Colonel Mark L. Stock joined the National War College faculty in 2017 from the Joint Staff J3 where he served as the Assistant Deputy Director for Joint Operations (JOD Chief). Prior to the Joint Staff, he served as the senior military assistant and executive assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) / Commander, US European Command. A 1989 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned as an infantry officer. Colonel Stock has commanded infantry units at every level from Company to Brigade, most recently commanding an Infantry Brigade Combat Team in the 82nd Airborne Division. He has served in a variety operational and staff positions in locations around the world to include Germany, Bosnia, Belgium, Iraq and Afghanistan. His combat tours include deployments as an infantry platoon leader in Operation Desert Shield / Storm, infantry battalion operations officer and executive officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom I, infantry battalion commander during the surge in Operation Iraqi Freedom V, CAG director for RC-East / CJTF-82 in Afghanistan, and Brigade Combat Team commander in Ghazni, Afghanistan. He has also served as a strategist on the Army Staff (G3 War Plans), a battalion & brigade operations trainer at the National Training Center and as the G5 (Director of Plans) for the 82nd Airborne Division.
Colonel Stock is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College (2002). He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (1999) and a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies (with distinction) from the Naval War College (2010). His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and the Combat Infantryman Badge with star. He and his wife Elizabeth have two grown children, Sarah and Austin.
FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: Operational and Strategic Planning, Policy and Strategy Development, NATO
REGIONAL EXPERTISE: N/A