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Branch Head, Defense Services Branch, Reserve Legal Support
Biography

Colonel Edward durant, USMCR   

     

Colonel Edward “Ted” Durant graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA with a B.A. in Government in 1988.  While attending the University of Connecticut Law School (UCONN), he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 1992 after completing Officer Candidates School (OCS).  He graduated from UCONN in December 1992 and The Basic School (TBS) in April 1994.  Following TBS, Colonel Durant attended the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI where he graduated with honors in August 1994.  

 

In September 1994, Colonel Durant was assigned to Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA.  During this tour he served in a multitude of billets to include legal assistance attorney and defense counsel. From July 1997 through May 1998, Colonel Durant attended Amphibious Warfare School (AWS) in Quantico, VA.  Following AWS, Colonel Durant was selected to be a platoon commander at OCS for the summer of 1998. 

 

From September 1998 to July 2001, Colonel Durant was assigned to the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity (NAMARA), Washington, D.C., where he represented the government on appeals to the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. 

 

In August 2001, Colonel Durant resigned from active duty and immediately joined the 4th Civil Affairs Group (CAG), Washington, DC.  In May 2002, he attended the Army’s Civil Affairs School in Washington, DC. where he was recognized as the distinguished honor graduate.  From August through October 2002, Colonel Durant deployed to Kosovo as the Civil-Military Operations Officer attached to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable. From February 2003 through September 2003, Colonel Durant deployed with the 4th CAG in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  During this time, Colonel Durant served as the Operations Officer for the CAG’s detachment in Al Kut, Iraq.  He also served as a civil affairs team leader attached to 3d Battalion, 23d Marines. 

 

From February 2004 through September 2007, Colonel Durant served as an Appellate Defense Counsel at NAMARA.  From October 2007 through June 2012, Colonel Durant served as an instructor for the Marine Corps Law of War Detachment, Henderson Hall, Virginia, where he taught thousands of Marines on the law of armed conflict.  In 2011, Colonel Durant served as an action officer for Joint Task Force North, Fort Bliss, Texas.  From July 2012 through January 2014, Colonel Durant served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.   

 

From January 2014 through November 2014, Colonel Durant served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) in New Orleans, LA.  In December 2016, Colonel Durant was selected to serve as the Branch Head, Defense Services Branch, Reserve Legal Support, Judge Advocate Division.  He is the Reserve counterpart to the Chief Defense Counsel of the Marine Corps.  Since September 2001, Colonel Durant has worked as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC.