|Colonel Steven M. Hanson
Colonel Hanson is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1976. After serving a security forces tour at Marine Barracks, Rota Spain, he lateral moved into the intelligence field as an 0241 imagery analyst, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant before being appointed an 0205 Warrant Officer in 1984. He subsequently served as a team leader with the Force Imagery Interpretation Units at 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. In 1987 he was appointed a Limited Duty Officer and was assigned to the 1st Marine Division, serving as the Unattended Ground Sensor Platoon commander and later as the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion intelligence officer, where he twice deployed to the Arabian Gulf and participated in Operations Earnest Will and Praying Mantis.
In 1990 he was re-designated an Unrestricted Officer. From 1990 to 1993, Captain Hanson served as a branch chief in the United States Central Command Intelligence Collection Division, deploying in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. From 1993 to 1994 he participated in the College Degree Program, completing his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Tampa. From 1995 to 1998 he returned to Camp Pendleton and commanded the Marine Corps Imagery Support Unit, providing national imagery intelligence support to all three Marine Expeditionary Forces. From 1998 to 1999 Major Hanson attended the Post Graduate Intelligence Program, where he was awarded a Master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence and was the recipient of the Lyman B. Kirkpatrick Intelligence Research Award. From 1999 to 2002 Major Hanson was assigned to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing where he served as the Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1 executive officer and later as the Wing’s air combat intelligence officer. From 2002 to 2005 Lieutenant Colonel Hanson was assigned to the National Capital Region where he served as a branch chief in the Headquarters Marine Corps Intelligence Department and subsequently completed a one-year sabbatical as a National Security Agency Director's Fellow. In 2005 Lieutenant Colonel Hanson returned to the 1st Marine Division, serving as the Deputy G-2. From 2006 to 2007 he deployed to Iraq and served as the Combat Advisor Team Leader with the Iraqi 2nd Border Defense Brigade where he led all border enforcement operations on the Iraq-Syria-Jordan border. In 2007 Colonel Hanson attended the Basic Spanish Course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. In 2008 he attended la Escuela de Defense Nacional (Argentine National Defense School) in Buenos Aires where he earned a Master’s degree in National Defense and he was awarded the Latin America Foreign Area Officer MOS. In 2009, he again reported to the 1st Marine Division to assume the duties as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2. From 2010 to 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan as the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) / NATO Regional Command Southwest Director of Intelligence. From 2011 to 2013 Colonel Hanson served as the Commanding Officer, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group. He deployed to Afghanistan for OEF 12.1 where he commanded Task Force Belleau Wood, leading U.S., British, Jordanian, and Bahraini forces in counterinsurgency operations across four districts in southwestern Afghanistan. From 2013 to 2014 Colonel Hanson served as Deputy Commander, Task Force 51 where he assisted in leading all of U.S. Fifth Fleet’s crisis response and amphibious forces.
Colonel Hanson's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with two gold stars, the Bronze Star Medal with one gold star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He was promoted to his current rank in July 2007.