On July 1, Colusa County born-and-raised Owen Manor was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, CA.
Manor, 41, grew up in Williams and graduated from Williams High School in 1994, before he headed off to college and ultimately joined the Marine Corps.
While on active duty from 2001-2006, Manor was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in support of combat operations for Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and again in 2004. After his two tours he was then stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, where he served as a Series and Company Commander on the drill field. He then transferred to the Reserve component and for the last 12 years has participated in more than 15 training and exercise operations in Southeast Asia, including in Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Manor’s services pans more than 18 years, and his personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and more than 15 service and expeditionary awards.
Upon his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he accepted a reserve position at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.