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Colonel Lou L.

Marich, US Army
Official Biography

Colonel Marich is the 1980 distinguished Military Graduate from the Polytechnic Institute of New York with a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Military Arts and Sciences from the
United States Army Command and General Staff College School of Advanced Military Studies and a second Master of
Arts Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. Colonel Marich’s military education includes
the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, The United States Army Command and General Staff College, the
School of Advanced Military Studies, and the United States Army War College.

Colonel Marich has served in a variety of command and staff assignments, both in the continental United States and
overseas, including two combat tours in the Persian Gulf as the Brigade Engineer, 2nd Armored Division (Forward)
during OPERATION DESERT STORM and as the Brigade Commander in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) I and
II.

Colonel Marich has over thirteen years of overseas service. His prior assignments include Platoon Leader, Company
Executive Officer, Battalion Intelligence Officer (S-2) and Adjutant, 237th Combat Engineer Battalion (Corps) (Wheeled)
in Heilbronn, Germany, from 1981 to 1983. From 1984 to 1988, he served as Brigade Engineer, Battalion Supply Officer
(S-4), and Commander, Company E, 8th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Mechanized), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood,
Texas. During his second tour in Germany, he served as the Commander, Company D, 17th Engineer Battalion (Combat)
(Mechanized), and the Division Engineer (Forward), 2nd Armored Division (Forward) in Garlstedt; and from 1991 to
1993 he served as the Regimental Operations Officer (S-3), 35 Royal Engineer Regiment, British Army of the Rhine
(BAOR), Hameln. In 1996, after serving as the Battalion Executive Officer, 65th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Light),
25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Colonel Marich deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina in
support of Operations Joint Endeavor (NATO Implementation Force (IFOR)). During the next seventeen months, he
served first with the 1st Armored Division (IFOR), as the Battle Captain in Tuzla and the Division Liaison Officer to the
Nordic-Polish (NORDPOL) Brigade in Doboj, and then with the 1st Infantry Division (NATO Stabilization Force
(SFOR)), as the Division Chief of Plans and the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations, Plans and Training), in Tuzla.
Upon his return to Germany, Colonel Marich commanded the 54th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Mechanized), 130th
Engineer Brigade, V (US) Corps, in Bamberg, from 1998 to 2000, and as the Chief, Commander’s Initiatives Group,
Headquarters, United States Army Europe and 7th Army, in Heidelberg, Germany. From 2002 to 2003, he served as the
Deputy Division Chief, Leader Development Division, Training Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for
Operations and Plans G-3, United States Army, the Pentagon. Most recently, Colonel Marich commanded the 1st
Armored Division Engineer Brigade in combat during OIF I and the three month extension in to OIF II from July 2003 to
July 2004 and then in Giessen, Germany, until August 2005. Currently he is serving as the Deputy Assistant
Commandant, U. S. Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Colonel Marich has been awarded the Legion of Merit (with Two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal (with Two
Oak Leaf Clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with Two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with
3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army
Superior Unit Award, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the South-West Asia Service Medal with Three Bronze
Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the NATO Medal, the Saudi Kuwait Liberation
Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

Colonel Marich is married to former Helen Elizabeth Wood and they have two sons, Samuel and Anthony.