Weapons and Field Training Battalion
Colonel Michael F. Arnone

Colonel Arnone graduated from Frostburg State University Maryland and was commissioned in 1997. Upon completing the Infantry Officer’s Course, he was assigned to 2d Battalion, 3d Marines in Kaneohe Bay, HI. While there he served as a Rifle Platoon, Weapons Platoon, and Combined Anti-Armor Platoon Commander, completing two deployments to Okinawa.

Following his tour in 2001, Colonel Arnone was assigned to Systems Command, Quantico VA. While there he served as a Project Officer within the Infantry Weapons Directorate for day and night optics.

In 2004 Colonel Arnone received order to the Antiterrorism Battalion, 2d Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, NC. During his tour he served as the Assistant Operations Officer, Bravo Company Commander, and Battalion Operations Officer. Additionally, he deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM from 2005-2006 as a Boarder Transition Team Chief.

In 2007 Colonel Arnone was assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Regiment in Norfolk VA and served as the Assistant Operations Officer. In 2009 Colonel Arnone assumed command of Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Central Command (FASTCENT), in Manama Bahrain.

From 2010-2012 Colonel Arnone was the Executive Officer for 3d Battalion 6th Marines in Camp Lejeune NC. During this period, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). Upon returning from deployment Colonel Arnone was assigned to a Security Force Advise and Assist Team and completed a second deployment in support of OEF as the Operations Advisor to the Afghan Nation Security Forces’ Regional Command Southwest’s Operations Coordination Center.

From 2014-2016 Colonel Arnone served as the Inspector Instructor (I&I) for 1st Battalion 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division. While there he participated in Exercises ARCTIC EAGLE, NORTHER STRIKE, and Integrated Training Exercise 4-16.

In 2017 Colonel Arnone received orders to U.S. Special Operations Command, Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate and served as the Deputy J52. In 2020 he was reassigned to U.S. Navy Central Command (NAVCENT) in Manama Bahrain and served as the NAVCENT/FIFTH Fleet Director of the Future Plans Center and Fleet Marine Officer. Upon returning from NAVCENT Col Arnone assumed his current duties as the Division Chief for Policy and Strategy, Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate, at US Central Command. 

Colonel Arnone is a graduate of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School (Non-Res), U.S. Army’s Infantry Captain’s Career Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (Non-Res), and the U.S Army War College.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island