Consolidated post's first commander returns to retire

Lt. Gen. Ferriter to retire Friday at York Field

benw@ledger-enquirer.comApril 28, 2014 

Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, the first commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and who recently relinquished command of the Installation Management Command, will retire during a Friday ceremony at Fort Benning.

Ferriter served as Benning commander from June 24, 2009, to Nov. 3, 2010.

The ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Friday on York Field, across from McGinnis-Wickam Hall. Gen. John Campbell, chief of staff of the Army, will be the reviewing officer for the event.

Elsie Jackson, a post public affairs spokeswoman, said the three-star general chose to have his retirement ceremony at Fort Benning, but it's unknown if he will remain in the area.

Ferriter had five assignments at Fort Benning after he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 1979. He served as a student in the Infantry Officer Basic Course and attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course on post. From October 1986 to June 1989, he returned to the post to serve with the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Ferriter was commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning from July 1996 to June 1998.

He commanded the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., from November 1994 to June 1996 before his fourth assignment at Fort Benning as commander of 11th Infantry Regiment from June 1999 to July 2001.

Eight years later, he was back at Fort Benning in June 2009 as commander of the Infantry Center for four months before assuming command of the Maneuver Center of Excellence in October 2009. The Base Realignment and Closure process moved the U.S. Armor School some 500 miles from Fort Knox., Ky., to the post. Placing the Armor School and the Infantry School on the same post created the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Ferriter is a graduate of the Citadel Military College, where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration. He also has a master's degree from Central Michigan University.

Some of his awards include the Ranger Tab, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and other honors.

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