MCA President and CEO
Committees: Secretary of Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Programs Committee and Audit Committee
Major General Usher is presently the President and CEO of the Marine Corps Association. He is a 1974 graduate of San Diego State University. A third generation Marine, he entered the Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Class program. He completed the Amphibious Warfare School (1981) and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (1987), and the Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies (1997).
Since his commissioning and graduation from The Basic School in 1975, Major General Usher has held a variety of command and staff positions. He has had company level command assignments with Base Materiel Battalion, Camp Pendleton; 1st Radio Battalion, Fleet Marine Force Pacific; Marine Barracks, Washington, DC; and 1st Supply Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group. He has held battalion level command with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit as Commanding Officer, Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 13; and as the Commanding Officer, 3d Transportation Support Battalion, 3d Force Service Support Group. From June 2001 to July 2003, Major General Usher commanded 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, CA.
Major General Usher’s staff assignments include Supply Officer, 1st Track Vehicle Battalion, 3d Marine Division; Supply Officer, 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force; Operations Officer, Direct Stock Supply Center, Camp Pendleton; Supply Officer, 1st Radio Battalion; Operations Officer, Detachment A, 3d Force Service Support Group; Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, GA; Head, Deployed Systems Branch, Albany, GA; S-4 Officer, Marine Barracks, Washington DC; Executive Officer, 1st Supply Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group; G-3 Combat Service Support Operations Officer, 1st Force Service Support Group; Director, Life Cycle Management Center, Marine Corps Logistics Bases, Albany, GA; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 3d Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan; a joint duty assignment as the Marine Corps Readiness Officer, Headquarters Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA. Major General Usher served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant, Logistics Plans, Policies and Strategic Mobility Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. During that tour, he was assigned duty for six months as the Chief of Staff, for the Chief Operating Officer, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq. He also served as the Vice Director for Logistics, J-4, the Joint Staff, Washington, DC. His last assignment he served as the Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, Washington, DC.
Major General Usher’s personal decorations include: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star.