Chief of Staff, Naval Postgraduate School
Col. Todd W. Lyons
Acting Chief of Staff
Colonel Lyons was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps on 21 December 1989. After completing The Basic School and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Second Lieutenant Lyons served with 1st Battalion, 10th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines. He completed his fleet tour as Fire Support Coordinator for the Special Purpose MAGTF-Caribbean in support of operations in Haiti. In 1994, Captain Lyons returned to The Basic School where he served as Fire Support Instructor in the Combined Arms Section followed by billets with student companies. In 1997, he was assigned as Artillery Representative in the Tactical Training and Exercise Control Group in Twenty-Nine Palms, California. Captain Lyons subsequently served with 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines as Battalion Fire Direction Officer and Commanding Officer for Battery L, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines.
In 1999, Captain Lyons was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School. After selection for duty as a Marine Attaché in 2000, Major Lyons studied Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2002, he served as Marine Attaché to Qatar. In 2003, Major Lyons deployed with First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the I MEF G-2 Foreign Area Officer during major combat operations and then as advisor to the Commanding General during the transition to support and stability operations. From 2003 to 2006, Major Lyons served as the Marine Attaché in Israel with specific responsibilities in the West Bank and Gaza to support the Middle East Peace Process. After his promotion to lieutenant colonel in 2005, he was selected to attend the Israeli National Defense College for the academic year 2006–2007 for top-level school.
In 2007, LtCol Lyons returned to Quantico, Virginia to serve as the Cultural Program Lead at the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity. In July 2008, he deployed to Iraq as the I MEF Foreign Area Officer in the G-2 and G-9 Engagements Officer for MNF-W. After returning from Iraq in 2009, LtCol Lyons took command of the Production and Analysis Company, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity in Quantico, Virginia. Colonel Lyons served as the Marine and Naval Attaché in Oman from July 2011 to July 2014. Colonel Lyons served as the Chief of Operations for the Defense Attaché Service from July 2014 to July 2016.
Col Lyons earned a MA with honors in National Security Affairs with a Middle East Specialty from the Naval Postgraduate School and was the Honor Graduate from the Israeli National Defense College. He graduated with honors from the Field Artillery Basic and Advanced Courses. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold stars in lieu of second, third and fourth awards. For his reporting during the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, he received the Department of State Superior Service Award. Colonel Lyons received a second Department of State Superior Service Award in 2014.