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Army Names New USASOC Commanding General

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office

LT G Wagner

         FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC New Service, April 22, 2005) - Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner has been nominated for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command here, the Defense Department announced April 22.

         Wagner is currently serving as the deputy commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command at Norfolk, Va. As the deputy commander, Wagner assists in the performance of USJFCOM's primary mission of the transformation, training, experimentation and integration of the U.S. military. He has served in the position since December 2002.

         Wagner previously served as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force (Airborne) at Vicenza, Italy.

         During his career, he has served several staff and command-level units, including assignments as the commanding general of Special Operations Command South and as deputy director for current operations at the Joint Staff.

         He has also served as chief of the current operations division at the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and as commander of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment during Operation Just Cause in Panama.

Colors to Wagner


         He is a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

         His decorations include awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

         He has also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge with combat star and the Ranger Tab.


The U.S. Army Special Operations Command colors are passed to Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner (left), the new commander of USASOC, at Meadows Memorial Field, Ft. Bragg, N.C. Dec. 6.  Wagner assumed command from Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger, Jr., who retired after 35 years of military service.  (Photo by Gillian M. Albro, USASOC PAO)



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