Ray Odierno, Alum Who Served as Top Army General, Dies


Retired Army Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno, a four-star general who led multinational forces in the Iraq War and reshaped the way U.S. troops are trained and deployed, died of cancer on Oct. 8. He was 67.

A West Point graduate, Odierno earned a Master of Science in nuclear effects engineering from NC State and a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. He served on NC State’s Board of Trustees.

Odierno capped a 40-year military career as the 38th chief of staff of the United States Army from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, he commanded forces in Europe and the Middle East.

He served three tours of duty in Iraq from 2003 to 2010 and rose to become chief commander of all allied forces in the country. He was architect of the military strategy that helped quell sectarian violence in that country through the rapid deployment of 20,000 additional troops in 2007.

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