David G. Perkins

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David G. Perkins
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Born (1957-11-12) November 12, 1957 (age 57)
Keene, New Hampshire
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1980 - Present
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor
2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
Joint Multinational Training Command, Germany
4th Infantry Division
United States Army Combined Arms Center
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Combat Operations

Global War on Terrorism

Iraq War

Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal

David Gerard Perkins (born November 12, 1957) is a United States Army four-star general. He commands U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Early life[edit]

David Gerard Perkins was born in Keene, New Hampshire on November 12, 1957, and was raised in Fairport, New York.[1] Perkins earned his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout award in 1974, and graduated from Fairport High School in 1976.[2][3]

He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1980 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Armor.[4] In 1988, he received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.[5]

Start of career[edit]

Perkins completed both Ranger and Airborne Schools. He then served in armor assignments from platoon leader to battalion and brigade staff positions.

He commanded 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor from 1996 to 1998. The battalion served in Macedonia, and took part in a United Nations mission to monitor Macedonia's borders with Albania, Kosovo, and Serbia.

In 1999, Perkins received a master's degree from the Naval War College.

Later career[edit]

In 2003, Perkins commanded 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division during the invasion of Iraq. His unit was the first across the border, and first to enter the downtown government areas of Baghdad. Perkins is featured prominently in the book Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad. Perkins received the Silver Star for his part in the invasion.

In 2004 and 2005, Perkins was executive assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From 2005 to 2007, he commanded the Joint Multinational Training Command in Germany.

From 2007 to 2008, Perkins was the G-3 (Plans, Operations and Training staff officer) for United States Army Europe and Seventh Army.

In 2008, he became the director for strategic effects (CJ-9) for Multi-National Force-Iraq. In this capacity, he coordinated and implemented political, economic, and communications activities on behalf of MNF-I, and served as the organization's spokesman.[6]

From 2009 to 2011, he commanded the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson. From 2011 to 2014, Perkins was commander of the Combined Arms Center and commandant of the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.[7][8]

On March 14, 2014, Perkins assumed command of United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) from Robert W. Cone.[9]


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Perkins is married to Ginger Perkins. They have two children, Cassandra and Chad, who are both in the United States Army.[10]


  1. ^ West Point Association of Graduates, Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy, 1991, page 778
  2. ^ Fairport Herald-Mail, Severn Fairport Scouts Attain Eagle Designation, January 29, 1986
  3. ^ Fairport Herald-Mail, Parents Visit West Point, April 20, 1977
  4. ^ Melissa Bower, Ft. Leavenworth Lamp, CAC Welcomes New Commander, CSM, November 23, 2011
  5. ^ Sgt. Philip Klein, Fort Carson Mountaineer, Hood Bids 4th Inf. Div. Farewell, July 24, 1009, page 1
  6. ^ "4th Infantry Division". Carson.army.mil. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  7. ^ "General assumes command of Fort Leavenworth". kansascity. 
  8. ^ "U.S. and the World - Commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center: Who Is Lt. Gen. David Perkins? - AllGov - News". AllGov. 
  9. ^ "Perkins gets nod for TRADOC command; Cone to retire". Army Times. 
  10. ^ Senior Airman Austin Harvill, 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs, TRADOC Welcomes New Commanding General, March 18, 2014

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Military offices
Preceded by
Robert L. Caslen
Commandant of the Command and General Staff College
November 2011-March 2014
Succeeded by
Robert B. Brown
Preceded by
Robert W. Cone
Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
March 2014–present
Succeeded by