Major General James RaineyCommanding General, 3rd Infantry Division
Major General Rainey was commissioned as an Infantry Officer through ROTC at Eastern Kentucky University in 1987. He graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He earned Master’s Degrees in Advanced Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies and in Public Administration from Troy University. He was also a Senior Service Fellow from the Korbel School of International Relations, Denver University. As a Lieutenant, Major General Rainey served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division and later as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Following the Infantry Advanced Course, he commanded the Long Range Surveillance Detachment in the First Cavalry Division and Hotel Company, 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard). Major General Rainey was then assigned as a Joint Chiefs of Staff Intern in Washington, D.C. His next assignments included Chief of Plans for the 2nd Infantry Division; Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry, and Executive Officer to the III Corps Commander. In support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, he was a G-3 Operations Officer in the V Corps Assault Command Post. Following that, he was the Executive Officer of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He then commanded Task Force 2-7 CAV in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Following Battalion Command, Major General Rainey served as the Chief of War on Terror Plans for U.S. European Command. He next served as the G-3 of the 4th Infantry Division and the Multi-National Division-Baghdad. Major General Rainey was then commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson where he once again deployed to Iraq. Following Brigade Command, Major General Rainey assumed responsibility as the Director of the Mission Command Center of Excellence. Next he served as the Deputy Commanding General, 4th Infantry Division and Regional Command-South, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan. Prior to his arrival at Fort Stewart, he most recently was the Infantry School Commandant and Chief of Infantry at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Ft. Benning, Ga. Major General Rainey assumed duties as the Commanding General of 3rd Infantry Division 1 August 2015, where he serves concurrently as the Deputy Commanding General-Support United States Forces – Afghanistan, Commander Bagram Airfield, and Commander, Joint Task Force-3. Major General Rainey’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (three oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star (five oak leaf clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
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