Mike Visconage currently serves as a volunteer for the National World War I Centennial Commission and is an organizer of the Texas WWI centennial commemoration. He has a diverse background in military operations, business, and military history. In private industry Visconage has held leadership positions in healthcare, franchising, and construction for over 20 years. Visconage served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps on active duty and in the reserves in a variety of leadership and staff positions in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. His operational assignments included command of elite Force Reconnaissance, Division Reconnaissance, and ANGLICO organizations. Selected for special duty at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., he also served as a White House Military Social Aide and on the 1989 Presidential Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. As a reserve officer, he was mobilized and served two tours of duty in Iraq. Other assignments included cross-training as Public Affairs Officer, duty in operations (G-3 Marine Forces Pacific) and in strategic planning (G-5 U.S. Africa Command). His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal. Colonel Visconage retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 2012 with over 30 years of service. As a military historian, Visconage was the Command Historian for multi-national forces in Iraq during the surge of U.S. forces in 2007-08, overseeing joint-service military history detachments and documenting the surge. In 2003 he was the historian for Marine aviation during the initial invasion of Iraq: collecting key documents, taking photographs and conducting over 200 oral history interviews. From 2005-07 he led the Marine Corps’ Field History Detachment. Visconage also worked for the Marine Corps Museum & History Division where his research was published as a monograph. He was later awarded a research grant by the Marine Corps Historical Foundation to document recruitment poster art, coordinating with the National Archives, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Department of Defense Photographic Center, and the U.S. Naval Academy Museum to access and photograph their collections. Visconage is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park (cum laude) and holds an MBA from Webster University (with honors; Graduate Student of the Year). He is the author of over thirty professional articles and a book on U.S. Marine Corps aviation in the Iraq War. Visconage resides in San Antonio with his wife, Pamela Parker-Visconage.