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July 2, 2013

Chatsworth man named leader of NATO force

Chatsworth native and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry recently assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command in Afghanistan, a NATO-led security mission.

Terry also serves as deputy commanding general, U.S. Forces–Afghanistan, and commanding general, U.S. Army V Corps.

A graduate of Murray County High School, Terry was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant from North Georgia College (now North Georgia College and State University) in Dahlonega in June 1978.

He holds a bachelor of business administration in marketing and management from North Georgia College; a master of arts in business administration from Webster University; and a master of science in national security strategy and policy from the 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, Command and General Staff Officer Course, Inspector General Course and the National War College.

His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with five Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab.

Terry assumed command of U.S. Army V Corps in November 2011. Prior to that assignment he served as commanding general, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y., from September 2009 to November 2011, and was deployed as the commander, ISAF Regional Command South, from October 2010 to October 2011. From August 2004 to February 2007 he served as the deputy commanding general (operations), 10th Mountain Division (Light), and deployed as the deputy commanding general (operations) for Combined Joint Task Force-76, Afghanistan, from January 2006 to February 2007.

 He served in a wide variety of assignments that include rifle platoon leader, company executive officer and anti-tank platoon leader while stationed with the 1-15th Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Federal Republic of Germany; S-4 (Logistics), 2d Battalion, 327th Infantry, and S-3 (Operations), 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; assistant professor of military science and the assistant commandant of cadets, North Georgia College.; battalion executive officer, United Nations Command Security Force Battalion, the Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea; deputy G3 and brigade executive officer, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; executive officer to the Inspector General, U.S. Army; and chief of initiatives and deputy commander of the Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. In December 2003, he was deployed to Kuwait as the operations officer, Combined Forces Land Component Command/ARCENT in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 1981 he commanded Company A, 2-327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky. He also commanded 2-22nd Infantry Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), at Fort Drum, N.Y., from June 1994 to June 1996. During his command, the battalion deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Restore Democracy. From April 1998 until July 2000, Terry commanded the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light Infantry), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He also served as commander, Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., from July 2002 until December 2003. From April 2007 to December 2009 he served as the director of the Future Force Integration Directorate for the Army Capabilities Integration Center at Fort Bliss, Texas. In this capacity he was responsible for the synchronization and integration of all Army Brigade Combat Team modernization efforts.

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