Lieutenant General Wallace C. Gregson, Jr.

US Marine Corps (Retired)
Assistant Secretary of Defense Asian & Pacific Security Affairs 2009-2011
Chair, Banyan Analytics


Lieutenant General Wallace C. Gregson, Jr., retired from active Marine Corps service in 2005. He last served as the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific; Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific; and Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Bases, Pacific, headquartered at Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.
During his tour as Marine Corps Forces Pacific he also served as the Marine Component Commander for Central Command, responsible for providing forces trained and equipped for combat in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

General Gregson is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

After The Basic School, he served with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam from February 1969 to August 1970. Subsequent operational assignments included infantry battalion executive officer, division staff duty, headquarters battalion executive officer, operations officer (G-3) of I Marine Expeditionary Force, and assistant operations officer (J-3A) of Unified Task Force Somalia during Operation Restore Hope. He commanded an infantry company; Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division; 1st Battalion, 5th Marines; 7th Marine Regiment; and 3d Marine Division. From 2001 to 2003 he served as Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commander, Marine Corps Bases, Japan and Commander, Marine Forces, Japan.

Supporting establishment duties included S-4 of a recruit training battalion, aide-de-camp, recruit training company commander, recruiting station executive officer, company commander of a combined platoon leader's class, and operations officer for a recruiting district. Marine Corps Headquarters duties included program development officer, coordinator for roles and missions, and Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans. External duties include military observer with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in Egypt, Deputy for Marine Corps Matters in the Secretary of the Navy's Office of Program Appraisal, and Executive/Military Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence. In his last Washington Marine Corps assignment, he served as Director, Asian and Pacific Affairs, in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

Professional military education assignments included the U.S. Army Infantry Officers Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Naval War College, and a tour as a Military Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a distinguished graduate of the Infantry Officers Advanced Course and the Naval War College.

Civilian education includes a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, master's degrees in strategic planning from the Naval War College and international relations from Salve Regina College. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service by the University of Maryland.

Following retirement he joined the US Olympic Committee as Chief Operating Officer. In 2006 he formed his own consulting company.

On 13 May 2009, following Senate confirmation he assumed responsibility as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, a post he held until 2 April 2011. He is now in business as President of WC Gregson & Associates. He assumed duty as Chair, Banyan Analytics, an ANSER Institute, in May 2013. He is Senior Fellow with Avascent International, and CNA Analysis and Solutions. He also serves as Director, China and the Pacific at the Center for the National Interest. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Center for a New American Security. He is Senior Director for China and the Pacific at the Center for the National Interest. He is member of the Peace Winds America Board of Directors. He travels frequently to Asia for business and discussions on disaster resilience and response, security policy, and military strategy.

He is a member of the Marine Corps Association, the U.S. Naval Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Trustee of the Marine Corps University Foundation, a Board Member for the US Naval Institute, and a former Director and Treasurer of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. He is a past Honorary Adviser to the Okinawa Development International Council. He and his wife Cindy reside in Nokesville, VA.

Links for Wallace C. Gregson, Jr.
Seoul-Tokyo-Washington Security Partnership
2014 Spring Symposium
Bulletin of April 29, 2014


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