Paul J. Kern
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|Paul John Kern|
General Paul John Kern
15th Commander, United States Army Material Command
June 16, 1949 |
New Jersey, United States
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1967–2005|
|Commands held||4th Infantry Division
U.S. Army Material Command
War on Terror
|Awards|| Defense Dist. Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal
|Other work||Board of Directors, EDO Corporation|
Kern also served as the Commander, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized). He was also the senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense; military staff assistant, Defense Research and Engineering for Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Director of Requirements (Support Systems), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. Kern also served as Team Chief, Light Combat Vehicle Team, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition, and as the Program Branch Chief, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems, Warren, Michigan. He taught weapon systems and automotive engineering at the United States Military Academy and was the department's research officer.
Kern served two tours in Vietnam with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment as a platoon leader and troop commander, and was a battalion operations officer with the 3rd Armored Division in Germany. He also commanded the 5th Battalion, 32nd Armor, 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia; commanded the 2nd Brigade, 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart and during Desert Shield/Desert Storm; and was the Assistant Division Commander of the 24th Infantry Division after redeployment to Fort Stewart.
Kern is a native of West Orange, New Jersey, and attended West Orange High School in his hometown. He was commissioned in 1967 as an Armor officer following graduation from the United States Military Academy. In 1973 he earned master's degrees in both mechanical and civil engineering from the University of Michigan.
Military awards and decorations
His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star (with Valor device and oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Purple Heart (with two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.
- Defense Distinguished Service Medal
- Army Distinguished Service Medal
- Silver Star
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
- Bronze Star with Valor Device and oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters
- Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters
- Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
- Army Commendation Medal
Post military life
After retirement in January 2005, Kern joined the Board of Directors of EDO Corporation and iRobot Corporation, and is a member of the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Department of Mechanical Engineering, and a Senior Counselor of The Cohen Group.
Kern now serves as the Chair of Advanced Technology in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy.
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