MG Paul Benenati
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Deputy Chief of Staff
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
Major General Paul M. Benenati assumed duties as Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command on August 1, 2016 after serving as Deputy Commanding General – Support for First Army and as the Commander of the First Army Reserve Support Command. In this position he was responsible for assisting the Commanding General with the training, readiness and mobilization of Army Reserve and National Guard units across the United States and two U.S. territories. As the Commander, First Army Reserve Support Command, he oversaw the activities of more than 4,400 Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to support First Army in the accomplishment of their mission.
Prior to his arrival at First Army, Maj. Gen. Benenati served concurrently as Commander, 7th Civil Support Command, and Deputy Commanding General, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, at Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he was responsible for Disaster Response, Humanitarian Assistance and Consequence Management throughout Europe and Africa. This followed two other Brigadier General Command tours as the Commander, 451st Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Wichita, Kansas, and as Commander, 102nd Training Division (Maneuver Support), and Deputy Commanding General for Mobilization and Training for the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Born in New Paltz, New York, General Benenati graduated from the University of Richmond in Virginia, with a BA degree in Sociology. He was commissioned through ROTC in 1980 into the Military Police Corps upon graduation. He subsequently graduated from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, PA, earning a Masters in Strategic Studies and completed the National Defense University CAPSTONE program.
The majority of General Benenati’s military service was in traditional Army Reserve assignments until the events of September 2001. Since September 11th, he has spent most of his time on various Active Duty tours as the Commander of Battalion through Division-sized units preparing Soldiers to support worldwide contingency missions. Much of his career has been spent in Army Reserve assignments in direct support of TRADOC serving as a Basic Training Company Commander, MP-OSUT Battalion S3, Military Police Battalion (TASS) Commander and as an Initial Entry Training Brigade (MP and CM OSUT) Commander. He worked to establish, and was the first commander of, the Army Reserve’s national Military Police TASS training center at FT Hunter Liggett, California training more than 6,000 Military Police Soldiers in support of the war effort.
General Benenati’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.