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Army intelligence leader will speak at UNH graduation


DURHAM - University of New Hampshire alumnus, Dover native and the Army's deputy chief of staff for intelligence, Lt. Gen. Mary A. Legere, will deliver this year's commencement speech on May 18 at Memorial Field.

Legere earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from UNH in 1982 and was commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in the Army's military intelligence corps.

She is a graduate of the Army's military intelligence basic and advanced courses at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and holds master's degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Ft .Leavenworth, Kan., and from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

Legere's military career spans three decades and includes tours in Germany, Korea, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. She also served in Ft. Carson, Colo., Ft. Hood, Texas and at the Pentagon.

She has commanded at every level of the Army, including battalion command with the First Cavalry Division, brigade command in Korea, and as the commanding general of the U.S. Army's Intelligence and Security Command, the Army's largest intelligence organization with more than 17,000 soldiers and civilians in 24 countries around the world.

Legere is a combat veteran and has been deployed on numerous operations including Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she completed 18 months as the chief of staff for intelligence, Multi-National Force Iraq from April 2008 to September 2009.

In April 2012, following 26 months as the commanding general of the U.S. Army intelligence and security command, she was promoted to Lieutenant General and selected to be the Army's deputy chief of staff for intelligence.

As the department's senior intelligence officer, she is responsible to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army for overseeing the readiness, modernization and development of the 58,000 soldiers and civilians in the Army's military intelligence corps.

Legere's numerous awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

gmacalaster@newstote.com

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