Robert Neller

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Robert Neller
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Born 1953 (age 65–66)
East Lansing, Michigan
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1975 – present
Rank US Marine 10 shoulderboard.svg General
Commands held Commandant of the Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Forces Command
3rd Marine Division
Battles/wars Operation Restore Hope
United States invasion of Panama
Iraq War
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star

Robert B. Neller (born 1953) is a United States Marine Corps general who currently serves as the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

A native of East Lansing, Michigan, he graduated from East Lansing High School in 1971.[1][2] He enrolled in the University of Virginia, and at graduation, received his commission through Officer Candidates School via the Platoon Leaders Class program in May 1975.[3] He assumed his current assignment on September 24, 2015.

Operating forces

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.[3]

Other assignments include recruit series officer, aide-de-camp and as Director of Special Training Division MCRD San Diego, California. 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.[3]

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. 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.[3]


Neller is a graduate of The Basic School, Advanced Armor Officer Course, Marine Corps 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.[3] Neller is a member of Theta Chi International Fraternity.

Officiated at Funeral of John Glenn, USMC/Astronaut

Robert Neller had the honor of officiating at the funeral of former U.S.Senator John Glenn, USMC Aviator, Engineer and Astronaut, at Arlington National Cemetery, April 6, 2017.

Awards and decorations

Gold star
Gold star
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
USMC Rifle Expert badge.png USMC Pistol Expert badge.png
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg
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 Rifle Expert Badge (8th Award) Pistol Expert Badge (16th Award)
Badge Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge


  1. Palmer, Ken (July 24, 2015). "East Lansing native set to become top U.S. Marine". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 24 March 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Lieutenant General Robert B. Neller, Commander". Marine Corps. Retrieved 1 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Military offices
Preceded by
Joseph Dunford
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Order of precedence
Preceded by
John M. Richardson
as Chief of Naval Operations
Order of precedence of the United States
as Commandant of the Marine Corps
Succeeded by
David L. Goldfein
as Chief of Staff of the Air Force