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Years of service  1976–present
Rank  Lieutenant General
Name  John Toolan

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Allegiance  United States of America
Battles/wars  Iraq War War in Afghanistan
Awards  Defense Superior Service Medal (2) Legion of Merit with Valor (2) Meritorious Service Medal (3) Navy Achievement Medal Combat Action Ribbon
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Battles and wars  Iraq War, War in Afghanistan
Commands held  United States Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
Similar People  Mohammad Gulab Mangal, John Lorimer, Dadullah, Akhtar Mohammad Osmani, Abdul Ghani Baradar

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John A. Toolan Jr. (born January 28, 1954) is a retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant general , whose final post was as the Commanding General, United States Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.


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Career Highlights

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Toolan joined the Marine Corps in 1976, and graduated from the Basic School in April 1977. His first assignment was with the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines in Okinawa, Japan. After three years service at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, he served as company commander of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines from 1982-1984.

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Saw service in the Persian Gulf War in 1991 before taking command of the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. He also served on the Supreme Allied Headquarters in Europe.

Iraq War

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In 2003, he served as the Chief of Staff for 1st Marine Division during the march to Baghdad as part of the Iraq War serving under Major General James Mattis. In 2004, he commanded 1st Marine Regiment during the First Battle of Fallujah.

War in Afghanistan

From March 2011 to March 2012, he commanded Regional Command Southwest during the War in Afghanistan.

Other assignments

He served as Director of Command and Staff College at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

In September 2012, he took command of I Marine Expeditionary Force.

General Toolan retired on October 1, 2016.


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