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Colonel Mark Anarumo

Permanent Professor and Department Head

Character and Leadership Development

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(719) 333-4904

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Bio

Colonel Mark Anarumo is the Permanent Professor and Department Head for the Center for Character and Leadership Development, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. The Center is responsible for providing leadership and character education to the Cadet Wing of over 4,000 officer candidates. The Center hosts several large forums per year including the annual National Character and Leadership Symposium, and conducts leading-edge research, instruction and assessment for advancing the 21st Century Profession of Arms. The Center is integral to the Academy’s mission of graduating leaders of character and integrating the Air Force’s Core Values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do” for faculty, staff, and cadets.

Colonel Anarumo's previous assignment was Vice Commander of the 39th Air Base Wing at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, where he was responsible for approximately 5,000 U.S. military, civilian and contractor personnel and the combat readiness of U.S. Air Force units at Incirlik and four geographically-separated units in Turkey. Colonel Anarumo has commanded three squadrons; the 8th Security Forces Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, the 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at Manas Air Base, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, and the 43rd Security Forces Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. He also responded to a no-notice tasking to Korea in 2018, where he led the transformation of four installations from dormancy to operationally capable air bases, expanding United Nations capability in Korea and forcing North Korea to the negotiating table. He entered the Air Force in 1994 as the Distinguished Graduate of Air Force ROTC at Rutgers University. He completed the Security Police Academy as the Honor Graduate and Top Gun Award winner, and the Ground Combat Skills Level IV course as the Honor Graduate and Leadership Award winner. His previous assignments include a National Security Fellowship at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Chief of Programming for Headquarters U.S. Air Force Directorate of Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Force Development at Air Combat Command Headquarters, Executive Officer to the Air Combat Command Director of Security Forces, Chair of Homeland Security and Terrorism Studies for a Homeland Security Master's education program, and Operations Officer for the largest deployed Security Forces Squadron in the world. He also served as an Air Force Fellow in the Air Force Institute of Technology Civilian Institutions Program, completing his doctoral dissertation on terrorist threat forecasting. Prior to entering the Air Force, he served in the US Army as an M-1 Abrams tank crewman, reaching the rank of Corporal and tank commander before being honorably discharged to attend Air Force ROTC. Colonel Anarumo is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, U.S. Army Pathfinder School, U.S. Army Air Assault School, and several courses at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School.

Education

National Security Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (2012)

Air War College by correspondence (2010)

Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University Graduate School, New Brunswick, N.J. (2005)

Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. (2004)

Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, 204th Session, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. (2000)

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, Newark, N.J. (1999)

Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J. (1994)

Professional Experience

Permanent Professor, Department Head, and Director, Center for Character and Leadership Development, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (July 2016-Present)

Chief, Co-located Operating Base Transformation (deployed), Headquarters, Seventh Air Force, Osan, Suwon, Daegu, Gimhae, and Gwang Ju Air Bases, Republic of Korea (Feb.-June 2018)

Vice Commander, 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey (July 2014-July 2016)

Chief, Programming Branch, Headquarters US Air Force, Washington DC. (June 2012-June 2014)

National Security Fellow/SDE student, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (June 2011-June 2012)

Commander, 8th Security Forces Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea (July 2010-June 2011)

Chair of Homeland Security and Terrorism Studies, Pomona, N.J. (GSU) (June 2007-June 2010)

Commander, 43rd Security Forces Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, N.C. (May 2005-May 2007)

Commander, 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Manas Air Base, Republic of Kyrgyzstan (March 2006-Sep. 2006)

Air Force Fellow/IDE in-resident student, Air Force Institute of Technology Civilian Institution Program, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J. (Sep. 2003-May 2005)

Operations Officer, 305th Security Forces Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, Burlington County, N.J. (Aug. 2002-Sep. 2003)

Operations Officer, 363rd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Prince Sultan Air Base, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia (Aug.2001-Aug. 2002)

Executive Officer to the Director of Security Forces, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Newport News, Va. (April 2000-Aug. 2001)

Action Officer, Directorate of Aerospace Operations, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. (May 1999-April 2000)

Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J. (July 1997-May 1999)

Resources and Training Flight Leader, 96th Security Police Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Okaloosa County, Fla. (June 1996-July 1997)

Assistant Ops Officer, 96th Security Police Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Okaloosa County, Fla. (Nov. 1995-June 1996)

Shift Commander, 96th Security Police Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Okaloosa County, Fla. (Sep.1994-Nov. 1995)

US Army M-1 Abrams Armor Crewman, 2nd Armored Division, Ft Hood, Texas and 3rd Infantry Division, Grafenwoehr, Germany (Sep.1988-March 1991)

Honors & Awards

Legion of Merit

Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Army Achievement Medal

Air Force Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and four oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korea Defense Service Medal