Meet the Patriotic Speaker for the 232nd Fourth of July Celebration

Colonel Andrew J. Drake – USMC Military Advisor to the Director Office of the Secretary of Defense – Net Assessment

Colonel Drake enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1987. His initial fleet tour was with the 1st Marine Division Staff Judge Advocate before a lateral-move into intelligence and a transfer to 11th Marines. He was accepted into the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program in 1990, reached the rank of Sergeant, and graduated cum laude from George Washington University in 1993. He returned to the Fleet as an intelligence officer with the 3rd Marine Air Wing and served as the Targeting Officer for the G2.

In 1996, 1st Lieutenant Drake was accepted into the Foreign Area Officer program for China where he attended the Naval Postgraduate School, the Defense Language Institute, and a year of in-country training where he visited every province of China from 1999 to 2000.

Captain Drake remained in the Pacific with the III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) G2 on Okinawa, Japan as the Current Intelligence Officer and completed that tour with three months in East Timor in a counter-intelligence billet. In 2001, he was assigned to Pacific Command (PACOM) and worked in the China Division of JICPAC, first as the Pol-Mil branch chief, and then as the branch chief in support of PACOM’s operational planning.

After PACOM, Major Drake attended Command and Staff College which was followed by a two-year tour in South Korea in the Combined Forces Command as an Intelligence Planner. After completing JPME-2, Major Drake was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) Intel Department before being deployed to Iraq in 2008-09 to be with Multi-National Force-West as the Intelligence Planner and served all over Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, and the Saudi Arabian and Syrian borders.

Lieutenant Colonel Drake returned to the Pentagon to work as the Human Intelligence & Counter-Intelligence Branch Chief in Intel Department, HQMC for eight months before serving in Beijing as the Marine Attaché to China from 2010 to 2013. After China, he worked in the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Strategic Initiative Group. While there, he was selected for Colonel and assigned to Hawaii to be the G2 (Senior Intelligence Officer) for Marine Forces Pacific from August 2014 to June 2017. He has just returned to DC to start working in the Office of Net Assessment (ONA).

He holds a Masters Degree in Military Studies (Distinguished Graduate) from the Marine Corps University, a Masters in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Bachelors Degree in Political Science (Cum Laude) from George Washington University, and graduated High School in Clinton, New York.

Col Drake is married to Ameurfinna (Moy), and they have three children: Andrew (Dash, who is 9), Elisabeth (Libby, 8) and Warren (Chance, 7), while his parents, Ed & Diane, live with them in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Recent Patriotic Speakers

  • 2012 – Ira Magaziner
  • 2013 – Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray, Jr.
  • 2014 – MG Kevin R. McBride
  • 2015 – Dr. Donald J. Farish
  • 2016 – Justice Robert G. Flanders (Ret.)