A native of Medford, Oklahoma, General Dennis J. Reimer became the 33rd Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, on June 20, 1995. Prior to that, he was the Commanding General of the United States Army, Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy in 1962, he began his career as a Field Artillery Officer. He holds a Master of Science degree from Shippensburg State University. General Reimer's military experience spans command positions from company to division level and service on staffs up to Headquarters, Department of the Army.
His commands include an infantry company at Fort Benning, Georgia, an artillery battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado, the division artillery for the 8th Infantry Division in Germany, the corps artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson. He has served in a variety of joint and combined assignments. He served two combat tours in Vietnam, one as an advisor to a battalion of the South Vietnamese Army, and the other as an executive officer for an artillery battalion in the 9th Infantry Division.
He also served in Korea as the Chief of Staff, Combined Field Army and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Training, Republic of Korea/United States Combined Forces Command.
He served three other tours at the Pentagon as aide-de-camp to the Army Chief of Staff General Creighton Abrams, as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans for the Army during Desert Storm, and as Army Vice Chief of Staff.
General Reimer's awards for peacetime and combat service include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the 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.