Lieutenant Colonel W. John Butler Jr. is the Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at CSIS. Lieutenant Colonel Butler is from Oakton, Virginia, and graduated with a B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1996. Upon completion of the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, he reported to Pensacola, Florida, for naval aviator training. Over the next 21 years, he held various billets in the KC-130 community to include participation in Operations Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom I and II, Enduring Freedom, and a command tour of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252. His professional education includes a master of military studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2007 and a master of science in national security strategy from the National War College in June 2015. LtCol Butler’s other military schools include the U.S. Army Airborne School, the Aviation Safety Officer’s Course, the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program Management Course, the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course, and the Joint Forces Air Component Commander Staff Course. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 14 Flight Awards, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.