Michael L. Oates
|Michael L. Oates|
Lt. Gen. Oates in 2009, as the incoming director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization
|Born||San Antonio, Texas|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1979—2011|
|Commands held||Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization
10th Mountain Division
|Battles/wars||War on Terrorism|
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal (3)
Meritorious Service Medal (5)
Army Commendation Medal (3)
Passed Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Jumpmaster and Air Assault School.
Lieutenant General Mike Oates was promoted to Lieutenant General on 30 Dec 2009 and assumed duties as Director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).
General Oates is from San Antonio, Texas. His wife Barbara is from San Angelo, Texas and they have 3 daughters; Katherine, Elizabeth and Margaret. LTG Oates’ previous assignment was as Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and Fort Drum and as Commanding General, Multi-National Division (SOUTH), in Iraq.
General Oates was commissioned as an infantry officer following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1979. His initial duty assignments included service with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and the 2d Battalion, 187th Infantry (Airborne), Republic of Panama. Subsequent tactical assignments included service with the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and as Commander, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. General Oates later commanded 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from 1998 to 2000 and commanded the 10th Mountain Division (Light) from 2007 to 2009.
General Oates’ non-tactical assignments include service as an Infantry Assignments Officer; Current Operations Officer in the J3, Joint Staff; Executive Officer to Honorable Tom White, Secretary of the Army; and as Chief of Staff to LTG Keith Kellogg, U.S. Army, Retired, the Chief Operations Officer, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq.
General Oates holds a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College.
Awards and decorations
|Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster|
|Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters|
|Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal|
|Iraq Campaign Medal with four campaign stars|
|Korea Defense Service Medal|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Army Overseas Service Ribbon|
|Multinational Force and Observers Medal|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)|
- 10th Mountain Division
- 1st Cavalry Division
- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- War on Terror
- Official Biography, General Michael L. Oates, published by U.S. Army, current as of March 2010, accessed December 17, 2011
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- Past commanders page, Michael L. Oates, 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry web site, accessed December 17, 2011
|Commander, 10th Mountain Division
James L. Terry