He is a former resident of Jackson, Michigan and a 1975 graduate of Central Michigan University (BSBA) and The Platoon Leaders Course. He graduated from The Basic School in 1976 and subsequently was designated a Naval Aviator in 1977. He has a Masters of Military Studies with Honors in Defense Management (Program and Acquisition Management) from American Military University.
He has commanded HMLA-167; Marine Aircraft Group 36; and served as Commanding General of Training Command; Deputy Commanding General of Training and Education Command and Commanding General, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing.
Lieutenant General Conant has served in 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and 4th Marine Aircraft Wing as an AH-1W and UH-1N Assault Support Helicopter Pilot.
His staff duties have been as a Rotary Wing Monitor Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC); Aide-de-Camp Commanding General Marine Forces Atlantic/II Marine Expeditionary Force; Faculty Advisor, USMC Command and Staff College; Joint Chiefs of Staff, J8; and Branch Head Aviation Plans, Programs, and Budget, Department of Aviation.
Lieutenant General Conant's General Officer staff tours have included Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Department of Aviation, HQMC; Assistant Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, HQMC; and Director, Capabilities Development Directorate, Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Director for Strategic Planning and Policy (J5), U.S. Pacific Command.
Lieutenant General Conant has participated in various operations overseas to include: noncombatant evacuation operations in Liberia (Operation Sharp Edge), contingency operations in Haiti (Operation Support Democracy) and peacekeeping operations in Somalia (Operation Restore Hope and UNOSOM) and combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lieutenant General Conant is a graduate of the USMC Amphibious Warfare School, USMC Command and Staff College, and Marine Corps War College.