Unit leaders for the 24th MEU


Commanding Officer
Colonel Eric D. Cloutier

Colonel Cloutier assumed command of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on 1 December 2017.


Operational assignments include: Commanding Officer of 3d Marine Special Operations Battalion, Executive Officer of the Marine Special Operations Regiment; Operations Officer and Marine Special Operations Company Commander with 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion; Operations Officer at 2d Force Reconnaissance Company; Assistant Operations Officer for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Rifle Company Commander with Battalion Landing Team 1/4; Operations Officer with 1st Marine Division Reconnaissance Company; and Rifle Platoon Commander with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines.


Staff Assignments include: Deputy Director for Operations and Senior Marine Representative for Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, NC; Chief of Current Operations at Special Operations Command, Europe in Stuttgart, Germany; and Officer in Charge of the Basic Reconnaissance Course, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific in Coronado, CA.


Colonel Cloutier’s operational deployments include one tour to Afghanistan with Marine Special Operations Company H in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, one tour to Iraq with 2d Force Reconnaissance Company in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, two deployments with the 13th MEU (SOC) to the Pacific and Central Command’s Area of Operations, and a deployment to Okinawa under the Unit Deployment Program.


Colonel Cloutier graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Course in July 1993.


He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Course, the Field Artillery Captains Career Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia and the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.