Carlton W. Fulford, Jr.
General, USMC (Ret.)
After thirty-seven years in uniform, Carlton Fulford retired from the Marine Corps in February 2003 with the rank of General. He served as Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, a U. S. Department of Defense regional center focused on African security issues, from 2003-2006. In 2006, he formed his own consulting firm and presently consults for U.S. government agencies and other private organizations on matters pertaining to U.S. security interests.
Previous military assignments include Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces in Europe (2000-2003), Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific (1998-1999); Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (1996-1998); Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force (1994-1995); Commanding General, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1991-1992); and Commanding Officer, Task Force Ripper during combat operations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990-1991).
He has served as Director, The Joint Staff (1999-2000); Vice Director, The Joint Staff (1995-1996); Commanding General Marine Corps Bases, Japan (1994-1995) and Commanding General Marine Corps Bases, Pacific (1998-1999).
General Fulford's personal decorations include the Purple Heart Medal with gold star in lieu of a second award; Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters in lieu of second and third awards; Silver Star Medal; Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and gold star in lieu of a second award; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V". He was also awarded the French Legion of Merit and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
General Fulford received his commission in June 1966, following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. He was honored as a distinguished graduate by the Naval Academy
in 2010. He holds a Master of Sciences degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Defense Analysis and co-chairs the Board of Visitors for National Defense University.