Dunkirk native Gregory J. Bak recently received the MSgt. Charles C. Arndt Award for Outstanding Marine Intelligence Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year - 2012, sponsored by BAE Systems. He was selected from 2,500 Marines and traveled to the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. for the third annual MCA&F Intelligence Awards Dinner where he was presented with his award.
Sergeant Bak enlisted in the Marine Corps following high school graduation in 2008. After graduation from the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center as an intelligence specialist, he reported to 1st Intelligence Battalion for duty at Camp Pendleton in Calif. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with HUMINT Exploitation Team-Two as an all-source analyst.
Returning from Afghanistan, Sergeant Bak subsequently served at Marine Corps Training and Operations Group, supporting the targeting curriculum development. In 2011, he deployed a second time to Afghanistan, serving as the senior targeting analyst with the Regional Command Southwest Targeting Section. Sergeant Bak was honorably discharged in July 2013. He is currently living in Eugene, Ore., attending school part-time and working in security.
Gregory J. Bak
Sergeant Bak's personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
He is a 2008 graduate of Dunkirk High School and his parents, Cheryl and James Bak, are Dunkirk residents.