General Robert Neller | (USMC, Retired)

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Clements and Strauss Centers will host Distinguished Senior Fellow Gen. Robert Neller (USMC, Retired), for a conversation on U.S. defense strategy.

Gen. Neller served as the 37th commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Prior to that, he served as the commander, Marine Forces Command from July 2014 to September 2015 and commander, Marine Forces Central Command from September 2012 to June 2014. A native of East Lansing, Michigan, Gen. Neller graduated from the University of Virginia and was commissioned in 1975. He has served as an infantry officer at all levels, including command of Marine Security Force Company Panama during Operations Just Cause and Promote Liberty; 3d Light Armored Infantry Battalion during Operation Restore Hope; 6th Marine Regiment; and 3d Marine Division. He served as deputy commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) during Operation Iraqi Freedom (05-07); assistant division commander for 1st and 2d Marine Divisions; and president of Marine Corps University. His Joint assignments include service in the Policy Division of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium, and as the director of Operations (J-3) of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. Gen. Neller is a graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, NATO Defense College, and the Armed Forces Staff College. He holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University.

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