Tattoo of GEN Dennis J. Reimer
US Army, Retired

1999

General Dennis J. Reimer is a native of Medford, Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and was commissioned Field Artillery.

After graduating from the Field Artillery Officer Orientation Course, U.S. Artillery and Missile School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the Ranger Course, U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Lieutenant Reimer was first assigned to the 20th Artillery, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as the Assistant Executive Officer and later the Executive Officer.

Lieutenant Reimer then served as the Assistant Battalion Advisor, Advisory Team 60, U.S. Military Assistance Command in the Republic of Vietnam. From Vietnam, he entered the Artillery Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School at Fort Bliss, Texas. Upon graduation, Captain Reimer became the Commander, Company C, 11th Battalion, 3d Brigade, U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Benning, and later, became the Executive Officer of the Battalion.

Captain Reimer became the Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant, Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. After promotion to Major, he was assigned as the Executive Officer and later as S3 in the 2nd Battalion, 4th Artillery.

In 1970, Major Reimer was transferred to the United States Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, where he served as an instructor in the Department for a short time before going to the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

After completion of the Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to the Personnel Management Office, in the Assignment Section of the Field Artillery Branch, Office of Personnel Operations, Washington, DC. He was next assigned as the Assistant Executive/Aide, Office of the Chief of Staff, United States Army in Washington.

Major Reimer served as the Executive Officer and, after promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, became the S3 (Operations), Division Artillery, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson, Colorado. In July 1976, Lieutenant Colonel Reimer became the Commander of 1st Battalion, 27th Artillery, also in the 4th Division, and then became the Commandant, Training Command, in the Division.

Lieutenant Colonel Reimer became a student at The United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, in 1980. Upon graduation, he was assigned as Deputy Commander, and later, Special Assistant to the Commander, V Corps Artillery, United States Army Europe. Colonel Reimer then took command of the Division Artillery, 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized), United States Army Europe. After completing command, he became the Chief of Staff of the Division.

Colonel Reimer became the Assistant Commandant, United States Army Field Artillery School and was then promoted to Brigadier General, and later, became the Commanding General, III Corps Artillery at Fort Sill. General Reimer left Fort Sill to become the Assistant Chief of Staff, C3/J3, United States Army Element, Combined Field Army, Republic of Korea and was named Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations for Combined Forces Command/United States Forces, Korea/Eighth U.S. Army in December 1986.

In June of 1988, Major General Reimer assumed command of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and Fort Carson.

In May 1990, he became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans for the Army during Desert Storm. He then became the Commanding General of the United States Army, Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia.

He was then nominated by President George W. Bush to become the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and on 20 June 1995, General Reimer became the 33rd Chief of Staff, United States Army.

General Reimer's awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, six awards of the Bronze Star Medal (one with "V" device for valor), the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He also wears the Parachutist Badge, the Aircraft Crewman Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

He graduated from the Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a Master of Science degree from Shippensburg State University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.