A retirement ceremony hosted by Gen. (retired) John W. Nicholson Jr. for Col. Mark L. Stock took place at the National War College, Washington, D.C., Friday, May 3, 2019.
Stock, who completed 30 years of service with the U.S. Army, graduated from Batesville High School in 1985 and is the son of former Oldenburg residents Ron and Mary Stock.
Mark joined the National War College faculty in 2017 from the Joint Staff J3 where he served as the Assistant Deputy Director for Joint Operations. Prior to that, he served as the senior military assistant and executive assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe/Commander, U.S. European Command.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was commissioned as an infantry officer. He has commanded infantry units at every level from company to brigade, most recently commanding an infantry brigade combat team in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Mark has served in a variety of operational and staff positions in locations around the world including Germany, Bosnia, Belgium, Iraq and Afghanistan. His combat and operational tours include deployments as an infantry platoon leader in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, infantry company commander in Bosnia during both Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Joint Guard, infantry battalion operations officer and executive officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom I, infantry battalion commander during the surge in Operation Iraqi Freedom V, staff director for Regional Command-East in Afghanistan and Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander in Ghazni, Afghanistan.
He has also served as a strategist on the Army staff, battalion and brigade operations trainer at the National Training Center and as the G5 (director of plans) for the 82nd Airborne Division.
Stock is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. He holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies (with distinction) from the Naval War College.
Mark and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Alexandria, Virginia.