LTC J. MARC LEGARE
Commanding Officer 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
July 7, 1999 - June 11, 2001
Under command of LTC Marc LeGare 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry became the U.S. Army's first
LTC J. Marc LeGare was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 4, 1959. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1981, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. His Military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Course, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the Advanced Military Studies Program and the Armed Forces Staff College.
During his initial assignments, LTC LeGare served as rifle platoon leader, executive officer, S-1 and headquarters company executive officer in 1st Battalion 36th Infantry (M), Federal Republic of Germany, from 1982-1984. Following graduation from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he served as Battalion Motor Officer, and rifle company commander in 1st Battalion 31st Infantry (M), in the Republic of Korea from 1985-1987.
Upon his return to the United States, LTC LeGare attended the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he recieved a Masters Degree in Operations Research/Systems Analysis. He was then assigned as a Combat Developments staff officer at Headquarters, Training and Doctrine Command, from 1989-1991.
After graduating from the Command and General Staff College in 1992, he attended the School of Advanced Military Studies, where he received a Masters Degree in Military Arts and Science. In 1993 he was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas, as a Tactical Planner, G3, 1st Infantry Division (M). From 1994-1995 he served as S3, 1st Battalion 16th Infantry.
In 1995, LTC LeGare was assigned to the Joint Staff, where he served first as a Force Structure Analyst, and later as Chief, Force Apportionment Branch, Forces Division, Directorate for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment, J-8. In July 1998 LTC LeGare was assigned as the Deputy Garrison Commander, US Army Garrison, Fort Hood. From July 7, 1999 LTC LeGare served as the 1/22 Infantry Battalion Commander at Fort Hood, Texas. In June of 2001 he retired from the US Army with 20 years active service.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Staff Achievement Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Acheivement Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab and Parachutist Badge.
LTC LeGare and his wife Anne have five children: Leigh, Mark, Daniel and the twins, Joanna and Hannah.
After his Army career Marc LeGare has led a successful career in the Communications Industry.
Proactive Communications, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. LeGare became CEO of Proactive Communications, Inc. in 2006 after serving as the company's Chief Operating Officer
and Operations Manager. Under Mr. LeGare's leadership as CEO, Proactive became the first American IT company
to work directly with the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.
Prior to joining Proactive, Mr. LeGare was Senior Consultant and Operations Manager for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade
of TRW/Northrop-Grumman. Mr. LeGare also held various command and staff positions in the U.S. Army, including Infantry
A regular contributor to professional journals and the author of several books, Mr. LeGares latest work on Iraqi entrepreneurship
is featured in the IC2 Institute book Global Perspectives on Technology Transfer and Commercialization.
Mr. LeGare earned his BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MS from the Air Force Institute of Technology,
and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies.
The following article was published in MilSat Magazine January 2008
PRIORITY BRIEFING WITH Marc LeGare - CEO, Proactive Communications, Inc.
Interview with Hartley Lesser, Editorial Director, SatNews Publishers
A true veteran, in every sense of the wordMarc LeGare has actual satcom application and installation experience within contested military zones. In addition, he is the CEO of Proactive Communications, Inc. (PCI). He possesses senior staff experience with TRW/Northrop Grumman as their former Senior Consultant and Operations Manager for the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade. Marc served in various command and staff positions for the U.S. Army worldwide, including Iraq. We somehow managed to have him pause in his work for a few minutes as we conducted an interview to follow-up his October MilsatMagazine article, Taking Customization to the Next Level The Iraqi Connection.
Marc, how did you become involved in the satellite communications business? When did you join PCI? What was your experience prior to PCI (business and military)?
I moved into the satellite communications business in 2003 after serving as a Battalion Commander for the U.S. military. In that role, I underwent military communications training and gained hands-on experience with some of the most cutting edge digital battle command technology in the world. My battalion was the first digitized, mechanized infantry battalion in the US Army.
How is your management philosophy impacted by your military experience as a Battalion Commander?
Empowering employees so they can make rapid decisions is what I strive to attain, and that requires I work with them in the field to understand exactly what they need to succeed on each project. In this way, they can effectively lead members of the team and work together to complete their missions.
How would you describe your experience working with Iraqis employed by PCI?
Seventy percent of our work force in Iraq is comprised of native Iraqis. Theyve been an integral part of doing business there because theyve helped us understand the culture and also provided the necessary translation services and labor weve needed to complete various projects. Ive witnessed true camaraderie and teamwork between Sunni, Shiite and Christians and would describe them as a real band of brothers. Its a real privilege to know and to work with them. They are a refreshing reminder of the human resource potential that resides in Iraq.
What qualities do you find most necessary when working and leading under extreme conditions?
In most extreme situations whether its emergency communications or when youre operating in a war zone initiative, flexibility, empowered decision making, and a make it happen attitude are the most important attributes.
What valuable business lessons have you learned from working in Iraq?
Ive learned that its necessary for corporate leaders to roll up their sleeves and to really get to know the environment and customer with which theyre working. Another key factor is building a solid team that can manage the international finance and legal complexities.
How did you, and do you, protect your assets in a war zone?
Our most important asset is our work force. We take great pains to ensure the safety of everyone who supports the different programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the measures I assume is to personally visit the most dangerous sites and understand the asset protection necessary within each working environment.
After your active duty, how did you manage the transition to civilian life and the lead role with a commercial company?
I did a lot of reading on business practices and tried to merge that knowledge with my military leadership experience. As far as leading PCI is concerned, when I started we only had five employees at the time, so I have been able to learn as the company grew.
What frustrated you the most during your first trip to Iraq? How could that have been overcome?
I was most taken back by how difficult the simplest tasks could become. Just getting food, water, and fuel could be a struggle. I thought my military experience would have prepared me for this, but I had to learn a new set of rules as to who to talk to, and how to emplace resources. Now we embrace the friction and are always prepared to be flexible. On the other hand, initiative, teamwork, and a sense of humor can overcome this friction. In fact, I started using the Staples easy button to acknowledge those efforts that made seemingly impossible tasks simple and fast.
What major changes have you witnessed within the military satellite communications industry since joining PCI?
We have seen the ever increasing untethering of units from line-of-sight communications and an increasing reliance on satellite based systems. I think this movement will continue for years to come.
Where do you see the industry heading?
I believe satellite systems will become more mobile, lighter in weight, and far more capable of being pushed out to the individual on the battlefield.
What is your vision for Proactive Communications? What future plans do you have for the company?
Our plan is for PCI to be at the forefront of secure communications for our customers, in the most demanding of environments. I dont see PCI becoming a Club Med telecommunications company. Our role is to be the desired partner for any away game whether thats a combat zone, disaster assistance, or beyond the reach of line-of-sight systems.
About Proactive Communications, Inc.
This company offers satcom, enterprise, IT consulting and field support services around the world. Marc, by the way, has a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies.
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