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Fletcher promoted to brigadier general

Posted: February 29, 2016 7:38 p.m.
Updated: March 1, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Antonio M. Fletcher (SOJTF-B, USSOCOM), a Camden native and son of Thelma Rutledge and King Fletcher, of Camden, earned a promotion to brigadier general during ceremonies held in November.

Fletcher graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1989 and was commissioned in the Army as an infantry second lieutenant. He began his Army career in the 197th Infantry Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga. Assignments there included duty as a rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader, headquarters company executive officer and battalion maintenance officer.

After graduating the special forces qualification course in 1996, Fletcher was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as the executive officer for Alpha Company, 1st Batallion and later commanded Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha (SFODA).

From 1999 to 2001, Fletcher served as the company commander for Special Forces Assessment and Selection, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), also at Fort Bragg. He later attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he graduated in 2002. Following graduated, Fletcher returned to the 7th SFG (A) to command Alpha Company, 1st Battalion. Subsequent assignments in 7th SFG (A) included duty as the 1st Battalion operations officer, 7th SFG (A) operations officer and deputy (J3) for Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Fletcher was then assigned to the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) as chief of the Operations Division in Aug. 2005. During this assignment, he rejoined the 7th SFG (A) as the J3 for CJSOTF-A, from Feb. to Aug. 2006. Fletcher then commanded the 3rd Battalion, 7th SFG (A) at Fort Bragg from Sept. 2006 to March 2009, during which he deployed forces throughout the U.S Southern Command area of responsibility and in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, he served as commander, Special Operations Task Force 73, comprised of Army, Air Force, Marines and Afghan Special Forces, after which he was assigned as a G-3 of USASFC (A).

Fletcher attended the Marine Corps War College from July 2010 to June 2011, where he earned a master’s degree in strategic studies. He then assumed command of the 7th SFG (A) in July 2011 at Eglin Air Force Base, in Florida. This included a rotation as commander of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. Following command from 2013 to 2015, he served as the chief of staff for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, followed by chief of staff, 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne, provisional), which included a tour as the deputy commander of the Special Operations Joint Task-Iraq.

Fletcher’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and Army Achievement Medal. He has earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger and Special Forces Tabs.

Brig. Gen. Fletcher is married to the former Shirley M. Harvey. He and his wife have two children: Malcolm, 17, and Sydney, 14.

(Information taken from the program for Brig. Gen. Fletcher’s promotion ceremony, provided by his family.)

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