Colonel Eric Livingston was born in Ottumwa, Iowa and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1987. During his enlistment he attained the rank of sergeant as the Mortar Section Leader with 2d Battalion, 24th Marines, and served in Operations DESERT STORM/DESERT SHIELD. He completed Officer Candidate School Platoon Leaders Class with honors in 1992 and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1993. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
2ndLt Livingston attended The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia, graduating with honors from Bravo Company 2-94. Following graduation from TBS, he was assigned to 2d Supply Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for on-the-job training.
In December 1995, 1stLt Livingston graduated from the Ground Supply Officers Course and reported to Joint Task Force-160 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the assistant J-4, comptroller and supply officer for the Joint Logistics Support Group during Operation SEA SIGNAL. 1stLt Livingston returned to 2d Supply Battalion to serve as the battalion organic supply officer and later assumed the duties as the commanding officer for Headquarters and Services Company, 2d Supply Battalion.
In December 1998, Captain Livingston assumed duties as the Supply Management Analysis Team, officer-in-charge for the Materiel Readiness Branch, 3d Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan. During his deployment with 3d Marine Division he also served as the Logistics Readiness Inspection Team Coordinator and later as the Assistant Division Supply Officer.
In December 2001, Captain Livingston attended the Combined Logistics Officer’s Advance Course, US Army Logistics Management College, Ft. Lee, Virginia. After graduation, he executed follow-on assignment to Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia where he worked in the Combat Service Support Branch, Doctrine Division as the logistics operations officer and parachute operations doctrine officer from July 2002 to July 2005.
Major Livingston reported to the 2d Marine Logistics Group (MLG) in July 2005 and served as Executive Officer, Headquarters and Service Battalion (Forward) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) 04-06. Upon returning from Iraq, he served as Executive Officer, Combat Logistics Regiment-27 (CLR) until August 2006 when he assumed command of Headquarters Company, 2d MLG (Forward) for deployment in support of OIF 06-08. Upon returning from Iraq he served as the Operations Officer for CLR-25.
In June 2008, Major Livingston reported to the Logistics Plans, Policies and Strategic Mobility Division, Installations and Logistics, Headquarters US Marine Corps as the Supply Policy Officer. In June 2009, LtCol Livingston assumed command of 3d Supply Battalion, CLR-35, 3d MLG, Okinawa, Japan until June 2011 when he departed Okinawa to attend the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he received a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
LtCol Livingston was then assigned to the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois where he has served as the Branch Chief coordinating strategic transportation for the AFRICOM, EUCOM, and CENTCOM theaters of operations, and liaison officer to the United States Forces Command - Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. After his promotion to Colonel, he served as the Chief of the Deployment and Distribution Operations Center and the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Element, USTRANSCOM.
Colonel Livingston assumed command of Marine Depot Maintenance Command and the Marine Corps Logistics Command Headquarters Group in September 2016.
Colonel Livingston is also a graduate of the Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program, Army Airborne Course, Marine Corps Logistics Education Program, Advanced Logistics Operations Course, and the School of Infantry.