2022 Hall of Fame Inductee
University of San Diego (1987)
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Roger L. Cloutier Jr. was born on March 15, 1965 in Lewiston, Maine.
He attended the University of San Diego and earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He completed the Army ROTC program through San Diego State University. He graduated and commissioned in 1987.
Cloutier's principal staff assignments include Chief of Staff to the U.S. Africa Command Commander, Director of Force Management, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, G3/5/7; Executive Officer to Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Belgium; Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 3rd Infantry Division, Chief of Staff, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized); Assistant Chief of Staff, G3, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized); Joint Exercise Planner, United States Command Central Desk, Secretary of the General Staff, Joint Warfighting Center, United States Joint Forces Command; S3, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized); S3, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized).
Cloutier served as Commanding General of the United States Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Commander, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia (including deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Iraq); Commander, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia (including deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom); Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4-12th Infantry Battalion (Mechanized), 1st Armored Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany (including deployments in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovina); Commander, D Company, 4-12th Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Scout Platoon Leader, 1-9th Infantry Regiment (L) (including a deployment in support of Operation Just Cause, Panama).
Before assuming his last role before retirement as the Commander for NATO Allied Land Command, Cloutier served as the Commander of US Army Africa (USARAF), Southern European Task Force (SETAF); one of only 10 Army Service Component Commands in the military. As the Army component to AFRICOM, LTG Cloutier’s area of responsibility spanned 53 countries, which when combined, cover an area three times the size of the United States. Representation within his area of responsibility included 800 ethnic groups, with over 1000 languages spoken.
From the headquarters in Vicenza, Italy, he managed hundreds of Servicemembers and Civilians, charged with helping train forces from multiple countries within Africa and bring stability to the continent.
Cloutier retired on October 1, 2022, after 34 years of service. His military awards and accolades include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and Army Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.
About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame
The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.
The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.
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