2013 Summer Army and Air Force Commissioning Speaker


Maj. Gen. Gustave F. Perna assumed his duties as deputy chief of staff, G-3/4, U.S. Army Materiel Command, on June 11, 2012. AMC is one of the largest commands in the United States Army with more than 70,000 employees and impacts all 50 states and 155 countries.

Perna graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy with an associate’s degree in business administration. Graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Infantry officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in logistics management from Florida Institute of Technology. His military education includes Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ordnance Officer Advance Course, Logistics Executive Development Course, Support Operations Course, Command and General Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Perna's command assignments include: commander, B Company, 143rd Ordnance Battalion, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; deputy commanding officer for the 64th Corps Support Group, 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas; commander 64th Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo., where he deployed the battalion to combat operations during OIF I; commander of the 4th Sustainment Brigade where he deployed the brigade to combat operations during OIF 05-07; commander, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Defense Logistics Agency where he was responsible for the procurement of more than $14.5 billion worth of food, clothing, textiles, medicines, medical supplies, construction and equipment items for America's War fighters and other customers worldwide. Commander Joint Munitions Command and Joint Munitions and Lethality Lifecycle Management Command where he was responsible for the lifecycle management of more than $40 billion of conventional ammunition.

Perna’s key staff assignments include: G4 maintenance officer, 13th COSCOM, where he deployed to Somalia as a member of the Joint Task Force Support Command; 544th Maintenance Battalion support operations officer and battalion executive officer, 13th COSCOM; DISCOM executive officer and G4, 1st Cavalry Division where he deployed to Bosnia; Ordnance Branch Chief, Human Resources Command; executive officer to the director of DLA, where he directly supported the director's mission of providing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other federal agencies with logistics, acquisitions and technical services support. Most recently, he completed his third tour in Iraq as the director of logistics, J4, for United States Forces-Iraq, where he was responsible for sustainment plans, policies, and procedures for strategic, operational and tactical logistics support and services to sustain coalition, joint forces and civilians.

Perna’s awards and decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. His badges include the Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.

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