James L. Terry

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James L. Terry
Lieutenant General James L. Terry
Commanding General, U.S. Army V Corps
Born March 22, 1957 (age 60)
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1978–2015
Rank Army-USA-OF-08.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held
Battles/wars Operation Uphold Democracy
Operation Enduring Freedom (2001–2012)
Operation Inherent Resolve (2014–2015)
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (6)
Bronze Star (2)

James L. Terry is a Lieutenant General (Ret) in the United States Army. He was born in Orlando, Florida on March 22, 1957. In 1978, he graduated from North Georgia College (now known as University of North Georgia) and through ROTC, commissioned into the Infantry. Terry has commanded at multiple levels across the Army. Terry's last assignment was as the commanding general of United States Army Central U.S. Army Central Change of Command (17 Nov 2015)</ref> Terry served as the last commander of V Corps before its inactivation in 2013. While commanding V Corps, he concurrently served as Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC), and as deputy commander of United States Forces Afghanistan. He was the Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) from 2009 to 2011.

Military career[edit]

Terry has served in a wide variety of assignments, to include rifle platoon leader, company executive officer, and anti-tank platoon leader while stationed with the 1-15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany; S-4 (logistics) and S-3 (operations) for the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; assistant professor of military science and the assistant commandant of cadets at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia; battalion executive officer for the United Nations Command Security Force Battalion, the Joint Security Area, in Panmunjom, Korea; deputy G3 and brigade executive officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell; executive officer to the Inspector General of the Army; chief of initiatives and deputy commander of the Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia; and operations officer for the Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Army Central Command, at Camp Doha in Kuwait.

In 1981 he commanded A Company of the 2-327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell. He took command of the 2-22nd Infantry Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), at Fort Drum, New York, in June 1994. During this command, he deployed with the battalion to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. From April 1998 until July 2000, Terry commanded the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light Infantry), at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. After this assignment, he commanded the operations group of the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Terry then assumed duties as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), in August 2004. From January 2006 to February 2007, he deployed with the unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations) for the Combined Joint Task Force 76 in Afghanistan.

10th Mountain Division[edit]

From 2009 to 2011, Terry was the Division Commander of the 10th Mountain Division (LI). In October 2010, the division headquarters was designated as Combined Joint Task Force – 10, responsible for the command and control of coalition military forces in RC-South which encompasses five of Afghanistan’s southern provinces. Terry assumed command of RC-South from outgoing commander Major General Nick Carter in November 2010.[1] On 1 October 2011, command of RC-South was transferred to Major General James L. Huggins, the commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division.[2]

V Corps[edit]

On 3 August 2011, the Department of Defense announced the nomination of Terry to the rank of Lieutenant General and for command of V Corps, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army.[3] On 5 November 2011, Terry handed over command of the 10th Mountain Division to its new commander Major General Mark A. Milley.[4] Terry assumed command of V Corps in Wiesbaden, Germany on 10 January 2012.[5] In May 2012, V Corps deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC) for a period of one year. Terry will continue to command V Corps while also serving as commander of IJC, and as deputy commander of United States Forces Afghanistan.[6] Terry formally assumed command of IJC from LTG Curtis Scaparrotti on 12 June 2012.[7]

Training and education[edit]

Terry earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from North Georgia College. He has a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Webster University and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy and Policy from National Defense University.

His military training includes Basic Airborne School, Army Ranger School, Air Assault School, Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Inspector General Course, the Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Terry's awards include:[8][9]

In 2011, Terry was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal.[10] On 12 September 2013, Terry was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada. Terry was presented this honor for his leadership of Regional Command South from November 2010 to October 2011. He is credited with supporting Canadian forces and promoting the importance of their mission in Afghanistan.[11]

Combat Action Badge.svg  Combat Action Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg  Expert Infantryman Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg  Basic Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab.svg  Ranger tab
AirAssault.svg  Air Assault Badge
10th Mountain Division CSIB.jpg  10th Mountain Division Combat Service Identification Badge
Noribbon.svg Unidentified Distinctive Unit Insignia
ASU overseas service bar.jpg 7 Overseas Service Bars
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with one silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star with 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
Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Superior Unit Award
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Afghanistan Campaign Medal with four campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 7.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 7
NATO Meritorious Service Medal
NATO Medal for ISAF
Multinational Force and Observers Medal
MSC ribbon-military.png Meritorious Service Cross, Military Division (Canada)

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army.

  1. ^ Diaz, Spc. Matthew (2010-11-02). "10th Mountain Division (LI) takes command of RC(S) during TOA". US Army Public Affairs. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  2. ^ 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs. "Incoming, outgoing Regional Command South commanders tour FOB Pasab, meet with Spartans". www.dvidshub.net. Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Service. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs). 3 August 2011. Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Sarah Haase (5 November 2011). "Command of Fort Drum changes hands in Friday ceremony". Watertown Daily Times. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Laura Rauch. "Terry takes helm at V Corps - News". Stripes. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Mark Patton. "V Corps cases colors - perhaps for last time in Germany - Europe". Stripes. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "DVIDS - Images - Change of command ceremony [Image 2 of 3]". Dvidshub.net. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Official Biography Lieutenant General James L. Terry". United States Army. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Terry receives nomination for promotion, new assignment: Milley will serve as next division commande | Article | The United States Army". Army.mil. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "NATO Meritorious Service Medal Awards - Autumn 2011" (PDF). NATO. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Military Decorations Ceremony". The Governor General of Canada official website. The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Retrieved 17 September 2013.  External link in |work= (help)

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Military offices
Preceded by
Michael L. Oates
Commander, 10th Mountain Division
Succeeded by
Mark A. Milley
Preceded by
Kenneth W. Hunzeker
Commanding General, V Corps
Succeeded by
Unit inactivated
Preceded by
Vincent K. Brooks
Commanding General, Third United States Army
Succeeded by
Michael X. Garrett
Preceded by
Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve
2014–2016[citation needed]
Succeeded by
Sean MacFarland