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Story Last modified at 10:32 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Top commander gets his second star


Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo, U.S. Army Alaska commander, receives his rank insignia in a March 18 promotion ceremony.
Photo courtesy Master Sgt. Eric Reinhardt

The top U.S. Army commander in Alaska earned his second star in a March 18 ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Maj. Gen. Raymond P. Palumbo was a brigadier general when he assumed command of U.S. Army Alaska in July 2010. Palumbo credited his family, fellow service members and mentors for his success, according to comments provided by U.S. Army Alaska.

"A smart man once said we're probably all just the average of the five people we hang around with the most, and I'd like to think that's true," Palumbo said during the ceremony. "There are so many people that have influenced me, from the time I was a little guy, until today. I'm the average of all of that."

The ceremony was conducted by Admiral Eric T. Olson, commander of U. S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Palumbo graduated in 1981 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He has a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University, a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U. S. Army War College and is a graduate of the British High Command and Staff College.

He has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade levels and served in numerous aviation and special operations assignments. Prior to his arrival in Alaska he served at Fort Bragg, N. C. as the assistant commanding general of the Joint Special Operations Command and then as the deputy commandinggeneral of U. S. Army Special Operations Command.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.