Los Altos native Maj. Benjamin Closs is currently serving as the intelligence deputy with the I Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
Closs led participants Aug. 3 in a large-scale exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. The exercise involved strengthening relationships with allies while ensuring that the Marine brigade could rapidly respond to crises around the globe.
Closs, son of Katherine and Bill Closs of Los Altos, joined the Marines in 1999 and served in Iraq.
He attended Montclaire Elementary School and Cupertino Junior High School before graduating from Menlo School in Atherton.