Lt. General Wallace Gregson
Keynote Speaker: Lt. General Wallace Gregson
most recently served as Assistant Secretary of Defense,
Asian and Pacific Security Affairs from May 2009 to April 2011.
From 2003 to 2005, he was Commanding General of Marine Corps Forces Pacific and Marine Corps Forces Central Command, where he led and managed over 70,000 Marines and Sailors in the Middle East, Afghanistan, East Africa, Asia and the United States.
From 2001 to 2003 he served as Commanding General III Marine Expeditionary Force and all Marine Corps forces in Japan.
Prior to his time in Japan he was Director of Asia-Pacific Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1998 to 2000. Following retirement, he joined the U.S. Olympic Committee as Chief perating Officer.
In 2006 he formed his own consulting company.
On 13 May 2009, following Senate confirmation, he assumed responsibility as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, a post he held until 2 April 2011.
He is now in business as President of WC Gregson & Associates, and a Senior Fellow with Avascent International, and CNA Analysis and Solutions. He is an Executive Advisor to US and Japanese firms and Non-Governmental Organizations.
He also serves as Director, China and the Pacific, at the Center for the National Interest. He is a 1968 graduate of the Naval Academy and was an infantry 0fficer with service in Vietnam.
He also earned master’s degrees in strategic planning from the Naval War College and international relations from Salve Regina College.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service by the University of Maryland.
General Gregson’s medals and decorations include: the Legion of Merit (3rd Award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for heroism, the Purple Heart, and the “Order of the Rising Sun – Gold and Silver Star” issued by the Emperor of Japan.
He is a member of the Marine Corps Association, the U.S. Naval Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a past Trustee of the Marine Corps University Foundation, and a former Director of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
He is an Honorary Adviser to the Okinawa Development International Council.