Mark Geist is a motivational speaker, author, and a former member of the United States Marine Corps. He is popular as a co-author of the bestselling book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.
Mark inspired the 2013 war movie, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi which portrayed his heroic story amidst the tragic events in Benghazi, Libya on 11 September 2012.
Popular as Mark “Oz” Geist, he was a member of the Annex Security Team that fought the Battle of Benghazi, Libya from September 11 to September 12, 2012. He was on the roof of a clandestine CIA facility in Libya battling to protect the facility from members of the Islamic Militant group, Ansar al-Sharia.
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More than 40 militants attacked the Annex with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47 assault rifles, and 81-millimeter mortars. One of them even knocked the left-handed Mark off his feet and ripped his left arm apart.
However, Mark stood up and kept firing with his other hand. He and his colleagues fought hard to save the lives of more than 25 Americans who were airlifted to safety once the fighting at the Annex ended.
Now, get to know more about Mark Geist Wikipedia, age, wife, ethnicity, parents, job, net worth, family, kids, married, and other interesting facts.
Mark Geist Wiki and Family Details: Age, Parents, Ethnicity
As per Wiki sources, Mark was born in 1965 in Colorado, United States. He is 57 years of age and he celebrates his birthday on the 18th of December every year.
Mark was raised in southeastern Colorado by his American parents. His grandfather, Arthur Shoup immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1910. Arthur, a German served in World War II as a tank commander.
Arthur even owned a 5,000-acre farm where Mark used to learn shooting and hunting. Mark and his brother used to shoot prairie dogs. He also used to break horses for his grandfather.
Mark’s grandfather had the North African campaign medal. Likewise, he also had the Silber Star, a Bronze Star, and five Purple Hearts. Mark had three uncles of which two served in the Navy and one was a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam.
With American nationality, Mark has white ethnicity. He played football during his high school days.
Mark Geist Job and Net Worth
Mark currently serves as a founder and president of the Shadow Warrior Project. The non-profit company formed in September 2014 offers guidance and support to those private security contractors who work in the shadows as well as their families.
Previously, Mark served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years. He joined the Marine Corps in 1984. He first served in Barracks Duty in the Philippines, then with the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines Golf Company, as well as the Surveillance and Target Acquisition Platoon.
Mark served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years (Source: Mark’s Instagram)
After ending his tenure with the Marine Corps, Mark became a Deputy Sheriff in Teller County, Colorado. He then served as a Chief of Police in Fowler, Colorado.
Mark decided to leave the Fowler Police Department and began his own business in private investigations. In 2004, he did contract security work in Iraq. There, he served for Triple Conopy, offering Personal Security Details for Department of State personnel in Baquba, Iraq.
Eventually, Mark ended his tenure as Security Contactor in September 2012. While keeping himself busy with the Shadow Warriors Project, Mark also serves as a motivational speaker and author.
For his long-haul professional career, Mark bags a net worth of millions.
Mark Geist Married Life: Wife, Kids
Mark is a married man! He has been married to his wife, Krystal Geist for more than six years now. Krystal serves as the vice president of the Shadow Warrior Project.
Mark and wife Krystal got married in 2014 (Source: Mark’s Instagram)
After dating for a while, Mark and his wife exchanged their wedding vows on 23 October 2016. On the occasion of their fourth wedding anniversary on 23 October 2020, Mark wrote on his Instagram,
Happy 4th anniversary to my beautiful bride Krystal!
Thank you for putting up with my crazy life! Hours on the job as LE, 20 deployments over 9 years. Being beside my bed through every operation and the long recovery after Benghazi.
You are my rock. The love of my life. Looking forward to so many more years together.
Mark and Krystal raise three kids together. He also has a daughter from his previous relationship who gave birth to Mark’s grandchild.