CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Delphos native and United States Marine Corps Lt. Col. Brian P. Huysman recently assumed command of the Wounded Warrior Battalion (West) in a change of command ceremony.
He assumed the command at a Dec. 3 ceremony at the Wounded Warrior Complex, Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
“It is a tremendous honor to continue to serve our Marines and their families,” Huysman said.
Huysman, 40, lived in Delphos until 1998 and Columbus until 2002. Huysman is married and has two children. He is the son of Ronald and Barbara Huysman of Delphos.
Wounded Warrior Battalion (West) provides recovery support to wounded, ill and injured teammates and their family members in order to enable their successful return to full duty or transition to civilian life.
“It is important to be a part of something bigger than one’s self and to serve others and to be part of an amazing team which brings together people from all walks of life to accomplish incredible tasks and missions in austere and sometimes seemingly impossible circumstances,” Huysman said.
The organization was established in 2006 during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom and formally became a Marine Corps battalion in 2007. One of two wounded warrior battalions in the Marine Corps, Wounded Warrior Battalion (West) is assigned to the Wounded Warrior Regiment and Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs, both aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Though major combat operations for large parts of the Marine Corps have subsided across the Middle East and Southwest Asia, the battalion continues to support Marines, sailors and their families in recovery from a range of wounds, illnesses and injuries.
Huysman was raised in Delphos and is a graduate of St. John’s. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in June 2002 upon graduating from The Ohio State University Naval ROTC Program with a bachelor’s degree. Completing initial training in Virginia at the Basic Officer Course and Infantry Officer Course in 2003, he was assigned as an infantry officer with the First Marine Division in California.
Huysman completed five Fleet Marine Force deployments over three operational tours. He was assigned to First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment in California from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2009 through 2011. He was then assigned to First Battalion, Third Marine Regiment in Hawaii from 2016 to 2018. Huysman completed two tours of combat duty in Iraq, two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan and a deployment to Okinawa, Japan.
During supporting establishment duties, Huysman completed tours as an instructor and company commander at the Marine Corps’ School of Infantry in California, as a Defense Congressional Fellow for U.S. Senator Jack Reed (Rhode Island), a legislative liaison with legislative affairs for U.S. Special Operations Command, the expeditionary operations officer for Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific, and as a section leader at the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group. He completed military schooling with the U.S. Army in Georgia and at the Joint Forces Staff College in Virginia.
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