Commander, 3rd Battalion
Colonel Charles T. Muse, Sr. United States Marine Corps Reserve Colonel Charles T. Muse, Sr. joined the Marine Corps on March 27, 1969 under the Officer Candidate School program. After commissioning and The Basic School, he attended Recon Replacement Training and Naval Gunfire School. COL Muse served as a weapons platoon commander, a company executive officer and Company Commander of “B” Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines during the period September 1970 through February 1972. From February 1972 to February 1973, he served as the Executive Officer and Company Commander of “I” Company Battalion Landing Team 3RD Battalion, 4th Marines.
Upon his return to the United States and completion of active duty in March 1973, 1LT Muse joined Supply Company, Raleigh, NC. During his tour with Supply Company, he attended Reserve Supply Officer Course and served as the supply OIC for several major exercises. He was promoted to the rank of Captain August 1, 1974. Completing his tour of duty with Supply Company in August of 1977, CPT Muse was appointed the Officer-In-Charge of Det. H&MS-49 at Cherry Point, NC and served as the OIC until May 1980. Moving to Reno, NV in June of 1980 Capt Muse joined HQ Company, 23rd Marine Regiment and served as the Regimental Supply Officer until transferring to Marine Air Group-42 in October 1981. CPT Muse was promoted to the rank of Major July 1, 1980. As the Group Supply Officer for MAG-42, Major Muse served as the ACE S-4 for CAX 9-82 and as the Group Supply Officer for a consolidated Marine Air Group exercise in 1983 at Yuma, AR. In September of 1983, Major Muse moved to Americus, GA and was appointed the Officer-In-Charge of the newly formed reserve unit, 1st Platoon, Supply Company, 4th Supply BN in Albany, GA. During his two and one half-year tour as the OIC, 1st Platoon, Supply Company grew to unit strength of 3 officers and 135 enlisted personnel. Completing his tour as OIC in February of 1986, MAJ Muse transferred to HQ, 4th Force Service Support Group, Atlanta, GA. MAJ Muse was promoted to the rank of LTC September 1, 1986. With the 4th FSSG, LTC Muse served as the S-4 of CSSD-48, MCCRESS Exercise 1986; as the 4th Supply BN liaison officer; as the XO CSSD-42, MCCRES Exercise 1987; as the APOIC CSSD43, CAX 7-88; as the Asst. G-5, Logistics Evaluator for several exercises; and as the Commander Officer of MSSG 45, CAX 8-89. In August of 1989, LTC Muse was appointed as the OIC of the SMU, 4th Supply BN in Raleigh, NC and moved to Florence, SC.
With the completion of his tour in Raleigh, LTC Muse was appointed as the Senior Advisor to the Non-Resident Program at Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University. LTC Muse was promoted to his current rank of Colonel March 1, 1992. During his tour with Command and Staff College, COL Muse and his IMA Det. created the current Iranian scenario for the CAPSTONE exercise and served for five years as the CO of Opposing Forces for this exercise. With the completion of this tour with Command and Staff College, COL Muse was appointed as the Area Commander for the Marine Corps Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, NC in 1995.
In 1980, COL Muse volunteered for a newly created Education Contact Team program. This new program evolved through the years and has become the Recruiting Support Officer program. In addition, to the United States Marine Corps Reserve billets mentioned above, COL Muse was a charter member of the RSO program and has served as the RSO for RS Sacramento, the RSO for RS Macon, the RSO for RS Atlanta, the 6th Marine Corps District RSO, and the Assistant Chief of Staff for Recruiting Support for the Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, SC. COL Muse assumed the position of Assistant Chief of Staff for Recruiting Support for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command in February of 1998 and held this assignment until his retirement April 1, 2000.
During his tour as a reserve officer Col. Muse completed Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College, the National Defense University’s Reserve Components National Security Course, Combat Service Support School, Political Warfare/Anti-Terrorism School, and Landing Force Staff Planning. COL Muse’s personal decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. Additional Navy and Marine Corps awards include the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Medal and eighteen unit meritorious and other awards.
COL Muse lives with his wife the former Susan Maria Hutchins and three sons in Florence, SC. He is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florence-Darlington Technical College. In addition, he is a time management and leadership skills consultant and has authored textbooks for Prentice-Hall. As an educator he has taught at Richmond Community College, Coastal Carolina Community College, East Carolina University, the University of Nevada-Reno, and obtained the rank of Associate Professor at Georgia Southwestern State University. He holds the rank of Adjunct Faculty at Francis Marion University and has taught at the Marine Corps Service Support Schools at Camp Lejeune for the past ten years. COL Muse has a degree in accounting from Coastal Carolina Community College, an AB degree from Catawba College, a MBA degree from East Tennessee State University, and a Doctor of Education degree from North Carolina State University. COL Muse is also a graduated of Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education.