Faculty Member John Church Promoted to Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel John C. Church, Jr., USMCR, assistant professor in the English/Communication Department at Immaculata University, will be promoted to full colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on Friday, November 11, at 2 p.m.
The promotion ceremony will take place in the Rotunda of Immaculata´s Villa Maria Hall and will last about a half hour. A reception will follow beginning at 3 p.m. at the Open Door in the lower level of Alumnae Hall.
Lieutenant Colonel Church, a second-year doctoral student in mass media and communication at Temple University, holds a master´s degree in communication, journalism, and public affairs from American University. He holds a second master´s in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.
In his military career, Lieutenant Colonel Church coordinated civil-military operations in Afghanistan for the commanding general and his staff. Prior to that assignment, he commanded a joint civil affairs unit, leading Marines, soldiers, sailors, and civilians in reconstruction efforts in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. His work with the "Al Anbar Awakening" has taken on historic significance. He served as an active duty U.S. Navy deck seaman and hospital corpsman assigned to the Marines, and he was appointed Secretary of the Navy at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Lieutenant Colonel Church´s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Lieutenant Colonel Church was the public affairs director for the U.S. Marine Recruit Depot, advising the commanding general about public relations, conducting community relations campaigns, and acting as the spokesperson on numerous issues. His personal reflections on his military service throughout the world have been featured in the Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer. At Philadelphia´s Day of Service and Remembrance on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, he gave a speech honoring members of the American military for their tremendous sacrifices in service to their country.
Immaculata University is a residential, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.