Vincent R. Stewart

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Vincent R. Stewart
Stewart CYBERCOM.jpg
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
In office
January 2015 – October 2017
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Deputy Melissa A. Drisko
Preceded by David Shedd (Acting)
Succeeded by Robert Ashley
Personal details
Born Vincent R. Stewart
1958 (age 59–60)
Kingston, Jamaica
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1981–present
Rank US Marine O9 shoulderboard.svg Lieutenant General
Commands Deputy Commander of USCYBERCOM
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Assistant Chief of Staff II Marine Expeditionary Force
Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (United States)

Vincent R. Stewart (born 1958) is a Jamaican American lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps who is currently serving as Deputy Commander at United States Cyber Command.[1] He previously served as the 20th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Lt. Gen. Stewart, who held that post from January 23, 2015 through October 3, 2017, was the first African American, first Jamaican American and first Marine to hold the position of Director of the DIA.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Stewart was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended Kingston College before immigrating to the United States in 1971 at age 13.[3][4] He received his undergraduate degree in history in 1981 from Western Illinois University and was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps that same year.[5]


After earning his commission, he attended The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia from 1981–1982 and was selected to become an Armor Officer. Upon graduation from this training, he was sent to the Armor Officer School in Fort Knox. He then received orders as a Platoon Leader to 1st Tank Battalion out of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. In 1984, he became the Executive Officer of Headquarters Company, 1st Tank Battalion.

He earned master's degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 1995 and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University in 2002.[6] On 23 January 2015, he left his position as the head of the Marine Force's Cyber Command to become the director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, shortly before which he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.[3]

Marine Corps assignments[edit]

  • Platoon Leader, A Company, 1st Tank Battalion (1982–1983).[6]
  • Project Officer, Light Armored Vehicle, Anti-Tank, Twenty-Nine Palms, CA, (1983–1984).[6]
  • Executive Officer, Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Tank Battalion (1984–1985).[6]
  • Company Commander, I Company, Marine Support Battalion, Adak, Alaska, (1986–1988).[6]
  • Company Commander, Headquarters and Service Company, 2d Radio Battalion (1989–1990).[6]
  • Assistant Signals Intelligence Officer, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, (1990–1991).[6]
  • Assistant Operations Officer, 2d Radio Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC, (1991–1992).[6]
  • Company Commander, E Company, Marine Support Battalion, Misawa Japan (1992– 1994).[6]
  • Chief, Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Officer, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Experimental, Quantico, VA, (1996–1999).[6]
  • Commanding Officer, 1st Intelligence Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA, (1999–2001).[6]
  • Deputy G-2, Marine Forces Central Command (2002).[6]
  • Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Marine Corps Forces Command, Norfolk, VA, (2005–2006).[6]
  • Commanding Officer, Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC, (2006–2008).[6]
  • Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC, (2008–2009).[6]

Department of Defense assignments[edit]

  • Deputy Director, Intelligence Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, C3I (2001–2002).[6]
  • Senior Intelligence Planner, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (2002–2005)
  • Director of Intelligence, HQMC, Washington, DC, (2009–2013).[6]
  • Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, (2015–2017).[6]
  • Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, (2015).[6]
  • Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command, (2017).

Personal life[edit]

Stewart is married with five children.[4]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Lieutenant General Stewart's decorations and medals include:[6]

United States Navy Parachutist Badge.png
Gold star
Gold star
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg
USMC Rifle Sharpshooter badge.png USMC Pistol Expert badge.png
Seal of the United States Cyber Command.png
Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit with one gold award star Bronze Star Medal Meritorious Service Medal with award star
Navy Commendation Medal with two award stars Navy Achievement Medal Combat Action Ribbon Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze service star Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with one service star National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal National Defense Service Medal with service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with three service stars Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three service stars Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with three service stars Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Rifle Sharpshooter Badge Pistol Expert Badge
United States Cyber Command Badge


  1. ^ Boland, Barbara (June 27, 2017). "Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart Tapped for No. 2 at U.S. Cyber Command". ExecutiveGov. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Bunn, Curtis (January 15, 2015). "Jamaican-Born Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart Becomes US's 1st Black Head of Defense Intelligence Agency". Atlanta Black Star. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Jamaican-born marine: 1st black US spy chief". Pree Jamaica. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b Benson, Pam (April 7, 2016). "Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart: He Did a Lot More Than Show Up". The Cipher Brief. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC".
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC". Defense Intelligence Agency. Defense Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 3 September 2015.

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