Lieutenant Colonel Steve Sims, USMC
Lieutenant Colonel Sims is a native of New Albany, Mississippi and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1988. He was discharged as a Corporal in August 1990 to accept an NROTC scholarship. He was commissioned in 1993 through the NROTC Program at the University of Mississippi. Upon completion of The Basic School in Quantico, and Armor Officer Basic Course in Fort Knox, Kentucky in 1994, he was assigned to 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. He served as a Tank Platoon Commander in Company D and served as the Tank Platoon Commander for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC).
In June 1996, he was assigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Denver, Colorado where he served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer. In 1999 he attended the Armor Officer Advanced Course and Calvary Leaders Course at Fort Knox. In February 2000, he was reassigned to 1st Tank Battalion where he served as Commanding Officer of Company A and Headquarters and Service Company.
In April 2002, he was reassigned as the Inspector and Instructor, Anti-Tank Training Company, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In June 2004, he deployed as an individual augment with the Multi-National Corps-Iraq, as a ground Watch Officer until January 2005. In September 2005, he was assigned to Joint Task Force-Katrina and served as the Future Operations Officer for the Hurricane Relief effort along the Gulf Coast.
In August 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Sims was assigned to 2d Tank Battalion where he deployed on a Military Transition Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). In December 2007, he was assigned as the Executive officer, 2d Tank Battalion until May 2008. In June he was reassigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters and placed in charge of a Brigade Military Transition Team, and from October 2008 to July 2009, served as the Operations Officer for Regional Border Team South.
Lieutenant Colonel Sims' personal awards are the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Gold Star), and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with Gold Star).