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2014 - Present
GEN D. G. Perkins

2011 - 2014
GEN R. W. Cone

2008 - 2011
GEN M. E. Dempsey

2005 - 2008
GEN W. S. Wallace

2002 - 2005
GEN K. P. Byrnes

1998 - 2002
GEN J. N. Abrams

1994 - 1998
GEN W. W. Hartzog

1991 - 1994
GEN F. M. Franks

TRADOC Command History

Mission Statement 
The TRADOC Military History Program collects, interprets, and instructs
military history and heritage; acquires, preserves, conserves, and
interprets historical property and documents; and emphasizes the human
dimensions of the profession of arms.

TRADOC Military History Programs
Military history activity in TRADOC is carried out in two separate but
complementary programs: the Command History Program and the Military
History Education Program (MHEP).

The Command History Programs mission is designed to bring the historical
dimension to all levels of the TRADOC mission: recruiting, training, and
educating the Army's soldiers, developing leaders, supporting training in
units, developing doctrine, establishing standards, and building the future

The Command Historians, including the Historians in subordinating
organizations, conduct research, preserve a selected collection of
historical documents as the institutional memory of the command and
advice Commanders on the use of military history in the professional
development of leaders. Most Historians in the subordinating organizations
(CAC (Combined Arms Command), CASCOM (US Army Combined Arms
Support Command), and AAC (Army Accessions Command), also serve
as instructors of military history. And all Historians lead staff rides to
historic battlefields.

The TRADOC Military History Education Program involves academic
instruction of military history as an integral component of leader
development training.

Battlefield Staff Rides in the United States
Staff Rides were originally used by the German Army in the late 1800's to
train their General Staff officers. They studied the battles from the
Napoleonic Wars to better understand what happened, why it happened,
and what could be learned and applied to the future. Today, staff rides are
conducted by the US Army personnel to assist in the development of
leaders by visiting battlefields like Yorktown, Vicksburg, Gettysburg,
Antietam, and Manassas to name a few. These exercises bring to life
historical battles on the actual terrain, thus allowing leaders to analyze the
operational events through recounting and discussions on
reconnaissance, use of terrain, tactics, weather, communications and
leadership. Such study provides excellent lessons learned for leader's to
apply in future situations. There are many preserved American battlefields
which can provide a wealth of staff ride opportunities listed below.

  • Staff Ride Handbooks
  • Combat Studies Institute (CSI) Staff Ride Team
  • Battlefield Staff Ride Locations in the United States (includes Seven
    Year War, French and Indian War, American Revolution, Indian Wars,
    War of 1812, Civil War, Mexican War and Texas Revolution sites)
  • Civil War Battlefields & Sites

1989 - 1991
GEN J. W. Foss

1987 - 1989
GEN M. R. Thurman

1986 - 1987
GEN C. E. Vuono

1983 - 1986
GEN W. R. Richardson

1981 - 1983
GEN G. K. Otis

1977 - 1981
GEN D. A. Starry

1973 - 1977
GEN W. E. DePuy