31st Marine Expeditionary Unit


31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
Commanding Officer

Colonel Romin Dasmalchi
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Commanding Officer

Colonel Romin Dasmalchi was commissioned in 1992 after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He completed The Basic School before reporting to Flight School where he earned his wings in 1994.  His first tour was with the Dragons of HMM-265 in Okinawa, Japan, where he completed multiple deployments with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as a CH-46 pilot with the Aviation Combat Element (ACE).

After serving for four years with HMM-265, Col Dasmalchi attended Amphibious Warfare School in 1999 and executed follow on orders to 2D Marine Aircraft Wing where he was assigned to HMM-365.  Col Dasmalchi served three years with the Blue Knights as the Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer.  While with HMM-365, he deployed to both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF).

Col Dasmalchi returned to Quantico in 2003 to attend Command and Staff College and the following year reported to Manpower and Reserve Affairs to serve as the Majors’ Rotary Wing Monitor.  After this tour, he moved back to New River, North Carolina to transition to the MV-22B Osprey.

In 2007, Col Dasmalchi then became a plank owner with VMM-266 and served initially as the Executive Officer for this newly transitioned Osprey squadron.  He deployed with the Fighting Griffins to OIF and was part of the retrograde of MV-22’s out of the theater.

In June of 2009, Col Dasmalchi assumed command of VMM-266 and eventually became the ACE Commander with the 26th MEU.  During the deployment with the 26th MEU, the ACE participated in numerous exercises and conducted combat operations in support of OEF, as well as OPERATIONS ODYSSEY DAWN and UNIFIED PROTECTOR in Libya. 

Following squadron command, Col Dasmalchi reported to the Naval War College in Newport, RI and graduated in May of 2012.  He was next assigned to Joint duty at NORAD and US NORTHERN COMMAND in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He served in the J5 Directorate as a Branch Chief responsible for the Arctic Working Group, Joint Doctrine and Concepts and Initiatives.

Col Dasmalchi assumed command of the 31st MEU on 9 June 2014.

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