After two years as head of the U.S. Army’s largest training base, Major General James Milano will officially pass the command of Fort Jackson to Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts on Tuesday. Milano says he is transitioning to civilian life.
Maj. Gen. James Milano hands over command Tuesday at the installation in Columbia. During his tenure, major changes have taken place in what recruits eat, how they train for combat, and what physical tests they must undergo.
Milano has spent 33 years in the Army. Prior to assuming duty at Fort Jackson in June 2010, he was the commanding general of the U.S. Army Armor Center and Fort Knox. His other previous duties include the Director of Interior Affairs for the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and Deputy Commanding General-Support, Multi-National Division-Baghdad.
Maj. Gen. Milano was born in Dearborn, Michigan. He graduated in 1979 from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. After extensive platoon leader and executive officer duty in the 2nd Armored Division, Major General Milano commanded Combat Support Company and an armored company in the 2nd Infantry Division and the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He also commanded the 4th Battalion 64th Armor in both the 24th and 3rd Infantry Divisions, and led the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
He told the Fort Jackson Leader publication that he is headed to the corporate world– taking a position with Target Corporation in Illinois.