of his studies he was assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton until his assumption of command as the Commanding Officer of Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Edson Range, MCRD San Diego on 23 May 2008. Colonel Looney commanded Edson Range until August 2010 and subsequently transferred to Headquarters, US AFRICA Command and served as the Chief, Current Operations (J33) in the Operations (J3) Directorate.
Colonel Looney served with AFRICOM from September 2010 until July 2012, during this time he assisted in the planning and execution of operation ODYSSEY DAWN. While at AFRICOM, Colonel Looney was selected for his current assignment as the Professor of Naval Science, Virginia Military Institute, which he assumed in July 2012.
Colonel Looney’s personal decorations include Combat Action Ribbon. He is a graduate of Advanced Artillery Officer Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Naval War College.
He is married to the former Mary K Monahan and they have four children, Natalia (14), Seamus (8) and the twins: Finbar and Patrick (3).