Mr. Damian Bess
Mr. Damian Bess
Deputy to the Commanding Officer
Damian was born in Olean, New York. He enlisted in the Naval Reserves in 1986 and served with Fleet Composite Squadron-12 (VC-12) and then reenlisted onto active duty with the Navy and served aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). Upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and attended The Basic School and then the Basic Engineer Officer’s Course at Camp Lejeune.
Damian then served with operational units and headquarters from the rank of Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel including positions as platoon commander, company commander, battalion logistics officer, battalion executive officer, and Deputy G-4. Operational assignments included 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Battalion-1 (CLB-1), III Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Combined Forces Land Component Command, Camp Doha, and Combined Support Force-536 (CSF-536) for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Relief Operation. Damian deployed in support of combat operations in Iraq as Battalion Executive Officer, CLB-1, Deputy G-4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD), and as Engineer Battle Captain of the Combined Forces Land Component Command, Camp Doha, Kuwait.
Supporting establishment assignments included recruiting station operations and executive officer with Recruiting Station Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Facilities Maintenance Deputy Operations Officer, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan, Deputy Director of Facilities Directorate, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, and Installations Programmer with the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics at Headquarters, Marine Corps. Since retiring from the Marine Corps in 2015, Damian has served as the Director of Public Works at Letterkenny Army Depot.
Damian graduated the U.S. Army Engineer Captain’s Career Course in 2001 and received his Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri/Rolla as well as a Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.