Brig. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier Jr. became Fort Jackson’s 48th commanding general on Friday at a ceremony at Victory Field. It was followed by a reception at the officer’s club.
Cloutier assumed command from Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, who is leaving Fort Jackson to take command of the Military District of Washington. He will also serve as commander of Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.
Cloutier’s previous position was director of Force Management in Washington, D.C., where he has served since August 2013.
The Force Management directorate is developing recommendations to the Pentagon for any base closures or realignment. Cloutier recently chaired public hearings at Army bases across the nation, including at Fort Jackson, to gauge community support for the installations.
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Cloutier was joined by his wife, Diane, and their three children, Haille, Roger III and Cameron.
BRIG. GEN. ROGER L. CLOUTIER JR.
Home state: Maine
Education: University of San Diego; Troy University
Family: Married, three children
Enlisted: May 27, 1987, from ROTC
Deployments: Panama, Bosnia, Iraq (4)
Recent posts: Deputy commander 3rd Infantry Division (July 2011); executive officer supreme allied commander – Europe (June 2012), Army director of force management (August 2013)