Brig. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific on January 2, 2008. Prior to this assignment, he was the Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the 25th Infantry Division from July 2005 to June 2006, before deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Deputy Commanding General (Support) for Multi-National Division North, from July 2006 to December 2007.
He is a native of Dickson City, PA, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy, in 1979.
Brig. Gen. Wiercinski was first assigned to 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. During this four year assignment, he served in a variety of jobs including Rifle Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, S-1, and as a Rifle Company Commander.
Following the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned as a Personnel Assignment Officer for the Infantry Branch at the U.S. Army Military Personnel Center in Alexandria, VA. Brig. Gen. Wiercinski’s next assignment was with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning Ga. During his four-year assignment, he served as the S-1, B Company Commander, Assistant S-3 and deployed in support of Operation Just Cause Panama. Brig. Gen. Wiercinski attended the Command and General Staff College, and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as a battalion and brigade S-3, before serving as the Deputy G-3 for the division.
In June 1995, Brig. Gen. Wiercinski assumed command of the 6th Ranger Training Battalion at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. Following his command, he attended the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA, and then became the Deputy Commander for the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning. Brig. Gen. Wiercinski then returned to Fort Campbell where he commanded the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Following his brigade command, Brig. Gen. Wiercinski moved to Washington D.C., and served as the Chief, Regional Operations, Special Operations Division J-3 on the Joint Staff and the Principal Director for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Some of his awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal with V Device, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge with Star, Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge with Combat Jump Star, the Ranger Tab, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.
In June 2008, BG Wiercinski left USARPAC for Japan, where he assumed command
of U.S. Army-Japan and I Corps Forward, stationed at Camp Zama, Japan
(2008-2010). He served briefly as the Acting Senior Commander for Fort
Campbell, Kentucky, and assumed command of U.S. Army, Pacific, on 21 March
In addition to other awards and decorations, he has been awarded the
Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with "V," the Combat
Infantryman's Badge with Star, the Master Parachutists Badge with Bronze
Combat Jump Star, and the U.S. Army Ranger Tab. LTG Wiercinski also has been
awarded the "Order of the Rising Sun - 2nd Degree," Government of Japan, and
the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada.