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He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” - Confucius


Lieutenant Colonel Singleton enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1977, attaining the rank of Sergeant.  2ndLt Singleton was designated a Field Artillery Officer and was directed to the Officer Basic Course, Ft Sill, OK. Upon graduation, he reported for duty as a Forward Observer with Battery C, 1st Bn, 10th MAR. While assigned to 10th MAR, 1stLt Singleton served as Forward Observer, AXO,  Guns Platoon Commander, and Battery  Executive Officer.  In 1983, as a member of Co “A” 1st Bn 8th Marines, BLT-1/8, 24 MAU, 1st Lt SIngleton served as the Weapons Platoon  in Beirut, Lebanon as part of the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force.   He also served as the Reaction Force Platoon Commander for the BLT Headquarters and led the rescue effort of an ambushed U.S. medical convoy on 17 October 1983 and the tragic bombing of the BLT Headquarters on 23 October 1983. Having participated in numerous operations and deployments, 1stLt Singleton was selected to serve as the Junior Aide-de Camp/Protocol Officer for the Commanding General 2DMARDIV. 

In late 1985, 1stLt Singleton reported to the USMC Detachment, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Basic Tactics Branch, for duty as a Tactics Instructor. In 1988, then Captain Singleton, attended the Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia. He completed AWS in June 1989, and in July reported for duty with 1st Bn, (REIN) 12th MAR in Kaneohe, HI. Captain Singleton served as the Commanding Officer, Battery “B” 1st Bn (REIN) 12th MAR.  During Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, while serving as the Commanding Officer of Battery “B” Captain Singleton organized and personally led a highly successful joint Air and Artillery Raid against an Iraqi Armored Battalion, resulting in the complete destruction of a two Mechanized Infantry Companies, an Armored Battalion Command Post, and subsequent disruption of vital Iraqi tactical communications.  In August 1991 Capatain Singleton reported to HQ Co, 3D MAR for duty as the Regimental S-3A, OIC, Special Training Section, and eventually as the 3D MAR Regimental Fire Support Coordinator.

In June 1993, Major Singleton was selected by HQMC and transferred to HHC, 75th RANGER RGT, Fort Benning, Georgia for duty as the USMC Fire Support Exchange Officer.  In this capacity, he participated in numerous classified and unclassified Special Operations training exercises; specifically “ATLANTIC RESOLVE”, and three Joint Readiness Training Center Exercises in Fort Polk, Louisiana from 1993-1996.  During these exercises, Major Singleton was continually recognized as an expert in the execution and implementation of Naval Gunfire, Special Operations Rotary-Wing Fire Support/Fixed-Wing  Close Air Support.  Major Singleton also assisted in the planning and preparation for Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY.  In August 1996, Major Singleton was selected to attend the Naval Command and Staff course at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island.   Upon completion in 1997, and having been awarded the James V. Forrestal Award for Excellence in Force Planning, Major Singleton  then reported to HQ BN, HQMC and or duty  as the Aide, Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Resources, and Ground Combat Programs Analyst ; RPB, P&R HQMC.   In June 1999, Lieutenant Colonel Singleton reported to the Commanding Officer, 10th MAR REGT for duty as the Commanding Officer, 2D Bn 10th MAR.  During this period Lieutenant Colonel Singleton led his Battalion through two back to back Combined Arms Exercises at MCAGTC, Twenty-Nine Palms, California in January 2000, and Operation “DYNAMIC MIX” in Greece in May 2000.  Selected to attend the U.S. Army War College after successful command, Lieutenant Colonel Singleton was ordered to Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in August 2001.  Upon graduation in June 2002, he was awarded the Army War College Executive Speaking Award. His last assignment prior to retirement was Senior Marine Corps Representative for Special Operations at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He was selected for this position by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans Policies and Operations, HQMC, Lieutenant General Emil R. Bedard USMC.  In this capacity he also served as the Marine Corps Advisor to the Commanding General U. S. Army Special Operations Command, Commanding General, U. S. Army Special Forces Command, and Commanding General, U. S. Army J.F.K. Special Warfare Center and School.  Lieutenant Colonel Singleton retired on 1 July 2004.


M.A., U.S. Army War College

M.A., U.S. Naval War College

Interesting Facts

Lead Instructor Sniper/Counter Sniper Horry County Police Department

Senior Advisor for Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Horry County Police Department

Board of Directors Bucksport Water System

Board of Directors Shoreline Behavioral Health Services

Teaching Areas

World Politics, U.S. History, European History, American Politics, Terrorism/Counter-Terrorism, The Military Interagency Process, Sniper/Counter Sniper Operations, Special Operations, Special Operations Fire Support, Rotary-Wing close-in fire support, CAS, Artillery, Joint Special Operations, Joint Fires, Joint Command and Control

Research Areas

Middle Eastern Studies