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W&L Alum To Lead America's First Team

Maj. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, a 1982 graduate of Washington and Lee, has just been chosen as the commanding general of America’s First Team — the 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas.

Established in 1921, the 1st Cavalry is among the most famous and most decorated of all the Army’s combat units.

Tony, a business administration major, was commissioned at his graduation and is coming up on 30 years of service this June, when he expects to take over at Fort Hood.

In an e-mail interview with the Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald, the current division commander, Maj. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, called Ierardi “a proven combat leader of great experience who is fully ready for the incredible privilege of leading 1st Cavalry Division forward in support of our nation’s future missions.”

Tony, who was promoted to major general in November 2010, is currently the director of force management for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff in Washington. He’s had numerous assignments during his career and spent two previous stints with the 1st Cavalry — division operations officer and commander of the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade.

Among his other recent assignments, Tony was deputy commander of the transition command in Afghanistan. He has also served on a group charged with examining ways to respond to the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan.