Fort Benning welcomes new Armor School Commandant
MCoE Public Affairs Office /
FORT BENNING, Ga. – Brig. Gen. David Lesperance became the 51st Chief of Armor and Deputy Commanding General (Armor), Maneuver Center of Excellence, in a change of responsibility ceremony April13 in the Benning Club. Lesperance succeeded Brig. Gen. John Kolasheski.
Lesperance graduated from Portland State University in 1989 and was commissioned an Armor Officer.
His first assignment was with 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Bad Kissingen, Germany, where he served as Tank Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader and Troop Executive Officer from 1990 to 1993, including a deployment in support of Operation Desert Storm.
Upon graduation from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course in 1993, Lesperance commanded the Cape Girardeau Recruiting Company from 1994 to 1996.
He then reported to 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division and served as S-3 Air and later commanded Delta Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company from 1996 to 1999, including a deployment in support of Operation Joint Forge.
From 1999 to 2001, Lesperance served at the United States Army Infantry School as a Small Group Instructor and Team Chief.
After graduating from the Command and General Staff College in 2002, Lesperance served as the Battalion S3 in 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment and later as BCT S3 and XO in 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from 2002 to 2005, including a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then served as Assistant Deputy Director for Operations, J3, the Joint Staff from 2005 to 2007.
Lesperance served on the Multi-National Division-Baghdad staff in 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following this assignment, he commanded 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment from 2008 to 2010, including a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He then served as Battalion Senior Trainer at the National Training Center from May 2010 to July 2011. Lesperance graduated from the United States Army War College June 2012.
Lesperance commanded 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from June 2012 to June 2014; III Armored Corps Chief of Staff from June 2014 to July 2015, Commander of Operations Group, National Training Center from July 2015 until June 2016 and most recently as the Assistant Commanding General—Support, 1st Special Forces Command.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (3 Awards), Bronze Star Medal (3 Awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 Awards), Army Commendation Medal (3 Awards), Army Achievement Medal (3 Awards), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.