Brigadier General “Steroid” Annibale assumed the duties as Chief of Staff, Naval Striking and Support Forces, NATO in July, 2020 after previously serving as the Director, Strategy and Plans Division, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps.
Originally from Fairfax VA, Brigadier General Annibale was commissioned in 1991 after graduating from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon completion of The Basic School, he attended flight training and was designated as an AV-8B Harrier pilot.
Brigadier General Annibale’s command assignments include serving as the Commanding Officer of Marine Attack Squadron 513 and the Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 13, both a part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
Brigadier General Annibale’s operating forces assignments primarily include Marine Attack Squadron 513 and Marine Attack Squadron 311, with several embarkations on the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Amphibious Task Force West and the Unit Deployment Program to Japan. “Steroid” has flown combat missions in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, and participated in numerous exercises in the Middle East and Pacific. His staff assignments include Instructor Pilot and TACAIR Department Head at Marine Aviation Weapons Tactics Squadron One, Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations and Plans at 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in Japan and as the F-35 Branch Head, at Headquarters Marine Corps, Aviation. Additionally, he served as an Assistant Deputy Director of Operations in the J-3 Directorate of the Joint Staff, at the Pentagon.
Brigadier General Annibale is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Tactical Air Control Party Course, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Senior Planners Course and served as the Commandant’s Fellow to Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where he earned a Masters’ Degree in International Public Policy.
Brigadier General Annibale has flown over 2,200 hours in the AV-8B, was combat qualified in the F-35B and has over 2,500 mishap-free flight hours.
His personal decorations include a Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Air Medal with Strike numeral Two, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, and the Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two Gold Stars.