Lieutenant General Terry Wolff
Director, Strategic Plans & Policy, J5
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Lieutenant General Terry Wolff was commissioned a second lieutenant from the United States Military Academy in 1979. Lieutenant Wolff attended Ranger School and the Armor Officer Basic Course. His initial tour was spent at Fort Hood serving in the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry as a Platoon Leader and Troop Executive Officer, then as the 1st Cavalry Division Assistant Secretary of the General Staff. In 1983, following the Armor Officer Advance Course, Captain Wolff spent three years with the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, 1st Armored Division in Germany, serving as the S3 Air and the C Troop Commander.
Upon returning from Europe in 1986, Captain Wolff spent three years at Armor Branch as an Assignment Officer. In 1991, following two years at Fort Leavenworth, Major Wolff returned to Germany as the 3rd Infantry Division G3 Plans Officer. In 1992, he moved to Vilseck, serving as the battalion S3 of 1st Battalion, 37th Armor and the brigade S3 of 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. In the summer of 1995, Lieutenant Colonel Wolff moved to Fort Carson, Colorado, becoming the Deputy Regimental Commander of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. From June 1996 to June 1998, he commanded the Regiment’s Third Squadron.
The summer of 1999 saw Lieutenant Colonel Wolff graduating from the Naval War College and returning to Germany where he served as the G3 of the 1st Armored Division.
Colonel Wolff commanded the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment for three years, taking them to Iraq in March 2003. This assignment was followed by two years on the Joint Staff, first as the Eastern Europe and Eurasia Division Chief and later as a Special Assistant to the Assistant to the Chairman.
In 2005, Colonel Wolff became the Deputy Commanding General of the 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. Brigadier General Wolff deployed to Iraq in 2006, serving as the Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team.
After nearly two years on the National Security Council as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Iraq and Afghanistan, Major General Wolff returned to Germany and the First Armored Division. He commanded 1AD from May 2009 to May 2011, a period which including a deployment to Iraq and the command of the United States Division Center. Following the division’s redeployment, Major General Wolff also served as the Deputy Commanding General of United States Army Europe for five months, departing Europe in July. Lieutenant General Wolff is currently serving as the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, J5 at the Pentagon.
(Current as of January 2012)