LtCol Marco Serna
Lieutenant Colonel Marco D. Serna, USMC
Lieutenant Colonel Marco Serna is a U.S. Marine Corps officer and Military Fellow in the International Security Studies Program, Yale University. LtCol Serna is from Corpus Christi, TX and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 2000 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.A.S. in Accounting. Following The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, he was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California. LtCol Serna deployed to the Western Pacific, Iraq, and Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and various security cooperation operations. In June 2004, LtCol Serna executed a voluntary lateral move to the Communications MOS and graduated in December 2004 from the Basic Communications Officer Course as the Honor Graduate. He then transferred to 8th Communications Battalion, where he served as Assistant Operations Officer and Company Commander. He completed unit level deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Task Force Katrina. In June 2007, LtCol Serna transferred to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, where he served as Communications Officer for the Marine Special Operations School and Assistant Operations Officer for the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-6. He subsequently reported to United States Strategic Command in June 2009, where he served as Chief of Cyber Defense Capabilities Analysis and Aide de Camp to the Combatant Commander. During this assignment, LtCol Serna completed his first graduate degree in Information Technology through Capella University and completed the Joint and Combined Warfare School in Norfolk, VA. In July 2012, LtCol Serna reported to Marine Corps University, Command and Staff College, where he completed a Master of Military Studies degree. Following Command and Staff College, he was selected for the School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW) and earned a Master of Operational Studies degree. In July 2014, LtCol Serna reported to 3d Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. He served for two years as the Commanding General’s Marine Air Ground Task Force Planner. Subsequently, he transferred to 1st Marine Air Wing for duty as the Executive Officer of Marine Wing Communications Squadron-18. In June 2017, LtCol Serna transferred to the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate, Headquarters Marine Corps, Pentagon, Arlington, VA, where he served as Deputy Chief for the Cybersecurity Division. In June 2018, LtCol Serna assumed command of Region 6 (Southern and Eastern Africa), Marine Corps Embassy Security Group. Upon completion of his command tour in June 2020, LtCol Serna reported to International Security Studies, Yale University. LtCol Serna’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy Achievement Medal with gold star.