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Marine Corps Embassy Security Group

"In Every Clime and Place"

Quantico, VA
LtCol. Jonathan Y. Sabado MCESG Executive Officer
LtCol Jonathan Sabado

LtCol Sabado is a 7202, Aviation Command and Control Officer, with a designation as an Air Support Control and Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Officer.  He graduated and received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1998. 

LtCol Sabado first served with 3d LAAD Bn as the Battalion Training Officer and Platoon Commander, Bravo Battery from 1999-2001.  He then transferred overseas and was assigned to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) from 2001-2005.  He served as a Platoon Commander and Company Commander, Direct Air Support Center (DASC) Company with Marine Air Support Squadron 2 (MASS-2), Marine Air Control Group 18 (MACG-18).  LtCol Sabado also served as the MACG-18 Detachment OIC, HMM-262, on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) from 2002-2003.  During this overseas assignment, he deployed in support of Joint Task Force 535, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support operations in the Philippines, and Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE 536, which provided direct tsunami relief support to the country of Indonesia.

He was then re-assigned to the Marine Security Guard (MSG) Program from 2005-2008 as the Executive Officer for Region 3, East Asia and the Pacific, headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand.

Following his assignment to Thailand, LtCol Sabado returned to CONUS and deployed as an individual augment on a year-long deployment to Iraq with the Ministry of Interior Transition Team, Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq.  Upon his return, he assumed duties as the Executive Officer for MASS-3, 3rd MAW from 2009-2011. 

LtCol Sabado received orders and transferred to Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California during the summer of 2011 and graduated in March 2013 with a Master’s of Science in Defense Systems Analysis.  His graduate thesis is titled Equitably Distributing Quality of Marine Security Guards (MSG) Using Integer Programming with the intention to develop alternative methods for assigning MSGs to regions for decision-makers at Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG).  

LtCol Sabado reported to HQMC, Programs and Resources and served under the Director, Programs, Analysis, and Evaluation Division from 2013-2015. 

He then transferred to and assumed his present duties as the MCESG Executive Officer in June 2015.