Gerald (known as Gez) Strickland is currently serving as the Deputy Commander-Stability of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). He is also the Deputy Commanding General (Support) of the III Armored Corps out of Fort Hood, Texas, a post he has held since May 2019. (Photo by Courtsey Photo)
Major General Gerald (known as Gez) Strickland is currently serving as the Deputy Commander-Stability of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). He is also the Deputy Commanding General (Support) of the III Armored Corps out of Fort Hood, Texas, a post he has held since May 2019.
Raised in Hong Kong, and educated in England, he joined the British Army’s Royal Gurkha Rifles before attending university. His initial period as an infantry officer saw him specialize in jungle warfare and air maneuver operations.
In his early career he deployed on operations to Northern Ireland during the troubles, to East Timor as part of the international force to oversee the withdrawal of Indonesian troops and the beginning of independence, and to Bosnia to oversee the implementation of the Dayton agreement. He was also involved in the generation of British forces for the first two years of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has deployed twice to Afghanistan, as a battalion second-in-command in the air maneuver role, and as a battalion commander in a ground holding role, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He then commanded the UK’s 4th Infantry Brigade (The Black Rats) during a period of NATO and EU commitments. This role also involved defence engagement in North Africa, and responsibility for the British Army in the North East of England.
His staff appointments have included SO2 Commitments in the British Army Headquarters, Military Assistant to CG Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (then based in Germany), Instructor at the British Joint Services Staff College, Assistant Director responsible for the British Army’s organizational structure, and Head of Operations in the UK Ministry of Defence, with responsibility for shaping political direction, crisis management and issuing direction for the conduct of all UK military operations.
He was honored to be appointed as Colonel of the Royal Gurkha Rifles in February 2016, a role which he still holds, and which enables him to repay something of the debt of gratitude to these fantastic soldiers from Nepal who serve the British Army with such distinction.
He enjoys cycling, swimming and kayaking ever increasing distances at ever decreasing speeds.