Colonel Anthony J. Bango
Colonel Bango grew up in Harrisville, New York, and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1988, serving for six years as a Combat Engineer. In 1995 he received a commission in the Marine Corps via Officer Candidate Class-160. Following training at The Basic School, Infantry Officers Course, and LAV Leaders Course he was assigned to 3d LAR Battalion. During this time he served as a Platoon Commander, and Company Executive Officer, deploying to Camp Schwab Okinawa in support of the Unit Deployment Program.
In 1999, he reported to SOI (West) for service as an Instructor at the LAV School. He served as the LAV School Company Commander and Officer in Charge of the LAV Leaders Course.
In 2003, following graduation from the Expeditionary Warfare School, he reported to 1st LAR Battalion where he served as the Commanding Officer, Alpha Company and Commanding Officer, Weapons Company; he deployed with the battalion in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II participating in Operation VIGILANT RESOLVE (Al Fallujah).
In June of 2005 he reported to the 1st Marine Division Staff where he served as the G-3 Current Operations Officer while assuming the collateral billets of Division Training Officer, Division SORTS Officer, and 1st Marine Division Schools OIC.
In July of 2006 he reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Plans Policies and Operations (PP&O). He served initially in the Current Operations Branch before being assigned as the Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commandant for PP&O. His last assignment at PP&O was in the Expeditionary Operations Branch as the MEU Programs Officer.
He graduated from the USMC Command and Staff College in 2010, earning a Masters Degree in Military Studies and Distinguished Graduate honors.
Following Command and Staff College he reported to 2d LAR Battalion serving as the Battalion Executive Officer, deploying with the Battalion to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 11.1.
Upon return from deployment, in January 2012, he was reassigned as the Regimental Executive Officer for the 2d Marine Division RBE Regiment. In May of 2012, he reported for duty as an Advisor to the Security Force Assistance Advisor mission in Afghanistan, and deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 12.2.
In January of 2014 he took command of 2d LAR Battalion — commanding the Battalion for 30 months. Upon relinquishing command of 2d LAR Battalion he attended the Naval War College from 2016 - 2017, earning a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Upon graduation from the Naval War College in 2017 he was assigned to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command J-5 Directorate as a Planner and Branch Chief for East & Southeast Asia Contingency Plans.
His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Gold Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device and 2 Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star.