By U.S. ArmyJune 14, 2017
COL Mark A. Colbrook is originally from Morrisonville, Illinois and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating with a commission as an Army aviator in 1992.
His previous assignments include numerous aviation and military intelligence assignments. From March 1994 to September 1995, he was assigned to the 751st Military Intelligence Battalion (U.S. Field Station Korea) as the Phoenix Aviation Detachment Executive Officer and later as Assistant S3, Plans and Training for the Field Station.
In October 1995, he became the Aviation Management Officer with the 2nd Corps Material Management Center, 1st Corps Support Command, in Fort Bragg, NC.
From March 1999 to June 2001, COL Colbrook was stationed at Fort Hood, TX with the 15th Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation), and deployed as the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Liaison Officer to Task Force HAWK in Albania. He also served as the Assistant S-3, Operations and Commander, B Company, 15th Military Intelligence Battalion.
From July 2001 until June 2005, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Office of Military Support in Washington, D.C., as a company-level Executive and Operations Officer and a battalion-level Executive Officer. After attending Command and General Staff College, COL Colbrook was selected as Chief, Special Operations Aviation -- Special Programs for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg from 2006 to 2009.
He commanded the 224th Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation) from 2009 until 2011 at Hunter Army Airfield, GA., before serving as Deputy Commanding Officer for Task Force ODIN, which supported intelligence operations in Afghanistan.
He subsequently served in HQDA G-3/5/7 as the Chief of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in DAMO-AV followed by the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks. From July 2014 to June 2016, COL Colbrook was the Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, encompassing the military communities of Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels, and Garmisch.
His most recent assignment was as Commander of Task Force ODIN in Afghanistan from June 2016 until April 2017 where he commanded all the US Army intelligence capabilities supporting the Resolute Support Mission and Operation FREEDOMS SENTINEL.
COL Colbrook is a graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Officer Transition and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.
COL Mark Colbrook and his wife Kelly have a son, Nik, who is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and currently works in Atlanta, and a daughter, Aly, a senior in ROTC at Northern Arizona University.