U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart will formally assume the role as director at the Defense Intelligence Agency on Jan. 23, DoD News reported Tuesday.
Terri Moon Cronk writes Stewart, currently head of the Marine Forces Cyber Command, will also elevate to lieutenant general rank.
He will be the first Marine and African American to hold the top leadership position at DIA, according to the publication.
He served as director of intelligence at the Marine Corps‘ Washington headquarters from 2009 to 2013 and was also assigned to work as a senior intelligence planner and a deputy director for intelligence policy at the Defense Department.
Stewart has also served in leadership roles at the platoon and battalion levels.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Illinois University, as well as master’s degrees in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and in national resource strategy from the National Defense University.