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BrigGen R. A. Uribe Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force
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Brig. Gen. Uribe assumed his current duties in August 2017. He is from Hacienda Heights, CA and entered the Marine Corps in 1989 through the Platoon Leaders Class program at Cal Poly Pomona, earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He completed The Basic School in 1990 as his company's "Iron Mike" and was selected to participate on the U.S. military pentathlon team. In August 1992, he graduated from flight school on the Commodore's List for flight and academic distinction, earning his Gold Aviator Wings. Upon designation as a Naval Aviator, he was assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, for conversion training to the KC-130 Hercules.

In 1993, Brig. Gen. Uribe was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352) at MCAS El Toro, California, as the Logistics and Airframes Officer and Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and deployed to Kenya participating in Operations RESTORE HOPE, CONTINUE HOPE and DISTANT RUNNER.

During 1996, he was assigned to 1st Air-Naval Gunfire Liaison Company at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and served as the ANGLICO Detachment Commander with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  He deployed to the Western Pacific aboard the USS Peleliu and served as the liaison officer to Commander, Carrier Group 7, aboard the USS Nimitz.  Brig. Gen. Uribe participated in Operations SILENT ASSURANCE and SOUTHERN WATCH and supported numerous exercises in support of joint and coalition forces.

In 1999, he returned to VMGR-352 in MCAS Miramar, California, and graduated as a weapons and tactics instructor from Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-One.  With VMGR-352, he served as the director of safety and standardization, squadron WTI, operations officer, and group Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization evaluator.  He also deployed to Incirlik, Turkey, as the KC-130 Detachment Commander for Operation NORTHERN WATCH.

In 2001, Brig. Gen. Uribe was directed to head the operational evaluation of the KC-130J in Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, where he served as Director for KC-130 projects with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1). He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and Iraq supporting IRAQI FREEDOM, completed the operational evaluation, and was selected as the 2003 Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Tester of the Year.

In September 2004 Brig. Gen. Uribe was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation Plans & Policies in Washington DC.  He deployed as an individual augment to Al Anbar Province in Iraq as a Forward Air Controller in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM with the 1st Marine Division and served with numerous Marine, Coalition, Joint, Iraqi, and Special Operations units.  Upon completing an eight-month deployment he returned to the Pentagon at HQMC Aviation in May 2005 and served in the Aviation Requirements Branch.

Brig. Gen. Uribe commanded the Raiders of VMGR-352 from October 2006 to June 2008 supporting global operations. The Raiders were selected as the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron of the Year. He attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 2008-2009 and earned a Master's in Strategic Studies.  In 2009 he was assigned to the Joint Staff in the Pentagon and assumed duties as the executive assistant in the J-5 Directorate and was a Battle Captain in the National Military Command Center. From July 2011 through June 2013 he served as the deputy director for the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Staff Training Program at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Uribe returned to Miramar, California, and commanded Marine Aircraft Group 11 from June 2013 to July 2015. 

He was selected to his present rank and assumed the duties as the Inspector General of the Marine Corps in August 2015.  In May 2016, Brig. Gen. Uribe deployed to Iraq and served until June 2017 as the Deputy Commanding General, Operations; Director, Combined Joint Operations Center-Baghdad and Target Engagement Authority for the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

He has flown more than 4000 mishap-free flight hours; been awarded a number of personal, unit, and campaign decorations; and is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia.
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