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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit


31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
Commanding Officer

Colonel Tye R. Wallace

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Commanding Officer

Colonel Tye R. Wallace was commissioned in 1991 after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He completed The Basic School before reporting to the Infantry Officer Course where he graduated in 1992.  His first tour was with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines as a rifle Platoon Commander and a Mortar Platoon Commander.  He then served as the Executive Officer for Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines from 1993-1995.  During this time, he completed deployments in support of the 15th MEU (OPERATION RESTORE HOPE) and the 31st MEU.

From 1995-1998, Col Wallace served as an instructor, Staff Platoon Commander, and Student Company Executive Officer at the Basic School.  After serving at TBS, he attended the Amphibious Warfare School graduating in 1999.

In 1999, he assumed command of Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines.  Post company command, Col Wallace served as the Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of 1st Marine Division.  After serving as the Aide, he assumed duties as the Assistant Operations Officer for 1st Marine Regiment.  From 2001-2003, he served as the Operation Officer of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines.  During this period, he deployed with the 31st MEU and the 15th MEU (OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM).

From 2003-2005, Col Wallace graduated from the Army’s Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies with a Master of Military Art and Science.

In 2005, Col Wallace served as the Plans Officer for I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)/Multi-National Force West.  In 2007, he assumed the duties of Executive Officer 1st Marine Regiment.  In 2008, he assumed command of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines.  Following battalion command, Col Wallace served as the Future Operations Officer for 1st Marine Division (Forward).  During this period, he deployed twice to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, with the 13th MEU, and to OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

In 2011, Col Wallace graduated with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.  From 2011-2013, he served as an instructor at the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School and as a Senior Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.  Starting in 2013, he served on the Joint Staff in the J-5 (Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell) initially as the Division Chief of Strategic Plans and Policy and eventually as the Chief of Staff.  From 2015-2016, Col Wallace served as the AC/S G-35 Future Operations / Plans Officer for I MEF.

Col Wallace assumed command of the 31st MEU on 20 May 2016.

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