Paul LaCamera

Paul Joseph LaCamera[1] (born September 4, 1963)[2] is a United States Army four-star general and infantry officer who serves as commander of the United Nations Command, ROK/US Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea since July 2, 2021.[3] LaCamera most recently served as commanding general of United States Army Pacific from November 18, 2019 to June 3, 2021.[4] He previously served as the commanding general of XVIII Airborne Corps. His other assignments include the commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and as the commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division.[5] LaCamera is a native of Westwood, Massachusetts. He was nominated to replace General Robert Abrams as the next commander of United Nations Command, R.O.K.-U.S. Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea, on December 2, 2020,[6][7] however his nomination was returned to the president on January 3, 2021, without action.[6] He was renominated on April 27, 2021.[8]

Paul LaCamera
GEN Paul J. LaCamera USFK.jpg
Official portrait, 2021
Born (1963-09-04) September 4, 1963 (age 59)
Westwood, Massachusetts, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1985–present
Commands heldUnited Nations Command
ROK/US Combined Forces Command
United States Forces Korea
United States Army Pacific
Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve
XVIII Airborne Corps
4th Infantry Division
75th Ranger Regiment
3rd Ranger Battalion
1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsInvasion of Panama
Operation Uphold Democracy
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Operation Inherent Resolve
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Silver Star
Defense Superior Service Medal (4)
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal (6)

Military careerEdit

General Paul J. LaCamera receives the United Nations Command colors from Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, during the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea change of command ceremony on July 2, 2021 at Barker Field.

LaCamera was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1985.[9] He served as rifle platoon leader with C Company, 3d Battalion (Airborne), 504th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. Later he served as Company commander, 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 2d Infantry Division and Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. From February 2001 to May 2003, he commanded the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light), which deployed as part of Operation Anaconda to Afghanistan. LaCamera then took command of the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia from June 2003 to May 2004. Lacamera graduated from College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College located at Newport, Rhode Island in June 2005 before taking command of the 75th Ranger Regiment from August 2005 to August 2007. Following this command, he became the Director of Operations, Joint Special Operations Command from 2007 to 2009. In 2009, he became the Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command. From 2010 to 2012, LaCamera served as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 25th Infantry Division.[10] He later served as commanding general XVIII Airborne Corps and commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.[11]


LaCamera's sister Trese is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who was the wife of Major general Jeffrey L. Bannister.[12][13]

Training and educationEdit

LaCamera earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, the Naval War College, and the Senior Service College Fellowship Course.[5]

Awards and decorationsEdit

  Combat Infantryman Badge with Star (denoting 2nd award)[5]
  Expert Infantryman Badge
  Ranger tab
   Master Combat Parachutist Badge with one bronze jump star
  Pathfinder Badge
  United Nations Command Badge
  Thailand Parachutist Badge[14]
  75th Ranger Regiment Combat Service Identification Badge
  75th Ranger Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
  18 Overseas Service Bars[15]
  Defense Distinguished Service Medal[16]
     Army Distinguished Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters[17]
  Silver Star
     Defense Superior Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
  Joint Service Commendation Medal
      Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
    Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
  Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead device and service star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with five campaign stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with five campaign stars
    Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead device
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  Korea Defense Service Medal
  Humanitarian Service Medal
  Army Service Ribbon
   Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 7
  NATO Medal for service with ISAF


  1. ^ "Paul Joseph LaCamera". West Point Association of Graduates. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets, United States Military Academy". 1986.
  3. ^ Oh Seok-min; Choi Soo-hyang (2021-07-02). "Gen. LaCamera takes office as new U.S. Forces Korea chief". Yonhap News Agency.
  4. ^ "Milley Formally Nominated as Joint Chiefs Chairman". Association of the U.S. Army. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "LaCamera takes command". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b "PN2392 – Gen. Paul J. LaCamera – Army, 116th Congress (2019–2020)". 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2020-12-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Park, Yong-Han; Kyu-Seok, Shim (2020-12-04). "Washington names LaCamera to head USFK". Korea JoongAng Daily (In association with The New York Times). Archived from the original on 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  8. ^ "PN461 — Gen. Paul J. LaCamera — Army, 117th Congress (2021–2022)". 2021-04-27. Retrieved 2021-04-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Major General Paul J. LaCamera". U.S. Army Fort Bragg. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  10. ^ "4th Infantry Division – CDR". Archived from the original on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Milley Formally Nominated as Joint Chiefs Chairman". Association of the United States Army. 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  12. ^ "Obituary, Maj Gen Jeffrey Bannister". Cunningham Turch Funeral Home. Alexandria, VA. June 4, 2018. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  13. ^ "Statement of General Paul J. LaCamera, Commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea" (PDF). Washington, DC: U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. May 28, 2021. p. 9. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  14. ^ "Thailand Army Master Parachute Wings Parachute jump wings or badge".
  15. ^ "5B2A0273". 7 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Log into Facebook". Facebook. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  17. ^ "WEBCAST: U.S. ARMY PACIFIC CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY". 2021-06-04. Retrieved 2021-06-02.
Military offices
Preceded by
James C. Nixon
Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander, 4th Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Ryan F. Gonsalves
Preceded by Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander, XVIII Airborne Corps
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commanding General, United States Army Pacific
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander of United Nations Command
Commander of United States Forces Korea
Commander of ROK/US Combined Forces Command