Robert W. Cone
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Robert William Cone is a United States Army
United States Army
The United States Army is the main branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services...

 four-star general
General (United States)
In the United States Army, United States Air Force, and United States Marine Corps, general is a four-star general officer rank, with the pay grade of O-10. General ranks above lieutenant general and below General of the Army or General of the Air Force; the Marine Corps does not have an...

 and is currently the Commanding General of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. He assumed command of TRADOC on 29 April 2011. He previously served as the commander of Fort Hood and III Corps on 22 September 2009 where he also deployed to Iraq in February 2010, and served as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, United States Forces - Iraq, until February 2011.
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Robert William Cone is a United States Army
United States Army
The United States Army is the main branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services...

 four-star general
General (United States)
In the United States Army, United States Air Force, and United States Marine Corps, general is a four-star general officer rank, with the pay grade of O-10. General ranks above lieutenant general and below General of the Army or General of the Air Force; the Marine Corps does not have an...

 and is currently the Commanding General of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. He assumed command of TRADOC on 29 April 2011. He previously served as the commander of Fort Hood and III Corps on 22 September 2009 where he also deployed to Iraq in February 2010, and served as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, United States Forces - Iraq, until February 2011. Prior to that, he served as the Special Assistant to the Commanding General of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
Established 1 July 1973, the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command is an army command of the United States Army headquartered at Fort Eustis, Virginia. It is charged with overseeing training of Army forces, the development of operational doctrine, and the development and procurement of...

 in Fort Monroe, VA.

Education

Cone is a native of Manchester, New Hampshire
Manchester, New Hampshire
Manchester is the largest city in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, the tenth largest city in New England, and the largest city in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It is in Hillsborough County along the banks of the Merrimack River, which...

. He graduated from the United States Military Academy
United States Military Academy
The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located at West Point, New York. The academy sits on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson River, north of New York City...

 at West Point with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1979 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Armor Branch. Cone earned a Master of Arts
Master of Arts (postgraduate)
A Master of Arts from the Latin Magister Artium, is a type of Master's degree awarded by universities in many countries. The M.A. is usually contrasted with the M.S. or M.Sc. degrees...

 degree in Sociology
Sociology
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 from the University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is a state research university located in Austin, Texas, USA, and is the flagship institution of the The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, its campus is located approximately from the Texas State Capitol in Austin...

 in 1987 and was inducted in the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi
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. He served as both an instructor and Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department at West Point. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 1998 from the Naval War College
Naval War College
The Naval War College is an education and research institution of the United States Navy that specializes in developing ideas for naval warfare and passing them along to officers of the Navy. The college is located on the grounds of Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island...

 and was named “Graduate of Highest Distinction.” Additionally, Cone was a Fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program.

His military education includes the Naval War College, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, and the Armor Officer Basic Course.

Military career

General Cone has served in a variety of command, staff, and operational assignments in the United States
United States
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, Germany
Germany
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, and Southwest Asia.

His first duty assignment was in the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, TX, where he served as a Platoon Leader and Troop Executive Officer in the 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment (2-1 CAV). In October 1981 Cone became the Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Armored Division. He then served as the Battalion Maintenance Officer, Combat Service Support Company Commander, and Tank Company Commander in the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment (1-67 AR)
1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment
The 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment was originally constituted on 24 March 1923 in the Regular Army as Company A, 19th Tank Battalion. It was redesignated on 1 September 1929 as Company A, 2d Tank Regiment. It converted and was redesignated 25 October 1932 as Company A, 67th Infantry...

.

He attended the Infantry Advanced Course in 1985 followed by graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. Next, Cone served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point.

After selection and completion of Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, he reported to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment(Blackhorse Regiment) in Fulda, Germany. Cone served as the 2nd Squadron Operations Officer (S-3) during Operation Desert Storm, became the Regimental Operations Officer (S-3) in November 1991, then the Regimental Executive Officer in March 1993. He left the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the spring of 1994.

Next, Cone moved to Fort Bliss
Fort Bliss
Fort Bliss is a United States Army post in the U.S. states of New Mexico and Texas. With an area of about , it is the Army's second-largest installation behind the adjacent White Sands Missile Range. It is FORSCOM's largest installation, and has the Army's largest Maneuver Area behind the...

, TX, and became the Regimental Executive Officer of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment(Brave Rifles). He assumed command of the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in October 1994. After Squadron Command, he served as the Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Fort Carson, CO, then reported to the Naval War College
Naval War College
The Naval War College is an education and research institution of the United States Navy that specializes in developing ideas for naval warfare and passing them along to officers of the Navy. The college is located on the grounds of Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island...

 in Newport, RI, in the summer of 1997.

Cone became the Division Operations Officer (G-3) of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, TX, in July 1998. He assumed command of the 2d Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, the following year. His brigade deployed to the Republic of Korea as part of Exercise Foal Eagle. Additionally, he led his Brigade in the Army's Division Capstone Exercise in April 2001 as the culminating event in the development of the heavy digital force.

Following Brigade Command, Cone served as the Director of the Joint Advanced Warfighting Program, Institute for Defense Analyses
Institute for Defense Analyses
The Institute for Defense Analyses is a non-profit corporation that administers three federally funded research and development centers to assist the United States government in addressing important national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise...

 located in Alexandria, VA, where he was responsible for developing joint force concepts and experiments. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 as the Director of the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) Joint Lessons Learned Collection Team. Cone was tasked to capture, document, and report real time lessons learned from combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His work led to the establishment of the Joint Center for Operational Analysis at JFCOM. After returning from the Middle East, Cone served as the Director of the JFCOM Joint Center for Operational Analysis in Suffolk, VA.

Commanding General, National Training Center

In September 2004, Cone became the Commanding General of the Army's National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, CA. During his 33-month command, Cone implemented a broad array of changes reorienting training on counterinsurgency operations. In conjunction with the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), Cone established the Joint Center of Operational Excellence in training for the defeat of improvised explosive devices at the NTC.

Operation Enduring Freedom

Cone deployed to Afghanistan in June 2007 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and assumed command of the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan (CSTC-A)
Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan
The Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan is a multinational military formation. Its primary role is the training and development of Afghan security forces like the Afghan National Army. Its headquarters is at Camp Eggers, Kabul...

. His 18-month command focused on developing the Afghan National Army and Police. During his tenure, the Afghan National Army expanded from 50,000 troops to close to 80,000 and a broad array of reforms were implemented to address corruption and training in the Afghan National Police.

After returning from Afghanistan, he served as the Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff then became the Special Assistant to the Commanding General of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
Established 1 July 1973, the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command is an army command of the United States Army headquartered at Fort Eustis, Virginia. It is charged with overseeing training of Army forces, the development of operational doctrine, and the development and procurement of...

 where he was responsible for officer and enlisted Soldier Initial Entry Training.

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn

In September 2009, Cone assumed command of III Corps and Fort Hood, TX. In March 2010, Lieutenant General Cone deployed to Iraq with III Corps Headquarters and became the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, the second highest ranking military officer in United States Forces - Iraq until 8 February 2011. He had responsibility for operations throughout the entire country including the development and training of fielded Iraqi Security Forces. He oversaw the transition from Operation Iraqi Freedom and counterinsurgency operations to Operation New Dawn and stability operations. This transition included the drawdown of servicemembers from roughly 100,000 to less than 50,000 and the transfer of more than 120 bases, the largest single movement of military personnel and equipment since World War II. General Cone returned to Ft. Hood on 9 February 2011.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
The Defense Distinguished Service Medal is a United States military award which is presented for exceptionally distinguished performance of duty contributing to national security or defense of the United States...

, Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
The Defense Superior Service Medal is a senior United States military decoration of the Department of Defense, awarded to members of the United States armed forces who perform "superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility."...

 with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
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 with two oak leaf cluster
Oak leaf cluster
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s, Bronze Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration that may be awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service. As a medal it is awarded for merit, and with the "V" for valor device it is awarded for heroism. It is the fourth-highest combat award of the...

, Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (United States)
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 with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. General Cone is also the recipient of the Ghazi Wazir Mohammad Akbar Kahn State Medal from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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Assignment History

From To Assignments
Oct 79 Sep 81 Platoon Leader, B Troop, later Executive Officer, A Troop, 2d Squadron, 1st Cavalry, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Oct 81 Jul 82 AidedeCamp to the Assistant Division Commander, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Jul 82 Nov 82 Battalion Maintenance Officer, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Nov 82 Jan 85 Commander, D Company, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Jan 85 Jun 85 Student, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Fort Benning, Georgia
Jun 85 May 87 Student, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
May 87 Aug 90 Instructor, later Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
Aug 90 Jun 91 Student, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Jun 91 Nov 91 S3(Operations), 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, V Corps, United States Army Europe
and Seventh Army, Germany and OPERATION DESERT STORM, Kuwait
Nov 91 Feb 94 Operations Officer, later Executive Officer, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, V Corps, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany
Feb 94 Oct 94 Executive Officer, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, III Corps, Fort Bliss, Texas
Oct 94 Dec 96 Commander, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, III Corps, Fort Bliss, Texas, later Fort Carson, Colorado
Dec 96 Jul 97 Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Fort Carson, Colorado
Aug 97 Jun 98 Student, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
Jun 98 Jun 99 G3(Operations), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Texas
Jun 99 Jun 01 Commander, 2d Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Texas
Jul 01 Mar 03 Director, Joint Advanced Warfighting Program, Institute for Defense Analysis, Alexandria, Virginia
Mar 03 Jul 03 Director, Joint Advanced Warfighting Program, Institute for Defense Analyses with duty as Director, Joint Lessons Learned Collection Team, United States Central Command, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM,Qatar
Jul 03 Aug 04 Director, Joint Center for Lessons Learned, United States Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Virginia
Sep 04 Jun 07 Commanding General, National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Fort Irwin, California
Jun 07 Dec 08 Commanding General, Combined Security Transition CommandAfghanistan,
OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan
Dec 08 Feb 09 Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, United States Army, Washington, DC
Feb 09 Sep 09 Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia
Sep 09 Apr 11 Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas
Feb 10 Feb 11 Deputy Commanding General of Operations, United States Forces, Iraq
Apr 11 Present Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

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