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Deputy Commander
Brigadier General Joseph R. Clearfield
U. S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

Brigadier General Joseph R. Clearfield was born in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts in history and was commissioned in 1993.

BGen Clearfield’s past assignments include: Platoon Commander and Executive Officer, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines during Operation Uphold/ Restore Democracy in Haiti and Operation Assured Response in Liberia attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable); Commanding Officer, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines attached to 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) during Operation Enduring Freedom and Regimental Combat Team 1 during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operations Officer, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom II including Operation Vigilant Resolve in Fallujah, Iraq; Commanding Officer, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit where he served as Mission Commander for recapture of the M/V Magellan Star. Commanding Officer 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit during their WESTPAC 17-2 deployment.

His staff assignments include: Operations Officer and Executive Officer, Recruiting Station Baltimore, Maryland; Head Coach, Naval Academy Sprint Football Team in addition to instructing midshipmen in combatives and ethics; Current Operations Group Section Head, Plans, Policies, and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps; Military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian Pacific Security Affairs in OSD-Policy; Operations Officer, Command Element 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Bahrain; Chief of Staff, Marine Forces Cyber Command.

He is a graduate of Command & Staff College, Amphibious Warfare School, Airborne School (Honor Graduate), Naval Senior Officers Legal Course, and the Recruiting Management Course. He also earned a Master’s of Science in Resource Strategy at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Distinguished Graduate), a Master’s of Science from Duquesne University in Organizational Leadership, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program (AMP).

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific