Former Presidential Special Envoy for Ports and Supply Chains and Former Commander, U.S. Transportation Command
Steve Lyons was named the President’s Special Envoy for Ports and Supply Chains in June of 2022. As an integral part of the White House Supply Chain Disruption Task Force, he worked across a broad spectrum of industry, labor, academic, and government stakeholders to mitigate pandemic induced bottlenecks that were adversely impacting inflationary pressure and consumer confidence. During his tenure he played a key advisory role in resolving railroad, parcel freight, and longshore labor contracts. He also led a government interagency Unified Coordination Group (UCG) focused on domestic crisis response.
Prior to his role as special envoy, he retired from the US Army after 38 years of active service culminating as the 13th commander of US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). TRANSCOM is one of 11 Presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed combatant commands in DoD. TRANSCOM is responsible for operating the multibillion-dollar Defense Transportation System routinely deploying and sustaining military forces, providing humanitarian assistance and integrating the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise to support US national security goals around the globe. In 2021 he led the mobility operation that enabled the historic evacuation of over 124,000 Afghans from Kabul international airport.
Steve began his career in Germany during the Cold War and subsequently held a wide range of assignments to include command of troops at every level, multiple combat deployments, and over eight years of experience in joint (multi-service) assignments. As a battalion commander in 2003, he led more than 1,200 Soldiers as part of the 3rd Infantry Division ground assault to liberate Baghdad. He subsequently spent more than 40 months deployed to the US Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
A native of Rensselaer New York, General Lyons graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army in 1983. He holds two master’s degrees, one from the Naval Postgraduate School in supply chain management; and the second from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in national resource strategy. His awards include the defense distinguished service medal, the master parachutist badge, and numerous leadership awards. He has been recognized in the Congressional Record and inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 82d Airborne Division, Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. Army Materiel Command, and U.S. Army Ordnance Corps.