Commanding Officer, COMMSTRAT CO, II MIG
Major Kenneth W. Kunze

Major Kunze graduated from Niles High School in 1999, then attended Southwestern Michigan College and Bethel College where he graduated with a bachelor's in organizational management.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Training at San Diego in March 2000. 


After completing Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California and Basic Engineer Equipment Repairer Course at Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri, he reported to, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Battle Creek, Michigan where he served as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Engineer Support Company.  During his tour at Battle Creek, he completed Platoon Leaders Class, Juniors in the summer of 2002 and deployed to Iraq, in February of 2003 with 6th Engineer Support Battalion in support of 1st Marine Division participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Following his deployment to Iraq he transferred to Engineer Company B, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, South Bend, Indiana where he served as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic, squad leader, and platoon sergeant and completed Officer Candidates School in the summer of 2005. 


Upon graduation from Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana in 2006 Sergeant Kunze was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.  Upon graduating from The Basic School in March of 2007, Lieutenant Kunze reported to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, for the Public Affairs Officers Qualification Course.  He graduated in September of 2007 and was assigned to 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton, California serving as the 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs Officer and as the Media Officer for the Consolidated Public Affairs Office, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.  During this tour he deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq, in December of 2008 as an Intelligence Advisor with the 2nd Region Border Transition Team in support of Multi-National Forces West participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


In October 2009 Lieutenant Kunze reported to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California and served as the Division Public Affairs Officer.  In October 2010 Captain Kunze was assigned to the 9th Marine Corps District, Western Recruiting Region, Marine Corps Recruiting Command at Kansas City, Missouri where he served as the 9th Marine Corps District Public Affairs Officer. 


In August 2013, following his tour at the 9th Marine Corps District, he reported to Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) in Quantico, Va., where he served as the acquisitions project officer for Public Affairs Systems.  While at MCSC he earned his Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level 1 certification in program management. 


In June 2017 Captain Kunze departed active duty and accepted a position as a program manager for the defense contractor, Gemini 3 Group managing multiple contracts including the Information Related Capabilities contract for MCSC.


In October 2017 Captain Kunze joined the Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ) Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) reserve detachment as the MCBQ Media Officer.


In January 2018 Captain Kunze resigned from his position at Gemini 3 Group and accepted Active Duty for Operational Support (ADOS) orders to support MCBQ as the base Communication Strategy and Operations (COMMSTRAT) Officer.  During his tour at MCBQ he served as Special Project Officer for Public Affairs for the Marine Corps Marathon race series.  During this assignment Major Kunze submitted for and was selected on the FY20 Return to Active Duty board.  In February 2019 Major Kunze was transferred to MCSC to serve as a COMMSTRAT and digital engagement officer in the MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication.


In October 2019 Major Kunze was transferred to the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) to serve as the public relations coordinator and COMMSTRAT officer for the MCMO and MCBQ commander.  During this assignment Major Kunze completed his transition back to active duty and executed orders to Okinawa Japan to serve as the COMMSTRAT director for 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW).  In January 2022 he departed 1st MAW with orders to II Marine Expeditionary Force.


His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, gold star in lieu of third award, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, bronze star in lieu of second award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, bronze star in lieu of second award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, bronze star in lieu of third award and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.


He has been married to the former Tanya M. Jackson since 2003, and has two sons and two daughters – Collin, 17; Allena, 16; Alyse; 13 and Cole 11.