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About Tracy Tafolla

Initially commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Tracy Tafolla has since advanced to the rank of colonel. In this capacity, he leads defense acquisitions at the USMC Systems Command in Quantico, Virginia, and while there has guided testing, development, policy writing, operational needs analysis on programs such as amphibious combat vehicles and non-lethal weapon systems. Tracy Tafolla also directed the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program for the Pentagon for four years, during which he collaborated with the Department of Defense to secure an annual budget to fund the research and development of new technologies.

Away from his military duties, Tracy Tafolla enjoys watching football, hunting upland birds, and spending time with his family. He also likes to listen to talk radio stations, such as NPR and the BBC, and to watch documentaries on modern advancements in science and technology. In his world travels, Colonel Tafolla has visited several countries throughout Europe and Asia, as well as ventured to a number of destinations in the United States.

Work experience

Jan 1985Present


United States Marine CorpsStates


Aug 2008Present

ndustrial College of the Armed Forces

M.S. National Resource Strategy
Sep 1986May 1988

B.A Geography

University of Northern Iowa
Aug 1984May 1986

Associates of Arts

North Iowa Area Community College