Frank A. Catalano, Jr.
Major General Frank A. Catalano, Jr. is the Deputy Commanding General for Reserve Components, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia. He was commissioned 1 July 1966. His initial assignments in the Republic of Korea were as Platoon leader, Battalion Motor Officer, and Company Commander with the 2d Battalion, 32d Infantry. His next assignments were with the 2d Armored Division as the Tiger Brigade's Assistant Operations Officer and subsequently Commander of the Brigade's Headquarters and Headquarters Company. | Major General Catalano joined the Louisiana Army National Guard, March 1973, as Executive Officer, and later Commander of the Combat Support Company, 2d Battalion, 156th Infantry. This was followed by assignments as Battalion S-3 Air, S-2, S-3, Executive Officer and Battalion Commander. He commanded a task force at the National Training Center in 1986 with 2d Brigade 5th Infantry Division and was Brigade Executive Officer in 1987 during the 256th Brigade NTC rotation. In September 1987, he became the Brigade Commander, 256th Infantry Brigade. In September 1988, he was assigned as the Director of Mobilization, Headquarters, Louisiana Army National Guard. In January 1991, he was recalled to active duty as the 256th Infantry Brigade Commander. In September 1992, he assumed duties of Assistant Division Commander, 2d Armored Division with oversight of the 256th Brigade and was promoted to Brigadier General in January 1994 He assumed his current assignment 1 December 1995 with promotion to Major General, 19 September 1996. | General Catalano holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology (magna cum laude) from Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana. His military education includes Infantry Officer Candidate School, Ranger Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, Infantry Update Course, and the National Security Management Course. Also, the U.S. Army Counter Terrorism Course, United States Air Force AGOS Joint Firepower Control Course, Air Assault, Command and General Staff Officer Refresher Course, U.S. Army War College, Armor Pre-Command Course and the Joint Flag Officer Warfighter Course. | His Awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one service star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with an hour glass, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon. He is authorized to wear the Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Air Assault Badge. | His Louisiana awards include the Louisiana War Cross, Louisiana Cross of Merit, Louisiana Commendation Medal, Louisiana Recruiting Ribbon, Louisiana Retention Ribbon, Louisiana Emergency Service Medal with four bronze fleur-de-lis and the Louisiana Longevity Medal with three silver fleur-de-lis.