Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Maranian (Retired) serves as the Commanding General of the 56th Artillery Command, United States Army Europe and Africa.

A native of Natick, Massachusetts, Maj. Gen. Maranian graduated from Bucknell University in 1988 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army.

A career Field Artillery Officer, Maj. Gen. Maranian has commanded at every echelon from Battery to Theater Fires Command, to include command of the U.S. Army War College; 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment; 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment; and two field artillery batteries in the 1st Cavalry Division.

In addition to command, Maj. Gen. Maranian has served in a wide variety of key leadership positions including service as the Deputy Commandant of the United States Army Command and General Staff College/Provost of Army University; the Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver) for the 2nd Infantry Division; the Commandant of the United States Army Field Artillery School; as the first director of Army Futures Command’s Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team; and as the Chief of Staff, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force.

Maj. Gen. Maranian holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bucknell University and master’s degrees from Webster University and the United States Army War College. He is also an honor graduate of the Defense Language Institute’s Greek Language Course.

Maj. Gen. Maranian’s overseas service comprises 12 overseas tours in seven countries, including a post-graduate fellowship at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.

He has been decorated by the United States Army, United States Air Force, NATO, Romania, and the Republic of Korea. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal (2), the Legion of Merit (6), the Bronze Star Medal (2), the Combat Action Badge, and the Senior Parachutist’s badge.

Maj. Gen. Maranian and his wife Cynthia have been married for 30 years.

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