Director of the Marine Corps Staff (DMCS)

Director of the Marine Corps Staff


Director of the Marine Corps Staff

Headquarters Marine Corps

The Director of the Marine Corps Staff (DMCS) is the principal assistant and advisor to the Commandant and Assistant Commandant, and effectively and efficiently coordinates HQMC staff processes and actions.
Director, Marine Corps Staff, HQMC

Lieutenant General Dana assumed his current position as the Director, Marine Corps Staff in June 2018.


A native of New York, he graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in June of 1982.


Lieutenant General Dana was assigned to 2nd Tank Battalion deploying with Battalion Landing Team 1/8 to the Mediterranean. He was assigned as the Combat Cargo Officer aboard USS DULUTH (LPD-6) and deployed to the Western Pacific with Battalion Landing Team 1/9.


Lieutenant General Dana served as the Logistics Officer for Battalion Landing Team 3/1 and as a Company Commander and Operations Officer with 1st Landing Support Battalion (Desert Storm/Operation Restore Hope). He served with the Standing Joint Task Force at Camp Lejeune, as an ISAF Plans Officer in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, and as the II MEF G-4 Operations Officer. After a tour with MAWTS-1, Lieutenant General Dana commanded MWSS-371.


He was assigned to III MEF, serving as the G-7/3D MEB Chief of Staff, III MEF Deputy G-3, and OIC of the MARCENT Coordination Element at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Lieutenant General Dana commanded MWSG-37, including a one year deployment to Iraq.


As a general officer he served as the Commanding General, 2d Marine Logistics Group, including a one year deployment to Afghanistan and as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Logistics (LP), the J-5 Plans Officer with PACOM, and most recently as the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics.


Joint assignments include service with EUCOM, NORTHCOM and PACOM. Lieutenant General Dana is a graduate of Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, School of Advanced Warfighting and the Naval War College.