David G. Perkins
|David G. Perkins|
November 12, 1957 |
Keene, New Hampshire
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1980 - Present|
|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
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
David Gerard Perkins was born in Keene, New Hampshire on November 12, 1957, and was raised in Fairport, New York. Perkins earned his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout award in 1974, and graduated from Fairport High School in 1976.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1980 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Armor. In 1988, he received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Start of career
Perkins completed both Ranger and Airborne Schools. He then served in armor assignments from platoon leader to battalion and brigade staff positions.
In 1999, Perkins received a master's degree from the Naval War College.
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 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.
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.
- Army Distinguished Service Medal
- Silver Star
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- Legion of Merit
- Bronze Star Medal (2)
- Meritorious Service Medal (2)
- Army Commendation Medal
- Ranger tab
- Special Forces tab
- Parachutist Badge
- Combat Action Badge
Perkins is married to Ginger Perkins. They have two children, Cassandra and Chad, who are both in the United States Army.
- West Point Association of Graduates, Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy, 1991, page 778
- Fairport Herald-Mail, Severn Fairport Scouts Attain Eagle Designation, January 29, 1986
- Fairport Herald-Mail, Parents Visit West Point, April 20, 1977
- Melissa Bower, Ft. Leavenworth Lamp, CAC Welcomes New Commander, CSM, November 23, 2011
- Sgt. Philip Klein, Fort Carson Mountaineer, Hood Bids 4th Inf. Div. Farewell, July 24, 1009, page 1
- "4th Infantry Division". Carson.army.mil. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
- "General assumes command of Fort Leavenworth". kansascity.
- "U.S. and the World - Commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center: Who Is Lt. Gen. David Perkins? - AllGov - News". AllGov.
- "Perkins gets nod for TRADOC command; Cone to retire". Army Times.
- Senior Airman Austin Harvill, 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs, TRADOC Welcomes New Commanding General, March 18, 2014
Robert L. Caslen
|Commandant of the Command and General Staff College
November 2011-March 2014
Robert B. Brown
Robert W. Cone
|Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command