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Robert Neller
Born 1953 (age 68–69)
Place of birth East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1975–present
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held U.S. Marine Forces Command
Awards Defense Distinguished Service

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star

Robert B. Neller is a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general. He was confirmed to be the next Commandant of the Marine Corps on August 5, 2015.

A native of East Lansing, Michigan, he graduated from the University of Virginia, and received his commission through Officer Candidates School via the Platoon Leaders Class program in May 1975.[1]

Operating Forces

Lieutenant General Neller's assignments in the operating forces include: Rifle and Weapons Platoon Commander and Company Commander with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division, Commanding Officer, Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 3rd Light Armored Infantry Battalion and 6th Marine Regiment. While with 3rd LAI he participated in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. As the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Security Force Company, Panama, he participated in Operations Just Cause and Promote Liberty. Additionally, he served as Executive Officer, 7th Marine Regiment, G-3, II Marine Expeditionary Force and G-3, 2nd Marine Division.[1] Other assignments include recruit series officer, aide-de-camp and as Director of Special Training Division MCRD San Diego, CA. Lieutenant General Neller served as Student Company Executive Officer and Tactics Instructor at The Basic School, Quantico, VA, and in Special Projects Directorate HQMC. Additionally, he served as a Staff Officer in the Policy Division of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium.[1]

General Officer Assignments

As a general officer, he has served as the Assistant Division Commander of 2d Marine Division; the Director, Operations Division, Plans, Policies (PP&O) HQMC; as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) during OIF 05-07, and as the Assistant Division Commander for 1st Marine Division. Lieutenant General Neller commanded 3rd Marine Division and served as President, Marine Corps University. From January 2011 to July 2012, he served as Director for Operations, J3, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.[1]


Lieutenant General Neller is a graduate of The Basic School, Advanced Armor Officer Course, Marine Command and Staff College, NATO Defense College, and the Armed Forces Staff College. He holds a BA in History and Speech Communication from the University of Virginia and a MA in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University.[1]

Awards and decorations

Gold star
Gold star
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
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1st row Defense Distinguished Service Medal Legion of Merit
2nd row Bronze Star Medal Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 gold award star Joint Service Commendation Medal
3rd row Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Combat Action Ribbon w/ 1 award star Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 1 silver oak leaf cluster
4th row Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 bronze service star Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
5th row Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 2 service stars Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Armed Forces Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 1 silver and 2 bronze service stars
6th row Navy Arctic Service Ribbon Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 2 service stars Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
Badges EXPERT RIFLE badge (8TH AWARD) EXPERT PISTOL badge (several awards)
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

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