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Colonel Lee M. Rush Commanding Officer Officer Candidates School

Colonel Rush hails from Shortsville, New York and is a graduate of Buffalo State College.  He was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and commissioned via the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidates Course in 1996.  Upon completion of The Basic School, where he was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate, Colonel Rush reported to Fort Knox, Kentucky for follow on instruction at the Armor Officers Basic Course and Scout Platoon Leaders Course where he was honored as a Distinguished Graduate and the Warrior Spirt Award Recipient.
In 1997, Colonel Rush reported for duty to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he was assigned to Company B, 2D Tank Battalion as a Platoon Commander.  In 1998, Colonel Rush reported to Battalion Landing Team 1/6, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) for deployment as the Tank Detachment Commander.
From 1999-2001, Colonel Rush was assigned to the Marine Corps Detachment, Fort Knox Kentucky where he was attached to the Armor Officers Basic Course as the Commander of India Troop, 2nd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment.  In 2001, Colonel Rush assumed Command of the Marine Training Company/Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment.
In 2002, Colonel Rush attended the Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia and was honored as a Distinguished Graduate.  From 2003-2005, he was assigned as the Inspector-Instructor, Company B, 8th Tank Battalion in Syracuse, New York where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2005, the unit was re-designated as Company E, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion where he served as Inspector-Instructor and Company Commander.
Colonel Rush reported to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division in Twentynine Palms, California in 2006 where he served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer prior to deploying as the Current Operations Officer, Joint Operations Center, Multi-National Corps-Iraq.  Colonel Rush returned from deployment in 2007 and assumed the duties as Commanding Officer of 1st Tank Battalion.
In July 2008, Colonel Rush reported to the First Marine Corps District and assumed the duties as the Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station Springfield, Massachusetts.  Upon successful completion of his duty, Colonel Rush was transferred to the Ground Combat Element Branch, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps where he served in the billets of Armor Advocate and Tank Occupational Field Sponsor.
Colonel Rush assumed Command of 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division in Twentynine Palms, California in 2014 and was then selected to attend Top Level School at the National War College where he earned a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.
Colonel Rush most recently completed an assignment as an Operations Officer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Pentagon), J3 Operations, J35 Directorate of Regional Operations, Joint Operations Division, Central Command.
Colonel Rush’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.