Keith J. Stalder

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Keith J. Stalder
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LtGen Keith J. Stalder, USMC
Born Venezuela
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held VMFA-531
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade
Training and Education Command
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Marine Forces Pacific
Battles/wars Cold War
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2)

Lieutenant General Keith J. Stalder is a retired United States Marine Corps general, who last commanded the United States Marine Corps Forces Pacific from August 22, 2008, to September 2, 2010.

Biography[edit]

Keith Stalder was born in Venezuela and grew up in Alaska. A 1984 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he holds a master's degree in Aeronautics. He is also a graduate of Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.

He has flown the F-4 Phantom II and the F/A-18 Hornet with VMFA-333, VMFA-235, VMFA-115, the Navy's VFA-125, VMFA-531 and Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1). He also served at Headquarters, European Command, Stuttgart, Germany as the Operations Division Chief for the military-to-military contact program for Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He led the Marine Corps' F/A-18 Hornet Introduction Team (HIT) in the early 1980s, commanded VMFA-531 and MAWTS-1 and was the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy, United States Central Command, during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Stalder also previously served as the Deputy and Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade[1] and Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, in Operation Iraqi Freedom I. Later, he became the Assistant Wing Commander, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, rising to become the Commanding General during a second tour in the Iraq war[2][3] and

Stalder commanded the Training and Education Command starting in 2005.[4] He relinquished command to MajGen George J. Flynn on July 21, 2006.[5] In 2006, Stalder become Commanding General of the II Marine Expeditionary Force, and relinquished command to LtGen Dennis J. Hejlik on July 25, 2008.[6]

On February 8, 2008, Stalder was nominated for appointment as the commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific; commanding general, Fleet Marine Forces Pacific; and commander, Marine Corps Bases Pacific, and for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general.[7] He assumed command on August 23, 2008.[8][9] He relinquished command and retired on September 2, 2010.

Decorations[edit]

His personal decorations include:

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Bronze oak leaf cluster
Gold star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Naval Aviator Badge
1st Row Navy Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal w/ 1 oak leaf cluster
2nd Row Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal with 2 Strike/Flight awards Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 1 award star
3rd Row Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Navy Presidential Unit Citation Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation
4th Row Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Iraq Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
5th Row Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 7 service stars Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 1 service star

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cpl. Walker, Kyle J. (May 3, 2003). "Commando's general speaks". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  2. ^ SSgt White Jr., Houston F. (May 29, 2004). "3rd MAW changes commanding generals in Iraq". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  3. ^ Jim Garamone (December 14, 2004). "Aviation Continues to Aid Fallujah Mission". DefenseLINK News. United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 2006-12-28. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  4. ^ Cpl. Teslevich, Jonathan K. (August 5, 2005). "3rd MAW commanding general relinquishes reins". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  5. ^ LCpl. Travis J. Crewdson (August 3, 2006). "TECOM change of command". Quantico Sentry. Marine Corps Base Quantico, United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  6. ^ "II MEF Change Of Command". Marine Corps Gazette. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  7. ^ "Military News: General Officer Announcements". The Conservative Voice. February 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  8. ^ Cole, William (August 23, 2008). "New commander for Marine Forces Pacific". The Honolulu Advertiser. MarineCorpsTimes.com. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  9. ^ Official Marien Corps Biography, 2008.

References[edit]

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Military offices
Preceded by
LtGen John F. Goodman
Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces Pacific
August 22, 2008–present
Incumbent