Stephen Lanza

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Stephen Lanza
LTG Lanze, CG I Corps.jpg
Birth nameStephen Raymond Lanza[1]
Born (1957-05-10) May 10, 1957 (age 65)
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1980–2017
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldI Corps
7th Infantry Division
First Cavalry Division Artillery
Battles/warsGulf War
Iraq War
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal
Then-Brig Gen Lanza with FOX News correspondent Malini Wilkes, at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. June 2009.

Stephen Lanza (born May 10, 1957) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who served as commanding general, I Corps at Joint Base Lewis–McChord from February 6, 2014 to April 3, 2017,[2][1] when he transferred authority to Lieutenant General Gary J. Volesky. He retired from active service on June 2, 2017.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Lanza was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 1980, after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C. He has also served as a National Security Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Military career[edit]

Lanza has commanded soldiers at all levels including the 7th Infantry Division; 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.

Lanza's senior staff assignments include the aide-de-camp to the Commander in Chief, United States Army Europe/Commander, NATO Peace Stabilization Force; Concepts Team Chief for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, G3, Pentagon; Chief, Joint Capabilities Division, J8, the Joint Staff, Pentagon; Deputy Commanding General for V Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; G3, Chief of Operations, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; J9, Director for Strategic Effects, Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I), Iraq; Spokesman, United States Force-Iraq (USF-I), Iraq; and the Army's Chief of Public Affairs for the Secretary of the Army, Washington D.C. His operational deployment experience includes Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia; Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and Operation New Dawn, Iraq.

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
1st Cavalry Division CSIB.png 1st Cavalry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
USICorpsDUI.PNG I Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia
ASU overseas service bar.jpg 6 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster[5]
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster[5]
Bronze Star Medal[5]
Defense Meritorious Service Medal[5]
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters[5]
Army Commendation Medal[5]
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster[5]
Army Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Superior Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with service star
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
NATO Medal for the Former Yugoslavia
Korean Presidential Unit Citation.png Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


  1. ^ a b Register of Graduates and Former Cadets, United States Military Academy. West Point Alumni Foundation. 1986. p. 865. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza to command I Corps at JBLM – Army West Blog – Northwest Military – Home of The Ranger, NW Airlifter & Weekly Volcano".
  3. ^ Lynn, Adam (3 April 2017). "New I Corps commander: 'We are ready to fight tonight'". The News Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  4. ^ Kingsland, Ruth (9 June 2017). "A 'Soldier for life' ends his 37-year Army career". Northwest Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "General Officer Management Office". GOMO. Retrieved 25 April 2016.

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Military offices
Preceded by Commander, I Corps
Succeeded by