Lieutenant Colonel Mark D. Mariska
LTC Mark Mariska was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School class 3-64 on 20 March 1964 at Fort Benning, Georgia. His first duty assignment was Company Commander, G Company, U.S. Army Security Agency, Fort Devens, Massachusetts.
His subsequent duty assignments include: Assistant Operations Officer, Asa Phu Bai, 8th Radio Research Field Station, in support of the 3rd Marine Division, Vietnam and Strategic Intelligence Officer, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He left active duty service in 1972 and continued service in the National Guard until his retirement in 1991.
In 1982, he organized the California Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, a non-profit corporation serving Vietnam War veterans experiencing difficulty transitioning back into society. He is the current executive co-producer of the historical documentary, “Always Faithful” Vietnam 1967. This 3-part television documentary is about the daily acts of valor never brought to light by the press.
His civilian positions include: Assistant Vice President for Investments, Horace Mann Educators Corporation; Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner of California; Vice President for operations, USAA Group; Executive-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of Organization Theory, Middlebury College, Vermont; Chairman, President and CEO, and Managing Director of the Aurora Investment Groups, the American Insurance Consortium Inc. and Mariska Partners Inc. He also served as a consultant to the Soviet Ministry of Fuel and Energy, the Russian Ministry of Finance, the Federal Insurance Inspectorate, and Moscow State University with emphasis in insurance regulation and insurance operations and market development.
His highest military awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal.