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Meet top Army personnel in this special that profiles three individuals who have served the U.S. as an intelligence agent, an engineer and a doctor.
Each profile gives viewers an inside look at the lives and jobs of those serving overseas. Hear from these accomplished individuals and see what it takes to become one of the Army’s elite members.
PROFILES INCLUDE: General James A. “Spider” Marks, Colonel Andrew Backus, P.E., Mary Catherine Fischer, M.D.
Produced by Worldwide Media Group (2011)
General James A. “Spider” Marks
Major General (Ret.) James A. “Spider Marks” served in the U.S. Army for over 30 years, including assignments as a senior intelligence officer in multiple theaters of operation to include the Balkans, Korea, and Iraq. He concluded his service as the senior intelligence officer for the coalition land forces during the liberation of Iraq and as the Commanding General of the United States Army Intelligence Center. Currently, Marks is the CEO of InVisM, a firm that develops training, simulation, and visualization products for industry and government.
Colonel Andrew Backus, P.E.
Colonel Backus has completed several tours of duty, including command of the 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) - the Army’s only prime power engineer unit. His unit conducted continuous operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan to support electrical power for coalition base camps. His other assignments include service on a joint task force to restore electrical power to Baghdad following the Iraq invasion of 2003 and duty as an executive officer to the US Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General in Washington DC. Colonel Backus currently serves as the Norfolk District Commander for the US Army Corps where he manages waterways and oversees environmental restoration and disaster response activities for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Mary Catherine Fischer, M.D.
While serving, Dr. Mary Catherine Fischer led medical missions to Honduras and Peru with a combined Army/Air Force team of ophthalmologists providing eyelid plastic and cataract surgical care. Dr. Fischer is a board-certified comprehensive opthamologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthamology with 20 years of experience. She received her medical degree from George Washington University Medical School and spent her internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before completing her ophthamology residency at Brooke Army Medical Center. Dr. Fischer served in the US Army for 13 years and left as Lieutenant Colonel and Paratrooper.