Mission Assurance Liaison
Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in August 1989, Eric Yingst served in Ammo Company, 4th Supply Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group (FSSG), Greenville, South Carolina; and as an infantryman in Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Shippensburg State University, Pennsylvania, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 1993. As an officer, Eric Yingst served as a Company Commander at Marine Corps Base, Albany, Georgia leading over 400 Marines and Sailors; as well as a Company Commander with 6th Marine Infantry Regiment leading over 700 Marines and Sailors. His overseas operational experience includes deployments with Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) 8, Port Au Prince, Haiti; Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonier Djibouti, Africa; and I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Camp Fallujah, Iraq. He also served as a Military Advisor to the Kuwait Armed Forces Command, Control and Communications Director (J6) and Kuwait Marine Battalion Commander, Kuwait City, Kuwait. Eric Yingst’s professional experience obtained from over 25 years of military service spanning both domestic and international environments includes services as a leader of Marines, an infantryman, communications officer, and security advisor.
Presently, Eric Yingst serves as the Senior Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Advisor, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)/Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) CIP Program, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland. He is responsible for conducting security assessments, developing plans, and strategies in support of tactical level military actions, as well as strategic international engagements. His duties include advising United States and international partner senior leaders on critical infrastructure protection. As a Middle East security advisor, Eric Yingst’s extensive travel in the region includes the countries of the Levant, the Gulf States, and Central Asian States. In addition to the Middle East, he also works closely with African and European critical infrastructure partners.
Eric Yingst holds a Master of Arts Degree in National Strategic Studies from Marine Corps University, a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Communications from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts Degree in Computer Information Systems Management from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Shippensburg State University, Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College.