Lt. Colonel Edward J. Debish, son of Grace and Thomas Cribbins of Shelton and Carl and Mary Debish of Beacon Falls, took over command of the Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 during the Change of Command ceremony June 21 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif.
Debish, who graduated Shelton High in 1989, is a joint-qualified officer, whose personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Debish was commissioned after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in August 1994. After completing the Basic School in 1995 and the Basic Communications Officers Course in 1996, he served as the Operational Communications platoon commander and S-6 officer for Marine Air Control Squadron 1, Marine Air Control Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, at Camp Pendleton, California, from October 1995 to December 1998.
From December 1998 to June 2002, he served as the Communications Division Head at Marine Aviation Weapons Tactics Squadron 1 at MCAS Yuma, Arizona.
From July 2002 to June 2005, he was assigned to the 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, California. He served as the Information Systems Management Officer in the G-6 section from July 2002 to December 2002. He served as the S-6 officer for Combat Service Support Battalion 18 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 1 from January to July 2003. He also served as the Executive Officer from August 2003 to May 2004 and Commanding Officer from June 2004 to June 2005 for Communications Company, 1st FSSG during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
From July 2005 to June 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Debish was assigned a joint duty assignment at the Joint Information Operations Warfare Command, U.S. Strategic Command, at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. During this assignment, he deployed to Iraq from September to December 2006 and August to December 2007 in support of Joint Task Force Iraq as an information operations planner. In 2008, he attended and graduated the Joint and Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Force Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia.
From July 2008 to June 2009, Debish attended the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he earned a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.
From July 2009 to May 2012, Debish was assigned to Combat Development and Integration, HQMC where he served as capabilities and integrations officer and as the deputy branch head for Capabilities Branch, Command and Control Integration Division.
Debish is married and has two children.