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LTG Eric Wesley

Deputy Commanding General, Army Futures Command/ Director, Futures and Concepts Center, United States

LTG Eric Wesley is currently serving as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Futures Command / Director, Futures and Concepts Center, U.S. Army Futures Command.

LTG Wesley was commissioned as an Armor Officer from  the  United  States  Military  Academy  in  1986.  He  began  his  career  as  a  Tank  
Platoon Leader,  Scout  Platoon  Leader,  and  Battalion  Logistics  Officer  in  2nd  Battalion,  70th  Armor Regiment, of the 1st Armored Division in Germany. In May 1991, he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas where he commanded a tank company in 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, until Dec 1993. He then spent three and a half years with the United States Army Special  Operations  Command  during  which  he  deployed  in  support  of  OPERATION  JOINT GUARD/ENDEAVOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In  June  of  1998,  he  was  assigned  to  the  2nd  Brigade  of  the  3rd  Infantry  Division  at  Fort Stewart,  Georgia,  where  he  served  as  a  Battalion  and  Brigade  Operations  Officer  and  the Brigade Executive Officer. In September 2002, he deployed with 2nd Brigade to OPERATION DESERT  SPRING  in  Kuwait,  followed  by OPERATION  IRAQI  FREEDOM  (OIF)  where  2nd Brigade  led the  3rd  Infantry  Division’s  attack  into  Baghdad.  Upon redeployment,  he  led the staff effort to move the division to a modular organization.

LTG Wesley returned to Fort Riley in June 2004 and assumed command of a tank battalion, the 1st Battalion, 13th Armor. He deployed the “13th Tank”  back to Iraq conducting combat operations  in  Baghdad  in  support  of  OIF  from  January  2005  to  January  2006.  Upon relinquishing command, he remained at Fort Riley serving as the Operations Officer of the 1st Infantry  Division  until  June  2007.  One  year  later,  he  returned  to  the  “Big  Red  One”  and assumed command of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. After command, he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan serving as Chief of Current Plans for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. He then served for  two  years  in  the  White  House  on  the  
National  Security  Council  as  the  Director  for Afghanistan-Pakistan Policy. He later returned to Afghanistan where he was the Director for Future  Plans  for  ISAF  Joint  Command  in  Afghanistan.  He  then  served  as  the  Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the 1st Infantry Division followed by duty on the Army Staff as  the  Deputy  Director  for  Program  Analysis  and  Evaluation  (PAE)  for  the  Army  G8.  Most recently  LTG  Wesley  served  as  the  Commanding  General,  U.S.  Army  Maneuver  Center  of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia.

 

LTG Wesley’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a graduate of  the  National War  College,  earning  a  Master’s  Degree  in  National  Security  and  Strategic Studies. LTG Wesley also holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Troy State University.

 

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Bronze  Star  Medal,  the  Meritorious  Service  Medal,  and  the  Joint  Service  Commendation Medal. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

LTG Wesley and his wife Cynthia have three children: Tyler, Austin and Meredith.