Commanding Officer, 11th Marine Regiment
Col. Daniel J. Skuce

Colonel Skuce is a native of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan and was commissioned in 1997 from the United States Naval Academy. 

Following the Basic School and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to Battery E, 2d Battalion, 10th Marines where he served as a Forward Observer and Battalion Liaison Officer.  Reassigned to Battery G, 2d Battalion, 10th Marines, he deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Battery Fire Direction Officer. 

In November of 2000, he reported to the Marine Detachment, Fort Sill, Oklahoma for duty as a gunnery instructor. He instructed the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Captains Career Course, and served as the Senior Gunnery Instructor.  During this tour he was promoted to the rank of Captain.

In July of 2003, Captain Skuce attended the Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia, and graduated in May 2004.   

In June of 2004, Captain Skuce was assigned to 5th Battalion, 11th Marines and took command of Headquarters Battery.  In April of 2005, he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as the Team Chief of the 2d Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th Iraqi Division, Military Transition Team.   Upon return to Camp Pendleton, he was reassigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Marines and took command of Battery A.  Captain Skuce was promoted to Major in July 2007.

In August of 2007, Major Skuce reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Plans, Policies and Operations.  He was subsequently assigned to the Ground Combat Element Branch and assumed duties as the Command and Control advocate and the Joint Terminal Attack Controller/Joint Fires Observer advocate.  In April of 2009, Major Skuce was assigned as the Marine Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Naval Operations.

In July of 2010, Major Skuce attended the College of Naval Command and Staff in Newport, Rhode Island and graduated with a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies. 

Major Skuce reported to 1st Battalion, 11th Marines in July of 2011 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the G-3 Advisor, 215th Afghan National Army Corps Advisor Team.  Upon his return from Afghanistan, he served as the Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines and later as the Executive Officer, 11th Marine Regiment.  In August of 2013, Major Skuce reported to I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) and deployed again to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM with Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan as the Fires and Targeting Officer.  Major Skuce was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in December 2013.

In June of 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Skuce assumed command of 1st Battalion, 12th Marines. During this time, 1/12 deployed units to dispersed locations across the Pacific from Korea to California and conducted eight battalion live fire exercises.  In June 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Skuce reported to the Eisenhower School, National Defense University.  He graduated in June of 2017 with a Masters in National Resource Strategy.

Lieutenant Colonel Skuce then reported to the Joint Staff, Directorate for Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J-5), Joint Strategic Planning Deputy Directorate.  In July of 2019 he assumed his current duties as the Commandant’s Senior Fellow to the Center for a New American Security.  He was promoted to Colonel in November 2019. 

In July of 2020, Colonel Skuce assumed command of 11th Marines.

His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. 

1st Marine Division