Biography of Citadel Commandant of Cadets, Colonel Gregory A. Stone, United States Army (Retired)
- The Commandant of Cadets is responsible for the command, control and administration of the 2,000-member South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
- He reports to the president of the college.
- He is third in administrative command at the college. The president is first. The provost/dean of the college is second.
- He replaces Brig. Gen. Emory Mace who retired in August after eight years
Col. Gregory Stone was born in Seattle, Wash., in July 1954 and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating in the Class of 1976. He was commissioned and has served throughout his military career in Armor – Cavalry assignments.
|Col. Gregory Stone, The Citadel's new commandant of cadets talks with Charleston area reporters and cadet at a press conference Dec. 7 to welcome him to campus.|
Stone is also a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and the Army War College in Carlisle, Penn. He also graduated from Villanova University in 1985 with a masters of science in Human Organization Science.
Most recently he was chief of staff/deputy commandant for the U.S. Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Highlights of Stone’s military career
- Served in the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis as a tank and scout platoon leader and company commander.
- Commanded the Army’s only separate tank company, Company F “Patton” 40th Armor, in Berlin, Germany.
- Served as operations officer for 2nd Squadron, 4th United States Cavalry, 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., through Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
- Served as the 24th Infantry Division’s chief of operations and later as deputy G3.
- Served at the Pentagon in the Management Directorate of the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army.
- Commanded the 1st Squadron, “Black Hawk,” 1st United States Cavalry, 1st Armor Division in Budingen, Germany, from 1994 to 1996. It was the Army’s first unit to enter Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor in January 1996.
- Served as the operations officer for 1st Calvary Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
- Assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea where he commanded the 1st Brigade “Iron Team.”
Served as Commander Operations Group (COG) at the Army Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany.
- Assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in August 2002 as the Brigade Tactical Officer. He assumed duties as the Chief of Staff/Deputy Commandant, United States Corps of Cadets (USCC) in February 2004.
Stone’s awards and commendations
|Distinguished Service Medal||National Defense Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit||Southwest Asia Medal|
|Bronze Star||Saudi Arabia-Kuwait Liberation Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal||NATO Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal||Parachutist Badge|
|Army Achievement Medal||Army Staff Badge|
|Army Occupation Medal|
Col. Stone is married to the former Mary Pat Leimbach of Glenside, Penn. They have two sons and two daughters:
- Patrick, an Infantry captain enroute to the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.
- Christian, an Infantry first lieutenant assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade and currently deployed to Afghanistan;
- Keegan, an Adjutant General Corps second lieutenant assigned to Fort Benning, Ga., whose husband, Tony, (Citadel Class of '02), is an Infantry captain in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment;
- Theresa, a sophomore and member of the class of 2008 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point