J. H. Binford Peay III

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J.H. Binford Peay III
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General James Henry Binford Peay III
Nickname(s)Binnie
Born (1940-05-10) May 10, 1940 (age 81)
Richmond, Virginia
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1962–1997
Rank General
Commands held United States Central Command
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
101st Airborne Division
2d Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Gulf War
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Silver Star
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal (4)
Purple Heart
Other workSuperintendent, Virginia Military Institute
Chairman, Allied Defense Group
Director, BAE Systems Inc.

James Henry Binford "Binnie" Peay III (born May 10, 1940) is a retired four-star general of the United States Army. He served as the 14th superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute from 2003-2020, [1] and as chairman of the Allied Defense Group from 2001-03. He has also served on various corporate and nonprofit boards.

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Early life

Peay attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America in 1954 and as an adult is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. [2] His father, Peay Jr. and both of his sons, Jim and Ryan, are also Eagle Scouts. [3]

Peay graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, where he was a quarterback on the football team and is an initiate of the Beta Commission of the Kappa Alpha Order; he was the first Kappa Alpha inducted into the Military Division when it was established in 2009. He also has a Master of Arts from George Washington University and is a graduate of the United States Army War College and United States Army Command and General Staff College. [4] [ dead link ]

Military career

Peay was commissioned as a second lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1962. His initial troop assignments were in Germany and Fort Carson, Colorado. From December 1964 to September 1966, he served as aide-de-camp to the Commanding General, 5th Infantry Division. He went on to serve in other assignments, including two tours in the Republic of Vietnam. In his first tour, from May 1967 to July 1968, he commanded both Headquarters Company, I Field Force, Vietnam, and a firing battery (Battery B, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment) with the 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands. During his second tour from August 1971 to June 1972, he served as the assistant operations officer for the 3d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and as operations officer for the same division's 1st Battalion, 21st Artillery Regiment.

After serving with the Army Military Personnel Center in Washington, D.C., as a Field Artillery branch assignments officer, Peay was sent to Hawaii in 1975 to command the 2d Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Following completion of the Army War College, he returned to Washington, D.C., as Senior Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and later as Chief of the Army Initiatives Group in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operation and Plans. He then moved to Fort Lewis, Washington, to serve as the I Corps' Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3/Director of Plans and Training, and later became the Division Artillery (DIVARTY) Commander, of the 9th Infantry Division. In 1985, he returned to Washington, D.C., as Executive to the Chief of Staff of the United States Army. He first became a "Screaming Eagle" in July 1987, when he became the Assistant Division Commander (Operations), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Beginning in July 1988, he served a one-year assignment as Deputy Commandant, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Peay with Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, 1996. J.H. Binford Peay III. William J. Perry 1996.jpg
Peay with Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, 1996.

On August 3, 1989, Peay returned to Fort Campbell to assume command of the 101st Airborne Division and led the division through Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. Promoted to the rank of lieutenant general, he was the army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, and Senior Army Member, United States Military Committee from June 1991 until March 1993. He was promoted to general on March 26, 1993 and appointed as the twenty-fourth Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army. His last active duty position was as Commanding General, United States Central Command, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, from August 5, 1994 until August 13, 1997.

Peay's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Purple Heart. He has also received the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, several Air Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal. Additionally, he wore the Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, the Air Assault Badge, the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and the Army General Staff Identification Badge.

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Career after retirement

After retirement from the Army, Peay became a director at United Defense Industries (UDI) in 1997. In 2005 BAE Systems purchased UDI and appointed Peay to the board of its North American subsidiary, BAE Systems Inc. He joined Allied Research Corporation in March 2000 as member of its board of directors. In January 2001, he was made chairman, president and CEO. In 2003, the company was renamed Allied Defense Group.

Virginia Military Institute

Peay resigned in June 2003 to assume the position of Superintendent of his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute (VMI). He was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa as an alumnus at VMI in 2010.

Peay resigned as Superintendent of VMI on 26 October 2020 after being told that state leaders had lost confidence in his leadership amid claims of ongoing structural racism at VMI [5] and pressured him to resign. He left the institute on 28 October 2020.

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Air Assault in the Gulf: An Interview with M.G. J.H. Binford Peay. United States Army Center of Military History.

Military offices
Preceded by
Dennis Reimer
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
1993–1994
Succeeded by
John H. Tilelli, Jr.
Preceded by
Joseph P. Hoar
Commander-in-Chief of United States Central Command
1994–1997
Succeeded by
Anthony Zinni