|Years of service 35 years||Role Author|
Name Daniel Bolger
|Born January 15, 1957 (age 58) (1957-01-15) |
Rank Lieutenant General (Retired)
Awards Bronze Star Medal Combat Action Badge
Unit NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan
Education University of Chicago, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
Commands held 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Polk
Books Why We Lost: A General's, Dragons at war, Death ground, The battle for Hunger Hill, Scenes from an unfinishe
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Daniel P. Bolger of Aurora, Illinois is an author, historian, and retired Lieutenant General (promoted 21 May 2010) of the United States Army. He currently holds a special faculty appointment in the Department of History at North Carolina State University, where he teaches Military History.
Lt. Gen. Bolger retired in 2013 from the Army. During his 35 years of service, he earned five Bronze Star Medals (one for valor) and the Combat Action Badge. His notable military commands included serving as Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan and Commander of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan (2011-2013); Commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas (deployed to Baghdad, 2009-2010); the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team in Iraq (2005–06); and U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. He is also the author of books, such as Why We Lost, Americans at War, The Battle for Hunger Hill, and Death Ground.
Bolger graduated from the The Citadel the Military College of South Carolina, in 1978. Upon his graduation from The Citadel, Bolger was commissioned an Infantry officer in the United States Army. His initial assignment was to C Company, 2nd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He served as a weapons platoon leader, Executive Officer of B Company and later on as B Rifle company commander. In 1986 Bolger served as an Instructor in the Department of History of the United States Military Academy, and later on as an Assistant Professor. In 1990 Bolger served as the S-3 (operations officer) of the 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. Later on he served as the Assistant G-3 (Operations) of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In 1994 Bloger commanded the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, and afterwords served as the G-3 (Operations) of the 101st Airborne Division. In 1998 He commanded the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. Afterwords He served at the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2002 Bolger served as the Chief of Staff of the 2nd Infantry Division, and later on as the Assistant Division Commander (Support) of the 101st Airborne Division. In 2005 Bolger served as the deputy commander of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq, and later on as the Commander of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team. In 2006 he commanded the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, and afterwords he served as the commander of 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq. In 2010 he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army. In 2011 he was appointed as the commander of the combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan as the Commander of NATO's Training Mission there. He retired from the Army in 2013.
Awards and decorations
During his military service he was awarded: Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, three awards of the Bronze Star, four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Army Commendation Medal, and two awards of the Army Achievement Medal. He has also earned the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge. He was awarded the Centurion Level of the Order of Saint Maurice in 2000.