LtCol Craig A. Giorgis, USMC

Operational Planning Course Director 

Contact Information

Phone:  (703) 432-5453
Areas of Interest:  Strategic and Operational Affairs, Political-Military Affairs, Foreign Security Force Advising, Field Artillery.


LtCol Giorgis currently serves as Operational Planning Course Director, School of Advanced Warfighting, Marine Corps University.

Craig Giorgis grew up in King George, Virginia. He commissioned as a field artillery officer in the Marine Corps in September 2000. He has experience in cannon and rocket artillery, acquisitions, officer accession and training, operational and strategic planning, strategic mobility, foreign security force advising, and political-military affairs.

His operational assignments include service as an artilleryman in 1st Battalion, 10th Marines; 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines; and 5th Battalion, 11th Marines. He commanded Battery R, 5th Battalion 11th Marines and Task Force Spartan, I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF). Other assignments include service as Officer-in-Charge, High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) New Equipment Training Team; Marine Officer Instructor, Boston, Massachusetts; Operational Planner, I MEF; Officer-in-Charge, I MEF Advisor Training Branch; and Political-Military Strategist, Deputy Directorate for Europe/NATO/Russia, Joint Staff J5. He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Colonel Giorgis’ awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V” and two gold stars, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Captains Career Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Warfighting, and the Secretary of Defense Strategic Thinkers Program. He is an MIT Seminar XXI fellow. He holds a BA from VMI, an MA from Boston University, and an MIPP from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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