On Friday, June 2, the Army announced several senior assignments, including the selection of Major General Jeffrey J. Schloesser, currently Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), to command the 101st Airborne Division.
NCTC Director Scott Redd, VADM (USN-ret.), made the following announcement after General Schloesser's selection:
"Earlier today, it was announced that Major General Jeffrey J. Schloesser, NCTC's Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning, has been selected to command the US Army's 101st Airborne Division. The fact that Jeff has been chosen to command the 101st -- a Division with such a proud and storied history -- is a tribute to his extraordinary skills and his outstanding leadership.
"Jeff leads from the front. During the past year he has overseen our effort -- an historic effort -- to bring all elements of national power to bear on the war on terrorism in an integrated and effective manner.
"I cannot overstate the difficulty, and complexity, of that assignment. The truly remarkable progress we have made in such a short span of time -- progress that involved unprecedented interagency collaboration and cooperation -- would not have been possible without his vision, his intellect, and his perseverance.
"Jeff likely will be with NCTC until the end of the summer before he enters the pipeline to assume command of the 101st. I anticipate his successor will be announced in the near future.
"Not having Jeff will be a loss for NCTC, and I will miss him greatly, both personally and professionally. But it is very gratifying and reassuring to know that our nation -- and our collective efforts to combat terrorism -- will have the benefit of his outstanding leadership as he commands one of our nation's premier military organizations.
"General Dwight D. Eisenhower once observed that, "Plans are nothing, planning is everything." The planning effort that Jeff Schloesser has shepherded is critical to the war on terrorism and will make our nation a safer place."
Bio Information on Major General Schloesser
Major General Schloesser has served as Deputy Director for StrategicOperational Planning, National Counterterrorism Center, since July 2005.
General Schloesser enlisted in the US Army in 1976 and served as an Engineer, Army Aviator, Middle East Foreign Area Officer, Special Operations Aviator, and Army Strategist. He commanded two Special Operations Aviation Battalions and an Aviation Brigade, serving in Germany, Korea, and Jordan, as well as commanding deployed task forces in Haiti, Albania, and Kosovo. He also served as a Political Military Officer at the US Department of State. In August 2000 he was assigned as Chief, Office of Military Cooperation, Kuwait, United States Central Command. In October 2001 he started and became the first Chief, War on Terrorism Strategic Planning Cell, J-5, the Joint Staff. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as Assistant Division Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). From July 2004 until July 2005 General Schloesser was Director, Army Aviation Task Force, Headquarters, Department of the Army.
General Schloesser received a BA in Political Science, Philosophy and Geography from the University of Kansas and an MSFS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He was a Senior Service College Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. General Schloesser is a student of Arabic and French.
Description of NCTC
NCTC, formally launched in December 2004, has two core missions. The first is to serve as the primary organization in the US Government for analysis and integration of all terrorism intelligence. The second mission is to conduct strategic operational planning for counterterrorism activities, integrating all instruments of US national power.