COL Lee Michael Rush, USMC

USMC Chair/Military Instructor

Colonel Lee Rush graduated from Buffalo State University in 1991 and enlisted in the Marine Corps prior to being commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1996. He is a Marine Corps Armor and Light Armored Reconnaissance Officer and has numerous deployments around the globe.

Colonel Rush has held command and staff positions from the company through brigade level, highlighted by serving as Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia from 2019-2021. He has held instructor positions at U.S Army Armor Center and has also served as a Combat Advisor.

Colonel Rush’s previous assignment was as the Director, Marine Corps Programs and Congressional Appropriations Liaison for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, FM&C. In the Summer of 2023, Colonel Rush became a Military Faculty member at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy where he teaches Strategy and serves as the USMC Chair. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Buffalo State University and a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.