Stephen Lanza

Stephen Lanza
Born (1957-05-10) May 10, 1957
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1980-2017
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held I Corps
7th Infantry Division
First Cavalry Division Artillery

Stephen Raymond Lanza (born May 10, 1957) is a United States Army lieutenant general who served as commanding general, I Corps at Joint Base Lewis–McChord, from February 6, 2014 to April 3, 2017.[1][2] He transferred authority on April 3, 2017 to LTG Gary J. Volesky, and retired from active service on June 2, 2017.[3][4]

Early life and education

Lanza was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 1980, after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C. He has also served as a National Security Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lanza has commanded Soldiers at all levels including the 7th Infantry Division; 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.

His senior staff assignments include the Aide-De-Camp to the Commander in Chief, United States Army Europe/Commander, NATO Peace Stabilization Force; Concepts Team Chief for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, G3, Pentagon; Chief, Joint Capabilities Division, J8, the Joint Staff, Pentagon; Deputy Commanding General for V Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; G3, Chief of Operations, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; J9, Director for Strategic Effects, Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I), Iraq; Spokesman, United States Force-Iraq (USF-I), Iraq; and the Army's Chief of Public Affairs for the Secretary of the Army, Washington D.C. His operational deployment experience includes Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia; Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and Operation New Dawn, Iraq.

Awards and Recognitions

Combat Action Badge
Basic Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge
1st Cavalry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
I Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia
6 Overseas Service Bars
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster[5]
Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster[5]
Bronze Star Medal[5]
Defense Meritorious Service Medal[5]
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters[5]
Army Commendation Medal[5]
Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster[5]
Army Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with service star
Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
NATO Medal for the Former Yugoslavia
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


  2. Register of Graduates and Former Cadets, United States Military Academy. West Point Alumni Foundation. 1986. p. 865. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. Lynn, Adam (3 April 2017). "New I Corps commander: 'We are ready to fight tonight'". The News Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  4. Kingsland, Ruth (9 June 2017). "A 'Soldier for life' ends his 37-year Army career". Northwest Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "General Officer Management Office". GOMO. Retrieved 25 April 2016.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Robert B. Brown
Commander, I Corps
6 February 2014 to 3 April 2017
Succeeded by
Gary J. Volesky
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