Brigadier General Mark R. Wise
Vice Chief of Naval Research and Commander, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab
Brig. Gen. Mark R. Wise is currently assigned as the commanding general of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Quantico, Va. He was born in Amarillo, Texas, and is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., and the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
Wise’s command tours include: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 Crusaders from 2003 to 2004, participating in the Unit Deployment Program; exercises Cobra Gold, HCAX and Clean Hunter; and Marine Aircraft Group 12 from 2008-2009, participating in numerous exercises throughout the western pacific .
His additional operational tours have been with: VMFA-333 during Desert Shield and Desert Storm; VMFA-312 with CVW-8 and USS Theodore Roosevelt during Operations Deny Flight and Southern Watch; 58th Fighter Squadron during Operation Southern Watch; and VMFA-251 with CVW-1 and the USS George Washington during Operation Southern Watch.
Wise's staff tours include: Marine Aircraft Group 31 and Marine Aircraft Group 12. In 1999, he was assigned to Headquarters, Marine Corps as the F/A-18 requirements officer, TACAIR Budget Officer and the aide de campe to the deputy commandant for marine aviation. In 2009, he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as the executive officer to the deputy chief for operations at Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force. In 2010, Wise returned to Headquarters, Marine Corps as the deputy branch head for Aviation Plans, Policies, Budget and Joint Matters where he remained until 2011.
His personal decorations include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Strike Flight Air Medal with combat “V” and eight strike flight awards, Strike Flight Air Medal – individual action, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and Air Force Commendation Medal. He has more than 3,500 flight hours primarily in the F/A-18 and F-15C.