Gary J. Volesky
Gary J. Volesky
Lieutenant General Volesky in 2017
|Born||September 7, 1961|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1983–2020|
|Commands held||I Corps|
101st Airborne Division
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment
War in Afghanistan
Operation Inherent Resolve
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal|
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal (5)
Gary J. Volesky (born September 7, 1961) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who commanded of I Corps from 2017 to 2020. He previously served as commander of the 101st Airborne Division and commander of the American ground forces in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. Volesky retired in February 2020, after being succeeded by Lieutenant General Randy George as commander of I Corps.
From Spokane, Washington, Volesky graduated from Ferris High School in 1979. In 1983, he earned a bachelor's degree in military science from Eastern Washington University. He followed this with a master's degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and earned another master's degree at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
Volesky served as the U.S. Army's Chief of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., prior to being appointed commander of the 101st Airborne Division in June 2014. In 2015, he was deployed with the 101st to Liberia to help the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the ebola crisis by building treatment facilities and to train aid workers. He later served as commander of the American ground forces in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.
Awards and decorations
|Combat Infantryman Badge with Star (denoting 2nd award)|
|Master Parachutist Badge|
|Air Assault Badge|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|101st Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge|
|5th Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia|
|Honduras parachutist badge|
|? Overseas Service Bars|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit|
|Bronze Star Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters|
|Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal with three service stars|
|Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars|
|Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars|
|Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5|
|NATO Medal for service with ISAF|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)|
Depictions in media
Volesky is shown in National Geographic's mini-series The Long Road Home (miniseries).
- Caster, Brian (15 October 2016). "'We Are Fighting an Enemy, and the Enemy Is Ebola'". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- "Department of Defense Press Briefing by Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky". U.S. Department of Defense. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- Carper, Kandi (15 October 2014). "Volesky's Rendezvous with Destiny". Eastern Magazine. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- "Major General Gary J. Volesky" (PDF). Fort Campbell. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- Lawrence-Turner, Jody (15 March 2014). "Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, EWU alumnus, to lead Army's storied 101st Airborne Division". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- Raddatz, Martha; Coolidge, Richard; Phelps, Jordyn (19 March 2013). "10 years later: Brig. Gen. Volesky on the sacrifices and progress made in the Iraq War". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- Lynn, Adam (3 April 2017). "New I Corps commander: 'We are ready to fight tonight'". The News Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
- Ferraro, Julie A. (February 6, 2020). "I Corps change of command: George promoted and takes command of America's First Corps". Northwest Military.com. Joint Base Lewis–McChord, WA.
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Randy A. George