Michael L. Oates

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Michael L. Oates
Army Lt. Gen. Michael L. Oates, director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.jpg
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
Rank Lieutenant General
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.[1]

Michael Oates is a United States Army Lieutenant General from San Antonio, Texas. He was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1979.

Military career[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.

British Major General Andy Salmon (left), Multi-National Division-Southeast commander, and Major General Michael L. Oates (right), MND-South commander, shake hands during the transfer of responsibility ceremony in Basra, Iraq

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
USAFSeniorParatrooper.jpg Senior Parachutist Badge
Pathfinder.gif Pathfinder Badge
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
10th Mountain Division CSIB.jpg 10th Mountain Division Combat Service Identification Badge
Noribbon.svg Unidentified foreign parachutist badge
ASU overseas service bar.jpg 6 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png 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) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Official Biography, General Michael L. Oates, published by U.S. Army, current as of March 2010, accessed December 17, 2011

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Freakley
Commander, 10th Mountain Division
Succeeded by
James L. Terry