Born and raised in Bristol, Tennessee, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Freese (USMC, Ret.) enlisted in the Marine Corps in December 2004. He graduated boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, South Carolina in March of 2005. Upon completion of recruit training, Private Freese reported to Hotel Company, Marine Combat Training, School of Infantry aboard Camp Geiger, North Carolina. Upon graduation, Private Freese reported to Marine Detachment Corry Station, Pensacola, FL in April 2005 as a Special Intelligence Systems Administrator / Communicator student. In May 2005, Private Freese was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Private First Class. In July 2005, Private First Class Freese was assigned the military occupational specialty 2651, Special Intelligence System Administrator/Communicator (now known as “2651 Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Engineer”. Private First Class Freese reported to Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Radio Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California in August of 2005 and served as an Intelligence Systems Network Administrator.
In September 2005, Private First Class Freese reported to Tactical Training Exercise Control Group (TTECG), Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms,
California and served as an opposing forces role player for Mojave Viper. In January 2006, Private First Class Freese was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. In March 2006, Lance Corporal Freese returned to 1st Radio Battalion and served as a Satellite Communications Specialist. In November 2006, Lance Corporal Freese was promoted to the rank of Corporal.
Corporal Freese deployed to Iraq in January of 2007, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and served as communications specialist for Operational Control Element 2, Regimental Combat Team 2. Corporal Freese deployed to Iraq in February of 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and served as the Communications Chief for 1st Radio Battalion, Operational Control Element, Al Asad. In August 2008, Corporal Freese was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
In September 2008, Sergeant Freese returned to 1st Radio Battalion and assumed the duties as Platoon Sergeant for Communications Platoon. In February 2009, Sergeant Freese deployed to Al Asad, Iraq and served as 1st Radio Battalion Systems Chief and S-6 Chief. In May 2009, Sergeant Freese augmented to 3d Radio Battalion aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). While there, he assumed the role as a Tactical Signals Intelligence Operator Trainer. In June 2009, Sergeant Freese returned to Al Asad, Iraq.
Sergeant Freese reported to the 2nd Special Security Communications Team (2d SSCT), 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California in December 2009. While there, Sergeant Freese held the billets of Assistant Team Chief, Platoon Sergeant, Training Chief, and Special Security Officer. In December 2011, Sergeant Freese executed a Permanent Change of Station to, Marine Detachment Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida. While there, he held various billets to include: Platform Instructor, Curriculum Developer, Course Chief, and Formal Schools Manager. In September 2012, Sergeant Freese was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and selected for Warrant Officer.
In January 2013, Staff Sergeant Freese reported to The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia for the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC). Upon graduation, in May 2013, he then reported to 1st Radio Battalion to serve as the Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Effects Officer. In August 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2. During his tenure with 1st Radio Battalion, he had the unique opportunity to serve as a Cyberwarfare / Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) Officer. In this billet, he served as a Direct Liaison for National Tactical Integration (NTI) of Signals Intelligence support to Cyberspace Operations and Computer Network Exploitation on behalf of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER).
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Freese reported to Tactical Training Exercise Control Group, Twentynine Palms, California, in April 2016. He served as Officer in Charge (OIC) of the 26 Shop - Spectrum Warfare Section, where he was responsible for all facets of training and education for the tenants of Signals Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, Counter-Radio-Controlled Electronic Warfare (CREW) Operations, Cyberspace Operations, and Counter-Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-sUAS) Operations. In December 2017, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Freese was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 3 and was medically retired on the Marine Corps’ Birthday, November 10th, 2018.
In February, 2020, he was accepted into the Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary (Cyber Aux) program. In April 2019, the Marine Corps announced the newly established Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary, a volunteer organization aimed at increasing Marine Corps cyberspace readiness. The Cyber Aux is comprised of a small cadre of highly talented cyber experts who train, educate, advise, and mentor Marines to keep pace with constantly-evolving cyber challenges.
Qualifications: Rifle Expert - 7th Award, Pistol Expert – 4th Award. Black Belt, First Degree
Personal Awards: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Certificate of Commendation, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
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