Leadership
Commanding Officer, 1st Radio Battalion
Lt. Col. Benjamin R. Heredia

Lieutenant Colonel Heredia was born in El Paso, Texas and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1993. Following completion of Recruit Training, Marine Combat Training (MCT), and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) schooling, he was stationed at Yuma, Arizona with 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion (1st LAAM Battalion) in 1994, where he served as a HAWK Missile System Operator and Section Chief.  After three years at 1st LAAM Battalion, he was selected to become an MOS Instructor for both officer and enlisted, and reported to Marine Corps Detachment, Fort Bliss, Texas in 1997.  After depletion of the HAWK MOS, he became a Military Police/Correctional Specialist at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas in 1999.  That same year, he reported to Security Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California where he served as a Brig Supervisor and Platoon Sergeant.  While at Camp Pendleton, he was accepted to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP).  After completion of Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Quantico, Virginia, he reported to the University of New Mexico, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2001.   

Following Lieutenant Colonel Heredia’s commissioning in 2003, he attended The Basic School (TBS) at Quantico, Virginia and completed the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence (CI/HUMINT) Course at Dam Neck, Virginia.  He reported to 1st Intelligence Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California in 2004, where he deployed twice to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and served as a HUMINT Exploitation Team (HET) Commander in support of 1st Battalion 5th Marines, Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2005 and served as the Tactical Control Element (TCE)/Platoon Commander in support of Regimental Combat Team 7 & 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, Al Asad, Iraq in 2006.  His last assignment with 1st Intelligence Battalion was Executive Officer, 1st CI/HUMINT Company.

In July 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Heredia was selected to command the Marine Corps Detachment, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, responsible for all resident Marine Corps activities, intelligence and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) training.  After 3 years of command, he attended Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) at Quantico, Virginia in 2010 and subsequently attended the MAGTF Intelligence Officer Course (MIOC) at Dam Neck, Virginia.  After completion of MIOC, he reported to III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) G-2, Okinawa, Japan in 2011 to serve as the MEF G2X or CI/HUMINT Officer.

During his III MEF tour, Lieutenant Colonel Heredia deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines (OEF-P) in November 2011 serving as the J2 for Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines (JSOTF-P) in the Southern Philippines.  After his JSOTF-P deployment in 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Heredia continued to serve in various joint and combined exercises as the J2X and Task Force Counterintelligence Coordinating Authority (TFCICA) throughout the Pacific theater.  In November of 2013, in response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, he served as the J2 Operations Officer for Joint Task Force – 505 (JTF-505) for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in support of Operation Damayan.

After Intermediate Level Education (ILE) selection, Lieutenant Colonel Heredia reported to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to attend the Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in July 2014.  While at CGSC, he was selected to command Recruiting Station (RS) Denver, Colorado and reported in June 2015.

Upon successful RS Command for 3 years, Lieutenant Colonel Heredia reported to 1st Radio Battalion in July 2018 to serve as the Operations Officer.  After one year in the seat, Lieutenant Colonel Heredia was elevated to become the I MEF G-2 Operations Officer in July 2019.  In August 2019, he was selected to command 1st Radio Battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel Heredia is a graduate of both nonresident and resident Expeditionary Warfare School, nonresident Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the resident Army Command and General Staff College.  He holds a baccalaureate degree in Criminology from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science degree in Leadership Management from Central Michigan University.

Lieutenant Colonel Heredia’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4th award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.  He was named the Marine Corps Intelligence Officer of the Year for 2006.