A career Foreign
Service Officer with the personal rank of Minister Counselor, Michael W.
Marine assumed his duties as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the United
States Embassy in Beijing in September 2000. He was DCM in Nairobi,
Kenya from August 1997 to June 2000. Following the devastating August
1998 terrorist attack on Embassy Nairobi, he served as Charge d'Affaires,
a.i., in Kenya from May 1999 until September 1999. He was Minister
Counselor for Consular Affairs (MCCA) at Embassy Moscow from 1995-1997,
and MCCA at Embassy Bonn from 1994-1995. From 1991 to January 1993, he
was DCM at Embassy Suva, Fiji. From February 1993 until April 1994, he
served as Charge at Embassy Suva. From 1985 until 1991, Mr. Marine
served in a series of jobs at the Department of State in Washington,
D.C. He was Director of the Office of Fraud Prevention Programs in the
Bureau of Consular Affairs, Deputy Director of the Bureau of East Asia
and the Pacific's Office of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodian Affairs (EAP/VLC)
and Special Assistant in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. While working
in EAP/VLC, he made a series of trips to Vietnam to further cooperation
on the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action issue.
Born in New York,
New York, on Oct 3, 1947, Mr. Marine enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps
in 1967 and completed his service with the rank of Captain in 1971. Mr.
Marine received a BA in Chinese history, summa cum laude, from the
University of California at Santa Barbara in 1974 and entered the
Foreign Service in 1975. His initial postings were as a consular officer
in Martinique, London and Guangzhou (1979-1981), and as a political
officer in Hong Kong (1982-1985). His foreign languages are French,
Chinese (Mandarin) and German. In addition to Meritorious Honor Awards
in 1984 and 1993, he received the State Department's Superior Honor
Award in 1979, 1981, 1990, 1999, 2001 and 2002. He was selected as a
Senior Foreign Service Performance Award recipient in 1999, 2000, 2001,
2002 and 2003.
The oldest of ten
children, Mr. Marine and his wife, Carmella, have two daughters, Jessica