As of Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Oregon Army National Guard has recently undergone command changes, with a new officer in charge of 131 soldiers at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.
Capt. Chris Perrotti arrives at his new post with two deployments to Iraq as a Marine before he left the active-duty military to join the Guard in 2007.
He holds a bachelor’s of science in biology from Oregon State University and a master’s in business administration from Marylhurst University. He has also earned certifications from Villanova University in Lean Six Sigma, a quality control and process improvement program.
After being assigned to the 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton, Perrotti deployed as part of Oregon Iraqi Freedom during the initial invasion in 2003. He returned to that theater of war in 2004 and earned the rank of sergeant before returning to civilian life.
He was first a squad leader in the Guard and then, in 2009, was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He served as a platoon leader with B Company and then A Company of the Third Battalion, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation New Dawn.
Perrotti has also held positions in other units and will help the local Guard unit transition from the 3-116th to the 82nd Cavalry as an infantry striker unit.
His military awards include: the Bronze Star, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (second award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal with “M” device, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (second award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Superior Soldier Ribbon, USMS Presidential Unit Citation, Oregon National Guard Faithful Service Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon and Combat Infantry Badge.
Perrotti and his wife, Jennie, live in Tualatin with their three sons, Wyatt, Weston and Lincoln, ages 9, 5, and 1, respectively.
At the state level, Col. William Edwards of Albany has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general to oversee training involving the land component of the Guard. He replaces Brig. Gen. Todd Plimpton, who is retiring after a 27-year military career. Plimpton served in the Guard in Pennsylvania and New York as well as Oregon.
Edwards is in charge of more than 6,000 soldiers.
across the state.