Why he joined the military
Marc attended the Virginia Military Institute, a family tradition. “My family has a history of military service, and at VMI there is a mandatory commissioning requirement, so that's one reason.” As a teenager, Marc became interested in various aspects of military history, including the social aspects of what constitutes collectivism, and growing up as the Cold War intensified called him even more to serve so that he could be a part of repudiating the Red Menace. “I was commissioned during the Cold War when the USSR was beginning to deploy advanced and destabilizing strategic weapons. After Desert Storm, the U.S. Air Force was reorganized and, along with the fact that my youngest child was born in 1992, it seemed like a good time to end my nearly eight years of active duty service and enter the Inactive Ready Reserve. “We all know how the military was drawn down in the 1990s. During Desert Storm, we were able to deploy more than a half million military personnel in theater, and still have the capability to wage two major regional wars. After 9/11, we could barely muster 200,000 military members to engage in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and, candidly, I grew weary of reading about the hardships incurred by the active duty, which is why I decided to re-enter the active reserves, knowing I still had something to offer.”
A little about Marc’s service
Marc has 33 years’ commissioned service in the U.S. Air Force. From 1985-1992, he was an ICBM operations launch officer for the Minuteman weapons system. He served in the inactive ready reserve from 1992-2007 and volunteered to enter the active reserve in 2007. After assignments in cyber operation and base communications, Marc was deployed in 2009 to Qatar with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing (cyber squadron). Upon return, he took a permanent change of station at the Air Operations Center, 710th Combat Operation Squadron, at Langley Air Force Base, where he is the cyber lead for an embedded Air and Space Communications Squadrons unit.
In July, 2018, Marc was activated to U.S. Air Forces in Europe/Air Forces in Africa to lead the A6 Coalition Networks Section in building out connectivity to our NATO and European theater coalition partners. Marc believes that this is his last active duty engagement with the USAF, and plans to retire after 34 years of service in the spring of 2019.In December, 2016 Marc was activated to deploy to Air Force Central Command to be the A2 systems division chief, completing the deployment in August. Marc is a distinguished graduate of the Minuteman ICBM initial qualification training course and the communication officer's training course. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with one OLC, Air Force Commendation Medal with one OLC, Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster (OLC); Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Air Force Combat Readiness Medal with two OLCs; National Defense Service Medal with one OLC; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two OLCs.
What service means to him
“The service is a calling, and I support an all-volunteer military. I believe strongly that western values, embodied by America's rich history, require a professional military to protect and defend them. I'm grateful to be able to serve after all these years and it keeps me young and engaged with the coming generations who will be tasked with the same stewardship.”
What he thinks about on Veterans Day
Marc says that he’s amazed when he thinks of the sacrifice of so many made before him. “Veteran's Day is not only for those who have survived; it is for those who didn't, and also for the many who seem to be forgotten, the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And part of that informs my belief that a strong and engaged military makes the world safer and less likely to have to experience the terrible events of the 20th century.”
What he wants people to know
“People should always remember that, somewhere, a young person is doing a really dangerous, difficult and often thankless job, and never to take the sacrifices made by these young people for granted simply because within the rhythm of their daily lives they may not be reminded of it.”