PDC 2019 Speaker: Brigadier General Eric Austin

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Brigadier General Eric Austin will present Leadership, Entropy, and Alignment at PDC 2019: Convergence.


About the Presentation


The session will use several vignettes to describe lessons learned and insights from the perspective of a marine general officer.



Brigadier General Eric Austin

Deputy Director, Joint Training, J7, Joint Staff



Brigadier General Eric Austin, completed the AMP at Harvard Business School in October 2013. He is a Marine aviator who is currently serving on the Joint Staff, J-7 as the Deputy Director, Joint Training in Suffolk, VA. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1991, earned his wings as a naval aviator in 1994, and selected to fly the AV-8B Harrier.


Eric has extensive operational and tactical experience in the AV-8B, to include deployment aboard amphibious shipping as part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit and combat experience from multiple deployments to Kuwait and Iraq. He commanded Marine Attack Squadron 211 from May 2007 to November of 2008, commanded Marine Aircraft Group 14 from June 2014 to June 2016, and recently served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command from June 2017 to June 2018, after which he assumed his current position on the Joint Staff. His staff assignments include Military Secretary to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing; Pacific Command Action Officer, Operations Directorate for the Joint Staff; Executive Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 13; Executive Officer, Marine Attack Squadron 513; Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1; and various squadron billets in operations, aviation maintenance, aviation safety and pilot training.


He is a school trained Aviation Safety Officer, a qualified Landing Signals Officer, and a Weapons and Tactics Instructor. Eric graduated from the Naval Academy with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering in 1991, was a distinguished graduate of The Basic School in 1992 and completed flight school in 1994. He was awarded a Masters of National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2010 and graduated from the Marine Corps University Senior Planner’s course in 2012.


He and his wife, Laura, have two children.



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