Daniel P. Bolger

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Daniel P. Bolger
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Born (1957-01-15) January 15, 1957 (age 58)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 35 years
Rank Lieutenant General (Retired)
Unit Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan/Commander, NATO Training Mission, Afghanistan
Commands held 1st Cavalry Division
Joint Readiness Training Center, 1st Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment (United States)
Awards Bronze Star Medal
Combat Action Badge

Daniel P. Bolger of Aurora, Illinois is an author, historian, and retired Lieutenant General (promoted 21 May 2010) of the United States Army. He currently holds a special faculty appointment in the Department of History at North Carolina State University, where he teaches Military History.[1]

Lt. Gen. Bolger retired in 2013 from the Army. During his 35 years of service, he earned five Bronze Star Medals (one for valor) and the Combat Action Badge. His notable military commands included serving as Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan and Commander of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan (2011-2013); Commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas (deployed to Baghdad, 2009-2010); the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team in Iraq (2005-06); and U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. He is also the author of books, such as Why We Lost, Americans at War, The Battle for Hunger Hill, and Death Ground.


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Awards and decorations[edit]

During his military service he was awarded: Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, three awards of the Bronze Star, four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Army Commendation Medal, and two awards of the Army Achievement Medal. He has also earned the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.[4]


  • Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars (ISBN: 978-0544370487). Reviewed by Carter Malkasian at [1]
  • Dragons at War: Land Battles in the Desert (ISBN 978-0804108997)
  • Americans at War 1975-1986: An Era of Violent Peace (ISBN 978-0517071915)
  • Savage Peace: Americans at War in the 1990s (ISBN 978-0891414520)
  • The Battle for Hunger Hill: The 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment at the Joint Readiness Training Center (ISBN 978-0891414537)
  • Feast of Bones (ISBN 978-0804108348)
  • Death Ground: Today's American Infantry in Battle (ISBN 978-0891418306)
  • Scenes from an Unfinished War: Low-Intensity Conflict in Korea, 1966-1969 (ISBN 0788112082)
  • Leavenworth Papers Number 19: Scenes from Unfinished War (ISBN 978-0160363641)
  • Reluctant Allies: The United States Army Air Force and the Soviet Voenno Vozdushnie Sily 1941-1945 (Doctoral Dissertation)
  • What Happened at Khafji: Learning the Wrong Lesson (US Army War College strategic research project)


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