is a native of Seaford, New York. He
graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in geography and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 2000
through the Officer Candidate Course program. Following The Basic School, LtCol
Marko reported to Pensacola, Florida for primary flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in December
2002 and reported to Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron (HMM)-164 to be
qualified as a CH-46E helicopter pilot.
completion of flight training, he was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter
Squadron (HMM) 166 where he served in the squadron’s maintenance and safety
departments. From 2004 to 2005, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom (OIF) based in Al Anbar Province, and in 2006 he deployed in support of
11th Marine Expeditionary Unit operations aboard the USS Peleliu. After his
tour with HMM-166, LtCol Marko attended Tactical Air Control Party School and
reported to 2d Marine Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment to serve as a forward air
controller. In 2007, he deployed with
the battalion to Ramadi, Iraq in support of OIF II counter-insurgency operations. Upon his redeployment, he was assigned to
MCAS Miramar to be the Marine Aircraft Group 11 Helicopter Current Operations
2008, LtCol Marko reported to Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a
master’s degree in business administration with a focus in defense financial
management. Following graduation, he
assumed the duties of Head, Aviation Financial Management Branch under the
Assistant Chief of Staff G-8 at U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command
(MARFORCOM). In 2011, he stepped away
from those duties for one year to serve as aide-de-camp to LtGen Hejlik,
ended his active duty service in June 2013 and the following month he joined
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU)-4 as a reservist. In 2014, he attended Unmanned Aircraft
Commander training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
After training, he served as VMU-4’s Executive Officer for three years
and then assumed command of the “Evil Eyes” in May of 2017.
Marko’s personal decorations include the Air Medal with three strike/flight
awards, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation
Medal and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.