Maj Marius Harrison
Major Marius L. Harrison was born in Maywood, Illinois and graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. On 24 May 1996, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
Upon completing The Basic School in January 1997, and subsequently the Infantry Officer Course in April 1997, he was ordered to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and was assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 2d Battalion, 2d Marine Division as a Rifle Platoon Commander.
During his tour, Major Harrison deployed a rifle platoon (rein) to Tirana, Albania in support of Operation Resolute Response. Upon completion of his first Marine Amphibious Unit (Special Operations Capable) Landing Force 6th Fleet deployment, Major Harrison was assigned to 9th Marine Corps District as an Officer Selection Officer until March 2001.
In March 2001, Major Harrison was assigned to 8th Marines Regiment, 2d Marine Division as the Assistant Operations Officer/Training Officer (4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (AT)).
Major Harrison was then selected to serve with 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Marine Division. From 2003 to 2004, he assumed command of Alpha Company, completing a deployment with Regimental Combat Team 1 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and then deploying Alpha Company to Twenty-Nine Palms for Combined Arms Exercise (CAX) 3 & 4 2004.
In July 2004, he was assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC as the Operations Officer for HqSvcCo. During his tour he also completed a nine month temporary duty assignment as the Operations Officer for the Urban Warfare Training Center, March Air Reserve Base, Training & Education Command.
In July 2006, Major Harrison was assigned to the Inspector-Instructor Staff, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Syracuse, New York, where he served as the Inspector-Instructor, Echo Company.
In July 2009, Major Harrison returned to Camp Lejeune and was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Marine Division. During his tour, Major Harrison deployed with 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, 2d Marine Division (FWD) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as the Team Chief for Advisor Team Musa Qaleh and Now Zad Districts, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
In October 2010, Major Harrison was assigned to HqSvcCo, Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division where he served as Company Commander, and subsequently as the Operations Officer.
In June 2012, Major Harrison was assigned to Fires & Maneuver Integration Division, Combat Development and Integration, Capabilities Development Directorate, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA as the Infantry Capabilities Integration Officer for Individual Combat Clothing and Equipment.
Major Harrison holds a dual Master of Arts degree from Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri in Human Resource Management and Management/Leadership. His personal decorations included the Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/gold star/Combat “V”, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, the Combat Action Ribbon and several campaign service awards.
Major Harrison retired on 1 July 2015 from the United States Marines Corps and is currently serving as the Commandant of Marine Leadership Academy.