|Born||1953 (age 65–66)
East Lansing, Michigan
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1975 – present|
|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
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
A native of East Lansing, Michigan, he graduated from East Lansing High School in 1971. 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. He assumed his current assignment on September 24, 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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
- 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>
- "Lieutenant General Robert B. Neller, Commander". Marine Corps. Retrieved 1 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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