General Dennis J. Reimer is a native of Medford, Okla., and a 1962 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served 37 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as the 33rd Chief of Staff in 1999.
Reimer’s career in the U.S. Army spanned the era between the Vietnam War and the military transformation that began at the end of the Cold War. A two-tour veteran of Vietnam, Reimer spent more than eight years of his career overseas. As a Major, he served as the Aide-de-Camp for Chief of Staff Army General Creighton W. Abrams. He has commanded at all levels from Company to Army.
In 1982 Reimer was selected for promotion to Brigadier General. His next three assignments were Commander III Corp Artillery at Fort Sill, Okla.; Operations Officer in the Republic of Korea; and Commanding General Fourth Infantry Division at Fort Carson.
In 1988 he was selected for promotion to Lieutenant General and served as the Plans and Operations Officer for the Army during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon completion of that assignment he was selected for promotion and assigned as the Vice Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army in 1990.
In 1995 he was selected as the 33rd Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army, then served as the Commanding General Forces Command, responsible for all Army active and reserve component forces in the U.S.
In 2000, General Reimer assumed duties as the Director of the National Memorial for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) in Oklahoma City. With a national focus, MIPT supported emergency responders across the nation. During his tenure, MIPT was able to develop and field three national programs – Lessons Learned Information Sharing, Terrorism Knowledge Base, and Responder Knowledge Base. These programs improved information sharing for emergency responders and successfully strengthened the partnership among federal, state, and local governments.
Currently, Gen. Reimer is President of Army Emergency Relief and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Association of the US Army. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Mutual of America and DRS Technology.