Alumni Profile

Charles L. Kern

Degree:   Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts, cum laude
Employed as:   Kern is currently enrolled in the intensive Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School
Charles's Story

Chief Warrant Officer Charles L. Kern, of Arlington, Virginia, is a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and has served for nearly 20 years. He started his career as an enlisted payroll clerk and was then handpicked as an Embassy Marine, one of the select few chosen as Marine Security Guards at U.S. Embassies, serving in Austria, Iceland, and Spain. He worked as a counterintelligence specialist assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Washington, DC, for duty with the Defense Intelligence Agency and later with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He rose through the enlisted ranks to Gunnery Sergeant before being commissioned as a Warrant Officer in 2003. During his military career, in addition to his deployments to U.S. Embassies, CWO3 Kern also served overseas in Bosnia and Haiti and completed three combat tours: one in Afghanistan and two in Iraq. He currently serves as the Operations Officer, Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Company 3rd Intelligence Battalion in Okinawa, Japan.

He started his education in 1993 by taking courses at various colleges, as he was able, with commitment to his country being his primary focus. In 2008, he arrived at the Quantico Education Center, finally in a position to concentrate on completing his degree. He was excited to learn that Excelsior College offered him the flexibility to do so. He earned straight As in his last 10 courses, completing his degree with a combination of credit from other institutions, military education, CLEP exams, and Excelsior College courses.

Kern plans to keep going with his education by pursuing a graduate degree in International Relations.