Francis J. Wiercinski

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Francis J. Wiercinski
Francis J. Wiercinski.jpg
Lieutenant General Francis J. Wiercinski in May 2011
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1979–2013
Rank Army-USA-OF-08.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held United States Army Pacific
United States Army, Japan
187th Infantry Regiment
6th Ranger Training Battalion
Battles/wars United States invasion of Panama
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)

Lieutenant General Francis J. (Frank) Wiercinski is a retired United States Army officer who was the Commander United States Army Pacific (USARPAC). Wiercinski joined the US Army in 1979.

On December 20, 1989, then Captain Wiercinski, Company Commander of Bravo Company, 3/75 Ranger Regiment, led his rangers during a night-time combat jump into Rio Hato, Panama during Operation Just Cause, assisting in the Regiment's successful seizure of the airfield.

He was previously the Deputy Commander for Support, of the Multinational Division North, Iraq.[1] The troops under his command were responsible for a large part of Iraq, stretching from Baghdad to the Turkish border, and east and west to the borders of Iran and Syria.

During Operation Anaconda (2002), in Afghanistan, Wiercinski (then a colonel) was commander of the 187th Infantry Regiment (a. k. a. "The Rakkasans"), 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Awards and decorations[edit]

CIB2.png Combat Infantryman Badge (2 awards)
1 star jump.svg Master Parachutist Badge with one bronze Combat Jump Device
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
101st Airborne Division CSIB.png 101st Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge
187INF DUI.png 187th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.jpg 4 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Legion of Merit with three bronze oak leaf clusters
"V" device, brass.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Bronze Star with "V" Device and oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead device
Arrowhead device.svgBronze-service-star-3d.png Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Arrowhead device and service star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
JPN Kyokujitsu-sho 2Class BAR.svg Order of the Rising Sun (Japan) 2nd Class, Gold and Silver Star
MSM Ribbon-military.png Meritorious Service Medal (Canada, military version)
MTNG Distinguished Service Medal.PNG Montana Distinguished Service Medal
OK Long Service Ribbon 30yr.png Unidentified award
HI Medal of Honor.PNG Hawaiian Medal of Honor


Military offices
Preceded by
LTG Benjamin R. Mixon
Commander, United States Army Pacific
Succeeded by
GEN Vincent K. Brooks