Major Anthony Garofano is the Regional Defense Counsel for the Pacific Region of the Marine Corps Defense Services Organization and is stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Major Garofano was commissioned in 2004 upon graduation from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. While in the reserves he attended the Catholic University of America where he received his J.D. in 2007. Activated during the summers and while awaiting orders to The Basic School, Major Garofano served in the Office of Military Commissions, the Camp Lejeune Legal Services Support Section, and Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
On completion of the Naval Justice School in 2009, Major Garofano served as a trial counsel in Camp Pendleton, California. In 2010, he deployed with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon return from deployment, he resumed duties as a trial counsel until the end of 2011 when he took command of Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Major Garofano was then selected as a Congressional Fellow and served in the personal office of a U.S. Representative in 2013. There he was responsible for a broad portfolio of issues ranging from defense to agriculture. Following the one-year fellowship, he stayed with the Office of Legislative Affairs as a legislative liaison in the U.S. House of Representatives where he educated members and staff about the Marine Corps, analyzed Defense-related legislation, and escorted dozens of Congressional Delegations, including several trips to Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2016, Major Garofano reported to Harvard Law School, where he earned an LL.M. Following graduation in 2017, Major Garofano was assigned to Okinawa, Japan as the Senior Defense Counsel. He moved up to his current billet in November 2018.
Major Garofano’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the 2011 American Bar Association Outstanding Young Marine Lawyer Award. He is married with two children.