Major General Spiese was commissioned via the NROTC program after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May of 1976.

His final assignment on active duty was Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Prior to this assignment, he commanded the Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command, and had command of Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty Nine Palms, California.

In 2005, Major General Spiese served as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Policy and Assessments at the U.S. European Command (inclusive of Africa).  He commanded and served at multiple Marine Corps key training commands, including Commanding General Training Command; Deputy Commanding General Training and Education Command; command of the School of Infantry (East); the Director, Expeditionary Warfare School; and the Director, Tactical Training Exercise Control Group at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

Major General Spiese has earned a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Southern California, and a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

Upon leaving active duty, Major General Spiese worked for Cubic Defense Systems as the Vice President for Training Strategy and Effectiveness.