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Brigadier General John T von Trott (Deceased)

von Trott


Director Plans, Policy and Force Development (J-5/7)
National Guard Bureau

Brigadier General John T. von Trott assumed duties as Director of Plans, Policy and Force Development (J-5/7) for the National Guard Bureau, on 1 July 2003. His responsibilities include both strategic initiatives and operational level planning, the development and promulgation of NGB policy, joint doctrine, training and exercise programs, joint vision and transformation, and international affairs -- principally the National Guard's State Partnership Program.

BG von Trott's previous assignments include command of NATO's Multinational Division (North) and (US) Task Force Eagle in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2002-2003, for the SFOR12 rotation. In the wake of 9-11, he was mobilized and served as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations (ADCSOPS) and Director of Mobilization Forces for United States Army Forces Command in Atlanta, Georgia. In non-federalized status, he served as Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver) for the 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Pennsylvania Army National Guard, from 1998-2003.

The General's military career began with his commissioning as a second lieutenant, Regular Army, in 1967, a Distinguished Military Graduate of Army ROTC. Initially assigned to the First Armored Division, he served as a platoon leader, executive officer and commander of Company C, 2d Battalion, 81st Armor.

In 1969 he was reassigned to the 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, then stationed in the Republic of Vietnam, where he served as a platoon leader and squadron staff officer. Upon leaving active duty in 1971, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve as Operations Officer for the157th Separate Infantry Brigade (Mechanized). In 1976, General von Trott transferred to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He was assigned first as Director of Services and then as Executive Officer of the 213th Area Support Group, which, in addition to its wartime mission, provided command and control to the non-divisional elements of the PAARNG. From 1985 to 1988, he commanded the 213th Group and deployed it overseas numerous times for participation in NATO operations. In 1989 he was assigned as Chief of Mobilization and Readiness; then from 1991 to 1998, as Director of Plans, Operations, Training and Military Support (G3) for the entire Pennsylvania Army National Guard.


Temple University - BA Degree - History
Shippensburg University - Master of Science - Public Administration


1. Jun 67 - Apr 69, Platoon Leader Executive Officer, then Commander, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 81st Armor, 1st Armored Division, Fort Hood Texas
2. Apr 69 - Mar 70, Platoon Leader/ L Troop, then Motor Officer, Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Republic of Vietnam
3. Mar 70 - Sep 70, Chief Committee Group, Fort Dix New Jersey
4. Sep 70 - Feb 71, USAR Control Group, St Louis Missouri
5. Feb 71 - Jun 76, Assistant S-3 Separate Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Horsham, Pennsylvania
6. Jun 76 - Jun 81, Health Services Materials Officer 108th Combat Support Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7. Jun 81 - May 82, Director of Services, 213th Area Support Group Allentown, Pennsylvania
8. May 82 - May 85, Executive Officer, 213th Area Support Group, Allentown, Pennsylvania
9. May 85 - Jul 88, Commander, 213th Area Support Group, Allentown, Pennsylvania
10. Jul 88 - Jun 89, Resident Student, United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
11. Jun 89 - May 91, Chief Mobilization/Readiness, Headquarters, State Area Command, Annville, Pennsylvania
12. May 91 - Nov 98, Director Plans, Operations, Training, and Military Support, Headquarters, State Area Command, Annville, Pennsylvania
13. Nov 98 - Jun 03, Deputy Commanding General, (Maneuver) 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
14. Jul 03 - Present, Director Plans, Policy and Force Development (J-5/7), National Guard Bureau, Washington DC

Major Awards and Decorations:

Legion of Merit (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with Silver and One Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal with Two Bronze Service Stars
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with 1 Gold Hourglass Device)
Army Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (with Numeral 19)Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Former Yugoslavia)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device
NATO Medal
Valorous Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Medal (Unit Citation Badge with Palm)

Effective Dates of Promotions:

2 LT USAR 14 Jun 67
2LT RA 14 Jun 67
1LT AUS 07 Jun 68
CPT AUS 07 Jun 69
CPT USAR 21 Sep 70
MAJ USAR 15 Dec 74
MAJ ARNGUS 04 Jun 76
LTC ARNGUS 01 Aug 81
COL ARNGUS 20 May 85
BG ARNGUS 10 Feb 00

(Current as of September 2003)