Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier Jr. is the U.S. Army Africa Commanding General. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the U.S. Africa Command Chief of Staff to the Commander. Cloutier was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army upon graduating from the University of San Diego in 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in international relations. Throughout his career, he has served in leadership positions and commanded from company through brigade and installation.
Cloutier’s command assignments include Commanding General of the United States Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Commander of 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Iraq; Commander, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division commander at Fort Stewart, Georgia, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company 4-12th Infantry Battalion (Mechanized), 1st Armored Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany, while serving in Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Commander of D. Company, 4-12th Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Scout Platoon Leader of 1-9th Infantry Regiment (L), while serving in Operation Just Cause, Panama.
Cloutier’s principal staff assignments include Director of Force Management, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, G3/5/7; Executive Officer to Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Belgium; Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Chief of Staff, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia; Assistant Chief of Staff, G3, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia; Joint Exercise Planner, United States Command Central Desk, later Secretary of the General Staff, Joint Warfighting Center, United States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia; S3 (Operations), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado; S3 (Operations), 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado.
His awards include: Defense Distinguished Service Medal, 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 Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.