Marine Corps


COLONEL SETH L. OCLOO DIRECTOR, LEJEUNE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Colonel Ocloo was born in Accra, Ghana and graduated from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1990. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program on 12 July 1991.

After graduation from the Basic School and the Logistics Officers Course in 1992, Colonel Ocloo was assigned as the Maintenance Management Officer, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. He was later reassigned as the Embark/Maintenance Management Officer, Battalion Landing Team 1/8 22nd Marine Expeditionary, and participated in Landing Force Sixth Fleet deployment 3-93. During this deployment, he participated in Operations Provide Promise/Deny Flight in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Restore Hope/UNISOM II in Somalia. He later participated in the Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa, Japan as Assistant Logistics Officer, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 3d Marine Division.

In 1995, Colonel Ocloo was assigned as the Director of Support, Marine Corps Service Support Schools, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While there, he earned a Masters of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University. In 1997, he was selected and attended the Amphibious Warfare School. He graduated with honors and was assigned as a Platoon Commander, Officer Candidates School, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia.

In October of 1998, Colonel Ocloo reported to 3d Force Service Support Group (FSSG) and was assigned to 3d Transportation Support Battalion. He served as Support Company Commander, Battalion Logistics Officer, Battalion Assistant Operations Officer and the Executive Officer of Combat Service Support Detachment 34. He was reassigned as the Assistant Plans Officer, 3d FSSG in July 2000.

In July 2002, Colonel Ocloo was selected and participated in the Commandant’s National Fellowship Program as the Marine Corps Fellow at Sears Logistics Services, Inc. Upon completion of his yearlong fellowship, he was selected to be the Marine Corps Aide to the Vice President of the United States at the White House, Washington D.C. Upon completion of this three year joint assignment, Colonel Ocloo was assigned as a strategic planner, Logistics Plans, Policy, and Strategic Mobility Division, Headquarters, Marine Corps, Washington D.C.

Colonel Ocloo reported to 3d Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force in August of 2008, where he served as the G-4 Operations Officer and deputy Assistant Chief of Staff G-4. While assigned to 3d Marine Division, he deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom as a team leader for an Embedded Partnering Team with the Afghan National Army’s 1st Brigade, 215th Corps in Southern Helmand Province.
In June 2011, Colonel Ocloo assumed command of Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 (MWSS-373). He deployed with MWSS-373 in support of OEF 12-2. During his tenure, MWSS-373 was selected as the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s MWSS of the year for 2012. Following this command tour, he was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing.

He assumed command of Combat Logistics Regiment 15 in May 2014. During his tenure, the Regiment was designated the command element for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force in support of Marine Week Phoenix. Following Regimental command, he was reassigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in the Pentagon to manage the Marine Corps’ ground equipment. After two years as the Branch Head for Enterprise Ground Equipment Management, he assumed duties as the Branch Head for Logistics Vision, Strategy, and Innovation. He was reassigned to his current position as the director of the Lejeune Leadership Institute in July of 2019.

Colonel Ocloo is a graduate of the Joint Course on Logistics, International Peacekeeping Logistics Course, Marine Corps Logistics Education Program, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, JPME Phase II at the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fellowship on International Relations and Foreign Policy.

Colonel Ocloo’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (gold star in lieu of second award) , Meritorious Service Medal (three gold stars in lieu of fourth award), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.