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Published on July 6th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Fort Jackson commander receives 2nd star

Pictured Brig. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier, Jr.

FORT JACKSON, SC – The Army Training Center and Fort Jackson commander was promoted to the rank of Major General in a ceremony July 3, at the Fort Jackson NCO Club.

Brig. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier, Jr., received his second star and the title, Major General, in a ceremony hosted by the South Carolina National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr.

Cloutier assumed command of Fort Jackson on May 29 after serving as the director of Army Force Management in Washington D.C. As Fort Jackson’s commanding general, he oversees the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training roughly 54 percent of all Soldiers and 61 percent of the women entering basic combat training each year. Fort Jackson graduates more than 45,000 Basic Combat Training Soldiers each year.

He was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation from the University of San Diego in 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, and a master’s degree in international relations. Throughout his career, he has served in leadership positions and commanded from company through brigade.

His command assignments include Commander, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart, Georgia while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Iraq; Commander, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry, 3rd Inf. Div., while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; Commander, Headquarter and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry (Mechanized), 1st Armored Division, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany while serving in Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Commander, Delta Company, 4th Bn., 12th Inf.; and Scout Platoon Leader, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (Light), while serving in Operation Just Cause, Panama.

His principal staff assignments include Executive Officer to Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Belgium; Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 3rd Inf. Div.; Chief of Staff, 3rd Inf. Div.; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations), 3rd Inf. Div.; Joint Exercise Planner, U.S. Command Central Desk, later Secretary of the General Staff, Joint Warfighting Center, United States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia; S-3 (Operations), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado; S-3 (Operations), 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado.

His awards include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.

He and his wife Diane have three children: Haille, Roger III, and Cameron.

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