David G. Perkins
David G. Perkins
|Born||November 12, 1957|
Goffstown, New Hampshire
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1980–2018|
|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|
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal (3)|
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
David Gerard Perkins (born November 12, 1957) is a United States Army four-star general. who commanded the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. He retired during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 2018.
Perkins was born in Goffstown, New Hampshire on November 12, 1957, and was raised in Keene, New Hampshire; Rochester, New York; and 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.
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.
On March 14, 2014, Perkins assumed command of United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) from Robert W. Cone. On March 2, 2018, Perkins was succeeded at TRADOC by Stephen J. Townsend and retired one week later.
Awards and decorations
|Combat Action Badge|
|Basic Parachutist Badge|
|Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|4th Infantry Division Patch worn as his Combat Service Identification Badge|
|63rd Armor Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia|
|6 Overseas Service Bars|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster|
|Bronze Star Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Army Commendation Medal|
|Army Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Army Presidential Unit Citation|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Superior Unit Award|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
|Kosovo Campaign Medal|
|Iraq Campaign Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Armed Forces Service Medal|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4|
|United Nations Medal|
|NATO Medal for Kosovo|
- Pierce, Meghan (March 7, 2018). "Four-Star Gen. Perkins Gary to retire at home in NH after 42 years; shaped U.S. battle doctrine". manchester Union Leader. Manchester, NH.
- 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.
- "Townsend takes command of TRADOC". Tradoc News Center.
- Coats, Julius (July 23, 2015). "Hampton Roads Host Honorary ROCK of the Year Luncheon". The Rocket. Forestville, MD: The ROCKS, Incorporated: 7.
Accompanying General Perkins was his wife Ginger.
- "Happy Holidays & New Year from TRADOC!". TRADOC News Center. Ft. Eustis, VA: United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. December 16, 2015.
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s leaders and their spouses, Gen. David Perkins, Ginger Perkins, Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport and Claudia Davenport, wish you and your family the happiest of holidays and a very happy New Year!
- Crumes, Shama (August 10, 2017). "TRADOC Hosts Commanders' Conference". TRADOC News Center. Ft. Eustis, VA.
One session, the senior spouse panel, was led by the TRADOC commander’s wife, Ginger Perkins.
- "Commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center: Who Is Lt. Gen. David Perkins?". AllGov.com. Washington, DC. August 4, 2012.
- Pointer, Kathleen (November 22, 2011). "General assumes command of Fort Leavenworth". Kansas City Star. Kansas City, MO.
Perkins and his wife, Ginger, have two children, who are living a military-focused life. Their daughter, Cassandra, is an Army aviator and is deployed to Afghanistan. Their son, Chad, is a cadet at West Point Military Academy, his father’s alma mater.
Media related to David G. Perkins at Wikimedia Commons
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
March 2014 – March 2018
Stephen J. Townsend