Robert W. Cone

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Robert W. Cone
General Robert W. Cone.jpg
Cone in June 2011
Birth nameRobert William Cone
BornMarch 19, 1957
Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.
DiedSeptember 19, 2016(2016-09-19) (aged 59)
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1979–2014
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
UnitUnited States Army Training and Doctrine Command
Commands heldIII Corps and Fort Hood, Texas
National Training Center and Fort Irwin, California
Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan
2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Combat OperationsPersian Gulf War

Global War on Terrorism

Iraq War

AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal
U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal

Robert William Cone (March 19, 1957 – September 19, 2016) was a United States Army four-star general who last served as the commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. He assumed command of TRADOC on 29 April 2011.[1] He previously served as the commander of Fort Hood and III Corps on 22 September 2009 where he also deployed to Iraq in February 2010, and served as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, United States Forces – Iraq, until February 2011.[2] Prior to that, he served as the Special Assistant to the Commanding General of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command in Fort Monroe, VA.[3] He retired in 2014.[4]

Personal life and education[edit]

Cone was a native of Manchester, New Hampshire, born in 1957. He graduated from Memorial High School, Manchester, NH in 1975.[5] He graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1979 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Armor Branch. Cone earned a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin

His military education includes the Naval War College, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, and the Armor Officer Basic Course.

He was diagnosed with stage four metastatic prostate cancer in 2011, four months following his promotion to four star general and underwent clinical trial therapy.[6] Cone and his wife Jill had moved to Shawano, Wisconsin in 2014. Cone died at a hospital on September 19, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on December 9, 2016.[7][8][9]

Career[edit]

Cone served in a variety of command, staff, and operational assignments in the United States, Germany, and Southwest Asia. His first duty assignment was with the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as a Platoon Leader and Troop Executive Officer in the 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment (2-1 CAV).

In October 1981 Cone became the Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Armored Division. He then served as the Battalion Maintenance Officer, Combat Service Support Company Commander, and Tank Company Commander in the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment (1-67 AR).

Cone attended the Infantry Advanced Course in 1985 followed by graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. Next, Cone served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. After selection and completion of U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Cone reported to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse Regiment) in Fulda, Germany.

Cone served as the 2nd Squadron Operations Officer (S-3) during Operation Desert Storm, became the Regimental Operations Officer (S-3) in November 1991, then the Regimental Executive Officer in March 1993. He left the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the spring of 1994.

In his next assignment, Cone moved to Fort Bliss, Texas, and became the Regimental Executive Officer of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (Brave Rifles). He assumed command of the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in October 1994. After Squadron Command, he served as the Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Fort Carson, Colorado, then reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in 1997.

Cone became the Division Operations Officer (G-3) of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Texas, in July 1998. He assumed command of the 2d Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, the following year. His brigade deployed to South Korea as part of Exercise Foal Eagle. He led his Brigade in the Army's Division Capstone Exercise in April 2001 as the culminating event in the development of the heavy digital force.

Following Brigade Command, Cone served as the Director of the Joint Advanced Warfighting Program, Institute for Defense Analyses located in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was responsible for developing joint force concepts and experiments. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 as the Director of the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) Joint Lessons Learned Collection Team. Cone was tasked to capture, document, and report real time lessons learned from combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His work led to the establishment of the Joint Center for Operational Analysis at JFCOM. After returning from the Middle East, Cone served as the Director of the JFCOM Joint Center for Operational Analysis in Suffolk, Virginia.

Commanding General, National Training Center[edit]

In September 2004, Cone became the Commanding General of the U.S. Army's National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California. During his 33-month command, Cone implemented a broad array of changes reorienting training on counterinsurgency operations. In conjunction with the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), Cone established the Joint Center of Operational Excellence in training for the defeat of improvised explosive devices (IED) at the NTC.

Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan[edit]

Cone deployed to Afghanistan in June 2007 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and assumed command of the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan. His 18-month command focused on developing the Afghan National Army and Police. During his tenure, the Afghan National Army expanded from 50,000 troops to close to 80,000 and a broad array of reforms were implemented to address corruption and training in the Afghan National Police.

After returning from Afghanistan, he served as the Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff then became the Special Assistant to the Commanding General of the Army's United States Army Training and Doctrine Command where he was responsible for officer and enlisted soldier Initial Entry Training.

Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood[edit]

In September 2009, Cone assumed command of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. In March 2010, Lieutenant General Cone deployed to Iraq with III Corps Headquarters and became the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, the second highest-ranking military officer in United States Forces – Iraq until 8 February 2011. He had responsibility for operations throughout the entire country including the development and training of fielded Iraqi Security Forces. He oversaw the transition from Operation Iraqi Freedom and counterinsurgency operations to Operation New Dawn and stability operations. This transition included the drawdown of servicemembers from roughly 100,000 to less than 50,000 and the transfer of more than 120 bases, the largest single movement of military personnel and equipment since World War II. General Cone returned to Ft. Hood on 9 February 2011. He then was promoted to the four-star rank of General and took command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command in April 2011.

Awards and decorations[edit]

United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger Tab
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
IIIcorpsCSIB.png III Corps Combat Service Identification Badge
11CRDUI.png 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ASU overseas service bar.jpg 6 Overseas Service Bars
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze Service Star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze Service Star
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one service star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with one service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
NATO Medal for service with ISAF
Noribbon.svg Ghazi Wazir Mohammad Akbar Kahn State Medal (Islamic Republic of Afghanistan)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Dates of rank[edit]

Promotions
Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General April 29, 2011
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General September 23, 2009
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General September 2004
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel Nov 1999
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel Dec 1995
US-O4 insignia.svg Major Aug 1989
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain July 1983
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant June 1981
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant June 6, 1979

Assignment History[edit]

From To Assignments
Oct 79 Sep 81 Platoon Leader, B Troop, later Executive Officer, A Troop, 2d Squadron, 1st Cavalry, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Oct 81 Jul 82 AidedeCamp to the Assistant Division Commander, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Jul 82 Nov 82 Battalion Maintenance Officer, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Nov 82 Jan 85 Commander, D Company, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Jan 85 Jun 85 Student, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Fort Benning, Georgia
Jun 85 May 87 Student, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
May 87 Aug 90 Instructor, later Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
Aug 90 Jun 91 Student, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Jun 91 Nov 91 S3(Operations), 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, V Corps, United States Army Europe

and Seventh Army, Germany and OPERATION DESERT STORM, Kuwait

Nov 91 Feb 94 Operations Officer, later Executive Officer, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, V Corps, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany
Feb 94 Oct 94 Executive Officer, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, III Corps, Fort Bliss, Texas
Oct 94 Dec 96 Commander, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, III Corps, Fort Bliss, Texas, later Fort Carson, Colorado
Dec 96 Jul 97 Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Fort Carson, Colorado
Aug 97 Jun 98 Student, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
Jun 98 Jun 99 G3(Operations), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Texas
Jun 99 Jun 01 Commander, 2d Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Texas
Jul 01 Mar 03 Director, Joint Advanced Warfighting Program, Institute for Defense Analysis, Alexandria, Virginia
Mar 03 Jul 03 Director, Joint Advanced Warfighting Program, Institute for Defense Analyses with duty as Director, Joint Lessons Learned Collection Team, United States Central Command, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Qatar
Jul 03 Aug 04 Director, Joint Center for Lessons Learned, United States Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Virginia
Sep 04 Jun 07 Commanding General, National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Fort Irwin, California
Jun 07 Dec 08 Commanding General, Combined Security Transition CommandAfghanistan,

OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan

Dec 08 Feb 09 Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, United States Army, Washington, DC
Feb 09 Sep 09 Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia
Sep 09 Apr 11 Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas[10]
Feb 10 Feb 11 Deputy Commanding General of Operations, United States Forces, Iraq[11]
Apr 11 Mar 14 Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gen. Robert W. Cone assumes command of TRADOC". U.S. Army.
  2. ^ "Insurgents Renew Attacks on Iraqi Security Troops". New York Times. January 19, 2011.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Perkins gets nod for TRADOC command; Cone to retire". Army Times.
  5. ^ Association of Graduates U.S.M.A.; United States Military Academy. West Point Alumni Foundation (1989). Register of Graduates and Former Cadets, United States Military Academy. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
  6. ^ https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/four-months-after-i-pinned-4-stars-i-had-stage-4-metastatic-disease
  7. ^ Local general passes away
  8. ^ Currin, Doug (19 September 2016). "Gen. Robert W. Cone passes away". KCEN.
  9. ^ Native NH native Gen. Robert Cone dies at 59
  10. ^ a b Delgado, Nick (8 August 2014). "Fort Hood: MacFarland Assumes Command Of Post, III Corps". KWTX-TV News. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  11. ^ From US Army GOMO File, as of JAN 2010

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Military offices
Preceded by
MG Robert Durbin
Commander of Combined Security Transition Command — Afghanistan
June 16, 2007 – December 18, 2008
Succeeded by
MG Richard Formica
Preceded by
Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr.
Deputy Commanding General for Operations, United States Forces — Iraq
March 13, 2010 – February 8, 2011
Succeeded by
Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick
Preceded by
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch
Commanding General of III Corps
September 22, 2009 – April 22, 2011
Succeeded by
Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell
Preceded by
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch
Commanding General of Fort Hood
September 22, 2009 – April 22, 2011
Succeeded by
Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell
Preceded by
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey
Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
2011 – March 2014
Succeeded by
David G. Perkins