Retired Marine Col. Larry Kaifesh
Larry Kaifesh was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. He was a scholar athlete who graduated from Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville, IL. He was an undefeated state wrestling champion and All-American. He went on to Indiana University in Bloomington, IN for college, where he majored in psychology and wrestled for the Hoosiers. He was ranked 5th in the country his senior year.
After college, he went to Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps and went on to become an Infantry Officer. He ended up serving over 28 years in the Marine Corps reaching the rank of Colonel and had seven combat deployments to the Middle East after the attacks of 9-11.
His combat deployments include leading the first Rifle Company of Marines into Baghdad, Iraq during the MARCH UP, then into Tikrit, Iraq as part of Task Force Tripoli, in order to end the conventional war fighting portion of the war in the spring of 2003.
On a follow-on deployment, he led a Civil Affairs Team in support of Operation VIGILANT RESOLVE in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. In 2007 as part of Multi-National Forces-Iraq, as the Deputy for a Joint Intelligence Transition Team, he helped stand up the Iraq version of the FBI.
From 2009 – 2011 he was the Commanding Officer for 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, which secured Area of Operation Belleau Wood, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
In 2012 he was the Governance Officer for I Marine Expeditionary Force in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
In 2014, he was the J5 Lead Planner for Central Command – Forward in Amman, Jordan, ensuring the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Offensive did not cross the border.
In 2017 to 2018, he was the Officer in Charge of the Marine Central Command, Coordination Element – Kuwait. In between deployments, he went to the Naval War College where he received his Master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
He was the Commanding Officer for the 2nd Civil Affairs Group in Washington, D.C. He also worked in the Pentagon for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Defense as the Battle Captain for the National Military Command Center.
He served as a Congressional Fellow for Congressman John Kline (R) of Minnesota and he ran for U.S. Congress in the IL-8th District where he won the primary, but came up short in the general. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (x2), Meritorious Service Medal (x2), and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with the “V” device for valor.
Since retiring from the Marine Corps, he served as a Commandant for a College Prep Military Academy.
He is continuing his fight for right and freedom because he believes strongly that the greatest threat to America and the world today is the tyrannical encroachment of a growing oppressive and controlling government with global implications that must be stopped.