DIRECTOR AT LARGE - QUANTICO LUNCHEONS (LESTER NIBLOCK)
Born in Roswell, New Mexico, Colonel Niblock graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He was commissioned a second lieutenant, through the Platoon Leader Class program, in May 1981. After completion of The Basic School, Flight School, and HMT-301, Colonel Niblock was designated a CH-46 “second pilot.” In his first “fleet” tour with HMM-164, he served as an Intel Officer and Admin Officer, deployed aboard the USS Okinawa to WestPac, and earned the “helicopter aircraft commander” designation. Following augmentation, Colonel Niblock was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines as a forward air controller.
Upon completion of a unit deployment to Okinawa with 1st Battalion/7th Marines, Colonel Niblock was assigned to the Navy’s Primary Flight Training Squadron TWO as an instructor pilot, Flight Schedules Officer, and Standardization Officer. He was chosen as the VT-2 Primary Flight Instructor of the Year in 1989.
Colonel Niblock’s second “fleet” tour was with HMM-265 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, from 1991-1994, where he served as the squadron logistic officer, operations officer, and weapons and tactic instructor. Following his second tour of duty in the operating forces, Colonel Niblock proceeded to MAWTS-1 as the CH-46 Division Head for four Weapons and Tactics Courses of instruction and the MAWTS-1 Academic Department Head for two Weapons and Tactics Courses of instruction.
Leaving MAWTS-1 in the heat of July 1997, Colonel Niblock joined MAG 42, Detachment B as the executive officer. In his most recent assignment with the operating forces from 1999-2002, Colonel Niblock commanded Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265(Reinforced), Aviation Combat Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Okinawa, Japan.
Following his tour of duty in Okinawa, Colonel Niblock attended the Marine Corps War College and remained with the Marine Corps University to serve as the DeputyDirector of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Director of the Marine Corps War College, Quantico, VA. In 2006, Colonel Niblock moved to Stuttgart, Germany where he served as the US European Command, Chief of War Plans from 2006-2009 and Marine Corps Forces Europe, Chief of Staff 2009-2010. Colonel Niblock returned in June 2010 to the States and joined the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab as the Deputy, Marine Corps Wargaming, where he retired in July 2011.
Colonel Niblock has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two gold stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars. Additionally, Colonel Niblock has been recognized for 5000 Mishap-Free Flight Hours and 3000 Flight Hours in a CH-46.
Colonel Niblock transitioned from the Marine Corps and joined CGI Federal’s USMC Account as their Business Development Manager.