Colonel Lawrence E. Killmeier, Jr.

Col Chip KillmeirCol Killmeier is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.  Enlisted in the Marine Platoon Leaders Course in 1983, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation in 1986.  A decorated Marine pilot; he earned his wings as a Naval Aviator on November 10, 1988 before reporting to his first Fleet squadron flying the UH-1N helicopter.

Col Killmeier’s previous assignments include three separate tours with Marine Light/Attack Helicopter squadrons 167 and 269 where he performed various duties including Pilot Training Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Maintenance Officer and Squadron Executive Officer.  His squadron tours included two deployments with the 22nd and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units throughout the Mediterranean in 1993 and 1999 supporting numerous Operations and Joint exercises.  Additionally, he has served on the Group and Wing level staffs as the Operations Officer and the Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel.  Outside the Aviation community Col Killmeier served as a Forward Air Controller and Air officer with 2nd Tank Battalion.  He also served in the policy arena with the Secretary of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Officer from 1994-1997.  As a Casualty Liaison Officer and later as the Military Assistant to the Director, Col Killmeier worked extensively to relate our government’s efforts to account for our fallen to their families and the American public.  Col Killmeier is a graduate of the US Army War College where he earned a Masters in National Strategic Studies.  Following the War College he was assigned to the Second Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) where he served as the Current Operations Officer and the Chief of Staff with II MEF (FWD).  He currently serves as the Commanding Officer Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton.

Col Killmeier’s combat experience spans from the 1991 Gulf War, multiple tours in Iraq 2005-2007 and his recent return from Afghanistan in March 2012.  His first combat tour was as a Squadron Helicopter Pilot and Training Officer serving with the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during OperationS Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Col Killmeier returned to the Middle-East in January 2005 as the Operations Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 26 in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Subsequently, he took command of Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 and returned to Iraq for two tours conducting squadron operations in Al Anbar Province.  During his year in Afghanistan he served as the Chief of Staff for II MEF(FWD) / Regional Command Southwest in Helmand Province.

Col Killmeier’s decorations include Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Strike/Flight numeral 11,  the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Col Killmeier is married to the former Beth Ann Miller of Simsbury, Connecticut.  They have two children, Jessica Alicia and Jacob Alden.  Jessica recently graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Jacob is attending North Carolina State University.