|Benjamin C. Freakley|
Benjamin C. Freakley as a lieutenant general
21 August 1953 |
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1971-2012|
|Unit||101st Airborne Division
National Military Command Center
3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment
24th Infantry Division
30th Infantry Regiment
Military District of Washington
506th Infantry Regiment
United States Military Academy (Class of 1975)
|Commands held||Accessions Command
Combined Joint Task Force 76
10th Mountain Division
United States Army Infantry School
Operations Group, National Training Center
3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment
|Battles/wars||Operation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan
|Other work||Professor & Policy Advisor, Arizona State University.|
Benjamin C. Freakley (born 21 August 1953) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general, and a professor & policy advisor at Arizona State University. Born in Woodstock, Virginia, Freakley was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1975, and served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan before retiring in 2012. After retirement Freakley began a career in education.
Born in Woodstock, Virginia, he graduated from Central High School in Woodstock in 1971. Freakley also became an Eagle Scout. Applying for admission to three senior military colleges (Virginia Military Institute, The Citadel, and West Point), he ended up graduating from West Point with the Class of 1975.
Being commissioned as a second lieutenant of infantry in 1975, he was assigned to the 506th Infantry Regiment until 1979. He then was an aide-de-camp to the commanding general of the Military District of Washington, before being sent to West Germany to serve with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment. During Operation Desert Shield, Freakley worked on the war plans, and served as battalion executive officer of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment. Operation Desert Storm found him serving as the operations officer of the 1st Brigade of the 24th Infantry Division.
After Operation Desert Storm, Freakley commanded the 1st Battalion of the 5th Cavalry Regiment, before serving in staff positions with the 24th Infantry Division and III Corps, until being placed in command of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division. 1999 found Freakley commanding the operations group at Fort Irwin's National Training Center, before serving in staff positions at the National Military Command Center and Joint Staff.
In 2003, Freakley served as assistant division commander, under David Petraeus, of the 101st Airborne Division, which found Freakley involved in combat in Iraq a second time during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After Iraq, Freakley became the Chief of Infantry at Fort Benning, during which time the Infantry Center became part of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
In 2005, Freakley commanded the 10th Mountain Division as it was deployed to Afghanistan, where he also became the commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-76. In 2007, Freakley took command of Accessions Command, where he remained until he retired in 2012.
Awards and decorations
|Distinguished Service Medal with a bronze Oak leaf cluster|
|Defense Superior Service Medal with a bronze Oak leaf cluster|
|Legion of Merit with two bronze Oak leaf clusters|
|Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device and a bronze Oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Service Medal with one silver Oak leaf cluster and four bronze Oak leaf clusters|
|Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device and a bronze Oak leaf cluster|
|Army Achievement Medal with two bronze Oak leaf clusters|
|State Department Meritorious Honor Award|
|National Defense Service Medal with two Service stars|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal with one Service star|
|Afghanistan Campaign Medal|
|Iraq Campaign Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Army Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 4 device|
|NATO Afghanistan service|
|NATO Meritorious Service Medal|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal|
|Combat Infantryman Badge|
|Combat Action Badge|
|Expert Infantryman Badge|
|Air Assault Badge|
|Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|10th Mountain Division Combat Service Identification Badge|
|three Overseas Service Bars|
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- "LTG Ben Freakley '75 - Nat'l Education Policy Leader of the Year". West Point Grad News 2010. West Point Association of Graduates. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
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