Major General Joseph McGee, Commander, 101st Airborne

Major General Joseph McGee

Commander, 101st Airborne 

Joseph Patrick “JP” McGee is a native of Atherton, California. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy where he earned an undergraduate degree in engineering. He received a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and has taken advantage of numerous educational programs offered by the U.S. military. 

He deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served in the Operations Department of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before being assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He commanded the 101st Airborne and was part of Task Force No Slack, conducting combat operations in Samarra, Iraq.  

McGee served in the Pentagon as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, then he returned to Fort Campbell. After another deployment to Afghanistan, he served in the Pentagon as Executive Officer to the Army Chief of Staff. He is presently Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell. 

In the News…

The 101st Airborne Division Commander, Major General JP McGee, said that training Ukrainian and Romanian troops in southeast Romania has value. “You get a chance to train and operate on the ground that you might have to defend,” he said. 

Russia has stockpiled weapons on the Crimean peninsula not far from the training site. The U.S. troops are reportedly building trenches, staging helicopter attacks, and firing artillery close to Kherson. 

This is the first time since the Second World War that this division has been in Europe. They are currently closer to the conflict in Ukraine than any other U.S. Army unit. 

Smaller military units have also been dispatched by the general to train with NATO partners in Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia. 


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