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Chris Woodbridge ’87
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Chris Woodbridge ’87 is humbled to be entrusted with the stewardship of what he calls one of the U.S. Marines Corps’ “family treasures.” He is editor and publisher of the Marine Corps Gazette, a professional journal in publication since 1916.

“I publish articles on subjects of importance for today’s Marines written by all ranks and specialties,” Woodbridge says. “As a veteran, this is a great way to give back and stay connected to the Marines and their mission.”

At Hamilton, he majored in Asian studies, concentrating in Japanese and Chinese languages. “I am forever grateful for the emphasis Hamilton placed on written and spoken communications,” he says. “Nothing has served me better as a leader in the Marine Corps and beyond.”

After graduation, his first deployment was to Okinawa and the Philippines; his first combat operation was Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Woodbridge earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Marine Corps War College in 2007. From 2001 until he retired in 2015, his career included stints in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, the Philippines, and Korea.

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Woodbridge began heading the Gazette soon after his retirement. When he leaves this post, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native says he may continue consulting for professional military education organizations. “I won’t take on a real job beyond beach and travel,” he says.

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