Commanding Officer, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Col. Samuel L. Meyer

Samuel “Lee” Meyer graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from NC State University and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1997.  Following graduation from The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course in March 1998, he was assigned to flight school in Pensacola, FL and designated a Naval Aviator in August 2000.

In March 2001, after completing FRS training in the AH-1W at HMLAT-303, First Lieutenant Meyer reported to HMLA-167, New River, NC.  During his initial tour with HMLA-167, Captain Meyer deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I, II, and IV.  Capt Meyer held billets with S-4, Safety, and Operations and completed the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course. In August 2006, Captain Meyer reported to 2d Tank Battalion and served as the Headquarters & Service Company Commander and Air Officer.

In June 2007, Major Meyer returned to HMLA-167 and chopped to HMM-365(REIN) with the 24 Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).  He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008 from March - November.  In March 2009, Major Meyer became the MAG-29 Assistant Operations Officer, followed by the HMLA-167 Maintenance Officer from October 2009 – June 2011. 

Upon completion, he departed New River for Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA and earned his Master of Military Studies through the Marine Corps University. Following graduation in Apr 2012, Major Meyer reported to the White House Military Office where he served as the USMC Military Aide to the President of the United States.  In June of 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Meyer was re-assigned to MAG-29 and assumed duties as the Group Operations Officer with follow-on orders as the Commanding Officer of HMLA-167.  As the CO, he deployed to Okinawa in support of UDP, in efforts to facilitate the West Coast AH-1Z transition timeline.  Upon completion, he was assigned as the 2d Marine Division Deputy G3 until departing for the Eisenhower School, where he earned a Master of Science in National Resourcing Strategy. 

In June of 2018, he reported to HQMC P&R, Programs Assessment and Evaluations in the Pentagon where he reformed the way the USMC planned, programmed, budgeted, executed and audited funds in support of Service Chief guidance.  Colonel Meyer was promoted to his current rank on 1 November 2019, and subsequently reported to I MEF where he served as the AC/S G-7 and the Director of Expeditionary Operational Training Group (EOTG).  He is currently assigned as the Commanding Officer of the 13th MEU.

Colonel Meyer’s personal awards include:  Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Air Medal with combat distinguishing numeral “4” and Air Medal-strike flight numeral “24,” Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars and combat distinguishing device.

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit