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Published on May 30th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Fort Jackson Welcomes New Commander

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

FORT JACKSON, SC – The Army Training Center and Fort Jackson welcomed Brig. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier, Jr. as its new commanding general in a ceremony recently at Victory Field, adjacent to the Officers’ Club. BG Cloutier became the 48th commanding general in Fort Jackson’s history.

BG Cloutier assumed command from Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, who is leaving Fort Jackson to take command of the Military District of Washington (MDW). He will also serve as the Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, Washington, DC.

BG Cloutier came to Fort Jackson from his position as the director of Force Management in Washington D.C., where he has served since August 2013. The Force Management directorate provides prudent adjustments to the existing force, while balancing force structure requirements within available and planned resources.

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.

BG Cloutier’s command assignments include Commander, 1st Brigade, 3d Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart, Georgia while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Iraq; Commander, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart, Georgia while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; Commander, Headquarter and Headquarters Company, 4-12th Infantry Battalion (Mechanized), 1st Armored Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany while serving in Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Commander, D Company, 4-12th Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; and Scout Platoon Leader, 1-9th Infantry Regiment (L), while serving in Operation Just Cause, Panama.

His principal staff assignments include Executive Officer to Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Belgium; Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Chief of Staff, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia; Joint Exercise Planner, United States Command Central Desk, later Secretary of the General Staff, Joint Warfighting Center, United States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia; S-3 (Operations), 3d 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.

PATRICK J. JONES
Public Affairs Specialist
USAG Fort Jackson
4394 Strom Thurmond Blvd.
Fort Jackson, SC 29207

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