“Camp Lejeune Command” describes Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Dunn’s life as an Artillery Battalion Commander at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina during the early 1990’s. The book starts the summer before the family moves to Jacksonville, NC while still stationed at Fort Monmouth, NJ. Dunn describes his daily activities and the feelings associated with those activities, while commanding 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2d Marine Division. This is a great read about command, family and of course, the United States Marine Corps.
Kenneth D. Dunn is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Upon his graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1974, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and served in the U. S. Marine Corps for 30 years, retiring in July 2004. He served as an artillery officer and commanded 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 1993-95, and Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, Virginia, 1998-2000. From 2001-2003, he served as the Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan. In retirement, Dr. Dunn has worked as a civilian analyst at Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps. He now serves in the Manpower Plans and Policy Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps.
Dr. Dunn earned two masters degrees: one in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University (1978), the other in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University (1996), as well as a Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University (2008). He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (1987) and the National War College (1996). Dr. Dunn also served as an instructor at Amphibious Warfare School (1984-86) and as Professor of Military Strategy and Land Combat Systems, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University (1996-98).
His present position is the Director, Marine Corps Leadership Seminar which is an outreach effort to showcase Marine Corps Leadership to select, diverse colleges and universities in the United States. Leadership seminars have been conducted in Atlanta, St. Louis, Orlando, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Houston, Richmond and Seattle. In 2012, Dr. Dunn began and continues to work as an Adjunct Professor, Marine Corps University, teaching Command and Staff College students. In 2018, Dr. Dunn developed an elective for Command and Staff College, “Marine Corps Great Leaders: Montford Point Forward.” He subsequently prepared that same course for the College of Distance Education and Training in 2019 for on-line distribution.
He is a life member of the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Marine Corps Association, the National Naval Officers Association and the Montford Point Marine Association.
Dr. Dunn is married to the former Connie Brandford of Annapolis, Maryland. They have three children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Northern Virginia.
He enjoys reading, writing, American history, sports, coaching and family-related activities. He published an article, Predeployment Training Lessons, in the January, 2006 edition of the Marine Corps Gazette and Marine Corps Total Force System: The Gold Standard in the June 2010 edition.
Dr. Dunn published his first book, Camp Lejeune Command: Commander’s Notes 1992 – 1995, in May 2015.
Dr. Dunn was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame, Boys and Girls Clubs of America in May 2011.