Deputy Director of Communication
Colonel Christian T. Devine

Colonel Devine currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Communication Directorate for Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.  He serves as the Marine Corps’ senior military communication strategist and the lead occupational-field advocate for military and civilian Communication Strategy and Operations (COMMSTRAT) specialists in the Marine Corps. Additionally, Col. Devine directs national-level public affairs policies and strategic engagement efforts to include Marine Music programs. 

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Colonel Devine enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and completed recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, SC in 1989, serving with the 12th and 14th Marine Regiments.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 1996 upon graduating from the Pennsylvania State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in International Politics.

Upon completion of The Basic School in 1997, Second Lieutenant Devine attended the Department of Defense Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course at Fort Meade, MD.  As a company-grade officer, he held various operational and special staff tours, including assignments with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, augmenting the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit supporting NATO’s Stabilization Forces (SFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and deploying with Marine Aircraft Group-31 (Forward) to Hungary and Kosovo supporting NATO’s aerial combat operations against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during Operation Allied Force.  In May 2000, he was assigned to serve as the Public Affairs Officer, for the 4th Marine Corps Recruiting District, in Harrisburg, PA, where he served until July 2004. 

Captain Devine transferred his commission to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in September 2004, and was assigned to Bravo Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion, in Frederick, MD.  He was subsequently hired as the Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Detrick, MD, supporting various U.S. military and interagency biodefense and disease-prevention initiatives.  He was mobilized to active duty in 2005 to provide support to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and again to serve as the Inspector & Instructor for Bravo Company, 4th LAR in 2006.  In 2007, Major Devine was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), Pentagon, to serve as a Deputy Director for Defense Outreach Programs.  In 2008, he returned to the active component and was assigned as the Public Affairs Officer for Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Command. 

Major Devine was selected to attend the Marine Corps Command & Staff College in 2010, then later assigned to serve as the Department Head, Communication Operations & Plans for the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM).  In 2013, he deployed to the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan to serve as the USPACOM Public Affairs Liaison Officer to the U.S. Embassy in Manila and JTF-505 to coordinate U.S. joint-military communication activities during Operation Damayan.  In July 2015, Lieutenant Colonel Devine was assigned to HQMC Communication Directorate (Pentagon) to serve as the Communication Operations Branch Head and the Director of the Marine Corps Entertainment Media Liaison Office.  He rejoined the Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) in August 2018, to serve as the National Director for Marketing, Advertising, and Communication Strategy, delivering integrated multi-media marketing strategies to drive youth propensity and consideration to earning the title “Marine.”

His additional professional military education includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Advanced Public Information Officers Course (Emmitsburg, MD), Recruiter Management Course (Leesburg, VA), Marine Corps Marketing and Public Affairs Course (Leesburg, VA), DoD Joint Course in Communication at Oklahoma University (Norman, OK), Joint Public Affairs Officers Course (Fort Meade, MD), and earned Master’s Degrees from both the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Marine Corps War College. Additionally, he holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration & Organizational Management from the Pennsylvania State University, and an Executive Certification in Strategic Marketing Management from Harvard Business School (Boston, MA).

His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3nd award), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2nd award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd award), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award). 

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