Finley returned to The Basic School in Quantico, Va., in 1995 and was promoted to captain. He joined the 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines in 1998 as the battalion logistics officer and deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unite-Special Operations Capable as the commander of Battery G and supported theater strategic reserve operations in Kosovo.
Promoted to major in 2001, he reported to the Naval Academy and completing the Leadership, Education and Development Program.
Finley graduated from the Command and Staff College and returned to Camp Lejeune, N.C., as the executive officer for the 5th Battalion, 10th Marines in 2005. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2006 and led an Iraqi border police adviser team. He assumed command of the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan.
Finley earned the rank of colonel in 2013 and served as the command inspector general for the recruiting depot in San Diego and the Western region from 2012-15. He currently serves as the sustainment division chief within the operations directorate at the U.S. Transportation Command. He and his wife, Lisa Brown Finley, both 1987 graduates of Perry Meridian High School, have two children, Mitchell, 14, and Arden, 10. He is the son of Linda and Harlan Finley and the son-in-law of Sandra and Emerson Brown.
Finley’s awards include the Legion of Merit with gold star, Bronze Star with gold star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has a bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the Naval Academy and a master’s in leadership and human resources development from the Naval Postgraduate School. C