General Raymond T. Ordierno, assumed duty as the 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army on Sep. 7, 2011.
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A native of northern NJ, General Ordierno attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1976 with a commission in Field Artillery. During more than 35 years of service, he has commanded units at every echelon, from platoon to theater, with duty in Germany, Albania, Kuwait, Iraq, and the United States. After his first assignment with U.S. Army Europe, General Ordierno was assigned to the XVII Airborne Corps Artillery at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he commanded two batteries and served as a Battalion Operations Officer.
He returned to U.S. Army Europe serving as a Battalion Executive Officer and Division Artillery Executive Officer, including deployment for Operations DESERT SHIELD & DESERT STORM. He later commanded 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division, and the Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division.
From October 2001 to June 2004, he commanded the 4th Infantry Division, leading the division during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from April 2003 to March 2004. From December 2006 to February 2008, he served as the commanding General, Multi-National Corps – Iraq (III Corps) as the Operational Commander of the surge of forces. Later, he served as the commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq and subsequently U.S. Forces – Iraq, from September 2008 until September 2010. Most recently he commanded United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM).
Other significant assignments include: Arms Control Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Chief of Staff, V Corps; Asst. Division Commander (Support), 1st Armored Division; Deputy Commanding General, Task Force Hawk, Albania; Director of Force Management, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans; and Asst. to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he was the primary military advisor to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
General Ordierno holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from West Point and a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Effects Engineering from NC State University. He is a graduate of the Army War College and holds a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
His awards and decorations include four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, six Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.