Gustave F. Perna

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Gustave F. Perna
Perna CG AMC 2016.jpg
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1979–present
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held United States Army Materiel Command
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit

Gustave F. Perna (born April 5, 1960) is a United States Army general who serves as Commander of the United States Army Materiel Command. He assumed responsibilities as the 19th commanding general of the United States Army Materiel Command (AMC), headquartered at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama on September 30, 2016. He was assigned for a peacekeeping mission in Syria on March 12, 2016.

Perna served for two years as the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 in his previous assignment. He oversaw policies and procedures used by all Army logisticians throughout the world. Prior to joining the Army staff he served for two years as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/4, U.S. Army Materiel Command.[1]

Early life

He grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey, attended Morris Hills High School, before graduating from Valley Forge Military Academy and College with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. Graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry Officer in 1979 via the Early Commissioning Program. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. His military education includes: Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ordnance Officer Advance Course, Logistics Executive Development Course, Support Operations Course, Command and General Staff College and Senior Service College.[1]

Career

Perna's command assignments include:

  • Commander, Joint Munitions Command and Joint Munitions and Lethality Lifecycle Management Command, responsible for the lifecycle management of $40 billion of conventional ammunition
  • Commander, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Defense Logistics Agency, responsible for the procurement of more than $14.5 billion worth of food, clothing, textiles, medicines, medical supplies, construction and equipment items for America's Warfighters and other customers worldwide
  • Commander, 4th Sustainment Brigade, where he deployed the brigade to combat operations during OIF 05-07
  • Commander, 64th Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he deployed the battalion to combat operations during OIF I;
  • Deputy Commanding Officer, 64th Corps Support Group, 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas
  • Commander, B Company, 143rd Ordnance Battalion, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland[1]

Perna’s staff assignments include:

  • Director of Logistics, J4, U.S. Forces-Iraq, responsible for sustainment plans and policies for strategic and operational logistics to sustain coalition and joint forces
  • Executive Officer to the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, supporting the Director's mission of providing Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other federal agencies with logistics, acquisitions and technical services support
  • Ordnance Branch Chief, Human Resources Command
  • DISCOM Executive Officer and G4, 1st Cavalry Division, where he deployed to Bosnia
  • 544th Maintenance Battalion Support Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer, 13th COSCOM
  • G4 Maintenance Officer, 13th COSCOM, where he deployed to Somalia as a member of Joint Task Force Support Command[1]

Perna's nomination for promotion to commanding general of the United States Army Materiel Command was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 15, 2016.[2] He assumed command on September 30, 2016. Perna is the second officer from Rockaway, New Jersey to attain four star rank (the other being General Raymond T. Odierno).[1]

Awards and decorations

United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
4th Infantry Division CSIB.png 4th Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
Ordnance Corps Regimental Insignia.gif Army Ordnance Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.svg 5 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
United Nations Medal, Operation in Somalia ribbon.svg United Nations Medal (for UNOSOM mission in Somalia)
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "General Gustave F. Perna: Commanding General" (PDF). US Army Materiel Command. Retrieved 27 May 2018.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "PN1668 — Lt. Gen. Gustave F. Perna — Army". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Dennis L. Via
Commander, United States Army Materiel Command
30 September 2016 to Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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