Colonel Harry C. Marson

Deputy Commandant

Colonel Harry Marson is the Deputy Commandant for the United States Corps of Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Col. Harry C. Marson V is a native of Elkins, West Virginia, entered West Virginia University in August 1992. He graduated in August 1995 with a Liberal Arts Degree in Interdepartmental Studies and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. Following his commissioning, he graduated from the AMEDD Officer Basic course and was assigned to the 46th Forward Support Battalion and 1st Battalion 17th Infantry Regiment at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. While serving in Alaska, he held the positions of treatment platoon leader, medical platoon leader, C company executive officer and HHC executive officer.

Col. Marson then attended the Infantry Officer Advance Course, the Combined Arms Service and Staff School, and the Special Forces Qualification Course. Upon completion of Special Forces training in February 2002, Colonel Marson was assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. There, he served as a detachment commander, Group assistant operations officer and headquarters service support company commander. In June 2006, Colonel Marson attended the Command General and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon graduation with a master’s degree in military arts and science from the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), he returned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and served as a company commander and battalion executive officer.

In June 2010, Col. Marson was assigned to the United Stated Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Where he served as the Secretary of the General Staff (SGS) and G3, Current Operations Officer. From June 2013 to June 2015, Colonel Marson served as the commander of the International Special Training Center, Pfullendorf, Germany. Following his command in 2015, he assumed Command of Special Operations Command Forward Central Africa, in Entebbe Uganda until July 2016. In 2016 Colonel Marson was assigned as the Special Operations Branch Manager in the Senior Leader Development, Colonels Management Division in Crystal City, Virginia until July 2017. Colonel Marson then attended the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Virginia, and graduated with a master’s degree in military art and strategic studies in June 2018.

Col. Marson’s notable awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one “Valor” device and Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Iraqi Campaign Medal with one Silver and one Bronze Campaign Stars, Combat Infantryman and Expert Field Medical Badges, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab.