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John F. Sattler
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LtGen John F. Sattler, USMC (Ret.)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1971 - 2008
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines
2nd Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Public Affairs Division
1st Marine Expeditionary Force
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Lieutenant General John F. Sattler, United States Marine Corps, is the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is also the United States' representative to the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations.



Born and raised in Monroeville, PA, Sattler received his commission as second lieutenant in June 1971, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Sattler was an accomplished wrestler at the Naval Academy, and qualified and wrestled in the NCAA national tournament three different years.

In February 1972, after completing The Basic School (TBS), he was transferred to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines in Okinawa where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander. Returning to the United States in 1973, he was assigned to the Reserve Division at Headquarters Marine Corps where he served until his reassignment to Amphibious Warfare School as a student in 1976. Graduating with honors in 1977, he was assigned to The Basic School where he served as a Tactics Instructor, Staff Platoon Commander (SPC), and an Infantry Officer Course Instructor.

Following his tour at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Sattler returned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines on Okinawa for duty as Battalion Operations Officer. Upon return to the United States in 1981, he served as Infantry Weapons Procurement Officer at Headquarters Marine Corps until 1985. He graduated with honors from Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1986, and reported to 2nd Marine Division for his third tour with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, this time as the Executive Officer.

In 1988, Sattler was assigned as Commander, Ground Combat Element for Special Purpose MAGTF 4-88. After serving as J-3, Ground Officer for Joint Operation Solid Shield, he spent one year at Headquarters Marine Corps before being assigned to the Industrial College of Armed Forces (ICAF) at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. He graduated with distinction in June 1991 and reported for duty as Congressional Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives. He detached from this assignment in August 1995, and took command of 2nd Marine Regiment on August 12, 1995. He was promoted to Brigadier General at his change of command on May 29, 1997 and assumed his duties as Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division that same day.

In September 1998, Sattler reported to the Joint Staff and assumed duties as the Deputy Director for Operations (Combating Terrorism) J-34. In July 2000, he transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps to assume the duties as the Director, Public Affairs Division. In July 2001, he assumed duties as the Commanding General of 2nd Marine Division at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In November 2002, he assumed duties as Commander, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa. In August 2003, he assumed duties as Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command. Sattler was promoted to his current rank and assumed command of I Marine Expeditionary Force on September 12, 2004. On August 3, 2005, Lieutenant General Sattler assumed the duties as Commander, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command.

On 5 July, 2006, the Pentagon announced Sattler's nomination to be the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff's Director of Strategic Plans and Policy.[1] Lieutenant General Sattler relinquished command of the I Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Central Command on August 14, 2006. He was assigned as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff on September 1, 2006. Lieutenant General Sattler retired effective 1 August 2008.

He is currently married to Virginia Sattler.


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Gold award star
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Gold award star
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Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award-3d.svg
Bronze service star
Bronze service star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg Iraq Campaign ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg
Bronze service star
Bronze service star
Bronze service star
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg
Arctic Service Ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg
Basic Parachutist Insignia
Defense Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award star Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal Joint Meritorious Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service star Vietnam Service Medal Iraq Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 3 service stars Arctic Service Ribbon Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

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