Plans, Policies, and Operations


Plans, Policies, and Operations


Unit Leaders

Assistant Deputy Commandant, Plans, Policies, Operations

Director Gayle von Eckartsberg
Director Pacific Division

Lieutenant General Brian D. Beaudreault
Deputy Commandant Plans, Policies, and Operations

Brigadier General Terry V. Williams
Director, Strategy and Plans Division

Brigadier General STEPHEN E. LISZEWSKI
Director, Operations Division

Mr. Randy R. Smith
Director, Security Division (PS)
The Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations (DC, PP&O) performs a dual mission:

Is the Operations Deputy (OpsDep) for the Commandant on all Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) matters. Serves as the focal point for the interface between the Marine Corps (as one of the four Services) and the joint and combined activities of the JCS and the unified Commanders-in-Chief, and various allied and other foreign Defense agencies.

Is responsible for coordinating the development and execution of service plans and policies related to the structure, deployment, and employment of Marine Corps forces in general.
Coast Guard medevacs Norwegian Escape cruise ship passenger just off San Juan, Puerto Rico
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen uses the aircraft's rescue basket to hoist a passenger from the Norwegian Escape cruise ship Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, approximately 70 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard aircrew transferred the patient to Emergency Medical Service personnel at the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, who transported the patient by ambulance to the “Centro Medico” Hospital in San Juan. (U.S. Coast Guard video)
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Climate Superstars Grand Prize Award Reveal B-Roll
Climate Superstars Grand Prize Award Reveal B-Roll
GRAND FORKS, N.D., DECEMBER 12, 2018 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Boys & Girls Clubs of America joined forces again for the 4th annual Climate Superstars Challenge. This environmental contest is designed to ignite science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) interest among kids and teens while raising awareness about the importance of environmentalism and sustainability. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America affiliated Youth Center, located on the Grand Forks Air Force Base, won the national challenge to receive a $10,000 technology prize from Samsung. After completing various sustainability activities from September 17 to November 4, the Grand Forks Air Force Base Youth Center was selected as the grand prize winner of this year’s Samsung Climate Superstars Challenge. A celebration event will be held at the local Youth Center Wednesday, December 12, 2018 to surprise the kids and teens with the announcement and reveal a $10,000 technology makeover as a reward for their efforts to raise awareness about climate change. The contest required Boys & Girls Club members nationwide to complete tasks centered on core themes such as improving energy-efficiency, conserving water and reducing waste, including identifying energy efficient ENERGY STAR products, planting trees, recycling electronics and more. In addition to the contest activities, the Grand Forks Air Force Base youth visited their local recycling plant, enabled energy efficiency settings on their technology devices and met with the Air Force Base chef to discuss food waste. Results were captured via an online gaming platform specifically designed for the contest, and students were awarded with Samsung products for their outstanding efforts throughout the course of the contest. More than 200 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country participated this year, marking the largest participation in the history of the contest. The winning Youth Center’s $10,000 technology makeover includes: • Two (2) Samsung 55” UHD TVs • Ten (10) Samsung Chromebooks • Fifteen (15) Samsung Tablets with the Pen & Cover About Boys & Girls Clubs of America For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,400 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.