University of Southern California
USC Department of Naval Science


Col Jonathan W. Hitesman

Commanding Officer



Colonel Jonathan W. Hitesman is from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and was then commissioned in 1990 through the NROTC program at Norwich University. Following the Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, he was assigned to the 3d Battalion, 3d Marines where he was assigned duties as a rifle platoon commander, Dragons Platoon Commander, and Weapons Company Executive Officer. He was then assigned as the Regimental TOW Platoon Commander and Anti-Armor Officer. Since transitioning to the Judge Advocate community, Colonel Hitesman has completed numerous legal assignments to include defense counsel, environmental counsel, and Staff Judge Advocate for several commands. From 2006-2007, Colonel Hitesman deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Regimental Judge Advocate, Regimental Combat Team 7, located in Al Anbar, Iraq. In 2007, Colonel Hitesman reported to the newly established US Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he served as the Deputy Legal Counsel focusing on operational and theater security cooperation legal issues. Colonel Hitesman then deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 as the SJA for the 2d Marine Division/Task Force Leatherneck located in Helmand, Afghanistan. Most recently, he served as the SJA for the II Marine Expeditionary Force. Colonel Hitesman is also a graduate of the University of Hawaii Law School (J.D.), Georgetown University Law Center (LLM), Air War College (distance program), and Marine Corps Command and Staff College (non-resident program).

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