On Thursday, November 3, 2016, AFCEA Quantico-Potomac hosted a luncheon at The Clubs at Quantico. The Guest Speaker was BGen Dennis Crall. BGen Crall is the Director of HQMC C4 and the CIO for the Marine Corps.
There was a presentation of the Enlisted Professional Development and Enhancement (EPD&E) by George Hinckley and Col Pugh explaining how AFCEA-QP is partnering in an effort to provide scholarships to Marines for books and supplies for this noble effort to give Marines college credits for Cyber Security. There was a presentation of the first $6000 toward that end.
BGen Crall gave a comprehensive and compelling vision of the way ahead for C4 in the Marine Corps. He noted that AFCEA-QP is the “people’s chapter” as it permits intimate and forthright discussion about emerging concepts affecting the Marine Corps.
BGen Dennis Crall, Director HQMC C4/USMC CIO
Brigadier General Crall assumed the duties of Director of Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4), Headquarters Marine Corps / Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Marine Corps on July 21, 2015. A native of South Carolina, he graduated from the University of South Carolina and was commissioned in 1987.
Brigadier General Crall is a career Aviation Command and Control Officer who has commanded at the Squadron and Group levels. He deployed as the Direct Air Support Center (Airborne), Officer-In-Charge in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, conducting thirty-four combat missions spanning over three hundred fifty flight hours. He has also served as the Joint Liaison Officer to the 7th Air Force, 607th Air Support Operations Group in Osan, Korea.
Brigadier General Crall’s joint assignments include Chief, Joint Cyberspace Center, US Central Command (CENTCOM); Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander, CENTCOM; Division Chief, Information Operations, CENTCOM; Division Chief, Developments and Concepts, CENTCOM; and Branch Chief, Strategic Plans, Information Operations, US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
Brigadier General Crall’s supporting assignments were with Marine Corps Recruiting Command, serving as the Operations Officer, Recruiting Station Albuquerque, NM; and Contact Team Officer, 6th Marine Corps District, Parris Island, SC.
Brigadier General Crall is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Control Systems Course; a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College where he earned a M.S. in Military Operational Art and Science; and a distinguished graduate of the National War College where he earned a M.S. in National Security Strategy. He has also completed the Harvard Kennedy School Cybersecurity Executive Program.