Lieutenant Colonel John Bacon, Jr. enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1994. After recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, he served as a Hydraulic and Structural Mechanic at Helicopter Marine Light Attack Squadron 367, Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton California. In 1998, Sergeant Bacon was accepted into the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, and in 2001 he graduated from The Citadel and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant.
Following The Basic School, Second Lieutenant Bacon was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 (MALS-13) where he was assigned as the Supply Response Division Officer and the Repairables Management Division Officer. While serving at MALS-13, he deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation Unified Assistance.
In 2006, Captain Bacon transferred to the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a Master of Business Administration in Material Logistics and after completion of his studies transferred to Marine Corps Logistics Command in Albany, GA. While assigned to Marine Corps Logistics Command, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as the Marine Corps Logistics Command-Fwd Operations Officer aboard Al Taqaddum, Iraq.
In 2010, Captain Bacon reported to MALS-24 in Kaneohe Bay, HI as the Aviation Supply Officer. While serving with MALS-24, he was promoted to Major and supervised a complete transformation of the flightline at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay that included the sundown of the CH-53D, the stand up of a CH-53E Squadron, the transfer of HMLA-367 from Camp Pendleton to Hawaii; all while supporting multiple squadron deployments to Operation Enduring Freedom, and the first deployment of Marine Rotational Force Darwin.
In 2014, Major Bacon was selected for the Congressional Fellowship Program where he served as a Military Fellow in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman J. Randy Forbes. While serving in the office of Congressman Forbes, he advised him on all matters pertaining to the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Additionally he provided critical input to him on the need for additional funding for Navy L-Class Ships.
In 2016, Major Bacon reported to Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation where he served as the Aide de Camp for the Deputy Commandant for Marine Aviation for one year, and then served as an Action Officer for H-1 and F-35 aircraft. In 2018, Lieutenant Colonel Bacon was promoted to his current rank and was selected for Command of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13.
Lieutenant Colonel Bacon’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals.