Samuel A. VerPlanck

Military Professor Wargaming Department
Lt. Col., U.S. Marine Corps
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Lt. Col. VerPlanck is assigned to the Wargaming Department in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. He was commissioned in 2004 and has served in various positions across the Marine Air Control Group specializing in aviation command and control with two deployments to Afghanistan. Lt. Col. VerPlanck’s most recent assignment was as the capabilities integration officer for Ground Based Air Defense at Marine Corps Combat Development and Integration Command, Quantico, Virginia.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Wargaming

Professional Highlights


Reported to Naval War College

War Gaming Department

Capabilities Integration Officer

Capabilities Integration Officer for Marine Corps Ground Based Air Defense
Combat Development and Integration - Quantico, VA

Executive Officer

Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron - 38
MCAS Miramar, CA

Operations Officer

Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron - 38
MCAS Miramar, CA

Senior Air Director

Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Action Officer

Tactical Radios
HQMC Command, Control, Communications, and Computers
Arlington, VA

Naval Postgraduate School

Master of Science degree in Systems Technology
Monterey, CA


Helicopter Director, Tactical Air Direct, Senior Air Director
MASS-2, Okinawa, Japan
Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course Graduate
Yuma, AZ


M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, Systems Technology

B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Information Technology

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