Lieutenant Colonel Steven J. Piccirilli, USMC (Ret)
Steve was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on December 20, 1951. After graduating from Slippery Rock State College in 1974, he received his commission and was ordered to the The Basic School.
Upon graduation from TBS in December 1974, he was ordered to the Third Marine Division where he served as a rifle platoon commander and company executive officer in the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines. Upon his return to CONUS in February 1976, he was assigned to the Armed Forces Examination and Entrance Station in Newark, New Jersey.
In April 1979 he was ordered to the Second Marine Division where he commanded Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines and served as the assistant operations officer for the 34th Marine Amphibious Unit for two Landing Fleet Sixth Fleet deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf. In June 1981, he assumed the duties of Inspector-Instructor Company F, 2d Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division, in New Rochelle, New York.
Following his promotion to Major in July 1984, he was ordered to Headquarters Battalion, Headquarters United States Marine Corps where he served as Commanding Officer Company B and Company A. In July 1987, he was assigned as a Military Observer, Observer Group Lebanon, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization and remained there until July 1988. Upon his return to CONUS he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Upon graduation he was ordered to the First Marine Division where he served as the S-3 of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines. During this period the battalion served as the Ground Combat Element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and participated in operations in support of both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Following his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in July 1991, he was assigned to the Marine Corps Systems Command and served as the Head, Manpower and Training Section and remained there until his selection and attendance at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair, Washington D.C., in August 1993. Upon his graduation from ICAF, he assumed the duties of S-3 of the Basic School, Marine Corps University until his retirement in March 1997. His personal awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Since his retirement, he has worked as the USMC, USN, USCG Marketing Director for Firearms Training Systems (FATS), which is now Meggitt Defense and operates as Meggitt Training Systems located in Suwanee, Georgia. He currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia.