Lieutenant General Andrew Poppas is the Director of the Joint Chiefs Staff. In this role, he assists the Chairman in his role as advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense, coordinates and directs Joint Staff activities in support of the Chairman, and serves as the Staff Inspector General.
Prior to assuming his current position, Lieutenant General Poppas served as Director for Operations (J3), Joint Staff. He was the principal advisor to the Chairman for Global Integration initiatives, current, and future operations, developing and providing operational guidance and fostering clear communication between the President, Secretary of Defense, Unified Commands, and Services.
A native of Wisconsin, Lieutenant General Poppas graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in 1988.
Throughout the last 32 years in service, Lieutenant General Poppas held numerous command and staff positions to include Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Director, Force Management, United States Army; Deputy Director for Regional Operations and Force Management, Joint Staff; Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); and Commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Lieutenant General Poppas’ operational deployments include Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and two tours during Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree in National Security Affairs from the United States Military Academy, Lieutenant General Poppas holds a Master of Science degree in Occupational Education from Kansas State University. He is also a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Senior Service College Fellowship at Harvard University, and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School.