Brigadier General Steve Maranian is the 52nd Commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School and Chief of Field Artillery. He was born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. He is a 1988 graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, from which her earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University, and a Masters of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College. His military education includes the Field Artillery Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, the Army War College, and a Senior Fellowship at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.
Brigadier General Maranian’s commands include two batteries in the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery; 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment; and the 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment. He has served in Field Artillery staff positions including tours as Brigade Fire Support Officer, 173rd Airborne Brigade; Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery; and Executive Officer, 1st Infantry Division Artillery. Additional staff assignments include service as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff G3, 1st Infantry Division; Executive Officer for the Headquarters Department of the Army Director of Training; Special Assistant and later Executive Officer for the Commanding General, United States Army Europe; and most recently Chief of Staff, United States Army Africa/Southern European Task Force.
Brigadier General Maranian has extensive overseas experience having completed 10 overseas tours in six countries, including deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait, and he is a Defense Language Institute trained Greek linguist.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit (3rd Award), Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), the Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), the Army Commendation Medal (7th Award), the Air Force Commendation Medal (2nd Award), the Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. He is also authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Canadian Parachutist Badge.
Brigadier General Maranian has been married to Cynthia Hall Maranian of Stedman, NC, since 1993.