Lieutenant General David A. Ottignon
Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force
Lieutenant General Ottignon attended Ithaca College, was commissioned through the NROTC program in August 1987 and assigned as a Combat Engineer. He received a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business in June 1997 and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic
Studies from the Naval War College in June 1998.
Lieutenant General Ottignon has served in 3d Combat
Engineer Battalion, 3d Marine Division; in 7th Engineer
Support Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group; as the
Commanding Officer, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, 2d
Marine Division; Commanding Officer, Marine Wing
Support Group 37, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, and as the
Commanding General, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I
Marine Expeditionary Force.
His staff assignments include serving in the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD San Diego; as the
Marine Officer Instructor, University of Rochester; as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant
for Installations and Logistics, Headquarters Marine Corps; as the Military Assistant to the Secretary
of the Navy; the Inspector General of the Marine Corps; as the Director, Manpower Management; and
as the Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
Lieutenant General Ottignon’s joint assignments include Engineer Plans Officer and Deputy Executive
Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; and Deputy Operations Director, U.S. European
He has participated in peace keeping operations in Somalia (Operation Restore Hope), counter
insurgency operations in the Southern Philippines (Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines) and
combat operations in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom).
Lieutenant General Ottignon is a graduate of the Army Advanced Engineer Officer’s Course, Fort
Leonard Wood, Missouri, Naval Command and Staff College, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode
Island, and former CMC National Security Affairs Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.