Vincent R. Stewart

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BornMay 11, 1958
Kingston, Jamaica
Alma materWestern Illinois University, Naval War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces
Defense Intelligence Agency leader, then Cyber Command

Employment.png Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

In office
January 2015 - October 2017
Preceded byDavid Shedd
Succeeded byRobert Ashley

Vincent Raymond Stewart [1] is a retired Jamaican American lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps who most recently served as Deputy Commander at United States Cyber Command.[2] He was previously the 20th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). LtGen Stewart, who held that post from January 23, 2015 to October 3, 2017, was the first African American and first Marine to hold the position of Director of the DIA.[3]

Early life and education

Stewart was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended Kingston College before immigrating to the United States in 1971 at age 13.[4][5] He received his undergraduate degree in history in 1981 from Western Illinois University and was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps that same year.[6]


After earning his commission, he attended The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia from 1981 to 1982 and was selected to become an Armor Officer. Upon graduation from this training, he was sent to the Armor Officer School in Fort Knox. He then received orders as a Platoon Leader to 1st Tank Battalion at Las Flores, 41 Area, Camp Pendleton, California. In 1984, he became the Executive Officer of Headquarters Company, 1st Tank Battalion.

He earned master's degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 1995 and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University in 2002.[7] On 23 January 2015, he left his position as the head of the Marine Force's Cyber Command to become the director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, shortly before which he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.[8]

LtGen Stewart retired from the U.S. Marine Corps at the Marine Barracks Washington on April 5, 2019.