Douglas M. Stone
|Douglas M. Stone|
Major General Douglas M. Stone
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Years of service||1973-present|
|Commands held||2nd Battalion 23rd Marines
Marine Corps Mobilization Command
Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Task Force 134
|Awards||Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Douglas M. Stone is a Major General, United States Marine Forces Reserve, Retired. He recently relinquished the position of Deputy Commanding General, Detainee Operations, Multi-National Force-Iraq and Commander, Task Force 134, commanding all detention operations in at Camp Cropper, Camp Bucca and Camp Ashraf. He was nominated for Lieutenant General and was to be head of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North.
MG Stone was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1973. He served on active duty until 1978 holding positions of Weapons Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer and Commanding Officer, Company A, Marine Barracks, Guam.
In 1978, MG Stone accepted a reserve commission; and over the years served in the following positions:
- Commanding Officer, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment
- Commanding Officer, Headquarters Company, 23rd Marine Regiment
- Operations Officer 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment
- Battalion Commander 2nd Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment
- Deputy Commander, Marine Augmentation Command Element, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California
- Marine Officer in Charge, Executive Support Center, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Joint Staff)
- Commanding General, Marine Corps Mobilization Command
- Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (Mob)
- Commanding General, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Most recently Stone commanded detention facilities in Iraq, where his reforms were widely admired. Stone changed the structure of the detention, to more quickly expedite the release of captives who weren't enemies, or whose ties to the militants had been based on money, not ideology. And Stone changed how those held in detention were treated, allowing them visits from their family, and meaningful job skills training.
In April 2009 General David Petraeus called upon Stone to apply his successful experience from Iraq to study the USA's policy on detaining captives apprehended in Afghanistan. His 700-page report was finished in August 2009, and Stone briefed senior officials including: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Richard Holbrooke (President Barack Obama's Special Envoy for the region), and General Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. National Public Radio reports that while his report has not yet been made public officials briefed by him say he recommends releasing most Afghan captives, many of whom were not militants, just individuals rounded up in random sweeps. He is also reported to have recommended that those the USA does detain receive the same kind of rehabilitation the captives whose detention he supervised in Iraq received.
According to Radio Free Europe, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific director, Sam Zia Zarifi, paraphrased Stone's report on the USA's detentions in Afghanistan: "pointed out that the lack of a legal structure for Bagram means that it is undermining the rule of law in Afghanistan and it has caused a lot of resentment among Afghans.".
Prior to being activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom, MG Stone had been activated once previously. He was activated and served with the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment in support of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. The Battalion, as part of its deployment to Okinawa was sent to Japan as MAGTF 4-91 supporting contingency and humanitarian relief operations in the Western Pacific. From May 2003 to August 2004 he served as the U.S. Defense Representative (and CENTCOM Liaison Officer) in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Awards and honors
- MajGen Stone was an honor graduate at Army Ranger School.
MG Stone held various executive management positions at major computer and electronics firms and has been CEO of three software development firms.
In addition to earning his Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Naval Academy, he earned advanced degrees from Pepperdine University, Stanford University and the Naval War College. He earned a doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
He is married with two daughters and eight grandchildren.
- Joseph Giordono (2008-06-07). "Abu Ghraib reformer Stone hands over command of detainee system in Iraq". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
- Tom Bowman, Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne (2009-08-20). "U.S. Gen. Urges Release Of Bagram's Detainees". National Public Radio. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22.
- Daphne Eviatar (2009-08-20). "U.S. General: Most Bagram Detainees Should Be Released". Washington Independent. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22.
- Ron Synovitz (2009-09-14). "New U.S. Plan Reportedly To Let Afghan Prisoners Challenge Incarceration". Radio Free Europe. Archived from the original on 2009-09-14.
- "Major General Douglas M. Stone". General Officer & Senior Executive Biographies. United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
- "STONE ASSUMES COMMAND OF MNF-I DETAINEE OPERATIONS". CENTCOM Public Affairs Office. 2007-05-09. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
- "Marine to head Iraq detention center". Stars and Stripes. 2007-05-11. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
- "Stone Assumes Command of MNF-I Detainee Operations". Multi-National Force-Iraq Public Affairs Office. 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
- Detainee ops commander visits 402nd TF Outlaw, Fort Bliss Monitor
- General Officer Announcements, Department of Defense Public Affairs News Release
- Scared Straight: Iraqi Style, Newsweek
- Children doing battle in Iraq, Los Angeles Times
- Juvenile detainees gain second chance through Dar Al-Hikmah, MNFI Press Release
LTG John D. Gardner
|Deputy Commanding General (Detainee Operations) / Commanding General Task Force 134
Rear Adm Garland Wright