Craig R. Wonson

Military Professor & Senior Service Advisor Maritime Advanced Warfighting School
Col., U.S. Marine Corps
Craig R. Wonson Photo


Col. Wonson is a military professor at the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School. A career infantry officer and combat veteran with seven overseas deployments, he has over 10 years of command experience and multiple assignments as a strategic/operational planner. A graduate of both Marine Corps Command & Staff College and School of Advanced Warfighting, he was selected as the first Marine Corps Fellow in the Yale University International Security Studies Program and served as a military advisor for the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • COIN
  • Command and Control
  • Ground Warfare
  • Leadership
  • Military Planning
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Military Professor, Strategy & Policy Department, Naval War College


Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group, MCB Twenty-nine Palms, CA


Deputy, Amphibious Warfare Branch, N-95, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington D.C.


Marine Corps Fellow, International Security Studies Program, Yale University, New Haven, CT


Future Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA


Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, CA


Joint SOF Assessments Branch Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, FL


Future Operations Planner, G3, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA


Student, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA


Company Commander and Battalion Operations Officer, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, CA


Fellow, Yale University, 2012, International Security Studies

M.A., Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting, 2005, Operational Studies

M.A., Marine Corps Command & Staff College, 2004, Military Studies

M.A., National University, 1998, Public Administration

B.A., University of Connecticut, 1992, History & Political Science

Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star
With combat distinguishing device

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal
4 Medals

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Combat Action Ribbon

Presidential Unit Citation

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Navy Unit Commendation Medal
2 Medals

Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal
2 Medals

National Defense Service Medal
2 Medals

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Navy Sea Service Ribbon
7 Ribbons

NATO Medal

Drill Instructor Ribbon

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