ISAF Regional Commander East

Major General MG Jeffrey J. Schloesser (USA)

Major General Jeffrey J. Schloesser enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1976 and was commissioned from Officer Candidate School in 1977.  His first assignment was as Platoon Leader, B Company, 293rd Combat Engineer Battalion (Heavy) in Baumholder, Germany. In the following 31 years, he has served with Engineer, Aviation, Special Operations Aviation, and combined arms units/task forces from platoon to division.  He commanded two Special Operations Aviation Battalions (1st and 2nd Battalions, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Airborne) and 12th Aviation Brigade (V Corps), serving multiple tours in Germany, two years in South Korea, and tours in both Jordan and Kuwait.  He deployed to operations in Haiti, Albania, Kosovo, and Iraq.

MG Schloesser also served as a Middle East Foreign Area Officer, an Army Strategist, and as a Counterterrorism Planner.  He has been a Political/Military Officer at the U.S. Department of State.

As a General Officer, MG Schloesser has served as:  Chief, Office of Military Cooperation, Kuwait; in October 2001, he started and became the first Chief, War on Terrorism Strategic Planning Cell (J-5, Joint Staff); during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 1), he served as Assistant Division Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from June 2003 to June 2004; he was Director, Army Aviation Task Force (HQDA); his last position was Deputy Director (Strategic Operational Planning), National Counterterrorism Center.

MG Schloesser is a graduate of the University of Kansas; he received a Master's of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and was a National Security Fellow at the J.F.K School of Government, Harvard University.