About Seth W.B. Folsom

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Colonel Seth W. B. Folsom was born in Monterey, California and grew up in a Navy family. He attended the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidates School in 1992 and 1993 and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1994. He graduated from The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course in 1995.

His operational assignments include Platoon Commander, 1st Platoon, Company “A,” 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion; Company Commander, Company “D,” 1st LAR Battalion; Team Leader, Military Transition Team 0733; Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines; and Commander, Task Force Lion. He has deployed twice with Marine Expeditionary Units, and he has served three tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan.

Folsom’s staff assignments include Officer Candidates School, Headquarters Marine Corps, 1st Marine Division, the Joint Staff, and I Marine Expeditionary Force. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps War College.

Folsom is the author of The Highway War: A Marine Company Commander in IraqIn the Gray Area: A Marine Advisor Team at War, and Where Youth and Laughter Go: With “The Cutting Edge” in AfghanistanHe and his wife live with their two daughters in Oceanside, California.