Colonel Ford is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and was commissioned in May of 1993 after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and a minor in International Studies.
Colonel Ford’s command assignments include Platoon Commander, Single Channel Radio Platoon, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, Okinawa, Japan (1994-1995); Platoon Commander, Marine Wing Support Squadron-171, Iwakuni, Japan (1995-1996); Company Commander Bravo Company, Marine Wing Communications Squadron-38, Miramar, CA (2002-2003); Squadron Commander, Marine Wing Communications Squadron-38 Miramar, CA(2014-2015). He assumed his current command position as Commander, Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School, Twentynine Palms, CA in June 2017.
Colonel Ford’s staff assignments include ; Assistant S-6, 11th Marine Regiment; S-6 2n Battalion, 11th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA (1995-1998); Executive Officer, Recruiting Station Charleston, WV (1998-2001); G-6 Operations Officer 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Miramar, CA (2004-2005); Action Officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff J-6 Directorate, The Pentagon (2005-2008); Operations planner Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Camp H.M. Smith, HI (2008-2011); Assistant Chief of Staff G-6 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA (2011-2012); Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA (2012-2013); Assistant Chief of Staff G-6, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Miramar, CA (2015-2016) and Assistant Chief of Staff G-6, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Okinawa, Japan (2016-2017).
From 2003 to 2005, Colonel Ford conducted three combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as MWCS-38 Bravo Company Commander, MWCS-38 Operations Officer and as the 3d MAW G-6 Operations Officer. In 2010, Colonel Ford deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as an individual augment with the First Marine Expeditionary Force Forward (I MEF Fwd). Here he supported counter-insurgency and stability operations in Helmand and Nimroz Provinces as a civil military affairs planner for Regional Command Southwest.
Colonel Ford is a graduate of The Basic School (1993), Basic Communications Officer Course (1994), Command and Control Systems Course (2002) Marine Corps Command and Staff Non-Resident Program (2008) and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JPME II) (2015).
Colonel Ford’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars.