Join us on 21 August 2014 for a luncheon with the new Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center (MCNOSC), Col William Berris, USMC.



Checkin:  10:30-11:30

Lunch:  11:30-13:00

Col Berris

Col William Berris, USMC

Colonel William C. Berris currently serves as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center.


Colonel Berris was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and attended high school in Hobart, Indiana.  He enlisted in the Coast Guard in April 1984.  He was commissioned a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant in April 1992 following completion of Officer Candidates School.

Company grade officer assignments:  Platoon Commander, Communications Company, 1st Force Service Support Group (1992–1994); Communications Detachment Commander, Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group-11 (1994-1996); Operations Officer, Marine Wing Communications Squadron-48 (1996); C4 Operations Officer, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (1996-1998); Platoon Commander, Officer Candidates School (1999); Plans Officer, G-6, II Marine Expeditionary Force/Operations Officer, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1999-2001).

Field grade officer assignments:  Communications Officer, 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (2001-2004);  C4 Branch Head, Marine Air Ground Task Force Staff Training Program, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (2005-2007); Operations Officer, G-6, III Marine Expeditionary Force/G-6, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2007-2008); Commanding Officer, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, South Carolina (June 2008-June 2010); Chief of Planning & Engineering, J6, Special Operations Command (July 2011-June 2014).

Formal military education includes The Basic School, Basic Communications Officer’s Course, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and U.S. Army War College.

Colonel Berris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Personal decorations: Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.

Colonel Berris is married to the former Melissa Heppe of Kalamazoo, Michigan.  They have four children: Sophia, Audrey, Lillian, and Willie.