5th Marine Regiment Command Desk

Meet the Commanding Officer and Sergeant Major

Colonel Rob Weiler, Commanding Officer,

Colonel Rob Weiler enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1992 obtaining the rank of corporal. He was commissioned a Marine Second Lieutenant in December of 1995 upon graduation from George Mason University in Virginia, his home state. Colonel Weiler completed The Basic School in September of 1995 and subsequently completed the Infantry Officer Course. He reported to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines and served as 1st Platoon Commander, Company A and deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and again with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Executive Officer of Company A. In April of 2000, Colonel Weiler reported to Officer Candidates School and held the billets of Assistant Operations Officer, Platoon Commander, and Company Executive Officer. In January 2002, he reported to the United States Senate as a Military Legislative Fellow assisting with Foreign Policy, Veteran’s’ Affairs, and Defense issues for Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska. Upon completion of the fellowship, Colonel Weiler attended the Advanced Armor Captain’s Career Course in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

In June 2003, Colonel Weiler reported for duty with 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He assumed command of Weapons Company and transitioned it into the Mobile Assault Company and prepared them for combat operations in Iraq. Colonel Weiler led the Mobile Assault Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Ar Ramadi, Iraq before being assigned as the Battalion Operations Officer in November 2005. As the BLT’s Operations Officer he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

In January 2006, Colonel Weiler reported to Weapons Company, 2d Battalion, 24th Marines as the Inspector-Instructor where he later assumed command of the company and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In June of 2008, Colonel Weiler departed Iraq and reported to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College followed by the School of Advanced Warfighting. Upon completion of the School of Advanced Warfighting, he reported to 1st Marine Logistics Group where he deployed to Afghanistan twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as an operational planner.

Colonel Weiler took command of 2d Battalion, 4th Marines on 22 June 2012 and deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.  Following command, he graduated from the Marine Corps War College in 2015 then served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Strategy and Force Development for three years.  Colonel Weiler just completed a short tour as the Director of Inspections, Inspector General of the Marine Corps.

His personal awards include the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medals, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals with combat distinguishing device, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Sergeant Major Justin L. Stokes,

Sergeant Major Justin L. Stokes is a native of Mason City, Iowa.  He enlisted in October 1994 and underwent Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California.
 

In March 1995, Sergeant Major Stokes completed Motor Transport Operator’s Course aboard Camp Johnson, North Carolina.  He was ordered to Battery B, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, Camp Pendleton, California.  In October of 1995, Sergeant Major Stokes deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Battalion Landing Team 1/1.  In May of 1998 Sergeant Major Stokes again deployed, this time with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Battalion Landing Team 3/1. 

 

In March 1999, Sergeant Major Stokes attended Marine Security Guard School at Quantico, Virginia, and was assigned to American Embassy Abidjan Cote d’ Ivoire, Africa.  In September of 2000, Sergeant  Major Stokes was reassigned to American Consulate Frankfurt, Germany.  In December of 2001, Sergeant  Major Stokes was again reassigned, this time to American Embassy Vienna, Austria and in January 2002 was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. 

 

In April 2003, Sergeant Major Stokes was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California.  While assigned to 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, Sergeant Major  Stokes deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Upon completion of his third Iraq deployment, Sergeant Major Stokes reported to Motor Vehicle Operator’s Course, Marine Corps Detachment, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in August 2006 and was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in November of the same year.  During this tour, Sergeant Major Stokes served as an instructor and as the Academics Chief.  

 

Upon being frocked to First Sergeant in May 2010, Sergeant Major Stokes was assigned to Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, 3D Marine Division.  In August of 2010 Sergeant Major Stokes deployed to Helmond Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  In December of 2012 Sergeant Major Stokes was assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, Combat Assault Battalion.  

 

Sergeant Major Stokes reported to I&I, Rock Island, Illinois, Combat Logistics Battalion 451, Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group for duty in March 2013 as the Inspector-Instructor First Sergeant.

 

Sergeant Major Stokes reported to Combat Logistics Battalion 11 in August 2015.  During this tour, Sergeant Major Stokes participated in West PAC 16-2, in support of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  

Sergeant Major Stokes reported to 5th Battalion, 11th Marines on December 12, 2017.

 Sergeant Major Stokes reported to 5th Marine Regiment on June 12, 2019 to assume the post as the 5th Marines Sergeant Major.

 Sergeant Major Stokes’ personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal with one gold star and combat distinguishing device, Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star, and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

About the 5th Marine Regiment Command Desk

The 5th Marine Regiment is comprised of a Command Deck, Headquarters Company and 4 Battalions which might, at any one given time, constitute 4,000-5,000 Marines. Until such time as any one of the 5th Marines 4 Battalions, Command and/or the Headquarters Company are deployed, each are located at Camp Pendleton.

When the 5th Marine Command and Headquarters Company are deployed in a Combat Zone they are then referred to as Regimental Combat Team Five or RCT-5. The CO retains Command over each of  his four Regimental Battalions while he is deployed. An In-Country Tour for RCT-5 is normally 12 months or more. For the Units under that Command structure, their Tour is normally 7 months. These combat elements may come from other Regular or Reserve Units here in the States or elsewhere, and the CO may, during his Tour not Command any one of his 4 Battalions while In-Country.

The 4 Battalions which comprise the 5th MAR are the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines (1/5), 2/5, 3/5, and 2/4. All, including the Command, are located at Camp Pendleton in Area 62 or Camp Mateo. This compound is located just inside the Christianitos Gate.