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13th Marine Expeditionary Unit


13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

"The Fighting Thirteenth"

Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command 20.2
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Col. Andrew T. Priddy Commanding Officer, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Colonel Priddy is a native of Channahon, Illinois. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Marines from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Ocean Engineering.
Upon completion of The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course in 1995/96, Lieutenant Priddy served as a rifle platoon commander and executive officer with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines and deployed to Okinawa, Japan with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).
Returning to Quantico, he was assigned as an instructor and staff platoon commander at The Basic School from 1998-2001. He attended the Amphibious Warfare School as a student from 2001-2002.
Captain Priddy was then transferred to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines where he served as India Company Commander and the Battalion Operations Officer until 2005. During this tour he again deployed to Okinawa with the 31st MEU and to Afghanistan for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM serving in RC East.
Major Priddy then transferred to Maine Barracks Washington D.C. (8th and I). From 2005 to 2008 he served at the Marine Corps Institute and as the Barracks Operations Officer. Additionally he marched as a parade commander for two parade seasons. Following this tour he was transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as a student at the Unites States Army Command and General Staff College where he graduated in 2009.
Major Priddy was then assigned to joint duty at the United States Special Operations Command from 2009-2011 where he served as a strategic planner, a member of the Commanders Action Group, and Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, USSOCOM. During this tour he attended the Joint Force Staff College (JPME II).


Lieutenant Colonel Priddy assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines in 2011. He deployed to Okinawa as the battalion landing team for the 31st MEU. Following command in 2013, he was transferred to Newport, Rhode Island as a student at the Naval War College. Upon graduation in 2014, he was selected as the Marine Corps Fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C.

Following this, he was selected as the Senior Aide to the Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2015 to 2017. He served the 36th and 37th Commandants. In June of 2017 he assumed duties as the Deputy Director of Operations for Combined Joint Task Force OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE until July 2018. From August of 2018 until May of 2019 he served as the I MEF G-3 Current Operations Officer.


Colonel Priddy’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), and Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal.