Major General Clifford L.
United States Marine Corps Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps
Development Command Major General
Clifford L. Stanley is currently serving as the Deputy Commanding
General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia.
Additionally, he serves as the Marine Corps Principal Representative
to the Joint Requirements Board which supports the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff in carrying out his responsibilities.
General Stanley is a 1969 graduate of South Carolina State University.
He received his M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in 1977, graduating
with honors. His formal military education includes Amphibious Warfare
School (1978), the Naval War College (1983), Honor Graduate of U.S.
Marine Corps Command and Staff College (1984), and National War College
After completing The Basic School at Quantico, VA., Major General
Stanley served as a supply and fiscal officer both in overseas and
continental United States commands. Upon being redesignated an infantry
officer, he completed tours of duty as a platoon commander; Commanding
Officer, Company M, 3d Battalion, 8th Marines; Commanding Officer,
Headquarters Company, 4th Marines; Executive Officer, 1st Battalion,
6th Marines; and Commanding Officer, 1st Marine Regiment. Major General
Stanley maintains the secondary military occupational specialty of
parachutist, and has served in the following assignments outside of
the Fleet Marine Forces: psychology and leadership instructor, U.S.
Naval Academy; Executive Officer, Marine Corps Institute and Parade
Commander at Marine Barracks, Washington D.C.; Special Assistant and
Marine Corps Aide for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy; and as
a desk officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary Of Defense,
East Asia and Pacific Region, the Pentagon.
Other assignments include: Depot Inspector and Commander, First Recruit
Training Battalion, Parris Island; White House Fellowship Program
where he served as Special Assistant to the Director of the FBI; Fleet
Marine Officer, 2d Fleet, USS Mt Whitney, LCC-20, Norfolk, VA; Assistant
Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, (Manpower
Plans & Policy); Director of Public Affairs, Headquarters Marine
Corps, Washington, D.C.; Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Ground
Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, CA; and Commanding General, Marine
Corps Base, Quantico, VA.
His personal decorations include: the Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious
Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star; Navy Commendation
Medal; and Navy Achievement Medal.