Major Alexander D. Irion was born in Trenton, New Jersey on 22 December 1988. Second Lieutenant Irion was commissioned in September 2011 following his graduation from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation from The Basic School in July 2012, Second Lieutenant Irion reported to the Ground Supply Officer Course aboard Camp Johnson, North Carolina. He graduated as the honor-graduate from the Ground Supply Officer Course and was assigned as the Battalion Supply Officer for 2d Supply Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in February 2013.
In April 2014, First Lieutenant Irion took command of Headquarters and Service Company, 2d Supply Battalion. From August 2014 to October 2014, First Lieutenant Irion served as the Operations Officer for Combat Logistics Company 251, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2d Marine Logistics Group in support of Exercise ROLLING THUNDER 1-15. From November 2014 to June 2016, First Lieutenant Irion served as the Battalion Supply Officer for Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Headquarters Regiment, 2d Marine Logistics Group and the Intermediate Supply Officer for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He deployed with Combat Logistics Battalion 26 in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE from October 2015 to June 2016.
In June 2016, Captain Irion reported to Marine Corps Base Quantico to serve as the Supply Officer for Marine Corps University. From June 2016 to December 2016, Captain Irion served as the Supply Officer for Marine Corps University. In January 2017, Captain Irion reported to Officer Candidates School where he served as Platoon Commander, 1st Platoon, Company C until March 2017. From March 2017 to December 2017, Captain Irion served as the Logistics Officer for Marine Corps University. From December 2017 to June 2019, Captain Irion served as the Aide-de-Camp for Marine Corps University. Captain Irion attended resident Expeditionary Warfare School in Academic Year 20 from July 2019 to May 2020; he was the leader of Conference Group 1, selected to the President of Marine Corps University's Honor Roll for graduating in the top 15% of the class, and was the recipient of the Krulak Center Award for Creativity as the student that best embodied the spirit and creativity of Lieutenant General Brute Krulak. In June 2020, Captain Irion reported to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to serve as the Command Element Supply Officer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. While assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Captain Irion deployed in support of Patrols 20.2, 21.1, and 21.2.
In October 2021, Major Irion was promoted to his current rank before reporting to the Field Supply and Maintenance Analysis Office – Western Pacific to serve as the Officer in Charge. Major Irion served as the Officer in Charge for the Field Supply and Maintenance Analysis Office – Western Pacific from October 2021 until December 2022. In January 2023, Major Irion reported to Recruiting Station St. Louis to serve as the Commanding Officer.
He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice; graduate of Webster University with a Master of Arts in Procurement and Acquisitions Management and a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership; graduate of the Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program (2018); graduate of resident Expeditionary Warfare School (AY20); and graduate of the Command and Staff College Distance Education Program (2023).
His professional publications include 1) “Increasing Lethality Through Sustainment,” Proceedings, June 2019; and Naval Logistics Integration Newsgram #120, August 2019; 2) “The Changing Face of War,” Marine Corps Gazette, November 2019; 3) “Prepare to be Disrupted,” Marine Corps Gazette, March 2020; and Naval Logistics Integration Newsgram #123, April 2020; 4) “Simple Orders in Complex Warfare,” Marine Corps Gazette, April 2020; 5) “We Are Enough,” Marine Corps Gazette, April 2020; 6) “Logistics is a Shaping Factor,” Proceedings, November 2020; and the Exceptional Release, Issue 153 – Spring 2021; 7) “Today’s Naval Supply Chain,” Marine Corps Gazette, March 2022; and 8) “Field Supply & Maintenance Analysis Office—more than just analyses,” Marine Corps Gazette, April 2022.
His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 gold stars in lieu of third award), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.