General Curtis Michael Scaparrotti reached the top of his military career when he was pinned as a four-star general in the United States Army in 2013. Currently, he serves as the Commander of the United Command, Combined Forces Command and United Forces Korea.
The native of Logan, Ohio, was born March 5, 1956 and is the son of the late Michael and Betty Brown Scaparrotti. The late Michael Scaparrotti served in World War II and was the retired Commanding Sargent Major for the Ohio National Guard and was instrumental in forming the local unit of the Ohio National Guard.
General Scaparrotti is married to the former, Cindy Bateman, also of Logan and the couple have two children, Michael and Stephanie, as well as two grandchildren.
General Scaparrotti was a member of the Logan High School graduating Class of 1974 and was inducted into the Logan High School Hall of Fame in 1994. At that time he was listed as Lieutenant Colonel.
Following graduation from high school, General Scaparrotti attended United States Military Academy, West Point and graduated in 1978 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.
His initial duty assignments were as a rifle and anti-tank platoon leader, operations officer and company commander in 3rd Battalion, 325th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
In 1984 Scaparrotti completed the infantry officer course at Fort Benning, Georgia, followed by studies in administrative education at the University of South Carolina, where he earned his master of education degree.
He returned to West Point in 1985 where he was assigned as a tactical officer and the superintendent’s aide-de-camp until 1988.
After completing his assignment at West Point, he continued his military studies at United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
In July 1989, Scaparrotti served with the 10th Mountain Division Fort Drum, New York, where he was the operations officer for the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Combat Team, Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy. During that time period he commanded the battalion during Operations Support Hope in Zaire/Rwanda, Joint Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Assured Response in Liberia.
He returned to Fort Drum in 1996 and as the 10th Mountain Division’s operations officer and from there he continued his studies at the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
He served as the chief of Army Initiatives Group in the Deputy Chief of Staff’s Office for Plans and Operations in Washington D.C. in 1998.
In 1999, Scaparrotti returned to Fort Bragg to command the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division before he moved on to serve as the assistant deputy director for Joint Operations on the Joint Staff, Washington D.C., from 2001 until 2003.
From July 2003 until July 2004, Scaparrotti served as Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver) for the 1st Armored Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
From August 2004 to July 2006, he served as the 69th Commandant of Cadets, United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Thereafter, he was assigned as the Director of Operations (J3) for United States Command, providing oversight to all military operations throughout the Centcom Area of Responsibility, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and also including operations in Somalia, at a critical phase in those missions.
Scaparrotti assumed command of the 82nd Airborne Division on Oct. 1, 2008 and deployed the headquarters to Eastern Afghanistan where he served as the Commanding General Combined Joint Task Force 82 and Regional Command East.
On Oct. 15, 2010, he assumed command of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) at Fort Lewis, Washington. While serving as I Corps commander, Scaparrotti served concurrently as Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commander, United States Forces, Afghanistan from July 11, 2011 to June 12, 2012 and in July 2012, he took over as Director of the Joint Staff. It was noted that he was succeeded as I Corps commander by Lieutenant General Robert B. Brown on July 3, 2012.
In August 2013, Scaparrotti took over command of United States forces in South Korea, replacing General James Thurman.
General Scaparrotti earned many awards and decorations throughout his illustrious career. A complete list of awards and decorations follow:
Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster; Defense Superior Medal with oak leaf cluster; Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters; Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster; Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Mead with four oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters; Valorous Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Superior Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three bronze campaign stars; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal with one service star; Army Service Ribbon; Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral four and NATO Medal for former Yugoslavia with two bronze stars
The badges that General Scaparrotti has been awarded includes Combat Action Badge; Expert Infantry Badge; Master Parachutist Badge; Range Tab; German Parachutist Badge in bronze; Joint Staff Identification Badge; Army Staff Identification Badge; 82nd Airborne Division CSIB; 325th Infantry Regiment DUI and six Overseas Service Bars.