Carlton W. Fulford Jr. (born May 11, 1944) is a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who served as Deputy Commander in Chief, United States European Command (DCINCEUR) from 2000 to 2002.
|Carlton W. Fulford Jr.|
General Carlton W. Fulford Jr.
|Born|| May 11, 1944
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1966-2002|
|Commands held||1st Battalion
4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade
Marine Corps Bases, Japan
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star with "V"
Purple Heart (2)
|Other work||Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Director
Jamestown Foundation, Director
Carlton Fulford Jr. was born on May 11, 1944, in Newnan, Georgia.
Fulford graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1966 and following graduation received his commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Following completion of The Basic School, Marine Corps Base Quantico, and the Vietnamese Language School, he was assigned as a platoon commander with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in the Republic of Vietnam. He was promoted to first lieutenant in October 1967, and subsequently reassigned as Commanding Officer, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines until his return from Vietnam in June 1968.
His other Fleet Marine Force assignments include: Commanding Officer, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines (1971–1972); Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines (1979–1980); G-3 Training Officer for the 2nd Marine Division (1980–1981); Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines (1981–1982); Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1987–1989); Commanding Officer, 7th Marines (1989–1991); Commanding Officer, Regimental Combat Team 7 (Task Force Ripper) during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Commanding General, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1991–1992), Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force (1994–1995), and Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (1996–1998); Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific /Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific/Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Bases, Pacific headquartered at Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii (1998–1999).
His non-FMF assignments include: Company Commander, Naval Academy Preparatory School (1968–1969); Management Engineer, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona (1973–1976); Economics Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy (1977–1978); Branch Head, Training Department, HQMC (1982–1984); Strategy Planner, Forces and Strategy Branch, United States Pacific Command (1985–1987); Commanding General, Landing Force Training Command, Atlantic (1991–1992); Director, Training and Education Division, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (1992–1994); Commanding General Marine Corps Bases, Japan (1994–1995); Vice Director, The Joint Staff (1995–1996); Director, The Joint Staff (1999–2000); and Deputy Commander in Chief, United States European Command (2000–2002).
In addition to The Basic School, Fulford graduated from the Infantry Officers Advanced Course; Command and Staff College; and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Fulford also earned a Master of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1973).
His personal decorations include:
|Basic Parachutist Insignia|
|1st Row||Defense Distinguished Service Medal w/ 1 oak leaf cluster|
|2nd Row||Silver Star||Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star & valor device||Bronze Star w/ valor device||Purple Heart w/ 1 award star|
|3rd Row||Defense Meritorious Service Medal||Meritorious Service Medal||Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal||Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 1 award star|
|4th Row||Combat Action Ribbon w/ 1 award star||Navy Presidential Unit Citation||Navy Unit Commendation||National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars|
|5th Row||Vietnam Service Medal||Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 2 service stars||Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ palm||Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit citation|
|6th Row||Vietnam Civil Actions unit citation||Vietnam Campaign Medal||Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)||Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)|
|Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|