U.S. Army Reserve


Major General Lewis Irwin

Deputy Chief of Army Reserve and

Office of the Chief, Army Reserve Chief of Staff

Major General Lewis Irwin assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Army Reserve (DCAR) and Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, Chief of Staff on June 1, 2017. As the DCAR he supports the Chief of Army Reserve (CAR) and the Assistant Chief of Army Reserve (ACAR). He represents the CAR for Strategy, Planning, Programming, Policy, and Resourcing (SPPPR) at the OSD, Joint Staff, HQDA and Army Secretariat level, as well as two- and three-star forums in the Pentagon. The DCAR is responsible for the integration, synchronization and coordination of the OCAR staff.

Major General Lewis Irwin is a 1982 graduate of McGuffey High School in Claysville, Pennsylvania, and a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. In 2008, he returned from a tour of active duty in Afghanistan, where he led an interagency effort to design and implement a nation-wide reform of the Afghan National Police.

General Irwin served as the commanding general for the 416th Theater Engineer Command, headquartered in Darien, Illinois. General Irwin also served as an Army Reserve Adjunct Professor for Research at the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute. In his civilian career, General Irwin is a professor of public policy and government at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He holds masters degrees and a doctorate in political science from Yale University, as well as a masters in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. General Irwin is the author of three books on American politics and public policy, as well as a variety of journal articles on national security and American government. His most recent book analyzes the NATO mission in Afghanistan and the U.S. government’s strategic and interagency challenges there.

During more than 28 years of service in the U.S. Army, General Irwin’s operational tours have taken him to Germany, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan, in addition to a variety of stateside locations. His active duty service has included tours in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); a combat tour with the 3rd Armored Division during Operation “Desert Storm”; a Sapper company command in the 1st Armored Division in Germany; an assignment on the faculty of West Point’s Department of Social Sciences; and joint duty with the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, while working with the Afghan National Police. Other brief overseas missions have included conducting research for the Center for Army Lessons Learned in Bosnia, and gathering “lessons learned” in Security Force and detainee operations in Iraq for 1st Army.

General Irwin’s other Army Reserve commands have included the 2nd Battalion, 312th Regiment; the 301st Regional Support Group; and the 926th Engineer Brigade. General Irwin also served as the officer-in-charge of a Joint Deployable Team in the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) in the U.S. Joint Forces Command at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia.

General Irwin's military awards include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, and various other service-connected awards. He is Airborne, Air Assault, Sapper, and Jungle Warfare qualified, and holds the Army’s “3H” Joint Planner additional skill identifier.

Lewis is married to Marcia and have three children together. Their older daughter (Mary) is a 2012 graduate of West Point and is assigned to the 82nd Sustainment Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Their daughter Eva is a 2014 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, and is a middle school English teacher and head volleyball coach in Aberdeen, North Carolina. Their son Andrew is a cadet in the Class of 2016 at West Point, where he is also on Army’s intercollegiate rugby team.