Colonel Andrew D. Bianca
Deputy Program Executive Officer Land Systems
Colonel Bianca, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, is a 1987 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business (Operations Management). Upon completion of the basic school in Quantico and Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in 1988, he was assigned to 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division. He served as a Tank Platoon Commander in Company D and deployed to Japan on the Unit Deployment Program. Upon his return to CONUS, he was assigned as an Anti-Tank (TOW) Platoon Commander and deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Upon his return, he served as Executive Officer of Company C.
In June 1992, he was reassigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, where he served as a Series Commander, Battalion Operations Officer and Company Commander in 1st Recruit Training Battalion.
In 1995, he attended the Armor Officer Advanced Course and Cavalry Leaders Course at Fort Knox. In February 1996, he was reassigned to 2d Tank Battalion where he served as CO of Company C and H&S Company. In June 1997, he deployed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as the J3 Operations Officer for the United States Support Group-Haiti. In January 1998, he was assigned as the 2d Marine Division G3 Assistant Training Officer.
In June 1998, he reported to Marine Corps Systems Command where he served as the M1A1 Tank Project Officer and Deputy Program Manager, Tank Systems. In August 2001, he attended the Marine Corps Command & Staff Course. He was subsequently reassigned as the 2d Tank Battalion Executive Officer where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). In August 2003 he was reassigned to the 2d Marine Division staff as the Deputy G-7. In April 2004, he assumed the duties of the Division G-3 Operations Officer where he deployed again in support of OIF. He assumed command of 2d Tank Battalion in September 2005. He relinquished command in June 2007 and reported to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in August 2007.
Following graduation in June 2008, he reported to Marine Corps Systems Command where he served as Program Manager, Infantry Weapons. In August 2009, he reported to Marine Corps Command and Staff College (2002) and a Masters in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (2008).
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with gold star and combat distinguishing device, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon with a gold star.