Vincent R. Stewart
|Vincent R. Stewart|
|Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency|
Assumed office |
|Deputy||Melissa A. Drisko|
|Preceded by||David Shedd (Acting)|
Vincent R. Stewart|
Defense Superior Service Medal|
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1981–present|
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency |
Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Assistant Chief of Staff II Marine Expeditionary Force
Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (United States)
Vincent R. Stewart is a lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps. He is assigned as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. As of 23 January, 2015, Lt. Gen. Stewart is the first African-American and first Marine to hold the position of Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Early life, Career, and Education
Stewart was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended Kingston College before immigrating to the United States in the early 1970s. He received his baccalaureate in history in 1981 from Western Illinois University, and commissioned into the United States Marine Corps in 1981.
After earning his commission, he attended The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia from 1981-1982 and was selected to become an Armor Officer. Upon graduation from TBS, he was sent to Armor Officer School in Fort Knox, KY. He then received orders as a Platoon Leader to 1st Tank Battalion out of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. In 1984, he became the Executive Officer of Headquarters Company, 1st Tank Battalion.
He earned master's degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 1995 and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University in 2002.
Marine Corps assignments
Company Commander, I Company, Marine Support Battalion, Adak, Alaska, (1986-1988).
Assistant Operations Officer, 2d Radio Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC, (1991-1992).
Chief, Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Officer, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Experimental, Quantico, VA, (1996-1999).
Commanding Officer, 1st Intelligence Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA, (1999-2001).
Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Marine Corps Forces Command, Norfolk, VA, (2005-2006).
Department of Defense assignments
Senior Intelligence Planner, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (2002-2005)
Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, (2015).
Awards and decorations
|Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia|
|Defense Superior Service Medal||Legion of Merit with one gold award star||Bronze Star Medal||Meritorious Service Medal with award star|
|Navy Commendation Medal with two award stars||Navy Achievement Medal||Combat Action Ribbon||Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Navy Unit Commendation||Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with one bronze service star||National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal||National Defense Service Medal with service star|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal||Iraq Campaign Medal with service star||Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal||Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three service stars||Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with three service stars||Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)||Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)|
|Defense Intelligence Agency Badge|