Colonel (Retired) US Marine Corps, Founder/Managing Partner - JC3

John Coleman has over four decades of combined experience in military and business operations from service in both the US Government and the private sector. Formerly a US Marine Infantry Officer, John was known and widely recognized throughout the Corps as a visionary Officer and leading innovator in the exploitation of digital technology. Highlighting this expertise in the latter stage of his 30-year career, John was posted as the Chief of Staff, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1st MEF) for the first two years of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  

Since retirement from government service, John has held several senior executive roles and served on company boards focused on the development and delivery of advanced and resilient radio systems in directly contested spectrum.  

John attended the Virginia Military Institute earning a BA in Economics.  He is also a graduate of U.S. Marine Amphibious Warfare School, U.S. Army Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, and the U.S. Naval War College. He’s earned master’s in military arts and Science, and in National Security and Strategic Studies. His personal decorations include the award of the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (second award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (second and third awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Regarding the DSM, a decoration normally conferred to Marine General Officers, John was only the fifth Marine Colonel to receive that award since the end of the Vietnam War. He and his wife Teri raised four children, Christina, Jay, Robby, and Lara and currently reside in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.