Colonel Simmons is the Acting Director, Information, Command, Control, Communications and Computers (IC4) and the Deputy Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Marine Corps.
Colonel Simmons was born in York, PA in 1973; he was raised in York until he departed for college in 1991. He graduated from Shippensburg University and was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1996. He then
completed initial training at The Basic School and the Communication and Information Systems Officer Course (CISOC) in Quantico, VA. Colonel Simmons’ staff assignments include Communications Officer (S-6), 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA; C4I Projects Officer and Satellite Communications Training Team Officer-in-Charge, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL), Quantico, VA (this assignment included deployments to Iraq and the Horn of Africa); Deputy and Operations Officer for the Assistant Chief of Staff G-6, Third Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan; Regional Corps Advisory Command (RCAC) S-6, Kabul, Afghanistan; Embedded Training Team (ETT) Officer-in-Charge, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan; Contingency and Exercise Branch Chief, Defense Information Systems Agency
Pacific (DISA PAC), Pearl Harbor, HI; Assistant Chief of Staff G-6, Second Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, NC; and Assistant Chief of Staff G-6, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, LA.
Colonel Simmons’ command assignments include Platoon Commander, 9th Communication Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA; Company Commander, 9th Communication Battalion, I
Marine Expeditionary Force Camp Pendleton, CA; Commanding Officer, 9th Communication Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA.
Colonel Simmons most recently served as the Commander, Regional Field Command, Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific (DISA PAC) 2019-2022. He was responsible for the engineering, operation,
defense, and command and control of the Pacific portion of the Department of Defense Information Network. Colonel Simmons directly supported US Indo-Pacific Command, US Forces Japan, US Forces
Korea, Alaska Command, and Pacific mission partners, Service Components, and Agencies.
Colonel Simmons’ academic and professional education include: Bachelor of Arts in History (Shippensburg University, 1995); Masters of Science in Computer Science (Naval Postgraduate School, 2002); USMC Command and Staff College (2009-2010); Masters of Military Studies (Marine Corps University, 2010); Joint-Combined Warfighting School, Joint Professional Military Education program-II (Joint Forces Staff College, 2012), and Top Level School assignment – Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C (2015-2016).
Colonel Simmons’ personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (Gold star in lieu of second award), and the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold star in lieu of third award).