Who is retired Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky?
- Retired Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky was serving as an HQE-SM
- Born on September 7, 1961, Volesky commanded I Corps from 2017 to 2020
- Volesky retired in February 2020, being succeeded by Lieutenant General Randy George
A retired three-star Army general, who was working as an adviser to active-duty officers, has been suspended from his duties after reports surfaced that his social media account carried a comment critical of US first lady Jill Biden.
Retired Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky was serving as an HQE-SM, a highly qualified expert-senior mentor, when he was suspended by Lt. Gen. Theodore Martin, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center, Army spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith said in a statement.
The reason for his suspension was not mentioned in the statement. However, the USA Today reported that his suspension was linked to a post on a Twitter account under Volesky’s name.
The account reportedly carried a reply to a statement by the first lady following the Supreme Court’s action last month overturning the abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade.
“For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies. Today, that right was stolen from us,” Biden said. The tweet under Volesky’s name stated: “Glad to see you finally know what a woman is.” The tweet was later deleted.
Born on September 7, 1961, Volesky commanded I Corps from 2017 to 2020. He previously served as commander of the 101st Airborne Division and commander of the American ground forces in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.
Volesky retired in February 2020, being succeeded by Lieutenant General Randy George as commander of I Corps.
Volesky, who is from Spokane, Washington, graduated from Ferris High School in 1979. In 1983, he earned a bachelor's degree in military science from Eastern Washington University. He followed this with a master's degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University.
Volesky served in the Gulf War, Iraq War and War in Afghanistan.