Breeden, Col Chad - USMC

Assistant Professor

National War College

Colonel Chad Breeden, is a Marine Corps Aviation Command and Control Officer who has served in the First, Second and Third Marine Aircraft Wings.  As a company grade officer, he served in a variety of billets to include a tour as the Tactical Air Operations Center Weapons and Tactics Instructor at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron – 1. 

As a field grade officer, he’s served in the operating forces, leading his squadron’s planning for deployments in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), and deploying in support of OEF to Kandahar, Afghanistan.  He commanded Marine Air Control Squadron – 1 from 2006 to 2008, participating in two command visits to his Marines serving in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Al Anbar Province, Iraq. 

He has served in the supporting establishment as the Operations Officer for the Common Aviation Command and Control System, as the Director of the President’s Emergency Operations Center, and as the Director of the Marine Corps’ Command and Control Integration Division.  He served as the Commanding Officer, Marine Air Control Group – 38 from 2013 to 2015.  Following command, he transferred to the National Defense University (NDU), Washington, D.C., where he served as a Senior Military Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies.  He recently transferred to National War College where he serves as a faculty member.

 Colonel Breeden has attended the US Marine Corps’ Command and Control Systems Course, the US Army’s Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (National Defense University).  He has earned a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy (Distinguished Graduate) from NDU (2009) and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma (2010).