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William B. Caldwell IV
Caldwell, William LTG Class A 06 July 2007.jpg
Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1976–present
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held B Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry, 1st Armored Division
4th Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light)
1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light)
82nd Airborne Division
U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Commander, NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan and Commander, Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Restore Hope/Restore Democracy
Operation Desert Shield/Storm
Operation Just Cause
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV is the current Commander, NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan, as well as, Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan.

He replaced Major General Richard P. Formica who was subsequently nominated for Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Lieutenant General Caldwell previously served as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and oversaw the Command and General Staff College and seventeen other schools, centers and training programs[1].


Early years

Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Caldwell's family moved frequently because his father was in the military. During Caldwell's early childhood, his father was stationed at the United States Military Academy. Growing up there gave him a chance to interact with West Point cadets, who helped teach some youth sports teams, which deeply influenced him:

"I found that I just really had a great respect and admiration for the cadets at the academy. I thought, 'Boy, I'd love to do something like that one day.' Then with time, I thought I'd like to serve in the armed forces, and so that led me to apply for the military academy.[2] "

Army career


Education and academia

Caldwell attended Hargrave Military Academy,[3] a military high school in Chatham Virginia. From there, he was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. After graduation from West Point in 1976, Caldwell served in posts throughout the country and overseas. He continued his education with a master's degree in systems technology from the U. S. Naval Post Graduate School and then a master of military arts and sciences from the School for Advanced Military Studies which is part of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Lt. Gen. Caldwell has also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard University as a Senior Service College Fellow.

Military operations

Caldwell learned early on that the military required him to be flexible and ready for new challenges. One month prior to leaving his battalion command position in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, for example, his commanding general sent him to Haiti to work as his political-military liaison in the U.S. Embassy during Operation Uphold Democracy in the mid-1990s.

Caldwell took his communications, intelligence and operations cells and worked in the embassy for six months. "I gave up command, formed this organization and took off to go work in an American embassy, which I'd never done in my life", he recalled. "In fact, I'm not even sure I'd ever been in an American embassy overseas in my life. I literally started from scratch."

After his tour in Haiti, he commanded the 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, at Fort Drum, New York. He worked in the Office of the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, and later served as the executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Global War on Terrorism

Caldwell's duties once again tested his readiness and flexibility after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. During this time, Caldwell was serving as deputy director for operations, U.S. Pacific Command, Hawaii. The command's focus shifted from regional war plans to the global war on terrorism.

The headquarters changed to a 24-7 operations center, Caldwell said. "So, instead of having a cell of about six or eight people that worked 24-7, we now had a cell of about 50 people that worked 24-7.[2]"

Maj. Gen. Caldwell runs with his soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division on Fort Bragg in 2005.

The operation required reserve component personnel to play a crucial role, the general noted. "They were indispensable in the execution of our operations in the Pacific, absolutely indispensable", he said. "They brought a wealth of knowledge that a lot of our folks who had just come in for the first time in the command did not have. So they proved their weight in gold."

In July 2002, Caldwell was assigned as senior military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense. In this position he served his boss during the preparation, execution, and follow on for Operation Iraqi Freedom and other aspects of the global war on terrorism.

From May 2004 until June 2006, Caldwell served as the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division. As the division commander, Caldwell oversaw countless deployments by the units under his command to both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Hurricane Katrina

Maj. Gen. Caldwell speaks to sailors and relief workers at the Medical Center of Louisiana Charity Hospital in downtown New Orleans.

The 82nd Airborne's 3rd Brigade and Division Artillery along with supporting units deployed to support search-and-rescue and security operations in New Orleans, Louisiana after the city was flooded by Hurricane Katrina in September 2005. In all, 3,600 paratroopers commanded by Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, operated out of New Orleans International Airport under Task Force All-American. The division helped evacuate 6,000 residents, treat 1,352 people, and cleared 185 city blocks of debris.[4]

Maj. Gen. Caldwell walks in Eastern Baghdad in April 2007.

Multi-National Force - Iraq spokesman

Following his command of the 82nd, Caldwell was assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Effects and spokesperson for the Multi-National Force – Iraq, a position he held for 13 months. During his deployment to Iraq, Caldwell earned the respect and admiration of both national and international media for his candid assessments of the situation in Iraq and for his responsiveness to the needs of the press.[1]

U.S. Army Combined Arms Center

Caldwell was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in June 2007 and served as the Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. As the Commanding General for the Combined Arms Center, he has responsibility for the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs throughout the United States.

The Combined Arms Center is also responsible for: development of the Army’s doctrinal manuals, training of the Army’s commissioned and noncommissioned officers, oversight of major collective training exercises, integration of battle command systems and concepts, and supervision of the Army’s Center for the collection and dissemination of lessons learned.


  • US-OF1B.svg 2LT – 1976
  • US-OF1A.svg 1LT – 1978
  • US-O3 insignia.svg CPT – 1980
  • US-O4 insignia.svg MAJ – 1986
  • US-O5 insignia.svg LTC – 1992
  • US-O6 insignia.svg COL – 1996
  • US-O7 insignia.svg BG – 2001
  • US-O8 insignia.svg MG – 2004
  • US-O9 insignia.svg LTG – 2007

Decorations and badges (incomplete)

U.S. military decorations
Distinguished Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
U.S. unit awards
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
U.S. service (campaign) medals and service and training ribbons
Bronze oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Iraq Campaign ribbon.svg Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Humanitarian Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Outstanding Volunteer Service ribbon.svg Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral "4")
U.S. badges, patches and tabs
Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
Master parachutist badge.jpg Master Parachutist Badge
US - Presidential Service Badge.png Presidential Service Identification Badge
SecDefBadge.gif Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Ranger Tab.png Ranger Tab
82 ABD SSI.svg 82nd Airborne Division Patch

U.S. non-military decorations

  • Louisiana Cross of Merit
  • Louisiana Humanitarian Service Award

Foreign military decorations

  • Bronze German Army Proficiency Badge

Foreign badges, patches and tabs

  • German Bronze Parachutist Badge
  • Canadian Parachutist Badge
  • British Parachutist Badge
  • Irish Parachutist Badge

See also

Members of the NYPD are greeted by Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, during his visit to the Times Square Military Recruiting Station in New York City March 10, 2008.

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b United States Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. "Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV" (Biography). United States Army. pp. 1. 
  2. ^ a b Casie, Vinall (July 22, 2003). "U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense". Retrieved 2007. 
  3. ^ "Proiment alumni" (List). Hargrave Military Academy. Unknown. 
  4. ^ Gilmore, Gerry (September 21, 2005). "82nd Airborne Division Becomes 'Waterborne' in New Orleans". American Forces Press Service. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
David H. Petraeus
Commandant of the Command and General Staff College
June 11, 2007 - October 2009
Succeeded by
Robert L. Caslen (nominated)


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