Major General Stephen Lanza, Class of 1975

Major General Lanza, an Iraq war veteran, is currently commander of the U.S. Army’s Division Headquarters Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State – the first division HQ there in more than 20 years.

He assumed command of the 7th Infantry Division Headquarters Oct. 1, 2013.

Maj. Gen. Lanza received his commission from the United States Military Academy in 1980, and throughout his military career has had many key assignments r.  They include:  Fire Support Officer, C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, Battery Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer and Battalion S4, 1st Battalion, 321st Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Detachment Commander, Stand-Off Target Acquisition System, 1st Armored Division, Katterbach, Germany; Task Force Fire Support Officer, 3rd Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, Alpha Battery Commander and Battalion Adjutant, 3rd Battalion, 1st Field Artillery, Bamberg, Germany; Firing Battery Trainer, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; G3 Chief of Plans, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; DIVARTY S3, 1st Infantry Division Artillery, Bamberg, Germany;  Aide-de-Camp to Commander, Stabilization Force and Commander, U.S. Forces Europe, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Executive Officer, 1st Infantry Division Artillery, Fort Riley, Kansas; and Army Team Chief for Concepts and Experimentation, Office of Strategy, Plans and Policy, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Major General Lanza commanded the 1st Battalion, 5th field Artillery, “Hamilton’s Own”, 1st Infantry at Fort Riley, Kansas from June 1999 through June 2001.

After completing the National War College, he assumed command of the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery in July 2003.  In January 2004 he assumed command of the 5th Brigade combat Team in the 1st Cavalry  Division and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II from February 2004 to March 2005.  Upon completion of command in July 2005, he was assigned as the Chief of the Joint Capabilities Division in the J8 of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.

Major General Lanza has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the NSTO Medal, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from West Point, Master’s degrees in Military Arts and Science, and National Security and a Masters of Public Administration from Central Michigan University.

He and his wife Madeline have one son, Raymond.