Vincent R. Stewart
|Vincent R. Stewart|
|Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency|
January 2015 – October 2017
|Deputy||Melissa A. Drisko|
|Preceded by||David Shedd (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Robert Ashley|
Vincent R. Stewart|
1958 (age 59–60)
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
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1981–present|
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. 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.
Early life and education
Stewart was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended Kingston College before immigrating to the United States in 1971 at age 13. 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.
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. 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.
Marine Corps assignments
- Platoon Leader, A Company, 1st Tank Battalion (1982–1983).
- Project Officer, Light Armored Vehicle, Anti-Tank, Twenty-Nine Palms, CA, (1983–1984).
- Executive Officer, Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Tank Battalion (1984–1985).
- Company Commander, I Company, Marine Support Battalion, Adak, Alaska, (1986–1988).
- Company Commander, Headquarters and Service Company, 2d Radio Battalion (1989–1990).
- Assistant Signals Intelligence Officer, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, (1990–1991).
- Assistant Operations Officer, 2d Radio Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC, (1991–1992).
- Company Commander, E Company, Marine Support Battalion, Misawa Japan (1992– 1994).
- Chief, Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Officer, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Experimental, Quantico, VA, (1996–1999).
- Commanding Officer, 1st Intelligence Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA, (1999–2001).
- Deputy G-2, Marine Forces Central Command (2002).
- Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Marine Corps Forces Command, Norfolk, VA, (2005–2006).
- Commanding Officer, Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC, (2006–2008).
- Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC, (2008–2009).
Department of Defense assignments
- Deputy Director, Intelligence Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, C3I (2001–2002).
- Senior Intelligence Planner, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (2002–2005)
- Director of Intelligence, HQMC, Washington, DC, (2009–2013).
- Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, (2015–2017).
- Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, (2015).
- Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command, (2017).
Stewart is married with five children.
Awards and decorations
Lieutenant General Stewart's decorations and medals include:
- 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.
- 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.
- "Jamaican-born marine: 1st black US spy chief". Pree Jamaica. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- Benson, Pam (April 7, 2016). "Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart: He Did a Lot More Than Show Up". The Cipher Brief. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
- "Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC". www.dia.mil.
- "Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC". Defense Intelligence Agency. Defense Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 3 September 2015.