United States Army

Lieutenant General MICHAEL L. DODSON

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Portrait of General Mike DodsonLieutenant General Michael L. Dodson was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 1968.  His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Army Flight School, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.  He holds a Masters of Science Degree in Operations Research/Systems Analysis from Kansas State University.  His military service has included two tours in Vietnam, a tour in the Gulf, three tours in Europe, and a wide variety of assignments in the United States.

His service with soldiers includes:  Commander, C Battery, 2d Battalion, 1st Field Artillery; S-3, 14th Aviation Battalion; S-3, 2d Battalion, 5th Field Artillery; S-3, 41st Field Artillery Brigade; Commander, 3d Battalion, 16th Field Artillery; Commander, 1st Infantry Division Artillery; Chief of Staff, 1st Infantry Division; Commanding General, III Corps Artillery; Commanding General, Fort Riley, Kansas; Director of Operations, and then Deputy Commander in Chief/Chief of Staff, United States Central Command; and Commander, Stabilization Force, Bosnia.

His staff assignments include:  Action Officer, War Plans Directorate, ODCSOPS, DA; Executive Officer to the Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy, ODCSOPS, DA; Chief of Integration and Assessment Division, J-8, The Joint Staff; and Executive Officer to the Commanding General, Forces Command.

LTG Dodson’s awards include:  two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal; the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal; four awards of the Legion of Merit; two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross; four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal; the Air Medal with “V” device; and forty-five awards of the Air Medal.

He assumed his position as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army on 17 September 2001 and departed on 4 November 2003.