Lieutenant Colonel Weber is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. He began his military career as a JROTC cadet at Cretin High School in 1985 at the age of 14. He enlisted as a Military Police soldier in 1989, serving for nearly five years in the Minnesota Army National Guard while attending college.

 

In 1994, he received his active duty Regular Army commission as a military police second lieutenant.

 

Mark served for 16 years in the Regular Army before making a transition to the full-time Minnesota National Guard (AGR) in 2009 in order to be near his father-in-law, who was battling his own cancer. Little more than a year later, after being recognized nationally as one of the best officer recruiters in the country and while preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan, Mark was diagnosed with Stage IV gastrointestinal cancer.

 

He is married to Kristin Coughlin of Hastings, Minnesota and they reside in Rosemount, Minnesota with their three sons – Matthew, Joshua, and Noah.

 

Mark passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, June 13, at 4:14 PM (or 1614 in military time as Mark would say). Mark’s wish to die at home, embraced by love, and a view of his beloved garden was granted to him.

 

Mark often quoted Mark Frost - “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming .... WOW what a ride!”

 

Well Mark, mission accomplished.

 

 

 

 

Key Military Awards:

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star

Combat Action Badge

Meritorious Service Medal (5)

Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals

Army Commendation and Achievement Medals

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Minnesota Medal of Merit

German Military Efficiency Badge in bronze, silver, and five-awards in the gold

Parachutist badge

Air Assault badge

Joint Staff badge

Army Staff badge

 

Honors:

2012 The Mission Continues Annual Compass Award

2010 Minnesota Vikings Hometown Hero

2009 National Officer Recruiting Chief
of the Year

2004 Distinguished Alumni, Minnesota State University, Mankato

2002 US Army General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award

1994 US Army General George C. Marshall Leadership Award

 

Civil Education

Civilian Education:

Bachelor of Science in Social Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Master of Arts in History, Jacksonville State University, Alabama

Master of Public Policy in Executive Policy Management, Georgetown University

Policy and Public Affairs Fellowship, University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute

Military Education

Military Education:

Basic Combat Training and MP School (both the enlisted and officer courses)

US Army Command and General Staff College

US Marine Corps Command and General Staff College

Others: Physical Security, Special Reaction Team (SWAT), Personal Protective Security Detail (PSD)

Key  Assignments (chronological):

Key Assignments (chronological):

Platoon Leader, 555th MP Company, Ft Lee, Virginia

Detachment Commander, 795th MP Battalion, Ft McClellan, Alabama

Battalion and Brigade level Logistics Staff Officer, Ft McClellan, Alabama

Company Commander, 463rd MP Company, Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri

Secretary of the General Staff to the Commanding General of Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri

Public Affairs Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon

Military Assistant to the Iraqi Chief of Defense, Baghdad, Iraq

Executive Officer, Office of the Provost Marshal General, Pentagon

Executive Officer and Senior Assistant Professor of Military Science, University
of Minnesota

2009 - Transferred from Regular Army Active Duty to Full-Time service with the MN National Guard

Deputy Commander & Chief of Officer Recruiting, Recruiting Command, MN Army National Guard

Director of Strategic Communication, Joint Force Headquarters, MN National Guard

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Education & Assignments

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