Paul E. Lefebvre

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Paul E. Lefebvre
Major General Paul E. Lefebvre
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1977-2012
Rank Major General
Commands held 3rd Battalion 8th Marines
22nd MEU
MCRD Parris Island
Battles/wars Haiti
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3), Bronze Star, Leftwich Trophy

Major General Paul E. Lefebvre is a retired Marine Corps officer and was the third Commanding General of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC).

Early life and education[edit]

Lefebvre graduated from Springfield College in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.

Prior to entering the Marine Corps, he coached football at Pennsylvania State University.

He also is an honor graduate of Officer Candidate School, The Basic School and Amphibious Warfare School and a distinguished graduate of Marine Command and Staff College and the Marine Corps War College.

Military career[edit]

In April 1977 Lefebvre was commissioned a second lieutenant after graduating from Officer Candidate School. Before assignment to the Fleet Marine Force, he graduated from The Basic School. Initially assigned to 1st Battalion 3rd Marines, he commanded a rifle platoon, weapons platoon, and a 81mm mortar platoon.

In 1981, he served as a Guard Company commander of the Marine Barracks at Naval Weapons Station Earle.

In 1985, Lefebvre was assigned to 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, where he commanded the Headquarters & Support Company and the Weapons Company, as well as operations officer.

He served as an instructor at the Amphibious Warfare School from 1988 until 1992, when transferred to the Joint Special Operations Command.

In 1995, he served as the executive officer of the 8th Marine Regiment, then assumed command of 3rd Battalion 8th Marines.

After a short period as the executive officer of the 2nd Marine Regiment in 1998, he transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps to direct the Strategic Initiatives Group and the Commandant’s “War Room”.

He assumed command of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2000, and in the wake of the September 11 attacks, lead the unit into Afghanistan.[1]

In 2003, Lefebvre directed the MAGTF Staff Training Program at Marine Corps Combat Development Command until 2004, when served as the Deputy Director of Operations at United States Pacific Command until 2006.

He then commanded Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region for two years. In 2008, he became the Deputy Commanding General of Multi-National Corps Iraq, and then briefly the Deputy Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force in 2009.[2]

In November 2009, Major General Mastin M. Robeson turned over command of MARSOC to Lefebvre.[3] He also serves on the board of governors for the Marine Corps Association and the editorial board for the Marine Corps Gazette. He is an honorary chairman of The OSS Society.

Awards and honors[edit]

Lefebvre's awards include:

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Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia
1st Row Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit w/ 2 award stars
2nd Row Bronze Star Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award star Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
3rd Row Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 1 award star Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 2 oak leaf clusters Navy Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star
4th Row Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ 1 service star Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 1 service star Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
5th Row Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbonw/ 5 service stars

In 1987, while serving with 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, Lefebvre was awarded the Leftwich Trophy.


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

  1. ^ Natalia E. Arbulu. "College honors Marine general Marine honored by college". The Republican. 
  2. ^ "Deputy Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force". II Marine Expeditionary Force. United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 27 December 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ Richard Blumenstein. "MARSOC gains third ever commander". Marine Corps Special Operations Command. United States Marine Corps.