Lieutenant Colonel Gabe Diana is a native of Columbus, Ohio and enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1996 as he was attending The Ohio State University, where he received a B.A. in History in 2001. During this time he deployed to Marine Barracks Panama in 1997, and participated in three Division-level Super Squad Competitions, serving as a team leader on the 2001 winning squad. He was promoted to Sergeant on 2 April, 2001 and received orders to Officer Candidate School.
From January 2002 to December 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Diana attended and graduated from Officer Candidate School, The Basic School, and Infantry Officer’s Course. In December 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Diana reported to 3d Battalion, 2d Marines and served as the Battalion Training Officer, Rifle Platoon Commander, 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander, and Mobile Assault Platoon Commander. During this tour, he supported Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I as a member of Task Force Tarawa, security operations in support of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, and Operations IRAQI FREEDOM 04-06.
In January 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Diana reported to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory where he participated in concept development and live-force experimentation for the Distributed Operations, Squad Fires Observer, Enhanced Company Operations, and Company Level Intelligence Cell projects. In 2008, he attended and graduate from Expeditionary Warfare School, and subsequently served as an augment platoon commander at Officer Candidate School.
In September 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Diana reported to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines where he served as the Headquarters and Service Support Company Commander and Battalion Operations Officer. During this tour, he participated in Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM—Afghanistan, and Fleet Week New York City. In 2012, he attended and graduated from the US Army’s Command and General Staff College and Art of War Scholars program in Leavenworth, Kansas.
In June 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Diana assumed command of Recruiting Station Charleston, West Virginia where the team earned the Eastern Recruiting Region’s Most Improved Recruiting Station in 2015. In June 2016 he reported to the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies in Leavenworth Kansas.
In June 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Diana reported to III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan where he served as the G35 Korea Planner. During this tour, he served as the lead planner for ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN, KEY RESOLVE, and MEFEX 19.
Lieutenant Colonel Diana is a graduate of: School of Infantry, Jungle Warfare School, Infantry Mortar Leader’s Course, Curriculum Developer’s Course, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Tactical MAGTF Integrators Course, and School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). He is a distinguished graduate from The Basic School, Expeditionary Warfare School, and Command and General Staff (CGSC). He earned Masters in Military Arts and Science from CGSC and SAMS. Lieutenant Colonel Diana is the Father Donald Smythe Award recipient for most outstanding military history student at Command and General Staff College.