- James T. Conway
Infobox Military Person
name= James Terry Conway
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
caption= 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps (2006 - present)
allegiance= flagicon|United States United States of America
United States Marine Corps
serviceyears= 1970 - present
3rd Battalion 2nd Marines The Basic School1st Marine Division I Marine Expeditionary Force Commandant of the Marine Corps
Operation Desert StormOperation Iraqi Freedom * Operation Vigilant Resolve
Defense Distinguished Service Medal(2) Navy Distinguished Service Medal Legion of Merit Defense Meritorious Service Medal
General James Terry Conway, USMC (born
December 26, 1947) is the 34th and current Commandant of the Marine Corps. [cite web
title=Official Biography:General James T. Conway
work=Biographies: General Officers & Senior Executives
publisher=United States Marine Corps
accessdate=2007-08-30 ] [cite news|url=http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,118890,00.html
title=New Marine Corps Commandant Welcomed
November 13, 2006
author=American Forces Press Service
accessdate=2006-11-13] [cite news
title=Conway becomes Marine Corps Commandant
November 13, 2006
work=Stars and Stripes
accessdate=2006-11-13] Among his previous postings were Director of Operations (J-3) on the Joint Staff and Commanding General of the
1st Marine Expeditionary Forcefrom 2002 through 2004 taking part in the 2003 invasion of Iraqand Operation Vigilant Resolvein Fallujah, Iraq.
Gen. Conway was born in
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, Missouri and then attended Southeast Missouri State Universitywhere he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilonfraternity, graduating in 1969. He was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1970. His first assignment was command of a rifle platoon with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marinesout of Camp Pendleton. He also served as the Battalion's 106mm recoilless rifle platoon commander. Later he served as Marine Executive Officer aboard the aircraft carrier [USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)|USS "Kitty Hawk"After graduating with honors from career-level officer school, Conway commanded two companies in the 2nd Marine Regiment's Operations and Security section. As a field grade officer, he commanded two companies of officer students and taught tactics at The Basic School. He then went on to serve as operations officer for the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit, with sea duty in the western Pacific and in contingency operations off Beirut, Lebanon.
Returning to the U.S., Gen. Conway was assigned as Senior Aide to the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving two years in that capacity. After graduating from top-level officer training, again with honors, he took command of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, and commanded the Battalion Landing Team in its eight-month deployment to Southwest Asiaduring Desert Storm.
After the war he was promoted to colonel, and assigned command of
The Basic School. Promoted to Brigadier General in December 1995, he again was assigned to the JCS. After being promoted to Major General, he served as commander of the 1st Marine Division and as Deputy Commanding General of Marine Forces Central. He was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed command of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force(I MEF) on November 16, 2002. He commanded I MEF during two combat tours in Iraq. General Conway had 60,000 troops under his command, being U.S. Marines, soldiers, sailors, and British forces. In the book "The Iraq War", Conway was described as, "big, buff, well read and well educated.....he represented all that was best about the new United States Marine Corps, which General Al Gray as the commandant had set up." [Murray, Williamson & Scales, Robert H. (2003). ‘’The Iraq War: A Military History.’’p. 65. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-01280-1] .
In a press interview on May 30, 2003, General Conway was questioned about the failure at that point to locate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He replied, in part:
:"It was a surprise to me then, it remains a surprise to me now, that we have not uncovered weapons...It's not for lack of trying. We've been to virtually every ammunition supply point between the Kuwaiti border and Baghdad, but they're simply not there....What the regime was intending to do in terms of its use of the weapons, we thought we understood—or we certainly had our best guess, our most dangerous, our most likely courses of action that the intelligence folks were giving us. We were simply wrong. But whether or not we're wrong at the national level, I think, still very much remains to be seen."
June 13, 2006, LtGen Conway was nominated by President George W. Bushto become the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps. [cite news
title=Marine Corps to get a new top general
June 13, 2006
accessdate=2006-06-13] ; the nomination was confirmed by the Senate on
August 2, 2006. [cite news
title=Conway confirmed as new commandant
August 3, 2006
work=Marine Corps Times
November 13, 2006, LtGen Conway was promoted to his current rank at the Marine Barracks in Washington D.C. ( 8th and I) and became General James Conway, 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
He is married to the former Annette Drury and has three children.
Awards and Decorations
Conway has been decorated for service, to include:
[http://www.tecom.usmc.mil/HD/Whos_Who/CONWAY_JT.htm Who's Who in Marine Corps History: General James T. Conway, USMC]
title=Official Homepage of the Commandant of the Marine Corps
publisher=United States Marine Corps
title=Preparing for war with Iraq
format=Biographical sketch of Gen. Conaway
work=St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 8, 2003
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