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Gary D. Speer - bio


Lieutenant General, United States Army (Retired)

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Springfield, Virginia 22152



Gary D. Speer retired from the United States Army with his last assignment as Deputy Commander, United States Army Europe, after over 37 years of commissioned service.  A native of Gadsden, Alabama, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry in the Regular Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1972.


Throughout his military career he served at progressive levels of command from platoon through combatant command. He has extensive experience in joint, interagency, and multinational operations, as well as focused security cooperation with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southwest Asia.


Lieutenant General Speers initial assignment was to the airborne brigade of the

101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as Rifle Platoon Leader and Rifle Company Executive Officer in the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment. Upon formal activation of the first ranger battalion, activated since World War II, he served as Rifle Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer, and Battalion S4 in the 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry

Regiment at Stewart, Georgia. Subsequently, he was assigned as Battalion S-4 and

Rifle Company Commander in the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized),

1st Armored Division in Germany.


While a major, Lieutenant General Speer served on the Army Staff in the Pentagon as the Security Assistance Action Officer for Latin America and Africa. During this period he was the Armys lead for security assistance to El Salvador and Colombia. He then returned to troops as the Battalion Executive Officer of the 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Executive Officer of the 3d Brigade, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized); Commander, 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment (Motorized); and Commander, 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington.


As a Colonel, Lieutenant General Speer served with the Department of State as the Director of Operations, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Subsequently, he commanded the 3d Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  As a brigade commander, he also served as the Task Force Commander in the city of Cap Haitian during Operation Uphold Democracy, responsible for the northern departments of Haiti. His multinational, multi-agency task force included military contingents from the Caribbean Command (CARICOM),

Guatemala, and the U.S.; police monitors from Argentina, Bolivia, CARICOM, Canada, and France; U.N. observers; and a variety of other agencies and non-government organizations from other countries. He also planned and supervised his soldiers'

preparation and deployment for peacekeeping operations with the multinational force and observer mission in the Sinai, and military employment in humanitarian missions

involving the repatriation of migrant personnel recovered at sea in the Pacific, hurricane disaster relief, and fighting forest fires.


Lieutenant General Speer was the Deputy Commander, United States Army South, in Panama from 1996 to 1998. He was SOTHCOMs lead for multinational cooperation in the Military and Observer Mission in Ecuador and Peru as well as multinational peace keeping and humanitarian assistance exercises in Central and South America and

the Caribbean. He served as the Assistant Division Commander, Operations, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York from 1998 to 2000, which included command of the Coalition Joint Task Force – Kuwait (Forward) during January-February 1999, and Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division (Rear) and Fort Drum from July 1999 to March 2000. Then, he was assigned as Deputy

Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command from 2000 until 2002, where he served as the Acting Commander-in-Chief from September 2001 until August

2002. From 2002 to 2004, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, G3 of

United States Army Europe, which included USAREURs support to Operation Iraqi

Freedom and the initial planning for the realignment of forces in Europe in conjunction with the International Global Presence Basing Study. From 2004 to 2005, he served as Deputy Commander of Third United States Army, United States Army Central, and Coalition Forces Land Component Command. Prior to his return to Europe, he was the Acting Deputy Commander for United States Forces Command. He served as Deputy Commander, United States Army Europe from 2006 to 2009. During his present assignment, from May through August 2008, Lieutenant General Speer assumed command as the Acting Commanding General United States Army Europe and Acting Commanding General for United States Army NATO.


Lieutenant General Speer served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service ($10.8B revenue global retail business), 2006-2009.


Lieutenant General Speer is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne and Ranger Schools at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, and the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy and a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University.


His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Humanitarian Service Medal with star, three Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Germanys Cross of Honor in Gold, Brazil's Peacekeeper Medal, Guatemala's White Nun Medal for Meritorious Performance, and Paraguay's Marshal Solan Lopez Honor Medal.