Photo by Marla J. Hurtado
New US Army Brig. Gen. Jay Bienlien (Radford University ’90) is flanked by Peter Rasmussen ’90 (left) and Arin Durr ’94 at his promotion ceremony March 23 at Patton Hall in Fort Meyer.

On March 23, Jay Bienlien ’90 was promoted to Brigadier General, the first Radford University graduate to reach the rank of general.

During his 27 years of service, Brig. Gen. Bienlien held a variety of positions in the Army, including command and staff assignments in the 5th Infantry Division at Fort Polk, NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation, United States Army Pacific, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Department of the Army headquarters at the Pentagon.

Bienlien assumed the duties of the Brig. Gen. on June 1, 2017, which includes working on the Department of the Army materials process and delivering critical equipment capabilities to United States soldiers.


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