Commander William J. Marks, U.S. Navy
Cmdr. Marks is currently the public affairs officer/spokesperson for the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Prior to his assignment at DIA, Marks led the U.S. Navy's communication team as Chief of Media Operations at the Navy’s Office of Information ("CHINFO") from 2015-2016.
Originally from Amsterdam, NY, Cmdr. Marks graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. in 1996 and has since served at sea on cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers, and in leadership positions at the Pentagon, onboard USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”), the office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, the U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. 7th Fleet deployed to Yokosuka, Japan
As PAO for 7th Fleet, Marks directed communications for the Navy’s largest numbered fleet, interacting with 35 maritime nations across 124 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean. His team at 7th Fleet was awarded the Navy’s Thompson-Ravitz award for best crisis communication plan during the search for missing flight MH370, giving 182 live interviews over a 30-day period in 2014.
At the Naval Academy, his assignment included duties as spokesperson and public affairs officer, leading teams focused on media relations, proactive external communication, web and social media, graphic design, publications and photography. In 2012 USNA was awarded the Thompson-Ravitz award for best community relations program.
Marks’s shore assignments include tours as Executive Officer onboard Old Ironsides in Boston, representing the Navy to ambassadors, governors, congressmen and hundreds of thousands of visitors. At the Pentagon he was lead spokesperson for environmental, medical and legal issues. Additional public affairs assignments included director of the Navy’s community relations programs, graduate school at San Diego State University, and lead for internal communication to more than 300,000 Navy Sailors for the Chief of Navy Personnel.
At sea, Marks served aboard USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Spruance (DD 963) as a surface warfare officer, and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as PAO. While on Spruance he was named a U.S. Atlantic Fleet “Shiphandler of the Year.” During his deployment aboard Lincoln his teams were awarded best internal communication program in the Navy, best overall communication program in the Navy, and best newspaper in the fleet.
Marks’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Battle E awards from USS Gettysburg and USS Abraham Lincoln, and numerous other individual, unit and campaign awards.