Lieutenant General Mick Bednarek retired from the United States Army in 2015 after nearly 40 years of military service. He most recently served 26 months as the Senior Defense Official in Iraq and Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation in Baghdad. In this capacity he coordinated Security Cooperation and Security Assistance activities to strengthen the strategic partnership and promote a unified, democratic, stable, self-reliant, and regionally integrated Iraq. The past several years in Iraq has seen the fragile stability of institutional security, a democratic national election, the invasion of ISIL and collapse of the Iraqi Security Forces, the transition of government, and the initiation of the Combined Joint Task Force in support of the global coalition for the ongoing warfight. LTG(R) Bednarek has worked in Joint, interagency, and Coalition military environments with routine interaction with senior foreign government leaders. Domestic service includes working with House and Congressional committees, along with local, national, international media and information domains.
General Bednarek has served in a wide variety of senior command and staff positions in the United States, Middle East, Europe, and the Pacific. He has commanded at every echelon, from company to Army level, culminating in command of First United States Army, responsible for the training and readiness of our Nation's Guard and Reserve Forces for worldwide deployment.
His education includes a wide variety of civilian and military special skills, educational and professional courses including the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College, and multiple senior level executive development curricula in strategic planning, personnel management, and organizational design. LTG(R) Bednarek holds a BS degree in Biology from Old Dominion University, and a Masters degree in Personnel Management from Troy State University.