John D. Gardner
John D. Gardner
Lieutenant General John D. Gardner
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Commands held||U.S. Army South|
Task Force 134
John D. 'Jack' Gardner is a retired Lieutenant General in the United States Army. He is the former deputy commander of EUCOM, in Stuttgart, Germany. During his career he served in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Bosnia, Iraq and numerous locations throughout the United States. He currently serves as the Director of the 21st Century Jobskills Project, a nonprofit organization focused on assisting public school students in transitioning to true living wage jobs. Gardner is a native of Columbus, Ohio.
Deputy Commander MNF-I for detainee operations
Gardner was assigned as Deputy Commander for detainee operations/Commander of Task Force 134, Multinational Force Iraq. His oversight included all detainee operations at Camp Bucca, Camp Cropper, Fort Suse and Abu Ghraib prison as well as operations at Camp Ashraf. Both Fort Suse and Abu Ghraib prison were returned to Iraq control during his tenure.
U.S. Army South
Gardner was the Commander of the United States Army South where he oversaw American military operations in 31 countries and 13 dependencies, in Central and South America and the Caribbean. His Operational Area of Responsibility covers over 15.6 million square miles (40.4 million km²) of area, or one-sixth of the world's surface area.
- Deputy commanding general for transformation, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Lewis
- Assistant division commander (support), 25th Infantry Division (Light) with duty as deputy commanding general, Multinational Division (North), Stabilization Force-11, Task Force Eagle, Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia
- Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea Yong San, Korea
- Brigade Commander in the 3d Infantry Division
- Battalion Commander, 1-506th Infantry Battalion,2nd Infantry Division
- Company Commander of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry in Aschaffenburg, Germany.
Gardner is a graduate of West Point and the Army Command and General Staff College. In addition Gardner holds a Masters from Georgetown University, and completed a Senior Service College Fellowship at Harvard University.
U.S. decorations and badges
- Defense Distinguished Service Medal
- Distinguished Service Medal
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
- Bronze Star Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters)
- Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
- Army Achievement Medal
- Expert Infantryman Badge
- Senior Parachutist Badge
- Pathfinder Badge
- Ranger Tab
- "General Officer Announcement". DefenseLink. 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
- MAJ (USA) Michael J. Indovina (2007-07-14). "ALCC HQ HD welcomes new DCOM". Public Information Office ALCC HQ HD. Archived from the original on 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
- "Abu Ghraib Prison Totally Empty". The Associated Press via CBS News. 2006-08-28. Retrieved 2006-12-06.
- "Fort with long history now successful Iraqi prison". Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office. 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2007-06-20.
- "General Officer Announcement". DefenseLink. 2002-04-15. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
- "General Officer Announcement". DefenseLink. 2000-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
- Generals get new assignments Army Times
- U.S., Citing Abuse in Iraqi Prisons, Holds Detainees New York Times
- Stone Assumes Command of MNF-I Detainee Operations MNF-I Press Release
- MG Jack Gardner departs, BG Keen in as USARSO turns a new page in its proud history
- LTG John D. Gardner, Bio of Deputy Commander Land Component Command Heidelberg
MG Alfred Valenzuela
| Commander U.S. Army South
BG Ken Keen
MG William H. Brandenburg
| Deputy Commanding General (Detainee Operations) / Commanding General Task Force 134
MG Douglas M. Stone