Lieutenant General Jerry M. Bunyard, a native of Altus, Oklahoma, joined the U.S. Army in September 1954 and was appointed to second lieutenant. His service includes combat duty in Vietnam in the First Infantry Division and in the 20th Field Artillery Battalion, First Cavalry Division.
In the First Cavalry Division he commanded the Army's first Aerial Rocket Artillery Battalion in Vietnam. His unit was responsible for providing fire support, not only to the First Cavalry Division, but for other divisions, both U.S. and Vietnamese, in the III Corps Area of Operations.
His Army career includes service in Korea, Germany; Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He attended numerous military schools, to include the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D. C. His awards and decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Bronze Star Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals and19 Air Medals with V.
He is a member of the U.S. Army Association, U.S. Army Aviation Association and the Military Officers Association of America.