Jamaican Born Marine to Head US Defense Intelligence Agency

Jamaican-born Major Vincent Stewart will soon become the first African-American and the first Marine to hold the title of Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

The DIA agency plans, manages and executes intelligence operations during times of peace, crisis and war – in a nutshell, espionage central.

As espionage chief, Stewart will oversee the efforts of the DIA to provide military intelligence to combat units, defense planners and policymakers.

According to his military biography, this outstanding son of Kingston joined the Marine Corps in 1981. He has previously served as senior intelligence planner for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Director of Intelligence for Marine Corps Headquarters.


“A distinguished intelligence professional and dedicated war fighter, Major General Stewart brings a wealth of talent and leadership to the Defense Intelligence Agency and the nation’s intelligence community across the agencies and organizations,”  said Army Col Steven Warren, a Defense Department spokesman in a news release.

He credits his upbringing in Jamaica, most notably his education at Kingston College, as being the foundation that set him apart from his American schoolmates and paved the way for his success.

Stewart will assume his new position on the 23rd of January.

Marine born from Jamaica Vincent Stewart Defense Intelligence Agency
Major General Vincent Stewart (Photo: US Department of Defense)

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