Engineer School welcomes new commanding officer

16 Sep 2010 | Lance Cpl. Victor A. Barrera

Brig. Gen. Michael M. Brogan, commanding general of Training and Education Command, passed the Marine Corps Engineer School’s guidon to Col. Pete Ramey, who assumed command of the school during a ceremony at Ellis Field aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Sept. 16.

The previous commanding officer for the school had retired and while the school was looking for a replacement, Lt. Col. Timothy Seamon was chosen to be the acting commanding officer. Now, Ramey will pick up where Seamon left off and continue to ensure that the Marines going through the school receive the best training.

“I’m not here to rock the schoolhouse; I’m just building on what all the great leaders before me have done,” said Ramey. “It’s an honor to be back as a commander for the same unit I was in as a lieutenant, and I’m also glad to be back in Camp Lejeune after 17 years.”

Ramey was born in Anderson, Ind., and enlisted into the Marine Corps after high school. After completing recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in October 1978, he earned his bachelor’s degree and was commissioned in 1984.

Ramey was stationed with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 6th, 8th and 9th Engineer Support Battalions, the Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and I and III Marine Expeditionary Forces.

His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of his third award, Joint Service Commendation Medal with a bronze oak leaf cluster, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.