June 21, 2012
This time last year, the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters celebrated the Army’s birthday with a cake cutting and donning of the biggest patch in the Army to their right shoulders while deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan.
This year, while the Army celebrated its 237th birthday, the division experienced the passing of its colors from one major general to another.
Maj. Gen. Dan Allyn, former commanding general of the division, passed on the reins of America’s First Team to Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi (CNW 2002), commanding general of the 1st Cav. Div., June 14 on Fort Hood’s Cooper Field.
“It is indeed an honor and privilege to serve again with the tremendous Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division,” Ierardi said. “We will remain focused on our mission, on care for our Soldiers and their Families and on the team of teams that is the 1st Cavalry Division.”
Ierardi comes to the First Team from the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff as the director of force management.
He graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in business administration and holds a Master of Arts degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University. He is also a graduate of U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College.
His previous assignments include serving as the director, Joint and Futures, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff and as the deputy commander for Programs of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.
He commanded Joint Task Force North at Fort Bliss. He also served as director of capabilities developments at the U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va.
Ierardi was the chief of staff of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea. While in Korea, he also commanded the 1st “Iron” Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
The commanding general is no stranger to Fort Hood. He served as the operations officer of the division and also commanded the 1st “Garryowen” Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment.
Earlier in his career, Ierardi was a cavalry troop commander in the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bamberg, Germany, and participated in Operation Desert Storm.
Ierardi has trained and served as a Latin American foreign area officer. He was first a student attending the Mexican army’s Command and General Staff College (Escuela Superior de Guerra) in Mexico City. Later, he became the aide-de-camp to the commander of the U.S. Southern Command.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.
Ierardi is married to Angela Ierardi and they have two sons.
“(Ierardi) comes to us with a wealth of experience earned during tough and diverse assignments,” Lt. Gen. Don Campbell Jr., commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, said. “I am truly excited and honored to have Tony and Angela join the III Corps and 1st Cavalry Division teams, and I look forward to serving with both of them.”
Allyn moves with his Family to Fort Bragg, N.C., to take command of the XVIII Airborne Corps.
“This is a tough day for Team Allyn, but as with every day serving America’s finest, it’s one filled with inspiration,” Allyn said. “I am blessed to hand over the reins to an outstanding commander, a man of great intellect, vision and proven leadership: Maj. Gen. Tony Ierardi.”
Posted by Jenna M. Gagne, Office of Alumni Affairs
Originally published at http://www.forthoodsentinel.com/story.php?id=9411