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Benjamin Freakley

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Benjamin C. Freakley
Portrait photo of Caucasian male wearing an army combat uniform with the rank of lieutenant general, Combat Infantry Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and a Ranger tab standing in front of the U.S. flag, a command flag, and a lieutenant general flag.
Benjamin C. Freakley as a lieutenant general
Born (1953-08-21) 21 August 1953 (age 65)[1]
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1971[2]-2012[3]
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Unit 101st Airborne Division[2]
National Military Command Center[2]
3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment[2]
24th Infantry Division[2]
30th Infantry Regiment[2]
Military District of Washington[2]
506th Infantry Regiment[2]
United States Military Academy (Class of 1975)[2]
Commands held Accessions Command[3]
Combined Joint Task Force 76[4]
10th Mountain Division[2]
United States Army Infantry School[2]
Operations Group, National Training Center[2]
3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division[2]
1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment[2]
Battles/wars Operation Desert Shield[2]
Operation Desert Storm[2]
Operation Iraqi Freedom[2]
Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan[2]
Spouse(s) Susan[2]
Other work Professor & Policy Advisor, Arizona State University.[5][6]

Benjamin C. Freakley (born 21 August 1953) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general, and a professor & policy advisor at Arizona State University. From Woodstock, Virginia, Freakley was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1975, and served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan before retiring in 2012. After retirement Freakley began a career in education.

Early life

Originally from Woodstock, Virginia,[2] he graduated from Central High School in Woodstock in 1971.[4] Freakley also became an Eagle Scout.[5] Applying for admission to three military schools (Virginia Military Institute, The Citadel, and West Point), he ended up graduating from West Point with the Class of 1975.[4]

Military career

Being commissioned as a second lieutenant of infantry in 1975, he was assigned to the 506th Infantry Regiment until 1979.[2] He then was an aide-de-camp to the commanding general of the Military District of Washington, before being sent to West Germany to serve with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment.[2] During Operation Desert Shield, Freakley worked on the war plans,[1] and served as battalion executive officer of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment.[2] Operation Desert Storm found him serving as the operations officer of the 1st Brigade of the 24th Infantry Division.[2]

After Operation Desert Storm, Freakley commanded the 1st Battalion of the 5th Cavalry Regiment, before serving in staff positions with the 24th Infantry Division and III Corps, until being placed in command of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division.[2] 1999 found Freakley commanding the operations group at Fort Irwin's National Training Center, before serving in staff positions at the National Military Command Center and Joint Staff.[2][4]

File:Petraeus and Freakley in Iraq 2003.jpg
Freakley with Petraeus in 2003

In 2003, Freakley served as assistant division commander, under David Petraeus, of the 101st Airborne Division, which found Freakley involved in combat in Iraq a second time during Operation Iraqi Freedom.[1][7][8] After Iraq, Freakley became the Chief of Infantry at Fort Benning,[2][7][9] during which time the Infantry Center became part of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.[10]

In 2005, Freakley commanded the 10th Mountain Division as it was deployed to Afghanistan,[1] where he also became the commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-76.[2][4][11][12] In 2007, Freakley took command of Accessions Command,[1][13] where he remained until he retired in 2012.[4][14]

Post-military career

After retiring from the army, Freakley became a professor at Arizona State University,[5] and special advisor to the university's president.[6]

Awards and decorations

Freakley has received the following awards:[2][15]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 white ribbon with width-10 scarlet stripes at edges, separated from the white by width-2 ultramarine blue stripes.
Distinguished Service Medal with a bronze Oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with a bronze Oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
Legion of Merit with two bronze Oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device and a bronze Oak leaf cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal with one silver Oak leaf cluster and three bronze Oak leaf clusters
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges. Meritorious Service Medal (second ribbon denoting tenth award)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 myrtle green ribbon with width-3 white stripes at the edges and five width-1 stripes down the center; the central white stripes are width-2 apart
Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device and a bronze Oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 ribbon with two width-9 ultramarine blue stripes surrounded by two pairs of two width-4 green stripes; all these stripes are separated by width-2 white borders
Army Achievement Medal with two bronze Oak leaf clusters
DoS MHA.JPG State Department Meritorious Honor Award
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with two Service stars
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one Service star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 4 device
NATO Meritorious Service Medal
NATO Afghanistan service
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal
Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger Tab
US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif Parachutist Badge
AirAssault.gif Air Assault Badge
US - Joint Chiefs.png Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
10MountainDivCSIB.jpg 10th Mountain Division Combat Service Identification Badge[16]
ArmyOSB.jpg three Overseas Service Bars

Freakley was also named the policy leader of the year, by the National Association of State Boards of Education in 2010.[17][18]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Garren Shipley (11 October 2008). "Lieutenant general has commanded units in the last three major conflicts". The North Virginia Daily. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 "Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley" (PDF). United States Army. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Accessions Command discontinued". United States Army Installation Management Command. United States Army. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Sally Voth (11 February 2012). "A civilian once again". The Northern Virginia Daily. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Ben Freakley". The McCain Institute for International Leadership. 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Policy Advisors". Office of the President. Arizona State University. Retrieved 10 February 2013. Special Advisor to the President for Leadership Initiatives 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Atkinson, Rick (2007). In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat. Macmillan. pp. 283–284. ISBN 1429900016. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  8. Jim Dwyer (18 March 2003). "Threats and Responses: 101st Airborne Division; Just South of Iraq, a Dress Rehearsal for Seizing Territory". New York Times. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  9. Joe Burlas (13 February 2004). "'TF Soldier' focuses on warrior readiness". Army News Service. United States Army. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  10. Sean D. Maylor (10 October 2005). "Officials confident about outcome of combining armor, infantry centers". Army Times. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  11. "Retired Lt. General Benjamin Freakley to Deliver 2012 Commencement Address". Jefferson Community College. The State University of New York. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013. LTG Benjamin C. Freakley (RET) served as Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum from August 2005 to April 2007. During this time, he led the 10th Mountain Division as commanding general of the Combined/Joint Task Force-76 in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, from February 2006 to February 2007. 
  12. Sergeant Douglas DeMaio (21 February 2006). "10th Mountain Division Takes Afghanistan Task Force Command". American Forces Press Service. United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  13. Jim Tice (1 November 2010). "Fort Knox: Where promotions begin". Army Times. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  14. "Army to inactivate Accessions Command". Army Public Affairs. United States Army. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  15. "LTG Freakley and female leaders in Army Strong Zone". Army Recruiting. flickr. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  16. "LTG Freakley and BG Price in Army Strong Zone". Army Recruiting. flickr. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  17. "Freakley named leader of month". The Northern Virginia Daily. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  18. "LTG Ben Freakley '75 - Nat'l Education Policy Leader of the Year". West Point Grad News 2010. West Point Association of Graduates. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Lloyd Austin
Commander, 10th Mountain Division
Succeeded by
Michael L. Oates