Colonel Clifford J. Weinstein is a Graduate of the US Army Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and School of Advanced Warfighting, and the U.S Army's Senior Service School, the Advanced Operational Studies Fellowship. He holds Masters Degrees from Brenau University, Georgia in Business, the Marine Corps University's School of Advanced Warfighting in Operational Science, and the US Army's Command and General Staff College's Master of Military Arts and Sciences in Strategic Studies.
Upon graduation from Officer Candidates School and the Basic School in Quantico Virginia, Col Weinstein was commissioned as a Marine Artillery Officer. Col Weinstein has served in a variety of command and staff billets throughout the Marine Corps in United States, Asia, Middle East, and Africa. He served with 3d Battalion 11th Marine Regiment and deployed as a Platoon Commander in support of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Col Weinstein was a Battery Commander, Battalion Logistics, and Liaison Officer in 3d Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment in Okinawa Japan and deployed to East Timor in support of U.S International Forces East Timor and as a United Nations Military Observer during the Transition Administrative East Timor (UNTAET). He has served as the Deputy Fire Support Coordinator and Corps Fires Planner with 18th Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, NC and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a core planner with Combined Joint Task Force 180. This deployment was followed by a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the Marine Corps MAGTF Staff Training Program (MSTP) as the Fires Section Head, and MAGTF Branch Head. Following this, Col Weinstein was assigned to 1st Marine Division, as Executive Officer for 11th Marine Regiment and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Multinational Force-West' Current Operations Planner. Col Weinstein was then assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force as the Force Fires Coordinator, followed by command of fifth Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (5th ANGLICO) and deployment of the unit to Iraq in September of 2008. After relinquishing command in June of 2009, he attended the US Army's Top Level School in the Advanced Operational Art Fellowship. After graduation, Col Weinstein was assigned as a seminar leader at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) for one-year. In the summer of 2011, Col Weinstein reported for duty as the Assistant Chief of Staff G5 for Plans and Policy to the United States Marine Forces Central Command in Tampa, Florida.