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82nd Airborne Division Commanding General 
 
MG Michael "Erik" Kurilla 

Major General Michael "Erik" Kurilla

     Major General Erik Kurilla grew up in Elk River, Minnesota and was commissioned in the Infantry from the United States Military Academy in 1988.

     MG Kurilla has served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in 3-505 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division where he participated in Operation Just Cause (Panama) and Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Iraq) and subsequently as a Rifle Platoon Leader in the 3d Ranger Battalion.

     Following the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea where he served as a Mechanized (BFV) Company Commander and returned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and subsequently 3d Ranger Battalion where he served as the Regimental Training Officer, Battalion S4, and Rifle Company Commander participating in Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti).

     MG Kurilla was next assigned to Italy where he served as Battalion S3 in 1st Battalion, 508th Airborne Battalion Combat Team, Brigade S3 of the 173rd Airborne brigade, and Chief of Operations for the Southern European Task Force (Airborne), participating in numerous missions in support of Operation Joint Forge (Bosnia) and Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo). MG Kurilla commanded 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry (Stryker) "Deuce Four" from 2004-2006 deploying the battalion to Operation Iraqi Freedom. General Kurilla subsequently commanded 2d Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from 2006 - 2008 where the battalion participated in numerous deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Upon completion of the National War College, MG Kurilla commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment from 2009-2011 and served as Commander of a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan from 2009-2011. He then served as J3 Director of Operations for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) from 2011-2012, and then as Assistant Commanding General of JSOC from 2012-2014, serving as Commanding General of a Joint Special Operations Task Force in the Afghanistan/Pakistan AOR. From 2014- 2015, MG Kurilla served as Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver) for the 1st Infantry Division deploying to Iraq for Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq). MG Kurilla most recently served as the Joint Staff Deputy Director for Special Operations, Counter-Terrorism and Detainee Affairs.

     MG Kurilla holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Business Administration from Regis University, and a Masters in National Security Studies from the National War College.

     MG Kurilla's awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge (Second Award), Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge with Combat Star, Ranger Tab, Defense Superior Service Medal (w/ 2 OLC), Legion of Merit (w/ OLC), Bronze Star Medal (w/ Valor Device and 4 OLC), Purple Heart Medal (w/ OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (w/ 4 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (w/ 2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (w/ 2 OLC), and several foreign parachute badges.

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