Volunteer Mississippi would like to spotlight the Vice Chair of our Board of Commissioners, John "Mark" Prine.

John “Mark” Prine was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Army Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC) at the University of Southern Mississippi.  During his military service, Mark served as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Band Commander, and Battalion Commander.  As a Logistics Staff Officer, Mark served as the Chief Logistics Officer for the 377th Theater Sustainment Command, Support Operation Officer for United States Army Central Command (Forward), Deputy Commander for Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan, Project Leader for the International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan’s “Task Force Phoenix” developing a logistics training plan for the Afghan National Security Forces, Commander of Joint Task Force-Magnolia (Hurricane Katrina), and the National Guard Bureau’s representative at the Army Logistics University.

As a full-time employee of the Mississippi Army National Guard, Mark served as an Operations and Training Officer, Chief of the Material Readiness, Superintendent of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site (MATES, Superintendent of the Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS), a Major Subordinate Command Officer-in-Charge, and Surface Maintenance Manager.  After retirement at the rank of Colonel, Mark has served as an adjunct faculty member for Jones County Junior College, Pearl River Community College, and William Carey University. Mark is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi and as the Special Projects Officer for the Commander, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.

Q&A with Mark Prine:

How long have you been on the Board for the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service?

3 years

What is one of your favorite things about serving on the Commission?

a) Meeting people from around the state.

b) Learning about volunteer programs around the state.

c) Assisting organizations with volunteer opportunities.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of serving on the Commission so far?

Working with volunteer organizations and their needs.

Where do you volunteer, what's your cause, and what's your favorite volunteer project?

Mississippi Special Olympics, United Way, and Temple Baptist Church with my favorite being Temple Baptist Church.

Why do you think it's important for Mississippians to volunteer in our state?

Volunteers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to assist with the operations and missions of various types of organizations.