Jack N. Merritt
|Jack N. Merritt|
General Jack N. Merritt
October 23, 1930 |
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1952-1987|
|Commands held||Artillery Center and School
Army War College
Combined Arms Center
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
|Other work||President, Association of the United States Army
Chairman, United States Field Artillery Association
Jack Neil Merritt (born October 23, 1930) is a retired United States Army four-star general who served as U.S. Military Representative, NATO Military Committee (USMILREP) from 1985 to 1987.
Merritt was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and entered the Army as a private in 1952 at the height of the Korean War and over the next thirty-five years rose to 4-star rank. From battery command in Korea to the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery at Fort Hood, Texas, he commanded at every level in the Field Artillery. His final assignment was as United States Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee from 1985 to 1987.
He was the Honor Graduate of his Officer Candidate School class in 1953, top graduate of his Artillery Advance Course, Distinguished Graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and Distinguished Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Moreover, his career touched the entire Army school system. In 1977 he served on the general officer study group that reviewed the West Point honor code and he commanded the Artillery Center and School (1977–80), the Army War College (1980–82) and the Combined Arms Center including the Command and General Staff College (1983).
His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Army Distinguished Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Silver Star and Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster).
- Defense Distinguished Service Medal
- Army Distinguished Service Medal
- Silver Star
- Legion of Merit
- Distinguished Flying Cross
- Soldier's Medal
- Bronze Star with V Device and two oak leaf clusters
- Air Medal
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Army Commendation Ribbon
- Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V Device
Post military career
After retirement, he served as president of the Association of the United States Army and Chairman of the United States Field Artillery Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association, the Honorary Board of the National World War II Museum, and Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Marshall Legacy Institute.
Howard F. Stone
|Commandant of the United States Army Command and General Staff College
June 26, 1982 - June 6, 1983
Carl E. Vuono