Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV assumed command of the NATO
Training Mission–Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command–
Afghanistan in November 2009 after serving as the Commander for the U.S.
Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth for 28 months, during
which time he led the transformation of U.S. Army doctrine through the
development of the Operations, Stability Operations, and Security Force
Assistance Manuals. These publications have driven innovation within the
Army to address current complex operations. Prior to that assignment
Lieutenant General Caldwell was the face of Multi-National Force–Iraq
during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as the spokesman and Deputy Chief
of Staff for Strategic Effects. Before this, he led the 82nd Airborne Division
for 25 months, spearheading civil support operations and humanitarian relief following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Commanding the 82nd Airborne Division followed service as the Deputy Director for Operations for the United States Pacific Command; and the Assistant Division Commander, 25th Infantry Division.
Lieutenant General Caldwell was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1976. He has held leadership positions in airborne and mechanized infantry units in the United States, the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Caribbean, including command of a battalion in the 25th Infantry Division and a brigade in the 10th Mountain Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; a White House Fellow, The White House; Politico-Military Officer in Haiti during OPERATION RESTORE/UPHOLD DEMOCRACY; Brigade Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division during OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM; and Chief of Plans for the 82nd Airborne Division during OPERATION JUST CAUSE in Panama.
Lieutenant General Caldwell has earned Masters Degrees from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in systems technology and from the School for Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He has also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University as a Senior Service College Fellow.
Awards and decorations earned by Lieutenant General Caldwell include two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, three awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, three awards of the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Bronze Star, four awards of the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Louisiana Cross of Merit. He has also earned the Presidential Service Identification Badge, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. He is a Master Parachutist and Ranger qualified. He has also earned the Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, and German, Canadian, British, and Irish Jump Wings. Lieutenant General Caldwell has been recognized as an Honorary Member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and was made the Honorary ROCK of the year in 2008 by The ROCKS, Inc.