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Fort Hood Press Center
DATE: November 29, 2011 4:12:58 PM CST

Fort Hood to honor former post leaders during departure ceremony

FORT HOOD, Texas - Former III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch and former III Corps and Fort Hood Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola will be recognized for their services and contributions to their nation in a formal departure ceremony at III Corps headquarters building at 2 p.m., Dec. 1 here.

A 1977 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Lynch was commissioned as a Regular Army Engineer Officer. As an Engineer, he commanded both a combat engineer company and a mobile assault bridge company. Lynch later branch transferred to Armor. As an armor field grade officer, he was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he served as S3 (Operations) for 1st Squadron and later as Regimental Executive Officer. Upon graduation from the U.S. Army War College, Lynch commanded the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized). After brigade command, he was assigned to the Joint Advanced War-fighting Program, where he worked joint concept development and joint experimentation. Lynch attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he obtained a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering focusing on Robotics. He utilized that education as the Robotics Project Officer in the Directorate of Combat Development at the Armor Center and later as the Armor Center's Chief of Force Development.

Lynch's flag assignments include: Assistant Division Commander (Support), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, and later as Chief of Staff, Kosovo Force. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at Allied Joint Force Command-Naples. While in this NATO command, Lynch commanded the Deployable Joint Task Force of the NATO Response Force. Later he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Effects for the Multi-National Force Iraq (MNF-I) and the MNF-I spokesman. Lynch commanded the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) and the Multi-National Division-Center (MND-C) in Baghdad, Iraq, after which he commanded III Corps and Fort Hood.

Lynch's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster), Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), and Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster). He has also been awarded the Parachutist's Badge and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. 

Lynch was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio, but has spent the majority of his adult life in Texas with his wife, Sarah, from Killeen, Texas.

Ciotola is a native of New Jersey. He enlisted in the Army in April 1976 and attended one station unit training as an Armor Crewman at Fort Knox, Ky. in August of that same year. 

His overseas assignments include three tours in Germany and six in Southwest Asia. His stateside assignments include: two tours at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Stewart and Fort McPherson, Ga., two tours at Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Lewis, Wash., the Pentagon, Washington D.C.; Alexandria, Va., and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. 

Ciotola has served in a variety of assignments to include: Tank Driver, Loader, Gunner and Tank Commander, Platoon Sergeant, Cavalry Troop First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major Company, Battalion and Theater Army Headquarters Master Gunner, Command Sergeant Major of the 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry (BCT), Command Sergeant Major of the 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment (OSUT), Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion, 33rd Armor, Command Sergeant Major of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, First Cavalry Division, Command Sergeant Major of the First Cavalry Division (The First Team), and Command Sergeant Major of III Corps and Fort Hood. He is presently assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of Installation Management Command (IMCOM).

Ciotola has attended various military schools to include: the Primary NCO Course (PNCOC), the Basic NCO Course (BNCOC), the Advanced NCO Course (ANCOC), the Battalion Training Management Course, the Leadership and Management Development Course, the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Course, M60A3 Master Gunner Course, M1 and M1A1 Master Gunner Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, the Operations and Intelligence Course, the United States Army Sergeants Major Course, the Command Sergeant Major Designee Course, Joint Forces Command Senior Enlisted Advisor Course (Keystone), and The Army Senior Leader Development Course. 

Ciotola's awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (six oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal (11th Award), National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Iraq Campaign Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral Four, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral Three, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, German Armed Forces Marksmanship Medal in silver and the Combat Action Badge. 

Ciotola is married to the former Beth Ann Sivori.

Media desiring to cover the event should register at no later than noon Dec. 1. A public affairs representative will meet media at the Marvin Leath Visitor Center at 1 p.m. Dec. 1.

For more information contact:
Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
(254) 286-5139
1001 761st Tank Battalion Ave
Suite W105
Fort Hood, TX 76544
[email protected]