David C. Fuquea
Maritime Staff Operators Course
College of Operational and Strategic Leadership
Professor David C. Fuquea joined the Naval War College faculty in August 2011. His primary teaching responsibilities are within the Maritime Staff Operators Couse (MSOC). He conducts research and writes on modern amphibious warfare and the U.S. Naval War in the Pacific, 1941-1945. He has published in numerous journals, to include: The Journal of Military History, The Naval War College Review, and The Naval Institute Proceedings. Most recently, he received first prize in the Marine Corps Association 2012 Lieutenant Colonel Earl Ellis Essay Contest on Innovation in Amphibious Operations.
Professor Fuquea retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in August 2010 with over 29 years of active-duty service as an infantry officer. He commanded infantry units at every rank from Lieutenant to Colonel, and he also served as the U.S. Marine Exchange Officer to the British Royal Marines. His combat and contingency deployments included the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Congo, Albania, Kosovo and Al Anbar Province, Iraq. In 2012, he served as a civilian advisor to the Marine Corps Commanding General in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Professor Fuquea completed his undergraduate studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in History. He holds a Master’s Degree from Duke University in Military History. He also earned a Master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College, graduating with “Highest Distinction” in 2004. He served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps Academic Fellow to the Mershon Center for Strategic Studies at The Ohio State University and completed two tours on the Faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy.
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