Doug Cullins is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer, law student, father and husband. He was decorated for valor and awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds received during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a passionate advocate for wounded warriors and veterans, recognized and supported by Members of Congress, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the current and former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and numerous non-profit organizations.


P R O F E S S I O N A L   E X P E R I E N C E

Special Advisor to USMC Wounded Warrior Programs   Jul 2010 – Present

Washington D.C.

  • Served as special advisor to Assistant Commandant of the United States Marine Corps on issues regarding wounded warrior care initiatives and policy decisions.

  • Selected as a panelist for the National Football League and Department of Defense traumatic brain injury awareness campaign.

  • Selected to advise the USMC General Officers Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) awareness and treatment continuums.

  • Designed and implemented a service-wide USMC TBI/PTSD awareness campaign

USMC Wounded Warrior Battalion                                                   Sept 2014 – Sept 2016

Camp Pendleton, CA

  • Served as mentor and peer counselor to wounded and ill service members

  • Liaison and battalion representative to numerous local community organizations supporting the Wounded Warrior Regiment and Camp Pendleton Marines.

  • Trained and competed in the 2015 USMC Wounded Warrior Marine Corps Trials.

  • Accepted for admission into the School of Law, University of San Diego while continuing rehabilitation from wounds received in action

Plans Officer                                                                                                  July 2014 – Sept 2014

1st Marine Division, USMC, Camp Pendleton, CA

  • Led multiple Operational Planning Teams through the use of the Marine Corps Planning Process, which resulted in 100% mission capable evaluations.

  • Planned and supervised the deployment of thousands Marines and several Marine Air-Ground Task Forces in support of  Operation Continuing Resolve, Operation Enduring Freedom, and other global contingency operations

  • Planned, coordinated, and facilitated Concept Development and Planning Conferences as well as smaller operational planning teams to design the scheme of maneuver for several division training exercises, consisting of over 15,000 personnel

  • Provided solutions to multiple obstacles related to exercise design and exercise implementation of Air Contingency Forces for crisis response.

  • Sourced Global Force Management requirements and developed Time Phases Force Deployment Data options for USMC personnel worldwide.

Student, USMC School of Advanced Warfighting                                July 2013 - June 2014

Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA

  • Completed Masters Degree while at School of      Advanced Warfighting (SAW) curriculum focused on Operational Art and the conduct of campaigns at the Operational Level of War.

  • Mastered higher level command and staff planning through a comprehensive education consisting of campaign analysis, operational planning, the study of  military innovation, and critical thinking with a specific emphasis on complex problem solving.

  • Developed and refined communication skills through graduate level research/writing and General Officer level briefings.

  • Developed and presented analysis of future warfighting issues including their potential doctrinal, organizational, training, material, operational practice, and technological aspects.

Student, USMC Command and Staff College                                          July 2012 - June 2013

Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA

  • Completed Masters Degree (With Distinction)while attending joint professional military education course to prepare for command and staff assignments in joint, multi-national and higher level Marine Air-Ground Task Forces headquarters

  • Assimilated concepts and theories and related them to professional war fighting through small group seminars, written assignments, oral presentations, practical applications, case study analysis and war gaming exercises.

  • Applied critical reasoning and creative thinking to complex and uncertain problems.

Faculty, USMC Expeditionary Warfare School                                       July 2009 - July 2012

Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA

  • Faculty Advisor and formal instructor for 720 students during a 40-week resident career level professional military school.

  • Guided a 15-student conference group through over 200 hours of professional discussions and 20 practical exercises.

  • Served as a Squad Advisor during EWS advanced infantry training. Mentored and instructed infantry officers throughout the range of military operations. Instructed and mentored 240 students on combined arms integration by supervising the conduct of the EWS fire support coordination center practical exercise.

Company Commander                                                                                Jan 2007 – June 2009

3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, USMC, 29 Palms, CA

  • Completed two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one deployment to the Republic of South Korea.

  • Led over 1800 combat patrols in Ar Ramadi, Iraq including route clearance, contact patrols, battalion quick reaction force missions, EOD escort, VIP security escorts and sniper missions.

  • Captured 5 battalion high value targets and numerous enemy arms caches.

  • Managed over $50,000,000 in civil affairs projects while implementing a comprehensive city services reconstruction plan.

  • Served as advisor to the governor of Ar Ramadi and several Iraqi city councils.

  • Supervised the West Ramadi Iraqi Police Station and led over 300 police officers; Secured polling sites for Iraqi Elections

Student, USMC Expeditionary Warfare School Aug 2006 – Jan 2007

Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA

  • Selected as a student at a 40-week, resident, career level professional military school focused on career development and Marine Air-Ground Task Force operations

  • Selected to graduate 5 months early in order to deploy as a company commander with 3rd Bn,

  • 7th Marines to Ar Ramadi, Iraq in support of President Bush’s 2007 troop surge.

Officer in Charge, LAV Crewman Course                                             July 2005 – July 2006

Light Armored Vehicle Training Company, USMC, Camp Pendleton, CA

  • Trained and certified 250 LAV Crewman in accordance with MOS Manual standards.

  • Graduated first in class while attending US Army Cavalry Leaders Course

  • Significantly increases the maintenance readiness percentage through a comprehensive inspection and reconciliation program.

  • Assisted in the development of the new LAV Advanced Gunnery Training System.

Company Commander, Headquarters and Instructor Company         July 2004 - June 2005

Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry USMC, Camp Pendleton, CA

  • Designed and implemented the 0351/0352 MOS realignment in support of operating forces.

  • Supervised the implementation of the Combat Marksmanship Training Package

  • Developed a new defensive training exercise that incorporated a patrol base, new routes and increased efficiency.

  • Oversaw the daily training and operations of four training companies

  • Successfully led, trained, and graduated over 1700 Marines in support of the Operating Forces

  • Conducted periodic evaluations of the course of instruction to maximize training efficiency and lower injury rates.

Company Commander, Alpha Company                                                   July 2003 - June 2004

Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry USMC, Camp Pendleton, CA

  • Supervised the planning, coordination, and execution of the USMC Infantryman, Machine Gunner, Mortarman, Assaultman, and Anti-Tank Missileman courses.

  • Successfully led, trained, and graduated over 1500 Marines in support of the Operating Forces

  • Conducted periodic evaluations of the course of instruction to maximize training efficiency and lower injury rates.

Platoon Commander, Delta Company                                         Jan 2001 – Jun 2003

 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, USMC, Camp Pendleton, CA

  • Led a platoon of 38 Marines during combat operations in Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) to the Western Pacific and the Middle East.

  • Supervised the unit’s maintenance management and accountability of LAV equipment valued over 10 million dollars.


Student, United States Marine Corps             June 1998 – Dec 2000

Quantico, Virginia

  • Graduated USMC Officer Candidate School

  • Graduated USMC The Basic School

  • Graduated USMC Infantry Officer Course

  • Graduated USMC Light Armored Reconnaissance Leader’s Course

  • Graduated U.S. Army Cavalry Leader’s Course w/Distinction



P R O F E S S I O N A L   A F F L I A T I O N S

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Navy League, Recipient of the LtGen John A. Lejeune Award for Inspirational Leadership

Mighty Oaks Warrior Program

Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Team Semper Fi

Warriors and Quiet Waters

Scout Master, Boy Scouts of America