Gregory S. Newbold

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Gregory S. Newbold
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LtGen Gregory Newbold
Allegiance United States United States of America
Years of service 1970 - 2002
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held
Awards Legion of Merit
Other work Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Exec. VP (to 2012)[1]

Lieutenant General Gregory S. Newbold is a retired United States Marine Corps 3-star general who served as Director of Operations (J-3) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 2000 until he retired in October 2002. Openly critical of Donald Rumsfeld's plans for the invasion of Iraq,[2] he retired partly as a protest.


After his commissioning as a second lieutenant in 1970 he attended The Basic School at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, where he was designated an infantry officer. Lieutenant General Newbold's assignments have included Fleet Marine Force tours in the 1st Marine Division, the 2nd Marine Division, and the 3rd Marine Divisions, with the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and with I Marine Expeditionary Force. He has commanded infantry units at the platoon, company, and battalion level, and also served at different times as executive officer, operations officer, and logistics officer in a variety of operational units. While Lieutenant General Newbold commanded the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, this force was in the vanguard of the U.S. commitment for Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Prior to reporting to his assignment with the Joint Staff, he served as Commanding General, 1st Marine Division.

Lieutenant General Newbold has served tours outside the Fleet Marine Force as tactics instructor at The Basic School, officer assignment officer at Headquarters Marine Corps, Warfare Policy Planner on the Joint Staff, Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, Head of the Enlisted Assignment Branch at Headquarters Marine Corps, and as the Director, Manpower Plans and Policy Division, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC. His professional military education has included attendance at Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College.

Life after retirement[edit]

General Newbold is a resident of North Carolina. On March 3, 2006, Newbold joined fellow former Marine Corps General Joseph P. Hoar, General Tony Zinni, Lt. General Frank E. Petersen, and Congressman Jack Murtha in endorsing fellow former U.S. Marine and Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb for U.S. Senate in Virginia.[3]


Gold star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Joint Service Achievement Medal w/ 1 oak leaf cluster Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 3 service stars Arctic Service Ribbon Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

  1. ^ "LtGen Gregory S. Newbold, USMC (Ret), Executive Vice President". About Us. Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. 2004. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  2. ^ David S. Cloud and Eric Schmitt (April 14, 2006). "More Retired Generals Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Generals Zinni, Newbold, Petersen and Rep. Murtha Endorse Jim Webb for Senate" (Press release). Jim Web for U.S. Senate. May 3, 2006. Archived from the original on March 11, 2007. Retrieved 2006-09-25.