Major Andrew Koch, USMC
Major Andrew Koch attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, where he majored in Finance and Accounting, and was in the NROTC unit. He graduated in 2005 and immediately commissioned into the United States Marine Corps. Following commissioning, Major Koch went to the Basic School in Quantico, VA, where he graduated and earned the MOS of 0204, MAGTF CI/HUMINT Officer. Following MAGTF CI/HUMINT training, Major Koch received orders to 3d Intelligence Battalion in Okinawa, Japan.
After arriving in Okinawa, Major Koch took charge of a HUMINT Exploitation Team (HET) and trained for a deployment to Iraq with 2nd Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment. In 2007, Major Koch deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, and then redeployed to Okinawa in August of 2008. In June 2009, Major Koch deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he served as the Regimental Combat Team 7 HUMINT Officer. In April 2010, Major Koch redeployed to Okinawa and received orders to Recruiting Station Kansas City.
Major Koch served as the Officer Selection Officer for Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas from 2010 through 2013, where he was responsible for recruiting, screening, and training young men and women to attend the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. In the spring of 2013 Major Koch screened for Marine Special Operations Command and was selected to serve in 1st Marine Raider Support Battalion (1st MRSB) at Camp Pendleton, CA.
In 2013, Major Koch executed orders to 1st Marine Raider Support Battalion where he served for three years as the Special Operations Intelligence Company Commander. Following his time at 1st MRSB, Major Koch received orders to 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and executed orders in July 2016. From 2016 to 2017, Major Koch served as the Deputy G2 and the Operations Officer for the Intelligence Directorate. In spring of 2017, Major Koch received orders to the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, KS, from which he graduated with honors in June of 2018. Following graduation from the Command and General Staff Officers Course, Major Koch executed orders to serve as the Executive Officer at the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI, where he also serves as the assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach.
Major Koch’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal x2, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal x2, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal x2. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Basic Officer Course (2005), Marine Air Ground Task Force Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Course (2006), Reid Advanced Interrogation Course (2007), Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School (2012), Marine Air Ground Task Force Intelligence Officer Course (2013), Marine Corps Special Operations Training Course with honors (2013), the Joint Special Operations Intelligence Officer Course (2014), Joint Special Operations Planning Course (2014), SERE with honors (2014), the US Air Force’s Space Operations Course with honors (2015), and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course with honors (2018). He is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Leadership through Kansas State University.