Colonel Andrew J. Kostic is currently assigned as the Professor of Naval Science, Texas A&M University. Colonel Kostic enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1981 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1985. He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1990 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program.
After completing The Basic School and Infantry Officers Course at Quantico, Virginia, Colonel Kostic was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander, Weapons Company Executive Officer, and Rifle Company Commander from March 1991 thru July 1994. He was thereafter assigned as the Officer-in-Charge, Marine Corps Security Force Detachment, Souda Bay, Crete, Greece until September 1995. Colonel Kostic then returned to Quantico where he served as an Instructor and Staff Platoon Commander at The Basic School until 1997. Remaining at Quantico, he completed the Amphibious Warfare School in 1998 and was subsequently assigned to Officer Assignments at Headquarters Marine Corps where he served as the Company Grade Infantry Monitor and the Head Company Grade Ground Monitor until 2001. Colonel Kostic attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College from 2001-2002 where he earned a Master’s Degree in Military Studies. He was then transferred to Hawaii and served as the Executive Officer for 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division from July 2002 until July 2005. During this tour, he deployed to Iraq with Battalion Landing Team 1/3 and participated in Operation AL FAJR, the attack and seizure of the city of Fallujah, Iraq in November 2004. Colonel Kostic was then assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina in August 2005 where he served as the Executive Officer for the Recruit Training Regiment. In July 2007, he was transferred to the 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and deployed to Iraq to serve with II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) G-3 Current Operations Section. He returned to Camp Lejeune and took command of 2d Battalion, 6th Marines in January 2008. The battalion deployed as the Ground Combat Element for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In July 2009, Colonel Kostic attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Military Studies. From July 2010 to June 2013, Colonel Kostic was assigned to U.S. Africa Command and served in the J7—Joint Training, Readiness and Exercise Directorate. Colonel Kostic then served as the Commanding Officer, Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan from July 2013 to June 2014. He previously served as Assistant Chief of Staff, U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.