CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A civilian Marine, serving as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for G-6 and Deputy Chief Information Officer for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, was awarded a Meritorious Civilian Service Commendation in late June for exceptional service over the past five years.
This is the first time a civilian has received this award during the command's six-year existence.
Retired Marine Colonel Robert L. Rusch, a native of Escanaba and son of Virginia Shomin and George W. Rusch, also of Escanaba, was praised for his exceptional performance of duty to MARSOC from June 2007 to June 2012. During these instrumental years soon after MARSOC's establishment as a new unit to U.S. Special Operations Command in 2006, Rusch was a key architect and leader for numerous strategic, multi-million dollar initiatives regarding operational direction, policy and standards for all Command, Control, Communications and Computer operations within the command.
Robert K. Rusch
His masterful management of information systems and programs while leading a staff of more than 35 Marines and civilian employees and 20 contractors was essential in establishing, improving and executing mission capabilities and operational design during garrison and tactical missions, solidifying MARSOC as a world class Special Operations Force.
Rusch's exemplary leadership, energy, technical acumen and dedication to duty epitomized the highest standards of the United States Marine Corps and its Corps of Civilian Marines.
It is the first meritorious commendation award presented to any civilian Marine working at MARSOC since its inception in February 2006.