Lieutenant General Keith J. Stalder, USMC (Ret.), joined the Institute as a Senior Fellow following more than 37 years of distinguished service in Joint and Marine Corps operational assignments. LtGen Stalder is a former Commanding General of US Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, and former Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Upon retirement he established a technical and management consulting practice and works with industry, government, and academic clients.
While on active duty, LtGen Stalder became one of the military’s most experienced operational planners and commanders, serving as the Commanding General of seven separate organizations. As the senior Marine Military Representative to the U.S. Pacific Command, he was instrumental in negotiating international accords on the basing of US forces in Japan and strengthening international alliances to preserve peace in East Asia and the Pacific.
LtGen Stalder has served as the Commanding General, Training and Education Command in Quantico, Virginia; Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in Iraq; and the Deputy Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, in Operation Iraqi Freedom I. He commanded Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531 and Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One. He was the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy, United States Central Command, during Operation Enduring Freedom.
LtGen Stalder was born in Venezuela and grew up in Alaska. A 1984 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he holds a Masters Degree in Aeronautics. He is also a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.
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