Captain Mark Lenzi was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 19 October, 1982. He and his family moved to Hudson, Ohio in 1986. He played lacrosse for three years and football for one year while attending Hudson High School in Northeastern Ohio.
After graduating from Hudson High School in 2001, he enrolled in The Virginia Military Institute. He completed Officer Candidate School in the summer of 2004. Captain Lenzi graduated from VMI in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business with a concentration in financial management.
Second Lieutenant Lenzi reported to The Basic School in September of 2005 and joined BOC Company 6-05. He graduated in March of 2006 and immediately enrolled in IOC class 3-06. Upon graduating in June, Second Lieutenant Lenzi reported to 2d Battalion, 7th Marines in Twentynine Palms, California. In 2007, Second Lieutenant Lenzi deployed to Iraq in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08.1 as a Platoon Commander in Company G. In 2008, First Lieutenant Lenzi deployed to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM as the Executive Officer for Company G. Upon Completion of this deployment, First Lieutenant Lenzi served as the Battalion Assistant Operations Officer until the summer of 2009 when he received orders to The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.
Captain Lenzi checked in to The Basic School in June of 2009 and was assigned to the Squad Package in the bullpen. After one year in the bullpen, Captain Lenzi was reassigned to the Infantry Officer Course, where he instructed until 2012. Upon completion of his tour at The Basic School, Captain Lenzi checked in to Expeditionary Warfare School, Academic Year 2013.
After graduating in May of 2013, Captain Lenzi checked in to 2d Battalion, 5th Marines in Camp Pendleton, California. Captain Lenzi was given command of Weapons Company for the remainder of the workup and the deployment on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit from November 2013 to May 2014.
Captain Lenzi has been married to Mrs. Maureen Lenzi since 2012. They have one son, John Rocco Lenzi, who was born in April of 2014.