General Raymond T. Odierno
38th Chief of Staff
United States Army, Retired
General Raymond T. Odierno culminated his military career serving as the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 7 September 2011 to 14 August 2015. During more than 39 years of service, he commanded units at every echelon, from platoon to theater, with duty in Germany, Albania, Kuwait, Iraq and the United States.
During Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, General Odierno led the 4th Infantry Division, responsible for the capture of Iraq’s deposed dictator Saddam Hussein. While Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he was the primary military advisor to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
His awards and decorations include five Defense Distinguished Service Medals, three Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, six Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Badge. He received the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal and Orders of Military Merit from Brazil, Columbia, Romania and Italy., and was an Officer in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor.
Since retiring, General Odierno founded Odierno Associates, LLC. He is a Senior Advisor to JPMorgan Chase & Company, providing strategic advice and insights on a broad range of issues including international planning and country risk analysis, technology, operations and the rapidly evolving issues of physical and cyber security.
General Odierno holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from West Point and a master’s degree in Nuclear Effects Engineering from North Carolina State University. He’s a graduate of the Army War College and holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He also holds two honorary degrees, a Doctorate in Humane Letters from North Carolina State University and a Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa from the Institute of World Politics.
General Odierno is married to his high school sweetheart, Linda. They have three children and four grandsons.