Curtis Scaparrotti

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Curtis M. Scaparrotti
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Scaparrotti as the commander of UNC, CFC, and the USFK
Birth name Curtis Michael Scaparrotti
Nickname(s) "Mike"
Born (1956-03-05) March 5, 1956 (age 59)
Logan, Ohio, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1978 – present
Rank Army-USA-OF-09.svg General
Commands held United Nations Command
ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command
U.S. Forces Korea
I Corps
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command
82nd Airborne Division
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Operation Support Hope (Zaire/Rwanda)
Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Operation Assured Response (Liberia)
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (5)
Bronze Star Medal (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (5)
Army Commendation Medal (5)
Army Achievement Medal

Curtis Michael "Mike" Scaparrotti (born March 5, 1956) is a four-star general in the United States Army, and is the current Commander of United Nations Command, R.O.K.-U.S. Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea.[1] Scaparrotti recently served as the Director of the Joint Staff. Prior to his tour with the Joint Staff, General Scaparrotti served as Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, the Commanding General of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division.[2]

In addition, Scaparrotti has served in key leadership positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic level of the United States military to include Director of Operations, United States Central Command and as the 69th Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy. He has commanded forces during Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Support Hope (Zaire/Rwanda), Joint Endeavour (Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Assured Response (Liberia).[3]

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College. He holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Education from the University of South Carolina.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Logan, Ohio, Scaparrotti began his career after receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in the infantry following graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1978.


His initial duty assignments were as a rifle and anti-tank platoon leader, operations officer and company commander in 3rd Battalion, 325th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

In 1984, Scaparrotti completed the infantry officer advanced course at Fort Benning, Georgia, followed by studies in Administrative Education at the University of South Carolina, where he earned his Master of Education degree.

He returned to West Point in 1985 where he was assigned as a tactical officer and the superintendent’s aide-de-camp until 1988.

After his assignment here, he continued his military studies at the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

By July 1989, Scaparrotti went on to serve with the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York, where he was the operations officer for 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment and then moved to division headquarters as the chief of the operations branch.

From 1992 to 1994, he worked in Washington, D.C., at the Army Total Personnel Command and the Army Chief of Staff's office.

In May 1994, Scaparrotti took command of 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Combat Team, Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy, and in that time he commanded the battalion during Operations Support Hope in Zaire/Rwanda, Joint Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Assured Response in Liberia.

Scaparrotti returned to Fort Drum in 1996 as the 10th Mountain Division’s operations officer and from there he continued his studies at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

He served as the chief of Army Initiatives Group in the Deputy Chief of Staff’s Office for Plans and Operations in Washington, D. C. in 1998.

By 1999, Scaparrotti returned to Fort Bragg to command the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division before he moved on to serve as the assistant deputy director for Joint Operations on the Joint Staff, Washington, D. C., from 2001 to 2003.

From July 2003 to July 2004, Scaparrotti served as the Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver) for the 1st Armored Division during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

From August 2004 to July 2006, Scaparrotti served as the 69th Commandant of Cadets, United States Military Academy, at West Point, New York.[5]

Thereafter, he was assigned as the Director of Operations (J3) for United States Central Command, providing oversight to all military operations throughout the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and also including operations in Somalia, at a critical phase in those missions.

Scaparrotti assumed command of the 82nd Airborne Division on October 1, 2008 and deployed the headquarters to Eastern Afghanistan where he served as the Commanding General Combined Joint Task Force 82 and Regional Command East.[6]

On October 15, 2010 Scaparrotti assumed command of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) at Fort Lewis, Washington.[7] While serving as I Corps commander, Scaparrotti served concurrently as Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan from July 11, 2011 [8] to June 12, 2012.[9] In July 2012, Scaparrotti took over as Director of the Joint Staff.[10] He was succeeded as I Corps commander by Lieutenant General Robert B. Brown on July 3, 2012.[11]

In August 2013, Scaparrotti took over command of U.S. forces in South Korea, replacing General James Thurman.[12]

Awards and decorations[edit]