General Amos most recently served as the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring on Dec. 1, 2014, after 42 years of active service. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund, and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lord Corporation.
Born in the northwest, General Amos graduated from the University of Idaho. After commissioning, he attended pilot training in Pensacola, FL. General Amos was privileged to command Marine units at every rank from Lieutenant Colonel to General – during peacetime and in combat. Nominated by the President, General Amos assumed the duties as the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps on 22 October 2010. During his tenure he completed the Corps’ combat mission in Afghanistan, shepherded the beginning of a force reduction from 240,000 Marines to 221,000, while managing the Corps’ $27+ billion dollar annual budget – all during a period of marked fiscal austerity. Despite significant fiscal challenges, the Marine Corps continued to respond to multiple crises and international challenges around the world. General Amos established Marine Crisis Response commands in both Africa and the Middle East, all while adding an additional 1,000 Marine Security Guards to America’s embassies around the world in response to the Benghazi tragedy.
He partnered with key legislators to bring national recognition to the service and sacrifices of the Corps’ WWII African American “Montford Point Marines” with the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal. Lastly, as the Corps came out of 13 years of sustained combat, he began an institutional effort to “ethically reground” his force in line with its high standards of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.