Lt. Col. Brian M. Winter, son of Chuck and Marilyn Winter of Sunnyside, assumed command of the USMCR 4th Tank Battalion on July 16. The battalion is based at Miramar, Calif.
This past Sunday morning the graduate of White Swan High School and Central Washington University spoke at a Veteran's Day service at Harrah Grace Brethren Church at which his father pastored for several years.
In his civilian occupation, Winter is a patrol lieutenant for the Yakima County Sheriff's Office and a team leader for the Water Response Team. He and his family reside in Selah.
Winter's first assignment in 1984 with the military was as rifle platoon commander with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. He left active duty in 1986 and immediately joined Bravo Company with the 4th Tank Battalion in Yakima as a tank platoon commander. He served with that unit for eight years in various capacities.
When Company B was activated in late 1990 for Operation Desert Shield, Winter was assigned as its executive officer. After seeing combat for the first time during Desert Storm, the unit returned and Winter served as commanding officer for the next three and a half years.
He received promotion to Major, then Lt. Col. in 2003. In 2004 he joined the I MEF Augmentation Command Element and was activated and deployed for OIF II as the I MEF Provost Marshal and Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Officer at Camp Fallujah, Iraq.
He is a 2006 graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.