Major Lane Avery
Executive Officer/Marine Instructor
Major Lane Avery enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in July 2004 as an Aviation Mechanic. He served with VMGR-234 out of Naval Air Station Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas. Major Avery graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009.
Major Avery commissioned in August 2010 and, after completion of The Basic School and Field Artillery Basic Officer’s Course, was assigned to 3d Battalion, 11th Marines in Twentynine Palms, California. From November of 2011 to October of 2012, Major Avery served as a Forward Observer with 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon return from deployment, Major Avery was reassigned to Battery I, where he served as the Guns Platoon Commander and Battery Executive Officer. Major Avery deployed with Battery I in October 2013 to Japan and South Korea in support of the Unit Deployment Program.
In July of 2014, Major Avery reported to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Pendleton, California, where he served as the battalion’s Fire Support Coordinator and Assistant Operations Officer. From June 2016 to May 2017, Major Avery was assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Theater Special Operations Command Liasion Officer. In this role, he deployed forward to the staffs of Special Operations Command Pacific and Joint Special Operations Task Force Arabian Peninsula, where he conducted Theater Security Cooperation and crisis-response planning.
In July of 2017, Major Avery reported to 1st Battalion, 11th Marines where he served as Battalion Fire Support Officer for 3d Battalion, 1st Marines and deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit in July 2018 to the Indo-Pacific and Central Command Areas of Responsibility. Upon return from deployment, Major Avery assumed command of Battery I (3/12) in May 2019. While under Major Avery’s command, Battery I supported multiple service-level exercises, a strategic Maritime Pre-Positioning Force offload, and bilateral training in the United Arab Emirates. In July of 2020, Major Avery assumed duties as the commander of Field and Weapons Training Company, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
In June of 2021, Major Avery assumed his current duties as the Executive Officer and Marine Officer Instructor of the NROTC program at UC Berkeley.
Major Avery’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), as well as various personal, campaign, and service decorations. Major Avery is a recipient of The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, a Distinguished Graduate of the Expeditionary Warfare School BSP, and a graduate of the Marine Corps’ Weapons and Tactics Instructor course.