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Lieutenant Colonel Andrew C. Newbrander
Executive Officer
Marine Innovation Unit

A native of Massachusetts, Andrew Newbrander was commissioned in 2004 after graduation from Grove City College in Pennsylvania.
Upon graduating from The Basic School and Air Intelligence Officer Course, Second Lieutenant Newbrander was assigned to 3d Marine Air Wing in Miramar, California in 2005 and soon thereafter deployed with the I Marine Expeditionary Force G2 to Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Upon redeployment, First Lieutenant Newbrander graduated from the Weapons Tactics Instructor course and was assigned to Fixed Wing Fighter Attack Squadron 232 where he completed a deployment aboard the USS NIMITZ. Upon returning to California, he was assigned to 1st Intelligence Battalion where he deployed twice to Ramadi, Iraq as the Officer-in-Charge of an Intelligence Police Transition Team.

In 2009, Captain Newbrander received orders to Central Command in Tampa, Florida where he was assigned to the J2 Targeting Section and deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the targeting officer for a joint special operations task force. Upon his return, he was selected to serve as the Junior Aide-de-Camp for the USCENTCOM Commander, General James Mattis.

Captain Newbrander was assigned in 2012 to 3d Battalion, 3d Marines in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer. After completing a Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa, he transferred to 3d Radio Battalion at Kaneohe Bay where he served in the Operations Section and as a Company Commander.

In 2015, Major Newbrander was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in the Pentagon where he worked in the Director of the Marine Corps Staff, Special Projects Directorate. During this assignment, Major Newbrander was selected as a Service Chief Fellow at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency in 2017. In 2018 

Major Newbrander was assigned to the USMC Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia where he served as a General Alfred Gray Scholar.

Major Newbrander was assigned in 2019 to Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Bahrain where he served as the Operations Officer for the Intelligence Directorate. In 2020, Major Newbrander was assigned as a student to the School of Advanced Warfighting.

In 2021, Lieutenant Colonel Newbrander was assigned to Marine Forces Pacific where he served as a Force Design Implementation Planner and as the G35 Future Operations Branch Head.

Lieutenant Colonel Newbrander began his current assignment as the Executive Officer of the Marine Innovation Unit in 2023.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College, a Master of Arts degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and Masters degrees in Military Studies and Operational Studies from Marine Corps University.