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Damascus MSGs Roster          *=MEGA Member                                   
A
Abbott, Anthony (94-96)
Adams, Marshall (97-99)
Andre, Gerald (87-88)
Appleby, Ryan (07-08)
B
Bayer, Theodore (03)
Blunt, Charlie (97)
Borchardt, Dick (59)
Boyer, Theodore (03)
C
Coloncastro, Luis F. (?)
Cox, Robert Michael (84-85)
D
DesPeaux, Clifford F. (56-60)
E
Edge, Casey (07-08)
F
Fitzsimmons, Thomas (64)
Floyd, Brian A. (95-96)

G
Griffin, Burl A. (92-94)
H
Handlon Jr., James E. (64-66)
Hoffner, Wayne (59)
I
J
K
L
Lavarreda, Luis R., SSgt.  (87-88)  Det Cmdr.
Loveland, Frank (59)





M
McDonald, Marc F. (98-99)
McMurry, Andrew Louis (64-65)
Moore, James (99-00)
Moran, William H. (58-59)
N
Netherton, (?) (01)
Nokes, John (96-98)
O
Olmor, Ramiro (01)
Paquin, Gary (97-98)
P
Pattengale, Robert A. (85-87)
Purdy, Stanley Boyd, Sgt. (83-84)
Q
R
R
Radcliff, Gregory (83-85)
Ramsey, Herb (59)
Rice, Steve Eric (92-94)
Robin, Carl (64-65)
Rodriguez, Eliseo (76-77)
Rodgers, Jeff (83-84)
Russell, Park , Sgt. (76-77)
S
Scramlin, (?) (01)
Shelp, Mark (83-85)
Shockley, Roy (77-78)
Simmons, Mark (84-85)
Sisco, William G. (01)
Smither, Doug (79-80)
Steward, Christopher (07)
Stortors, Brian (99-00)
Sundermier, Jeffrey (96-97)
T
Tapper, Jeff (99-00)
Thibado, Chris (92-93)
Tinsley, Kevin (98-99)
U
Urina, (?) (01)
V
W
Walker, Don (86-87)
Wicklein, (?) (64)
X
Y
Z
Zammitt, Matthew (92)
Zuber, William R. (61)


  


THE NAMES OF CURRENT DETACHMENT MEMBERS ARE NOT TO BE DISPLAYED WITHOUT THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE DETACHMENT COMMANDER
2015
Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: 

2014
Ambassador: Robert Steve Ford
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: 

2013
Ambassador: Robert Steve Ford
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: 

2012
Ambassador: Robert Steve Ford
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: 

2011
Ambassador: Robert Steve Ford
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: 

2010
Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: 

2009
Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: Christopher Steward, 

2008
Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: Ryan Appleby, Casey Edge, Christopher Steward, 

2007
Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: Ryan Appleby, Casey Edge, Christopher Steward, 

2006
Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: 

2005
Ambassador: Margaret Scobey (recalled)
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
Watchstanders: 

2004
Ambassador: Margaret Scobey
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
Watchstanders: 

2003

Ambassador: Theodore H. Kattouf
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
Watchstanders: Theodore Bayer, Theodore Boyer, 

2002

Ambassador: Theodore H. Kattouf
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
Watchstanders: 

2001

Ambassador: Ryan Clark Crocker
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander: William G. Sisco
Watchstanders: Sgt Netherton, Ramiro Olmor, Sgt Scramlin, Sgt Urena, 

2000

Ambassador: Ryan Clark Crocker
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
Watchstanders: James Moore, Brian Stortors, Jeff Tapper, 

1999

Ambassador: Ryan Clark Crocker
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
Watchstanders: Marshall Adams, Marc F. McDonald, James Moore, Brian Stortors, Jeff Tapper, Kevin Tinsley, 

1998

Ambassador: Christopher W. S. Ross
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: Marshall Adams, Marc F. McDonald, John Nokes, Gary Paquin, Kevin Tinsley, 

1997

Ambassador: Christopher W. S. Ross
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: Marshall Adams, Charlie Blunt, John Nokes, Gary Paquin, Jeffrey Sundermier, 

1996

Ambassador: Christopher W. S. Ross
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
Anthony Abbott
Watchstanders: Brian A. Floyd, John Nokes, Jeffrey Sundermier, 

1995

Ambassador: Christopher W. S. Ross
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
Anthony Abbott
Watchstanders: Brian A. Floyd, 

1994

Ambassador: Christopher W. S. Ross
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
Anthony Abbott
Watchstanders: Burl A. Griffin, Steve Eric Rice, 

1993

Ambassador: Christopher W. S. Ross
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: Burl A. Griffin, Steve Eric Rice, Chris Thibado,

1992

Ambassador: Christopher W. S. Ross
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: Burl A. Griffin, Steve Eric Rice, Chris Thibado, Matthew Zammitt, 

1991

Ambassador: Edward Peter Djerejian / Christopher W. S. Ross
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: 

1990

Ambassador: Edward Peter Djerejian
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: 

1989

Ambassador: Edward Peter Djerejian
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: 

1988

Ambassador: William L. Eagleton Jr. / Edward Peter Djerejian
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
SSgt. Luis R. Lavarreda
Watchstanders: Gerald Andre,

1987

Ambassador: William L. Eagleton Jr.
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:
SSgt. Luis R. Lavarreda
Watchstanders: Gerald Andre, Robert A. Pattengale, Don Walker, 

1986

Ambassador: William L. Eagleton Jr.
Company Commander: 
Detachment Commander:

Watchstanders: Robert A. Pattengale, Don Walker, 

1985

Ambassador: William L. Eagleton Jr.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Robert Michael Cox, Robert A. Pattengale, Gregory Radcliff, Mark Shelp, Mark Simmons, 

1984

Ambassador: Robert P. Paganelli / William L. Eagleton Jr.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Robert Michael Cox, Sgt. Stanley Boyd Purdy, Gregory Radcliff, Jeff Rodgers, Mark Shelp, Mark Simmons, 

1983

Ambassador: Robert P. Paganelli
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Sgt. Stanley Boyd Purdy, Gregory Radcliff, Jeff Rodgers, Mark Shelp, 
I can remember that in 1983 when Jesse Jackson came to the Embassy in Damascus, Syria. The Ambassador had worked with the Officials for several days before he (Jesse) arrived in country to have the Navy Lt  that was shot down turned over to him(the Ambassador) early the next morning but, his flight was delayed, and Jesse took all of the credit for it.  I was never more embarrassed as a Marine Security Guard having to take extra security measures for a liar. We were working extra long shifts at the Embassy and the Sheraton Hotel.
I also remember that when Ramadan ended the Nationals drove through the streets firing off rifles and hand guns while passing around the Embassy, we were on HIGH ALERT/ lock down for several days.
1982

Ambassador: Robert P. Paganelli
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1981

Ambassador: Talcott W. Seelye / Robert P. Paganelli
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1980

Ambassador: Talcott W. Seelye
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Doug Smither,

1979

Ambassador: Talcott W. Seelye
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Doug Smither, 

1978

Ambassador: Richard W. Murphy / Talcott W. Seelye
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Roy Shockley, 

1977

Ambassador: Richard W. Murphy 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Eliseo, Rodriguez, Sgt. Park Russell, Roy Shockley, 

1976

Ambassador: Richard W. Murphy 
RSO: Gerald Hollenbeck
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Eliseo, Rodriguez, Sgt. Park Russell,

1975

Ambassador: Richard W. Murphy 
RSO: Gerald Hollenbeck
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:
 
Watchstanders: 

1974

Ambassador: Richard W. Murphy 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 
Note: A U.S. Interests Section was establishe on Feb8, 1974, in the Italian Embassy with Thomas J. Scotes as Principal Officer. The Embassy in Damascus  was re-established on Jun 16, 1974, wit Scotes as Charge' d'Affaires ad interim.
1973

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

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1972

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1971

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1970

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1969

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1968

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1967

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 
Note: Termination of Mission: Syria severed diplomatic relations with the U.S. Jun 6, 1967; Smythe left post Jun 8, 1967.
1966

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: James E. Handlon Jr., 

1965

Ambassador: Ridgway B. Knight / Hugh H. Smythe
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: James E. Handlon Jr., Andrew Louis McMurry, Carl Robin, 
Note: 
1964

Ambassador: Ridgway B. Knight
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:
GySgt Wicklein
Watchstanders: Thomas Fitzsimmons, James E. Handlon Jr., Andrew Louis McMurry, Carl Robin, 

1963

Ambassador: Ridgway B. Knight
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1962

Ambassador: Ridgway B. Knight
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1961

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: William R. Zuber, 
Note:The mission was reestablished as an Embassy on Oct 10, 1961 with Ridgway B. Knight as Charge' d'Affaires ad interim.
1960

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Clifford F. DesPeaux,

1959

Ambassador: 
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:
William H. Moran, 
Watchstanders: Dick Borchardt, Clifford F. DesPeaux, Wayne Hoffner, Frank Loveland, Herb Ramsey, 

1958

Ambassador: Charles W. Yost; Commissioned during a recess of the Senate. recommissioned after confirmation on Jan 29, 1958.Commissione to the Republic of Syria.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Clifford F. DesPeaux, William H. Moran, 
Note: Termination of Mission: Syria incorporated into the United Arab Republic, Feb 22, 1958. The Embassy in Damascus was reclassified as a Consulate General on Feb 25, 1958. 
1957

Ambassador: James S. Moose Jr.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Clifford F. DesPeaux,

1956

Ambassador: James S. Moose Jr.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: Clifford F. DesPeaux, 

1955

Ambassador: James S. Moose Jr.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1954

Ambassador: James S. Moose Jr.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1953

Ambassador: James S. Moose Jr.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1952

Ambassador: Cavendish W. Cannon / James S. Moose Jr.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1951

Ambassador: Cavendish W. Cannon
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1950

Ambassador: James Hugh Keeley Jr. / Cavendish W. Cannon
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1949

Ambassador: James Hugh Keeley Jr.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1948
Ambassador: James Hugh Keeley Jr.
Company Commander: 
NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 


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