Commanding General

Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force; and Commander, Marine Forces Japan

Lieutenant General james w. bierman, jr

Lieutenant General James W. Bierman, Jr. was born in Camp Lejeune and is a graduate from the Virginia Military Institute.  He commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1987. 

As a company grade officer, Lieutenant General Bierman served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Anti-Armor Platoon Commander, Adjutant, Commanding Officer of Headquarters and Service Company, Intelligence Officer, and Company Commander of Charlie Company 1st Battalion, 1st Marines.  He deployed in support of contingency operations in the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean, participated in operations in Northern Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort, and supported operations in Somalia.

As a field grade officer, Lieutenant General Bierman served as a Battalion Operations Officer in 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, as the Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station Richmond, a planner for I Marine Expeditionary Force and Deputy G-3, Future Operations Officer.  In 2003, he became the Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, 3d Marines.   He deployed numerous times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom II, and Operation Enduring Freedom VI-VII.  In April 2009, Lieutenant General Bierman assumed command of 3d Marine Regiment.  From 2011 to 2013, he served as the Military Secretary to the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

As a General Officer, Lieutenant General Bierman commanded the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region from 2013 to 2016.  On 1 September 2016, he was assigned to the Joint Staff and served as Deputy Director for Political-Military Affairs for the Middle East, Strategic Plans and Policy (J5).  From 2018 to 2020, he served as the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruiting Command.  From 2020 to 2021, he served as the Commanding General of 3d Marine Division.  On 9 November 2021, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed command of III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Lieutenant General Bierman is a graduate of The Basic School, Infantry Officer Course, Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College, School of Advanced Warfighting, and College of Naval Warfare.

Lieutenant General Bierman’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with gold star, the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device and two gold stars, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star.