Col Powledge was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He was commissioned through the Platoon Leader Class Program in the Marine Corps in 1995 after graduating from San Diego State University. Following The Basic School (TBS) and Infantry Officer’s Course, Col Powledge was assigned to 3d Battalion, 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC where he served as a platoon commander and executive officer from 1997 to 2000. During this period, Tim deployed with the 24th and 22d MEUs as part of the small boat company raid force.
In 2000, Col Powledge was assigned to TBS in Quantico, VA for duty as a tactics instructor in the school’s Warfighting Group. In 2001, he was reassigned to Echo Company for duty as a staff platoon commander. In 2002, he was transferred to the Infantry Officers Course for duty as a tactics instructor. In 2003, Tim moved to Fort Benning, GA to attend the US Army’s Infantry Captain’s Career Course where he graduated with honors.
In August of 2003, Col Powledge joined 3d Battalion, 7th Marines in Twentynine Palms, CA for duty as the Weapons Company Commander. While serving in this capacity, he deployed to Al Qaim, Iraq in 2004 and to Ramadi, Iraq in 2005-06 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In July of 2006, Col Powledge transferred to Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, VA for duty as a staff officer. In 2009, he moved back to Quantico, Virginia to attend the Marine Corps Command and Staff College where he earned a Master’s Degree in Military Studies. Following graduation, he remained in Quantico to attend the School of Advanced Warfighting and earned a Master’s Degree in Operational Studies.
In 2011, Col Powledge was assigned to I MEF, G5 as a plans officer. In October of 2011, he was transferred from I MEF to 1st Marine Division to serve as the G-3 Future Operations Officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Upon return from deployment in December of 2012, Col Powledge moved back to I MEF staff to serve as the Deputy G-5. He remained in this position until moving to Camp Lejeune, NC in December of 2013 to take command of 3d Battalion, 2d Marines. During his time in command, Tim led the battalion through a Unit Deployment Program rotation to Okinawa, Japan.
Upon return from deployment, Col Powledge turned over command and served as the executive officer for 2d Marines from January to July 2016. In August, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he graduated with highest distinction. Upon graduating, Col Powledge remained at the Naval War College to serve as a military professor in the Joint Military Operation Department from 2017 to 2019. In July, Col Powledge departed the Naval War College and assumed the duties as Chief of Staff for Joint Task Force Civil Support.