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Col. Stephen E. Redifer will assume command of the Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) at Naval Support Facility Indian Head in a formal change of command ceremony May 21. He relieves Col. Peter Ahern who has led CBIRF since June 2010.

Col. Redifer reports to CBIRF from his previous assignment as deputy director for the Budget and Execution Division at Headquarters Marine Corps.

Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Col. Redifer attended Auburn University and upon graduation in December 1990 was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He completed The Basic School in 1991 and the Armor Officer Basic Course in 1992.

Col. Redifer’s first assignment was to 3d Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division in Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., where he served as an M1A1 Tank and AT(TOW) platoon commander. He deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993 as the tank platoon commander in support of Operation Restore Hope.

In 1994, Col. Redifer reported for duty at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Yorktown, Va., where he served as the deputy security officer for operations and as a platoon commander in Marine Corps Security Force Company Yorktown. He subsequently attended the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, prior to reporting to 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he served as Commanding Officer, Company A and as the Battalion Logistics (S-4) Officer.

Col. Redifer next attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. where he studied physics and space systems operations, graduating in 2002. He was then assigned as the joint space plans officer in the Information Operations and Space Integration Branch, Plans, Policies, and Operations Department at Headquarters Marine Corps.

Beginning in June 2005, Col. Redifer served as the S-3 and Executive Officer, 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division until July 2006 when he assumed the duties as G-3 Operations Officer, 2d Marine Division. He deployed in January 2007 to Operation Iraqi Freedom as the II MEF(FWD) G-3 Deputy Current Operations Officer.

In June 2008, Col. Redifer assumed command of Region 8 (Central Europe), Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany. He relinquished command in June 2010, and he was ordered to Maxwell AFB, Ala. where he attended the Air War College from June 2010 until June 2011 prior to his assignment as deputy director for the Budget and Execution Division at Headquarters Marine Corps.

Col. Redifer’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three stars in lieu of fourth award, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, and the Combat Action Ribbon.