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General Raymond T. Odierno

Senior Advisor

General Odierno, recognized for his instrumental role in defeating al-Qaeda in Iraq, and having led over one million servicemen and women as the Chief of Staff of the Army, has dedicated his life to serving the United States.

Throughout the course of his career, General Odierno has gained remarkable expertise in a wide range of issues, from cybersecurity and risk management, to acquisition and global crisis management.

General Odierno held the title of Chief of Staff (Chief Executive Officer) of the United States Army from September 2011 to August 2015, advising the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. In this role, he was responsible for leading, manning, training, and equipping a work force of over one million military personnel and 250,000 Department of Army civilian employees dispersed across 50 countries, as well as providing military and logistical support for combat and humanitarian support across six continents.

Over the course of his role as the Chief of Staff (Chief Executive Officer), General Odierno worked closely on key international issues with various heads of state, senior foreign diplomats, and military leaders worldwide, and has extensive experience working with, and advising Congress on national and international issues spanning two administrations.

General Odierno also led the operational reorganization and institutional transformation of the Army’s cyber operations to meet the increasing threats to U.S. national security, established cyberspace personnel management and education systems, as well as the Army Cyber Institute at West Point.

In addition, he orchestrated the restructuring of the Army’s leader development program; directed a historic social reform program to improve diversity and opportunity for all soldiers, including drastically improving opportunities for women by opening over 35,000 positions; led the most wide-ranging energy and water conservation reforms in the Army’s history; and oversaw significant improvements in medical care, specifically regarding behavioral health, traumatic brain injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and prosthetics.

Previous roles served by General Odierno include assistant 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 Odierno is highly-decorated, holding a number of awards and distinctions, including: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Army Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; a Bronze Star; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the Combat Action Badge; the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal; the Order of Military Merit (Brazil, Columbia, Romania, and Italy); and the Officer in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor.

He was also named to the U.S. News and World Report list, “America’s Best Leaders of 2009.”

General Odierno earned his B.S. in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1976. He later received an M.S. in nuclear effects engineering from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. in national security and strategy from the Naval War College. In 2010 he received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from North Carolina State University, as well as receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC in 2013. General Odierno is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

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