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2nd Marine Division

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Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Unit Leaders
Lieutenant Colonel Anthony J. Bango

Commanding Officer, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Bango grew up in Harrisville, New York.  He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1988, serving for six years as a Combat Engineer.  He earned his Marine Corps commission in 1995 via Officer Candidate Class-160.  Following training at The Basic School, Infantry Officers Course, and LAV Leaders Course he was assigned to 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.  He served as a Platoon Commander, and Company Executive Officer, and deployed to Camp Schwab Okinawa in support of the Unit Deployment Program.

In 1999, he reported to the School of Infantry West for service as an Instructor at the LAV School.  He served as the LAV School Company Commander and Officer in Charge of the LAV Leaders Course.

In 2003, following graduation from the Expeditionary Warfare School, he reported to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion where he served as the Commanding Officer, Alpha Company and Commanding Officer, Weapons Company; he deployed with the battalion in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II.

In June of 2005 he reported to the 1st Marine Division Staff where he served as the G-3 Operations Officer, also assuming the collateral billets of Division Training Officer, Division SORTS Officer, and 1st Marine Division Schools OIC.

In July of 2006 he reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Plans Policies and Operations (PP&O).  He served initially in the Current Operations Branch before being assigned as the Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commandant for PP&O.  His last assignment at PP&O was in the Expeditionary Operations Branch as a MEU Programs Officer.

He graduated from the USMC Command and Staff College in 2010, earning a Masters Degree and Distinguished Graduate honors.

Following Command and Staff College he reported to 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion serving as the Battalion Executive Officer, deploying with the Battalion to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 11.1.

Upon return from deployment, in January 2012, he was reassigned as the Regimental Executive Officer for the 2d Marine Division RBE Regiment.

In May of 2012, he reported for duty as an Advisor to the Security Force Assistance Advisor mission in Afghanistan, and deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 12.2.

His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal meritorious with gold star in lieu of second award, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/combat distinguishing device, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal meritorious with gold star in lieu of second award, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star in lieu of second award.