Commander Wilson Marks a native of Lynchburg, VA, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in History from the United States Naval Academy in 1994.
Commander Marks’ sea tours include Strike Warfare Officer in USS DEYO (DD 989) from April 1995 to December 1997, Assistant Operations Officer and Operations Division Officer in USS ANZIO (CG 68) from March 1998 to February 2000, Operations Officer in USS BARRY (DDG 52) from March 2001 to May 2002, Operations Officer in USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) June 2002 to April 2004 and forward deployed to Japan as Executive Officer in USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) from May 2007 to December 2008.
His tours ashore include assignment to Naval Personnel Command as a Placement Officer and Assistant Captain Detailer from May 2004 to February 2006, student at the Naval War College from February 2006 to February 2007 where he earned a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies. He is also a 2011 graduate of the National War College earning a Masters of Science Degree in National Strategic Studies.
His most recent operational tour was in Afghanistan where he was the Commanding Officer of a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Ghazni Province and a Liaison Officer for Regional Command-East to ISAF Joint Command from July 2009 to July 2010.
Commander Marks personal awards include; the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal (five awards).