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Michael X. Garrett

Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM)
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Michael X. Garrett

Maj. Gen. Garrett serves as chief of staff, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), located in Tampa, FL. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he received his commission in 1984 as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry upon graduating from Xavier University.

His assignments include multiple joint and operational tours, staff assignments at numerous levels as well as several commands. Highlights include commanding 3d Battalion 325th Infantry (Airborne), 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg North Carolina. He deployed to Afghanistan as Chief of Current Operations, Combined Task Force 180 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He then commanded 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division (Light) which deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Following Brigade Command, Major General Garrett served as the Deputy Commanding General of United States Army Recruiting Command. Following his tour with Recruiting Command, Major General Garrett returned to Fort Bragg where he served as the Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps. As the XVIII Airborne Corps Chief of Staff, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation NEW DAWN where he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for United States Forces-Iraq. Most recently he served as the Commanding General, United States Army Alaska.

Major General Garrett’s military education includes completion of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advance courses, the US Army Command and General Staff College and a prestigious Senior Service College Fellowship. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Xavier University.

His awards and badges include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, The Combat Infantryman Badge, The Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

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