Col Anthony M. Henderson
Special Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for Warrior and Family Support
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Colonel Anthony M. Henderson was born on September 6, 1966 in Washington, D.C. He attended elementary through high school in the Washington D.C. and Maryland public school systems. He graduated from Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1989 with a B.A. in History and 1993 with a Juris Doctorate in Law (cum laude). He is a licensed attorney in the State of Louisiana.
Colonel Henderson was commissioned a second lieutenant on December 15, 1989. He attend the Basic School in 1994 where he was designated an infantry officer. While a lieutenant he served as a rifle platoon commander with 3rd Battalion, 2d Marines from January 1995 to August 1995. He was promoted to captain on 1 August 1995. From October 1995 until January 1997, then Captain Henderson served as the Headquarters and Service Company Commander. He subsequently served as a rifle company commander, Company L, Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), II Marine Expeditionary Force from January 1997 until July 1998.
He graduated with distinction from Amphibious Warfare School in 1999 and was assigned to Officer Assignments, Manpower & Reserve Affairs, Headquarters, United States Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia. Captain Henderson served as the Company Grade Infantry Officer Monitor from May 1999 to July 2001. During this period he was promoted to the rank of major on 1 August 2000. From July 2001 until May 2002, he served as Head of the Company Grade Ground Monitors (Center Desk), MMOA-1.
In June 2002, then Major Henderson was assigned as Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Twenty-nine Palms, California. He deployed with the Battalion to Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2003. Served with the Battalion in Operation Iraqi Freedom during major combat operations to destroy Iraqi forces and capture Baghdad. Major Henderson completed the Battalion’s deployment and returned to the United States in September 2003. He again deployed with the Battalion to Iraq in February 2004 executing counterinsurgency, stability and reconstruction operations along the Iraqi-Syrian border until September 2004.
From January 2005 until June 2005 Major Henderson served as the Current Operations Officer, 7th Marine Regiment. In August 2005, Major Henderson reported for duty as a student, Navy Command and Staff College, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated with distinction in June 2006 and also completed the 14-month Naval Operational Planners Course receiving an Advance Warfighting degree. He was assigned as an Instructor, Joint Military Operations Department, Naval War College staff. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on Sept. 1, 2006.
He assumed command of 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on 1 June 2007. The battalion was designated as Battalion Landing Team assigned to 24 Marine Expeditionary Unit. BLT 1/6 deployed to Afghanistan March to October 2008 into the southern area of Helmand Province. Lieutenant Colonel Henderson relinquished command of 1st Battalion, 6th Marines on January 15, 2009 and served as the Operations Officer, 2d Marine Regiment until June 2009. He then attended the National War College in Washington, D.C. receiving a Masters in Science degree in June 2010. Lieutenant Colonel Henderson served on the Joint Staff, J3 as a Current Operations Planner for Europe and NATO from July 2010 to April 2012.
Colonel Henderson is currently assigned as Special Assistant to Chairman, Warrior and Family Support.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with “V” for valor, gold star in lieu of second award, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for valor, gold star in lieu of second award. Colonel Henderson has three children: son, Andrue and daughters: Daphine and Carmen.
(Current as of Aug. 7, 2012)