General Michael X. Garrett
Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command
General Michael X. Garrett assumed duties as the 23rd Commander of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on 21 March 2019. As Commander of the United States Army’s largest organization, he commands 215,000 active duty Soldiers, and 190,000 in the U.S. Army Reserve, while providing training and readiness oversight of U.S. Army National Guard. In total, the Forces Command team includes 745,000 Soldiers and 96,000 Civilians.
General Garrett has commanded at every level from Company through Army Service Component Command, and led units in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A career Infantryman, General Garrett received his commission in 1984 upon graduating from Xavier University. Following his initial military training courses, including Ranger, Pathfinder, and Jumpmaster, he served his formative years in the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 82nd Airborne Division, where he commanded 3rd Battalion 325th Infantry (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also commanded 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division (Light), which he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following Brigade Command, General Garrett served as the Deputy Commanding General of United States Army Recruiting Command, and subsequently, as Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps. In support of Operation New Dawn, he deployed to Iraq as the Deputy Chief of Staff for United States Forces-Iraq. Returning stateside, he served as Commanding General, United States Army Alaska, before assuming duty as Chief of Staff, United States Central Command. His most recent assignment was as Commanding General, United States Army Central (USARCENT) and Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC).
General Garrett holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Xavier University, and his military education includes United States Army Command and General Staff College and a Senior Service College Fellowship.