Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (2011-2015)
General Raymond Odierno, USA (Ret.)
About the Speaker
General Raymond T. Odierno culminated his nearly 40-year military career as the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 7 September 2011 to 14 August 2015. A native of Rockaway, New Jersey, General Odierno attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1976 with a commission in Field Artillery. He commanded units at every echelon, from platoon to theater, with duty around the world. General Odierno served in Europe as a battalion executive officer and division artillery executive officer including deployment for Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. He later commanded 2nd battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division, and the Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division. In 1998, he was the Deputy Commanding General for Task Force Hawk in Albania during the War in Kosovo. General Odierno commanded the 4th Infantry Division during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from April 2003 to
March 2004. In December 2003, the 4th Infantry Division was responsible for the capture of Iraq’s deposed dictator, Saddam Hussein. From December 2006 to February 2008, he served as the Commanding General, Multi-national Corps – Iraq (III Corps), the operational commander of the surge of forces. Later, he served as the Commanding General, Multi- National Force - Iraq and subsequently United States Forces - Iraq, from September 2008 until September 2010. From October 2010 until August 2011, he was the Commander of United States Joint Forces Command. Other significant assignments include: Arms Control Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense and 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.
Currently, General Odierno is the President of Odierno Associates, LLC. He is the Senior Advisor to JPMorgan Chase & Company to provide strategic advice and global insights to Chairman and CEO, Jamie Dimon and members of the Operating Committee. He is also a Senior Advisor to Teneo Holdings, LLC; Virtu Financial, Inc; and the National Football League and its Commissioner, Roger Goodell. General Odierno serves as Chairman of the Board for Eastern Airlines as well as on the Board of Trustees for both the Institute of World Politics and the Patriot Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors for North Carolina State University. In each of these endeavors, General Odierno provides insight on a broad range of issues including international planning and country risk analysis, technology, operations and the rapidly evolving issues of physical and cyber security.
General Odierno holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from West Point and a master’s degree in Nuclear Effects Engineering from North Carolina 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. He holds three honorary degrees, a Doctorate in Humane Letters from North Carolina State University, a Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa from the Institute of World Politics and a Doctorate of Military Science from Norwich University.
General Odierno is married to his high school sweetheart, Linda. They have three children and four grandchildren.