MLA welcomes Col. Sumang to the team!
Colonel Sumang is from Chicago, Illinois and entered the Marine Corps in 1987 through the NROTC program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After completing The Basic School and Air Traffic Controller school he was assigned to duty as the Assistant ATC Facility Officer at MCAS Yuma, Arizona. In 1990, he attended the Marine Corps Combat Engineer Officer course and then reported to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, participating in Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm in direct support of 3rd Tank Battalion, Task Force Ripper. After redeploying to Camp Pendleton, California, he served as the Battalion Adjutant and Commanding Officer, Alpha Company.
After attending the U.S. Army Engineer Officer Advanced Course in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was assigned as the Inspector-Instructor, Bravo Company, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, South Bend, Indiana from April 1993 to May 1996. He returned to the 1st Marine Division and served as Commanding Officer, Engineer Support Company and Battalion S4, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. In 1998, he left active duty and remained in the Individual Ready Reserve until 2004 when he joined 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines in Chicago.
In 2005, he mobilized with 5th Civil Affairs Group (Provisional) and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom; attached to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines in Al Qa’im, Iraq. Following mobilization, he served as Commanding Officer, Engineer Support Company, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, Battle Creek, MI. In October 2007, he mobilized again as an individual augment to Multi-National Force Iraq where he served as Deputy Branch Chief, Economics Division, Strategic Effects Directorate, and as the Liaison Officer to the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq.
In 2008, he was assigned as a student at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He received a Master of Strategic Studies degree in June 2009. Following graduation, he joined 3rd Civil Affairs Group, Camp Pendleton, California. He mobilized in 2010 to participate in Operation Enduring Freedom as the Detachment Commander, Detachment 3 in direct support of Regimental Combat Team – 1 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Upon his return, he assumed duties as the Commanding Officer, Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 48, Great Lakes, Illinois from August 2011 to May 2013.
In May 2013, he was mobilized as an individual augment to Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan where he served concurrently as the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Interior for Support, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Support and Sustainment Director, Ministry of Interior – Ministerial Advisory Group. He redeployed in May 2014, and assumed duties as Regional Coordinator, Readiness Support Program 2. He retired on June 1, 2017.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (w/Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/ Gold Star and Combat Distinguishing Device), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon (w/ Gold Star).
Colonel Sumang has three sons: Philip, Matthew and David.