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Brigadier General STEPHEN E. LISZEWSKI Director, Operations Division

A native of Annapolis, Colonel Liszewski was raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1990.  Assigned as an artillery officer at The Basic School, Colonel Liszewski’s first tour in the operating forces was with the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines (Rein) where he served as a forward observer, fire direction officer, liaison officer, guns platoon commander, executive officer and regimental fire support coordinator for the Third Marine Regiment. As a Captain, he served as the fire support officer for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) for two deployments and later commanded Battery E, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines from 1998 to 2000, where he deployed with Battalion Landing Team 1/5 in support of 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). As a Major in 5th Battalion, 11th Marines he was the liaison officer, operations officer and executive officer. In 2006, Colonel Liszewski assumed command of 1st Battalion, 12th Marines (Rein) and deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

In 2011, Col Liszewski joined I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), where he deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Colonel Liszewski commanded the 11th Marine Regiment in the 1st Marine Division from 2012 to 2014.

Col Liszewski’s other assignments have included tours with Marine Forces Central Command (Forward) G-3, Marine Forces Pacific G-5 (War Plans), and the Joint Staff (J33, JODCENT). In 2014, he served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

From 2015 to 2017, Colonel Liszewski served as the 86th Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. Prior to his current assignment as the Director of Operations with Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps, Colonel Liszewski served as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.

Colonel Liszewski is an honor graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, a distinguished graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College, and a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. He has earned Master’s Degrees from the University of Canberra and the U.S. Naval War College.


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