Raymond Odierno, the US commander who commanded US troops and allies in Iraq during the war and spent 49 years serving as military commander, has died, his family said on Saturday. He was sixty-seven years old.
“An army officer died after a hard-fought battle with cancer; His death had nothing to do with Covid, ”he said. “Her family is grateful for this concern and asks for privacy.”
Odierno passed away on Friday. The family declined to say where. It said funeral and burial information were not yet available.
Born in Rockaway, New Jersey, Odierno graduated from the US Military Academy in West Point, New York in 1976, with a field arms commission.
He has served in various capacities, as well as in international travel including Iraq, Germany, Albania and Kuwait. As a star-studded director who has been the vice-chairman of the United Task Force, the job has made him a military chief adviser to the secretary of state.
Odierno worked three times in Iraq, carved for two years, from 2008 to 2010, as US president in Baghdad. He was succeeded by Gen Lloyd Austin, now secretary of defense. Odierno was the leader of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq from 2006 to 2008.
When Odierno retired in 2015 he succeeded as a general in the army with Gen Mark Milley, the current chairman of the coalition chiefs.
At Odierno’s retirement ceremony, the then secretary of defense, Ashton Carter, described him as a courageous leader and a savvy actor that gave traditional leaders great confidence.
“His presence of discipline calmed the frustrated and his courage and compassion helped carry the burden of loss and commitment,” Carter said.
Odierno’s 4th Infantry Division fighters were involved in the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003. This gave hope of stopping the uprising, but in 2004 the uprising was large.
Commenting on Odierno’s death, the Washington Post stated that Odierno was “a remarkable man, at 6ft 5in and 250lbs, with a shaved head. [who] he was well-mannered and established strong bonds with his troops. He was considered one of the most capable leaders in the war. ”
He was, according to the paper, “a key manufacturer of ‘surge’ in the US military [later in] The Iraq war has been blamed for reducing violence and for increasing stability in the country ”.
The Post also quoted journalist and military secretary Thomas Ricks, who in his 2006 report on the kidnapping and seizure of Iraq, Fiasco, wrote:
“From time to time, reports from internal forces and leaders in question said [the 4th Infantry Division] has used crippling methods that may have seemed to stabilize its territory in the short term, but in doing so it has divided many people. ”
Three months ago, North Carolina State University announced that Odierno had joined the board of trustees. During his military service he earned a Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering degree from North Carolina State. He was president of Odierno Associates, a watch company in Pinehurst, North Carolina.