|David F. Bice|
Major General David F. Bice
|Place of birth||Zanesville, Ohio|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1968-2002, 2004-2007|
3rd Battalion 8th Marines|
3rd Marine Division
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Inspector General, USMC
Distinguished Service Medal|
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Major General David F. Bice recently retired as the Inspector General of the United States Marine Corps, stationed in Washington, D.C.. Bice retired from active duty in 2007 after over 36 years of service.
David Bice was born in Zanesville, Ohio and enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1968. He attended recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. He was commissioned through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in April 1969. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Pepperdine University, and he holds a Master's Degree in Business from Central Michigan University. His formal military education includes the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the National War College, where he studied as a Senior Research Fellow.
General Bice has commanded Marines at every level from platoon to division. He served as a rifle platoon commander with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam. He led companies in: 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division; 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division and 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division.
During 1986-1988, he commanded 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. He commanded the 9th Marine Regiment from 1992 to 1994. He commanded the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan from 1994-1995.
While commanding 3rd Battalion 8th Marines, in 1987, then, Lt. Colonel Bice, during Cold Weather training exercise, Had one of his best laughs, when He discovered that Lance Corporal F.D.Williams, had Jacked his Skis! Lt. Colonel Bice, called a Battalion meeting, no one confessed to the theft, Williams came forward with the skis, The whole Battalion got a good Laugh that day!! From 1999-2001 he served as Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Europe. His assignments outside the Fleet Marine Forces have included Series Commander, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.; Enlisted Promotions Plans Officer, Manpower Dept., HQMC; Chief, European Division, J-5, The Joint Staff; Commanding General, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Director, Marine Corps Staff, HQMC; Deputy Commander, NATO Joint Headquarters South Center, Larissa, Greece (the base closed in 2004); and Commanding General, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA.
General Bice also served as an exchange officer with the Royal Marines (RM) and is a graduate of the Royal Marines Commando Course. He left the Marine Corps in 2002 after serving as the Commanding General of Camp Pendleton (ironically this is the camp where he started his military career) to work as an international Defense Consultant. He returned to active duty in August 2004 in support of the Global War on Terrorism, serving as the Inspector General of the Marine Corps.
He returned to retired status in 2007 after over 36 years of active service.
Awards and decorationsEditHis personal decorations include:
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
- "Official Biography for David F. Bice". United States Marine Corps. January 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. http://web.archive.org/web/20070808225229/http://www.usmc.mil/genbios2.nsf/0/98EC67F899F0577285256802005AAB34?opendocument. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
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