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Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Lestorti

Commanding General, 78th Training Division

Brigadier General Joseph Lestorti is an Infantry Officer with over 26 years of commissioned service. He began his military career when he received his Commission as a Second Lieutenant Infantry Officer in 1992 from the ROTC program at the State University of New York at Brockport.

Brigadier General Lestorti has commanded at every level from Platoon to Brigade and served in multiple staff assignments. His previous assignments include Airborne Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader, 82nd Airborne Division; Executive Officer, 18th Airborne Corp Long Range Surveillance Company; Company Commander, 10th Mountain Division; Plans Officer, Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT); Operations Officer, Army Reserve Counter Terrorism Unit; Special Operations Command and Control Element Officer in Charge (Iraq); J5 Operations Officer, JSOC; Battalion Commander, 3/318 MP 98 DIV; Branch Chief for Irregular Warfare Joint Staff, and Brigade Commander, 3rd Brigade, Atlantic Training Division.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC), Infantry Officer Advanced Course (IOAC), Long Range Surveillance and Recon course, Pathfinder course, Ranger course, Jump-master course, SERE course, CGSC, and the Army War College Class of 2016.

Brigadier General Lestorti’s awards include Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, NATO Medal, Army Expeditionary Forces Medal (second award), Global War on Terrorism Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantry Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and, Senior-rated Parachutist Badge.

Brigadier General Lestorti is currently assigned as a Supervisory Special Agent with the US State Department assigned to Anti-Terrorism Assistance. He is married to Rachel Owen and has two children, Colton and Isabella.