GySgt John O'Donnell

GySgt John O'Donnell

Dates of Service: Nov 1990 - Dec 2012
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Gunnery Sergeant John P. O’Donnell enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1990 and retired in December 2012. During his service he was a member of every element/unit type in the Marine Corps (Infantry, Artillery, Combat Logistics, Aviation, Special Operations, Recruiting, and Instructor Cadre). In retirement, he continues to serve in & out of uniform as a County Coordinator for Toys for Tots. -Toys for Tots Coordinator for Lamar and Delta County, Tx. -Judge Advocate, Sergeant Jay M. Hoskins Marine Corps League Detachment, Paris, Tx.

Military Experiences

Jan 2013 - Present
Toys for Tots Coordinator
-Coordinates and supervises annual gift giving initiatives in support of 2,500+ low income/disadvantaged children for Lamar County and Delta, TX. -Forms committees / teams and develop a plan of action for the community support requirements. -Manages all budgetary requirements to include fiscal, contracting, in-kind donations. - Facilitates logistics team and managed volunteer support and supplies such as: ID’s, shirts, hats, banners. -Oversees drop-off site locations & schedules, transportation, and insurance requirements. -Leads operation team maintaining schedule of events, assigning support staff, and responding to local inquiries (from the media and/or sponsors) -Coordinated and reviewed all radio, television, and newspaper schedules, interviews, & appearances. -Ensured that volunteer
Jul 2010 - Dec 2012
6th Transpo
Operations & Training Chief / Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO)
He transferred to his final assignment in Texarkana, Texas in July 2010 where he served as the Operations/Training Chief and Marine Corps Anti-Terrorism Officer for the region until November 2012. During his tour, he supported the training and deployment of members of the Marine Corps Reserve and provided liaison to law enforcement, emergency management, and anti-terrorism agencies in the region.
Aug 2009 - Jun 2010
Operations Chief (S3)
In May 2007, Gunnery Sergeant O’Donnell was transferred to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Camp Pendleton, CA. He deployed to Iraq in August 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as a Senior Watch Officer in the Base Defense Operations Center at Al Asad Airbase. In this billet, he supervised the security of 17,000 personnel on the largest Marine Corps installation in Iraq. During his tour he was in direct support of the historical visit made by President George W. Bush to Iraq in September 2007. In March 2008, he was assigned Squadron Motor Transport Chief and Company First Sergeant for Motor Transport Company until August 2009 when he took the helm as the unit’s S-3 Operations Chief.
Jan 2009 - Aug 2009
Motor Transport Chief
Managed 35 personnel and $3.2 million dollars worth of transportation asset and equipment in support of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing


(2 years, 9 months)
Jul 2007 - Mar 2008
Iraq ribbon
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Marine Wing Security Battalion -372 (Al Asad Airbase)
Feb 2003 - Jul 2003
Iraq ribbon
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
5th Battalion, 11th Marines 1st Marine Division (Task Force Tripoli)
Dec 1997 - Jan 1998
Iraq ribbon
Operation Southern Watch
13th MEU (SOC), 1ST ANGLICO Detachment
Oct 1997 - Nov 1997
Operation Silent Assurance
13th MEU (SOC), 1st ANGLICO Detachment

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools

Sep 2010 - Oct 2010

Anti Terrorism Officer Course

Feb 2009 - Apr 2009

Mar 2001 - Apr 2001

Individual & Special Skill Schools

Nov 2009

Naval Security Manager

May 1997 - Jun 1997

Apr 1997 - May 1997

Fire Support Coordinator Course



Basic first Aid




Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach (BRC/BRC2/3WBRC)


FEMA Incident Command System 100-400

Foreign Language Skills



Security Clearance
Prefer not to say

Academic Degrees

Academic Degrees

2013 - 2015

Texas A&M University – Commerce

Bachelors Applied Arts and Sciences, Logistics Management