Edward M. Reeder, Jr

Major General (Ret.) Edward M. Reeder Jr. served 35 years in the US Army, including 30 years in uniform as a Special Forces Officer.

Among his many important assignments, Gen. Reeder served as the Commanding General of the US Army Special Forces Command, leading 15,000 Soldiers with a $450 million operating budget. He was responsible for manning, training, equipping, and deploying the elite US Army Green Berets operating in 56 different countries each day.

He also served as the Commanding General of the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Gen. Reeder was responsible for the entry level training of the US Army Special Forces, Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs, as well as selected advanced training for the greater US Special Operations community.

Other assignments include:

  • Commander of Special Operations Task Force 32 (2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan in 2002 and again in 2003.
  • Commander the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan (7th Special Forces Group) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan in 2006 and again in 2007. He was responsible for all US Army Special Operations in Afghanistan, as well as the special operations from the United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada, and the Netherlands.
  • Commanding General of the first Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010. He was responsible for all US Army Special Operations in Afghanistan, as well as, special operations from the United Arab Emeritus, Jordan, France and Canada.
  • From 2014 to 2015, Gen. Reeder served as the Commanding General of the Special Operations Joint Task Force/ NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation FREEDOM SENTINEL.

Gen. Reeder earned a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the US National War College. He is married with three children and two grandchildren.

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