LTC Mark A. Piccone
Lieutenant Colonel Mark A. Piccone first entered the military in 1987 as a Supply Specialist. Following four years of enlisted service, LTC Piccone was awarded an ROTC Green to Gold scholarship and attended the State University of New York at Brockport. In 1994 he graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree and received an Army commission into Aviation. Upon completion of ROTC, he attended the Aviation Officers Basic Course and flight training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Following graduation from flight school and the AH-64 Apache Aircraft Qualification Course, Lieutenant Colonel Piccone's initial assignment was to Illesheim, Germany in 1995 with the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment where he served as both an Attack and Scout Platoon Leader and assistant S3. While with 6-6 Cavalry, Lieutenant Colonel Piccone deployed twice to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Upon graduating from the Aviation Officer Advanced Course at Fort Rucker, AL in 1999, Lieutenant Colonel Piccone was then assigned to the 1st Battalion (Attack), 3d Aviation regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, GA where he served as the Battalion Assistant Training Officer, Battalion Adjutant, and commanded a Longbow Attack Helicopter company. During this tour, Lieutenant Colonel Piccone completed the Longbow Apache transition course at Ft. Hood, TX and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the 3d Infantry Division's march into Baghdad.
In late 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Piccone was reassigned to the prestigious Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California, where he studied Italian and Spanish. Following his assignment to DLI, Lieutenant Colonel Piccone served at Ft. Sill, OK as the Combined Arms Director and Instructor for the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course until 2007. While assigned to Ft. Sill, Lieutenant Colonel Piccone attended Cameron University where he obtained a Masters of Business Administration degree.
In 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Piccone attended the Italian Command and General Staff college in Rome, Italy where he studied Foreign Policy and International Relations and obtained a Masters of Arts degree in International Security Studies from the University of Rome. He was assigned to I Corps at Ft. Lewis, WA upon graduation. At I Corps, he served as the Special Troops Battalion Executive Officer while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-10 and as the Deputy Corps Aviation Officer upon redeployment.
In 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Piccone assumed the role as the Professor of Military science at Kent State University.