U.S. Army Public Affairs

Chief of Public Affairs

Major General John L. Rafferty

Maj. Gen. John Rafferty enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1987, serving as an infantryman with the 8th Infantry Division before attending Longwood University where he was commissioned as a field artillery officer.

He was first assigned to 5th Battalion (AASLT), 8th Field Artillery (FA) Regiment of the 18th FA Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a fire direction officer and platoon leader. He then served as the fire support officer for B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Following the USMC Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico, Virginia, Maj. Gen. Rafferty was posted with the 1st Armored Division Artillery in Baumholder, Germany, as a staff officer before commanding B Battery, 1st Battalion, 94th FA (MLRS), and then Headquarters Battery 1st Armored Division Artillery. He returned to the 75th Ranger Regiment to serve as the battalion fire support officer for 1st Ranger Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield where he deployed in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After attending the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham, England, Maj. Gen. Rafferty was assigned to 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th ID at Fort Richardson, Alaska, where he served as the brigade fire support officer and brigade operations officer while deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was then assigned as an Army liaison to the U.S. Congress in the Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison (OCLL) in Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen. Rafferty was reassigned to Fort Bragg to command the 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne FA Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division before attending the U.S. Army War College where he completed the Advanced Strategic Art Program. He returned to OCLL as deputy chief of the House of Representatives division before deploying to Kabul, Afghanistan, as the legislative advisor to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force/U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

Upon redeployment, Maj. Gen. Rafferty assumed command of the 18th FA Brigade at Fort Bragg and deployed in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Shield. He was the executive officer for the Director of the Army Staff for one year, followed by a four-year assignment in Army Futures Command as the Director of the Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In July 2022 he once again returned to the Pentagon, assuming duties as the Army Chief of Public Affairs.

His education includes a Bachelor of Arts from Longwood University, a Master of Arts from King’s College London, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Public Affairs has never played a more crucial role than it does today. The character of the information dimension continues to change with rapid advances in technology. Public Affairs must transform to meet the demands of the future operating environment.

Maj. Gen. John Rafferty, Chief of Public Affairs