Lt. Gen. Martin R. Steele
U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
USF Associate Vice President for Veterans Partnerships
USF Executive Director of Military Partnerships
USF Co-Chair of the Veterans Reintegration Steering Committee
Born in Philadelphia, Penn., and raised in Fayetteville, Ark., Lt. Gen. Martin R. Steele enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1965. He rose from private
to three-star general, culminating his military career as the deputy chief of staff for plans, policies and operations at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps,
in Washington, D.C., in August 1999. A decorated combat veteran with more than 34 years of service, he is a recognized expert in the integration of all
elements of national power (diplomatic, economic, informational and military) with strategic military war plans and has served as an executive strategic
planner/policy director in multiple theaters across Asia. His extraordinary career was chronicled as one of three principles in the award-winning military
biography “Boys of ’67” by Charles Jones.
Upon his retirement from active duty in 1999, he served as president & CEO of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City. Under his leadership,
they adopted the mission statement of “Honor our heroes, educate the public, and inspire our youth about the price of freedom.” This creative branding
strategy resonated with all audiences and was the early catalyst for the transformation of the Intrepid from just another New York City destination
location to the near icon status it enjoys today among educators, historians, international visitors and military veterans. Shortly after the attacks on
Sept. 11, 2001, Steele invited the FBI to use the Intrepid to conduct their investigations. Within 48 hours, Intrepid was once again in service as the
temporary headquarters for more than 750 FBI agents.
In 2015, he was appointed to the Congressionally mandated Commission on Care to undertake a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of access of veterans
to health care from the Department of Veteran Affairs and strategically examine how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration, locate health care
resources, and deliver healthcare to veterans during the next 20 years. The Commission was made up of 15 voting members selected by Congress and the
Steele is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he obtained a B.A. degree in history (’74) and was recognized as a distinguished graduate of the
Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the 2013 Arkansas Alumni Award Citation of Distinguished Alumni which recognizes exceptional
professional and personal achievement and extraordinary distinction in a chosen field. He also holds three master’s degrees from Central Michigan
University, Salve Regina College and the Naval War College.