Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, USMC (Ret.) (Writer, Military Consultant) enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1983 and served in all three active duty Marine divisions as a field artilleryman. He has deployed to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf region with the 13th and 15th Marine Expeditionary Units, and participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm as part of the 1st Marine Division. Strobl's last assignment was at Headquarters, United States Marine Corps, Manpower and Reserve Affairs in Quantico, Va. He wrote the journal 'Taking Chance' while serving with the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico in April 2004. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 and currently works as a defense analyst at the Pentagon.