Lieutenant Colonel Del Palazzo received his active duty commission into the Marine Corps in 1998 after graduating from Salisbury University with a BA in Political Science. He was assigned as a tank officer and served with the 1st Marine Division’s 1st Tank Battalion throughout his active duty career as a platoon commander, company commander, and operations officer. He deployed to Iraq in 2004 as a military advisor, and again in 2007-2008 as a provisional infantry company commander. He transitioned to the Marine Reserve in 2009, and in 2010 deployed to Afghanistan with a Marine infantry battalion as their senior Afghan army advisor. LtCol Del Palazzo also deployed to multiple countries in South and Central America in 2012, in support of various theater security cooperation missions. In his civilian capacity, LtCol Del Palazzo works for the not-for-profit MITRE Corporation in a Federally Funded Research and Development Center supporting multiple departments within the U.S. government. He lives in northern Virginia with his four year old daughter.