Major Steven Clifton
Major Steven Clifton was born in Great Lakes Naval Base, North Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduating high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served both as an Infantryman in Kaneohe Bay, HI and as Marine Security Guard in Moscow, Russia and Bangkok, Thailand. After completing his tour he attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In October 2000, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
Upon completing The Basic School in June 2001, and subsequently Flight School, where he attained certification as a Naval Aviator. He was ordered to Camp Pendleton, California, and was assigned to fly the CH-46E in HMM-163 and HMM-161.
During his tour, Major Clifton deployed twice to Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, conduct casualty evacuation missions in support ground operations. Upon completion, he transitioned to 3d Battalion, 5th Marines for his third combat deployment as a Forward Air Controller.
In May 2008, Major Clifton was assigned to Recruiting Station Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the as the Executive Officer. Upon completion, He was selected to attend the Command and Staff Course, where he also earned his Masters in Military Studies. From 2012 to 2014, he served The Basic School as an Ethics Instructor and the Commanding Officer of Logistics Support Group. He retired on 1 November 2014 from the United States Marine Corps.
His post military career consisted of serving as the Senior Marine Instructor for Parkville High School in Baltimore County, Maryland and as the Chief Innovation Officer for a private sector corporation.
His personal decorations include the American Legion Aviators Valor Award, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Airmedal w/ numeral 5, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal, as well as numerous campaign and service awards.
Major Clifton is currently serving as the Commandant of Marine Leadership Academy.