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Jan 30, 2004 08:04pm
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Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney retired from active duty on August 1, 2001 following his assignment as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, South Carolina from June 1999 through June 2001.
The son of a career Coast Guard officer, he grew up in the Northeastern U.S. and graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1967. He is an artillery officer commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy (Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering '71), and is a graduate of Fort Sill's (U.S. Army) Artillery Basic ('72) and Advanced ('79) Courses; the Marine Corps Command and Staff College ('85); the National War College ('90); and the University of Southern California (Master of Science in Systems Management, '78).
His early fleet tours were with the 11th Marine Artillery Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California ('72-'74) and Marine Observation Squadron 6, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan ('74-'75). He was a series and company commander, followed by aide-de-camp, at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego from 1975 to 1978.
Subsequent tours were: Company Grade and Majors' Monitor, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. ('79-'83); Force Artillery Officer and G-1A, III Marine Amphibious Force, Okinawa ('84-'85); Executive Officer, 3d Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment ('85-'87); and Commanding Officer, Support Battalion, MCRD, San Diego ('87-'89).
Following graduation from the National War College, he was the Ground Plans Officer for the DoD Coordinator for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, assisting in coordinating Pentagon support to the international counterdrug effort. He assumed the position of Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of Defense in 1991. In 1993 he was selected to be a Military Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations (New York City).
In 1994 he returned to Washington to be a planner with the Roles and Missions Coordination Group at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, supporting the Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces. He commanded the Recruit Training Regiment, MCRD, San Diego from 1995 to 1997. His first assignment as a Brigadier General was as the Inspector General of the United States Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. from August 1997 to June 1999.
Brigadier General Cheney's personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal.